Amazon Just Patented the "Dwarf Tossing" Robot

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Amazon Just Patented a "Dwarf Tossing" Robot . . . and Little People Are Not Happy

 

Is there anything Amazon doesn't want to dominate?  They own retail.  They run the servers for millions of websites and apps.  They bought Whole Foods to take over the world of food.

  

And their latest move?  They want to be the exclusive providers of ROBOTIC DWARF TOSSING.  Yeah, bet you didn't see that one coming.

  

Amazon was just granted a new patent on Tuesday for a robotic arm that throws things into boxes.  And in a bunch of the example drawings they used, they showed the robot flinging a DWARF across a room into a box.

  

But the Little People of America organization is NOT happy about it.  Quote, "Any time that 'tossing' and 'dwarf' are put together, it's a real concern for us.  It really opens up the possibility of mocking and dehumanizing little people."

  

Amazon says they're taking it out of context.  They say they just used a dwarf FIGURINE as an example of a product that the robot arm could throw into a box.

  

And they pointed out that their patent also mentions the robot throwing a rubber ducky and a mug.  But those are mentioned three times total.  The dwarf is mentioned 17 times. 

 

 (San Jose Mercury News

 

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