Bezos said: I’m too hard! In March, Amazon was sued by several employees for improper lying against the new crown outbreak, which resulted in the death of at least eight employees, and Bezos responded by spending at least $4 billion on new crown virus control efforts to keep employees safe as much as possible.
Yesterday, Amazon launched its first AI prevention and control tool, Distance Assistant, in an attempt to help employees keep the right distance and reduce the risk of infection, with hundreds of AI systems expected to be installed in Amazon warehouses. The news was published in ABC, GMA, a number of broadcast media companies.
As soon as the news came out, causing a lot of people to discuss, the employee said: This is tracking us? Netizens said: meaningless!
What kind of AI prevention and control system, attracted people to vomit slot?
AI to help “social distance” epidemic prevention, but controversial?
“Distance Assistant” is an AI intelligent detection system that monitors and feedbacks the social distance between mobile employees in a space in real time. As the video from Amazon Warehouse shows, when the social distance between employees is less than 6 feet, they flash red circles under their feet, and instead flash green, all of which get real-time, accurate feedback through the display.
The system, which combines a 50-inch display, sensors and AI cameras, uses visual detection and machine learning models to separate employees from their surroundings and detect the safe distance between mobile smourment, 6 feet of which is the minimum recommended distance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The AI system has been compared with radar.
In addition, the system supports stand-alone devices and is mobile, so it can be deployed to any scenario, the researchers said. At the same time, the technology is synchronized to open source platforms to help more businesses and sites. But no open source date has been set yet.
Yesterday, GMA reported and published the news. “This technology will be very useful in large, densely populated places like waiting halls and restaurants to guide and help people keep their space smiles,” commented Wymelenberg, director of energy research at American University’s Building Lab.
However, the news was posted to Youtobe, but caused a lot of netizens to vomit. For example, the netizen said:
It doesn’t make any sense! Sneezing, cough-borne viruses can flow through the air and even stay at 20min, and a safe distance of 6 feet is not enough. That’s why people choose to wear goggles and protective masks, be wise.
And other employees questioned: is this stalking us?
In addition, the exclusion of netizens may not be entirely aimed at this AI protection system, may be related to Amazon’s day-to-day management and outbreak prevention and control unreasonable. For example, a netizen commented that,
You’re fined for going to the bathroom and not wearing a mask until the outbreak gets worse;
Prosecution, surveillance, negative public opinion constantly
In fact, Amazon’s public opinion has been onthewithst since the new crown outbreak began in the United States.
In early March, three warehouse employees took Amazon to court, accusing it of violations in its response to the new virus and keeping employees safe. According to one of the plaintiffs, Barbara Chandler, Amazon asked employees to continue working at the warehouse, but did not do any disinfection or take any effective protective measures against the warehouse.
Meanwhile, Amazon did not follow up on close contacts of New Crown pneumonia, which eventually led to the deaths of at least eight people infected with the virus. And any employee who makes a statement about such an incident will be punished or even fired. During the outbreak, Amazon laid off many employees and claimed that they had violated company policy.
Chandler was one of the employees who was fired. To this end, she organized protests, exposed the Amazon’s various acts, and eventually attracted widespread attention and condemnation from the government and the community. Later, a French court ruled that Amazon’s warehouses in the country would be closed for weeks, before Amazon promised health guarantees and benefits for its employees before it reopened.
In the wake of a series of incidents, an official Amazon spokesman said: “The new crown outbreak has had a tragic impact on the world, countries, including the Amazon team, members and their families and friends. The company will provide more support and support for employee sourm, benefits and protection measures. There was no response to the above-than-the-quality control.
Finally, Amazon CEO Bezos has pledged to spend at least $4 billion on investments related to the new crown, including personal protective equipment, work environments and equipment. This is his expected operating profit for the full quarter.
But the official statement has not calmed the public’s mood. Before that, Amazon had been hit by a joint protest by more than 600 employees over its work intensity and harsh environment.
This is also why the release of AI prevention and control tools attracted many netizens spitting slot. However, from the tool itself, this kind of detection does feel like a surveillance.
It’s unusual for Amazon to be criticized for filing a wristband patent. Employees with their watches are tracked and guided in real time, and which shelf they go to is monitored for the right act.
On such issues, experts say, this means that higher levels of surveillance will gradually normalize. These solutions will generate detailed data on workers’ movements throughout the day, allowing managers to constrain employees in the name of productivity. If workers want to keep their jobs, they have no choice but to be tracked.
AI epidemic prevention, has been in action
In any case, Amazon’s $4 billion manifesto is not an empty word, but it does do make a lot of efforts to prevent and control the new crown virus.
In early May, for example, Amazon launched an ultraviolet-launching robot designed to kill viruses in warehouses, stores and supermarkets with ultraviolet light. And Colombian studies have confirmed that ultraviolet light does kill the virus effectively. The luggage truck-like robot has been sterilised at Whole Foods.
Also in May, Amazon used 3D printing technology to generate masks, providing more than 10,000 masks for front-line healthcare workers. The researchers say the mask is made of a special material and can be repeated multiple times. They have worked with external suppliers to deliver an additional 20,000 as soon as possible. In addition, according to medical staff feedback, the mask experience is very good, will not produce indentation in the face, or the position is not fixed.
In addition, Brad Porter, vice president and engineer of Amazon Robotics, said, “Scout Delivery Robotics and Prime Air drone delivery will serve as much as possible for the new crown.” Nothing is more important to the health and well-being of our employees, and we will continue to innovate to ensure they are as safe as possible.”
But, speaking, do you think this “Distance Assistant” AI system is really helpful in monitoring social distances and preventing and controlling interactive infections?