Amazon Grows To More Than 750,000 Robots

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In today’s email:

  • New Kid In Town: 💱 Russia & India partner to push BRICS pay challenging SWIFT.

  • Stop Right There: 🛑 Global trade chokepoints and their importance.

  • Robot King: 🤖 Amazon’s in-house robot numbers explode exceeding 750,000.


Russia-India Pioneering The BRICS Pay Revolution Over SWIFT

In a significant move within the BRICS alliance, Russia and India have embarked on a strategic partnership, primarily focusing on developing a robust digital economy. This collaboration, announced amidst the ongoing expansion and increasing influence of the BRICS bloc, signals a major shift in the global economic landscape.

The partnership was highlighted by Sergey Cheremin, Minister of the Moscow City Government and Chairman of the Board of the Business Council for Cooperation with India, during the Smart Cities India Expo program. Emphasizing the shared vision of both nations, Cheremin outlined the goal to create state-of-the-art infrastructure and a safe, efficient urban environment. The cornerstone of this alliance is the advancement in information technology and digital economy sectors, with both countries aspiring to become global leaders in these domains.

A critical aspect of this partnership is the integration and promotion of the BRICS Pay system, an initiative set to challenge the dominance of the Western SWIFT payment system. Launched in late 2023, BRICS Pay represents a significant step in the bloc's long-term strategy of de-dollarization, offering a BRICS-centric alternative to the global financial infrastructure.

The Russia-India digital economy partnership, in tandem with the implementation of BRICS Pay, not only enhances the economic ties between these two nations but also positions them at the forefront of a digital revolution within the BRICS alliance. This move could potentially reshape global financial transactions and reduce dependence on traditional Western financial systems, marking a new era in the global economic order.


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Every Global Trade Chokepoint Explained

Carrying about 90% of trade, maritime shipping and the waterways they pass through are vital to the global economy, with various narrow straits and canals having major impacts. So where are these chokepoints on global trade and why are they so important?


New legislation paving way for Washington to seize $300 billion of Russian assets. Russian central bank assets have been frozen by the EU, United States, Japan, and Canada since Russia invaded Ukraine, with only 5 to 6 billion located in the US.

How chaos in the Red Sea is putting the U.S. Navy to the test. Although the Navy has invested heavily in anti-air technology, including most notably the Aegis combat system for the past several decades, the most effective missiles are also the most expensive. Shooting down drones that cost $20,000 with a Standard Missile that cost over $2 million is an expensive task.

Chinese startup introduces innovative nuclear battery. In a groundbreaking move, Beijing-based startup, Betavolt, has introduced a nuclear battery that claims to generate electricity for an astounding 50 years without the need for charging or maintenance.


Amazon Grows To More Than 750,000 Robots

Amazon's rapid integration of robotics into its operations exemplifies the massive scale at which the robotics industry is evolving. A decade ago, Amazon's warehouses hardly featured any robots. However, this scenario has drastically changed over the years, with a remarkable growth in their robot workforce which now exceeds 750,000 robots.

This exponential increase, particularly the addition of 400,000 robots in the last two years, indicates a significant shift towards automated processes in Amazon's operations. The company has not only been deploying new robots at a rapid pace but also innovating in the field. Their latest advancements in AI and robotics, like the autonomous mobile robot Proteus and the robotic handling systems Cardinal and Sparrow, showcase a commitment to improving efficiency and safety in their facilities.

Moreover, Amazon's foray into more sophisticated robotics like the humanoid robot Digit, developed in partnership with Agility Robotics, and its intelligent system Sparrow, highlights the company's continuous innovation. These advancements not only optimize the supply chain but also open up new possibilities for human-robot collaboration in workspace settings.

As we enter this new era of robotics and intelligence, the challenge lies in the vast re-skilling and up-skilling efforts needed for the workforce. The rapid technological advancements in AI and robotics are reshaping job requirements and creating new opportunities for high-skilled work. This transition demands a strategic approach to workforce development, ensuring that employees are equipped with the necessary skills to thrive in an increasingly automated world. See clip here.


The USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship in the United States Navy. It was famously sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The catastrophic event caused the loss of 1,177 officers and crewmen. This incident propelled the United States into World War II. Today, the wreck remains a solemn war memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.. Click to see shipwreck 👀


Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon. Michael Lewis' "Going Infinite" delves into the rise and fall of Sam Bankman-Fried, the enigmatic founder of FTX and once the world’s youngest billionaire. This book offers a psychological and financial exploration of Bankman-Fried’s journey, covering high-frequency trading, cryptocurrencies, philanthropy, and his ultimate downfall. Lewis captures the intriguing persona of a rule-breaking character whose extraordinary trajectory ends dramatically.

Gambler: Secrets from a Life at Risk: "Billy Walters, renowned as the 'Michael Jordan of sports betting,' shares his journey from poverty to becoming a betting legend in 'Gambler.' He reveals the secrets of his winning streak and proprietary betting system, detailing his sophisticated strategies and handicapping methods. Walters also discusses his relationship with Phil Mickelson and his involvement with the Computer Group. His autobiography serves as an insightful guide and a thrilling narrative of his unique American life.”

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