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Convenience store robot pilots wanted, wages start at 1,450 yen per hour

Go back to this damned reserve, Shinji!

Long dreamed of in anime and manga, a world in which the mech-pilot exists as a job may finally have arrived. Granted, it’s a robot working in the storeroom of a convenience store, but I like to think that still matters.

For nearly two years, we have been following the evolution of robots developed by the Tokyo company Telexistence and deployed in Family Mart convenience stores. An effort to make up for the labor shortage in the ever-expanding 24-hour convenience store market, tests have been regularly conducted and now it looks like these robots are ready to go to work with the help of pilots. part-time from a remote location.

May 24, Telexistence tweeted a job posting for Robot Operator (VR) in which the employee must operate several storage robots in various convenience storesall from an office in the Kachidoki district of Chou, Tokyo.

According to the announcement, the base salary is 1,450 yen ($11.41) per hour and applicants must work at least four days a week, including holidays and weekends, for shifts. nine-hour shift in the morning, afternoon or night. In the case of night shifts, wages can go up to 1,800 yen ($14.16) from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

No special computer skills are required other than experience and familiarity with using virtual reality. In fact, it looks like a pretty cushy concert overall, because if you remember the last article we wrote about it, the robots are controlled by an AI named Gordon.

▼ Go ahead, Gordie!

Telexistence’s robot operator would simply be available in case something happened that the AI ​​couldn’t handle.which I imagine would be a bottle knocking over or someone asking him a paradoxical question.

Comments on the online job posting mostly seemed to take issue with the idea of ​​having to go to an office just to work remotely.

“I can do it at home!” I have VR glasses.
“Do they use a special controller?” Is that why you have to go to their office?
“If I can go, why can’t I go to every store every time there’s a problem?”
“If I accidentally drop something on the robot, do I have to go there and pick it up myself? »
“You either have to live in Tokyo or go to Tokyo, which doesn’t make this job very interesting.”
“Can you fight your way to an Earth Defense Force pilot?”
“What if the glasses showed you a convenience store, but you were actually on a battlefield… What about this?”

So it looks like Telexistence has its work cut out for it to find a team of responsible bot operators. Of course, this style of working is still in its infancy, which is probably why pilots should go to a central office rather than work from home. As the types of potential pitfalls are identified and sorted out, it looks like the ability to work from anywhere could become an option before too long.

By the way, it is not clear whether this job is also open to English speakers, but Telexistence also seems to be looking for a tech support engineer with Linux English skills.. Although this position is only overnight, he enjoys an hourly wage of 2,000 yen ($15.73) and the ability to work from home.

Regardless of the language, either job can be worth investing in. After all, when the real Mobile Suits and Labors arrive, the experience can’t be much simpler than navigating Gordon through the unpredictable world of beverage storage mishaps.

Source: Twitter/@telexistenceincItai news via ITmedia
Top image: YouTube/Telexistence Inc.
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