While humans are undoubtedly better than robots at all sorts of tasks, slowly but surely the bots are catching up.
Helping narrow that gap is retail giant Amazon, which this past weekend funded a contest in Leipzig, Germany, where robots tried their hand at picking items from shelves in a mock Amazon warehouse.
Compared with human pickers, the performance of the robot arms in this year’s competition looks sub-par. They are slower to spot items with their cameras and more likely to drop them with their grippers and suction cups.
But compared with the robots that competed in last year’s event they excelled.