FedEx's new package-delivering robots have been spotted on the streets of New York City, according to dozens of city dwellers who posted pictures and videos of the robots onto social media.
The SameDay Bot is expected to enter commercial service in February 2020, and it uses artificial intelligence, sensors, and stair-climbing wheels to traverse the city's most challenging terrain.
Twitter user @WhatIsNewYork tweeted last week a short video of the robot rolling down Crosby Street near Houston Street.
Upon the sightings of the robot, Mayor de Blasio was triggered on social media, who tweeted, "First of all, @FedEx, never get a robot to do a New Yorker's job. We have the finest workers in the world."
Adding that "Second of all, we didn't grant permission for these to clog up our streets. If we see ANY of these bots, we'll send them packing."
First of all, @FedEx, never get a robot to do a New Yorker’s job. We have the finest workers in the world.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 23, 2019
Second of all, we didn’t grant permission for these to clog up our streets. If we see ANY of these bots we’ll send them packing. https://t.co/XxJIrIW9vr
City Hall spokesman Will Baskin-Gerwitz told the New York Post that city employees will remove the robots from city streets.
"These large autonomous robots are not allowed on city streets, and they're a public safety hazard for New Yorkers. We'll use appropriate methods to remove them immediately," Baskin-Gerwitz told The Post.
The de Blasio administration's violent reaction to robots is a typical 'Ok Boomer' response to new technology that will displace millions of jobs by 2030.
Automation in New York City could lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses in the coming years, likely to impact industries such as food service, retail, transportation, and warehousing the hardest.
De Blasio knows that the proliferation of robots on the streets of New York City could lead to a large number of job losses and further push wealth inequality to the extreme. This would destroy the social fabric that has kept everyone complacent in the city; any social unrest could unravel his party's socialist agenda for the city.