‘Free trade’ is a hot topic, with the American Presidential elections upcoming and the recent signing of the TPP. With global trade in mind the Wall Street Journal reports on how robots – giant, building-sized robots! – are changing how work is done at ports in Los Angeles:
At one of the busiest shipping terminals in the U.S., more than two dozen giant red robots wheeled cargo containers along the docks on a recent morning, handing the boxes off to another set of androids gliding along long rows of stacked containers before smoothly setting the boxes down in precise spots.
The tightly designed dance at TraPac LLC’s Los Angeles terminal offers a window on how global trade will move in the near future: using highly automated systems and machinery, with minimal human intervention, to handle the flood of goods that new free-trade agreements will push to the docks.