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Grocery robot pilots wanted, wages start at 1,450 yen per hour

Get in the damn warehouse Shinji!

A world long dreamed of in anime and manga, where the mechanical pilot exists as a job, may finally be here. Granted, it’s a machine that works in a grocery store’s stockroom, but I still like to think it’s important.

for almost two years we were tracking progress of the Robots developed by Tokyo-based Telexistence and deployed in Family Mart markets. In an effort to make up for the labor shortage in the ever-expanding 24-hour convenience store market, testing has been done regularly and now these robots appear ready to go to work with the help of part-time pilots. remote place.

on 24 May, Telexistence tweeted a job posting for Robot Operator (VR) where the employee had to run several stocking robots at various grocery stores.all from an office in the Kachidoki district of Chou, Tokyo.

According to the posting, the base wage is 1,450 yen (US$11.41) per hour, and applicants are expected to work in nine-hour shifts at least four days a week, morning, afternoon or night, including holidays and weekends. In the case of a night shift, wages can go up to 1,800 yen ($14.16) between 10 pm and 5 am.

No special IT skills are required other than experience and familiarity with using VR. Actually, it looks like a pretty casual gig overall, because if you remember our last article on the subject, robots are controlled by an artificial intelligence named Gordon.

▼ You go Gordie!

Telexistence’s Robot Operator will only be ready if there’s something the AI ​​can’t handle.I guess it would be a bottle that fell over, or someone asking him a paradoxical question.

Comments on the online job posting mostly seemed about the idea of ​​going to an office just to work remotely.

“I can do this at home! I have VR glasses.”
“Do they use a custom controller? Is that why you have to go to their office?”
“If I can get there, why don’t I go to every store when there’s a problem?”
“If I accidentally cause the robot to drop something, do I have to go out there and get it myself?”
“Either you have to live in Tokyo or go to Tokyo, it doesn’t make the job very worthwhile.”
“Can you work up to an Earth Defense Force pilot?”
“What if glasses showed you a grocery store and you were actually on a battlefield… What about that?”

So Telexistence seems to have stopped short of finding a team of Robot Operators in charge. Of course, this style of work is still in the very early stages, so pilots will likely need to head to a head office rather than work from home. It looks like the ability to work from any location one chooses may soon become an option as the types of potential pitfalls are identified and ranked.

By the way, it is unclear whether this job is also open to English speakers, but Telexistence also appears to be looking for a Technical Support Engineer with English Linux skills. Although this position is only overnight, it has a wage of 2,000 yen ($15.73) per hour and the ability to work from home.

Regardless of the language, either job may be worth entering. After all, when it’s real Mobile Suit and work Let’s face it, the experience doesn’t get any more ground floor than navigating Gordon through the unpredictable world of drink stocking accidents.

Source: Twitter/@telexistenceinc, Italy News through ITmedia
best picture: YouTube/Telexistence Inc.
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