How to become a robot with Disney Pixar
Disney’s Pixar animation studio is hiring more than a third of its staff to take over its human resources department, as it moves to automate more tasks in the coming months.
The move will mean that more than two-thirds of Disney’s 200 staff will be using robots, a trend the studio is keen to replicate in its other departments, including the parks and film studio.
While robots may seem an unlikely replacement for human beings, Pixar is trying to improve its human-friendly work environment, with more than 200 new jobs being created, as the studio’s workforce shrinks.
Its chief human resources officer, Alex Nocera, said last month the company’s focus was to “improve the overall experience of people who work for us”.
Nocera added that the robots would be “a significant part of the work we do at Pixar”.
“The robots are going to help us do things in a way that is much more friendly and inviting,” he said.
Disney said it would use a combination of technologies and algorithms to “accelerate and automate the hiring of more human-like employees in the human resources group”.
“We want to make sure that we’re giving the best possible experience for the employees who work at Pixar,” Noceria said.