Incident 125: Amazon’s Robotic Fulfillment Centers Have Higher Serious Injury Rates

Description: Amazon’s robotic fulfillment centers have higher serious injury rates.


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Alleged: Amazon developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Amazon fulfillment center workers.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

GMF Taxonomy Classifications

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Known AI Goal

Robotic Manipulation, Activity Tracking, Automatic Skill Assessment

Potential AI Technology

Visual Object Detection

Known AI Technical Failure

Tuning Issues

Potential AI Technical Failure

Lack of Capability Control


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.