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Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'

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Amazon's sparrow robot in use in Westborough, MA.

Critics worry robots will take people’s jobs, though boosters say it’ll just create different ones.

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Warehouse robots increasingly are able to grasp and sort objects of various shapes and sizes with the dexterity of human hands, thanks to advancements in artificial intelligence, three-dimensional cameras, and engineering.

As the technology becomes more reliable, more companies are rolling it out. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Kris Hauser characterized warehouse robots as "competent enough at this point.”

Amazon has deployed its Sparrow picking-and-sorting robotic arm at a Dallas warehouse, while FedEx and Pitney Bowes are among the companies that have purchased similar robots.

Yet concerns remain that robots are being used to replace human workers, and that having robots work alongside human employees can boost injury rates.

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