Developers at Jodone are experimenting with a new system that pairs humans and robots to sort recycling. How? They made a video game- and high scoring players can earn additional income by sorting above average rates of salvageable recycling.
Jodone estimates that its system—which combines the company’s software with standard industrial robots—will generate $24 million in additional revenue for waste facilities. Under lab conditions, [CEO Cole] Parker says, they have achieved pick rates of 2,500 per hour—eight times higher than a human being alone—with 95 percent accuracy. The pilot project will be the first time the software has been tested outside of the lab.
“We know that robots are great at manual labor—at doing the same thing a million times in a row. But humans are great at problem solving, classification, identification, and dealing with diversity,” explains Parker.