I always thought that the most precious thing in retail was space. Every last square inch has to be utilized to its fullest, so that when the data analysts descend you can justify the monetary returns on every one of those inches. Yet, for reasons that might not seem entirely sane, some supermarkets have currently placed bizarre, startled-eyed, smiling robots in their aisles in order to, well, who knows? I know this because of a tweet emitted by New York Times columnist Kevin Roose. Don’t worry, robots and AI won’t take your job: Well, at least not all of it Automation probably won’t lead to massive unemployment, but governments will still need to prepare for major upheaval, according to a new study. Read More His stance was relatively kind: “My grocery store got a robot that is supposed to monitor the aisles, but it can’t get to the aisles because people just stand around staring at it.” Please, take a look at humanity’s fascination with beings that look like they’ve been imported from an 80’s children’s TV show. Roose may be in the minority with his sanguine stance. For he reported the reactions of others: “A woman just called the robot a ‘fuckin dumbass’ and told it to get out of her way. New York City!” I fear such a reaction wouldn’t be confined to New York. Even in the more genteel places, I worry that there could be cases of robot assault, as has occurred with security robots. And… [Read full story]
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