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Amazon says it’s still a decade away from full automation at its shipping warehouses as it attempts to ease concerns over robotic takeover

Amazon said that by the end of the next decade packages in the company’s warehouses could be readied for delivery without touching a single human hand.

In a report from Reuters, Director of Amazon Robotics Fulfillment, Scott Anderson, told reporters that there is still plenty of progress to be made before robots take over its warehouses.

‘In the current form, the technology is very limited. The technology is very far from the fully automated workstation that we would need,’ Anderson told Reuters in a walk through of one of its facilities in Baltimore.

The breakthrough of the facility comes on the heels of a report from The Verge that revealed hundreds of workers in Amazon’s Baltimore fulfillment center were fired thanks to, or by, an automated system designed to track employees performance.

While robots have apparently been busy tracking and in some cases firing employees, Amazon said more physical manifestations of the company’s technology are struggling to master some key tasks.

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