As the demands on the Amazon workforce have grown over the months, the company has pushed the hours and efficiency of its employees to new heights. As always, Amazon is looking to technology to break the limits of what a workforce and a corporation can do.
Neural Link Solution
Researchers at Amazon discovered that most of what the company needs from its many laborers is robotic motion with a minimal amount of computation by the laborer’s human mind. While attaching a tablet to the laborer that told them where to be and what to do at every moment felt oppressive and got decent results, they started to wonder if they could simply steer the laborers like a robot. With advances in self-driving, object recognition, and neural-link technology, Amazon was able to pioneer a headset that would interface directly with the motor cortex of the brain. This headset has an array of sixteen small cameras that take in information about the laborer’s position and body, as well as the objects around the laborer. By using sophisticated AI and the Amazon databases, Amazon computers can steer the human laborer with more efficiency than the laborer could themself.
Entertainment for the Worker
This breakthrough led to a curious problem with an even curiouser solution: Now that Amazon computers were doing the last of the thinking for the laborers, the humans wearing the headsets were left with long hours of nothing to do. The first surviving pilots of the headsets reported that the experience of being piloted by the headsets was one of being “dulled” like the feeling of just having driven a long distance or watched a lot of television. This gave the researchers a great idea: They added a VR set to the headset, fully enclosing the human laborer’s eyes. Via the neural-link in the headset, the laborer can switch between streaming feeds, watching immersive experiences from thousands of cameras and VR videos.
Naturally, the next step was to allow workers to see the VR feeds recorded by other Amazon workers. It was sort of like “How It’s Made” but in real-time. Eventually, the researchers and managers started to see that workers spent a significant amount of time watching their own feeds, watching their own autonomous bodies performing their tasks efficiently. One worker reported, “It’s actually pretty soothing if you imagine it’s happening to someone else.”
The full headset complete with sixteen cameras, immersive VR screen, and Amazon connectivity is available this Christmas as the Amazon Joyeur, and comes with a free month of Amazon Prime.