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Fri Jul 5, 2019, 09:37 AM

Garbage Sorting Robots

Recycling Centers Roll Out AI-Trained Robots https://www.wsj.com/articles/recycling-centers-roll-out-ai-trained-robots-11562319000

Recycling facilities are deploying artificial-intelligence-guided robots, which can sort streams of waste more quickly and accurately than human workers.

Single Stream Recyclers LLC in Sarasota, Fla., which processes up to 350 tons of recycling waste a day, said last week that it plans to add eight robots from AMP Robotics Corp. to the six it already operates at its site. With the additions, its recycling operation will be mostly automated.

The machines customized by Louisville, Colo.-based AMP can sort 80 items per minute, about twice as fast as the average person, said facility co-owner John Hansen. Automation solves the perennial problem of keeping the recycling center staffed, a challenge that requires Single Stream to assign one full-time employee from a staffing agency to advertise jobs and recruit human sorters for an entry-level job paying between $10 and $12 an hour.

“Anything a person can identify, our system can be taught to identify,” said AMP’s chief executive and founder, Matanya Horowitz. “All of the systems can learn collectively. All the robots are learning from different robots around the country.”

Single Stream Recyclers’ Mr. Hansen said it could take anywhere from 18 months to four years to recover the cost of its investment in AMP robots, depending on volumes, market prices and other factors.

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Response to Kilgore (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2019, 10:08 AM

1. Hardly a surprise

many repetitive jobs will be replaced by AI and robotics within the next few years. Following the repetitive jobs being replaced many jobs that one would have never considered a few years ago will also be eliminated as AI becomes more adapt at replacing workers.

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Fri Jul 5, 2019, 10:41 AM

2. This is where robots shine.

Handling residential trash is like a scavenger hunt in a refugee camp. I did time on an "old school" route, with pickups and a packer truck. Hot days were the worst - serious stench issues, and "wild rice" (maggots) in profusion. Glove up, and work fast! Get the truck moving again, to stay ahead of the stink!

My cousins do heavy duty towing. If one of the customers front-loader trucks breaks down loaded, it gets towed to its destination, to be unloaded before repairs. The trickle of evil that runs out of the body drain, they call "The Water of Life" - as much bacteria as water! Sorting the stuff that comes out, will make some puke on the spot! Dust masks, rubber aprons, barn boots, and it's miserable work no matter what.

Better left to robots...... There are lots of jobs need doi'n, that we need real people for.

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