Walgreens is getting ready to deploy an army of robot pharmacists that can fill as many prescriptions in one hour as a team of humans can do in one day
· · Mar 31, 2022 · NottheBee.com

Surveying the rubble of post-Judgment Day America, the survivors of the nuclear fire will most assuredly be scratching their heads and saying, "Hold on a sec, we gave them control of our nukes and our medicine??"

Bright yellow robotic arms are becoming a bigger part of Walgreens' workforce.

Inside of a large facility in the Dallas area, they fill thousands of prescriptions for customers who take medications to manage or treat high blood pressure, diabetes or other conditions. Each robot can fill 300 prescriptions in an hour, the company said — roughly the same number that a typical Walgreens pharmacy with a handful of staff may do in a day.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is opening the automated, centralized hubs to keep up in the fast-changing pharmacy industry. The pandemic has intensified the drugstore chain's need to stay relevant as online pharmacies siphon off sales and more customers have items from toilet paper to toothpaste delivered to their doorstep. The global health crisis has also heightened demand for pharmacists, as hospitals and drugstores hired them to administer Covid vaccines and tests.

Just another result of the post-COVID New Normal, eh? It almost seems like industry types are using the crisis of the last two years to fully reorient entire industries away from human-to-human interaction and toward something much worse. Maybe?

Okay, admittedly these things do sort of look pretty cool:

I mean, anything that looks like, you know, a claw machine or an arcade game of some kind...it gets my attention. Look at this thing go!

Maybe not cool enough to justify throwing away countless decent-paying jobs, but that's just me.


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