Amazon Is Giving Workers A Chance To Learn To Code Before Robots Take Their Jobs

Amazon is grooming its vast workforce for the automation job apocalypse that the company itself is helping to bring about thanks to its robotics division.

As the company introduces more robots and automated systems to sort goods and fill orders at its warehouses, making more of its increasingly better-paid workforce redundant, the company apparently wants to be seen as giving them a chance to learn new skills – like, for example, how to code – before shunting them aside.

As WSJ reports, Amazon is planning to spend $700 million – a drop in the bucket compared with the company’s $240 billion annual revenue – to retrain a third of its American workforce to try and give them a fighting chance of still having a job once the robots take over. The program is designed to help workers find new jobs inside – or outside – the company…

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