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'Don't Think A Robot Could Do This': Warehouse Workers Aren't Worried For Their Jobs

A new NPR/Marist poll found that 94 percent of American workers think it's unlikely they would lose jobs to automation. At a New Jersey warehouse, many workers say they're confident in their future.

The wheels of a tall, metal cart squeak as Chris Beatty, 26, pulls it through a maze of aisles inside a cosmetics warehouse in Burlington, N.J.

A hand-held scanner helps Beatty find specific items, such as face cream or lipstick — to be sorted, packed and shipped to online customers. In his industry, this is called picking.

Asked if a robot could do his job, Beatty responds with a long pause. "That's a

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