Facebook Has Built a Fleet of Robots To Patrol Its Data Centers

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    There are robots on the prowl at Facebook’s server farms. The social networking giant has quietly built a fleet of mobile robots to patrol its data centers, and now has a team dedicated to automating its vast network of facilities around the globe, Business Insider reported Tuesday. From the report: The high-tech initiative could boost the firm’s profits and help revolutionize the data center industry — and potentially prompt job losses around the country. As Facebook has grown, it has built out a sprawling network of data centers around the globe dedicated to hosting users’ content and supporting its apps and services. Its locations now stretch from Oregon to Sweden to Singapore — but maintaining the vast facilities requires human data center operators and engineers to manage the systems, replace malfunctioning drives, and so on. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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