Reporting has uncovered a number of issues within Amazon’s vast logistics network. Some, like the urinating in bottles in order to hit quotas, fainting on the job, or developing repetitive strain injuries. Others have been freak accidentscrushed by a forklift in Indiana, the onekilled by a truck in Pennsylvania, or the two instances of … [Read more...] about Sanders, AOC, and Others Demand Workplace Safety Investigation of Amazon
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Adam Koebel, a tabletop-focused streamer who often speaks up about workers’ rights, initially expressed this viewpoint in even stronger terms, saying on Twitter that people should “buy shit for cheap today if it makes you happy, or boycott Amazon altogether” and apply a similar approach to Twitch, because ultimately “when we eat our comrades alive for not being left enough,” corporations and other powerful entities win. In a Twitter DM to Kotaku, however, Koebel said that he’d deleted his initial tweet because he realized it came across as flippant. What he was trying to convey, he said, was how Amazon has wormed its way into countless elements of our lives both on- and offline and how that makes expressing solidarity more complex than it might initially seem. … [Read more...] about Some Streamers Are Boycotting Twitch In Support Of The Amazon Prime Day Strike
That’s why the UCFW is up in arms about Amazon’s program—it sees the writing on the wall. It’s why its president, Marc Perrone, ended his statement by saying, “It is time to realize that Amazon’s ruthless business model will lead to massive job losses that could cripple our entire economy.” Retraining may move a handful of capable warehouse employees into technical work, but by and large the net number of good jobs the company supports is still going to decline, probably steeply. It already has: Warehouse worker hiring plateaued, despite record sales, for the first time last year. … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
“We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate.” … [Read more...] about SAG-AFTRA Launches Investigation Into Gabrielle Union’s Firing From
We’re on the brink of a new era of manned space travel, after a relative dry spell since the end of the Space Race of the Cold War. A human hasn’t set foot on the Moon since 1972, NASA is far behind on a crewed mission to Mars that once had a launch date set for June 9, 1984, and NASA’s last Space Shuttle mission returned to Earth over eight years ago. The achievements and sacrifices of scientists, engineers, and astronauts contributing to work on the International Space Station and on robotic spacecraft are of course important, but there’s more work to be done, and it looks like, thanks to both the private industry and federally-funded agencies in various countries, we’ll finally be back on the Moon and beyond in the next few decades. … [Read more...] about We Need More Near-Future Space Exploration Movies Like
This is not to knock new or transformative technologies. But Google Glass is never going to be one, so why does the company keep trying? And if they’re going to keep at it, can’t they try harder than this? Indeed, the very futuristic world of heads-up displays is already changing how anyone from soldiers to motorcycle drivers goes about their day. But something has always felt off about Google’s pursuit of a temple-mounted camera with a teeny screen attached to it. When Glass was still a Google X project, it seemed like a wacky way to do some R&D on voice recognition and user interface design. By the time models were wearing Glass on Diane Von Furstenberg’s runway show, the whole circus felt like a marketing ploy, and it remained unclear if the device would ever offer any real world applications. … [Read more...] about Google Glass Is Still a Bad Idea