It’s well known that robots are going to take our jobs sooner or later.
But it’s already happened for workers at this company, where speeding orange bots sort more than 200,000 parcels every day.
Hypnotic footage from inside the warehouse of a delivery firm shows how they scan codes to identify where everything needs to go, virtually eliminating sorting mistakes.
The robots self-charge and never need to sleep or have a cigarette break, meaning they can work throughout the night, 24/7, although at present they are only used after 6pm.
Shentong estimates the new sorting system is saving around 70% of what they would spend to employ humans.
Each of the round Hikvision robots is around the size of a seat cushion, and manages to avoid bashing into others due to programming despite nipping quickly over the floor.
They were filmed at a warehouse in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on the Chinese mainland.
And they’re an example of how machines are already taking over many factory and retail jobs.
The robots (which are cute, in a weird way), flip their lids to receive a package, then tip them into chutes in the right area judging on their intended destinations.
An Shentong STO Express spokesperson told the South China Morning Post: ‘We use these robots in two of our centres in Hangzhou right now.
‘We want to start using these across the country, especially in our bigger centres.’