Amazon has begun testing its new humanoid robot called Digit, designed by Agility Robotics and developed at its research and development center in Seattle. The company, founded by Jeff Bezos, aims to automate repetitive tasks to free up employees and allow them to focus on more important activities.
Digit stands at 1.75 meters tall, weighs 65 kilograms, and can carry packages weighing up to 16 kilograms. According to Jonathan Hurst, director of Agility Robotics, it is “the most efficient robot ever made by humans.” Although its movements resemble those of a real person and it can walk in all directions, crouch, and stand up, it has not yet reached the level of perfection of its competitor, Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot.
Amazon has been investing in robotics and artificial intelligence for years. Currently, it is estimated that the company uses around 750,000 robots in its operational centers worldwide to move, sort, and package orders placed by consumers. This number is close to the one million employees Amazon has on its payroll.
Digit’s arrival, with its humanoid form, marks a further step in Amazon’s automation efforts and reflects the growing trend among companies to adopt robotics to increase efficiency and reduce reliance on human labor for repetitive tasks. However, it remains to be seen how this type of technology will be integrated into the workplace and how it will impact workers in the long run.