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The company said that as it's researching and developing "assisted and collaborative" technology to make certain tasks easier and more efficient, that allows for employees to "reallocate their abilities to more sophisticated tasks." Amazon added that technology not only increases productivity, but "in some cases increases consumer demand which history shows creates more jobs."
Overall though, Gutelius said the research raises questions about how technological advancements will affect workers physically and psychologically, and how lawmakers will grapple with those issues.
"I think we really need to take seriously that workers have a stake in technology," she said.
John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County CED, said that conversation is beginning to happen among economic developers. He said while the conditions for workers in the logistics industry have improved over the last decade or so, he worries about what will happen once those jobs become automated.
Greuling added that neither he nor logistics professionals know what further automation means for the industry or Will County's economy.