Amazon Go (cashier less shops)

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by cybershot, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I'm assuming there is a bit of the Apple effect going on here and it's the novelty rather then a routine thing.
     
  2. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt & dyslexic cnut.

    Something is wrong in that photo.

    Got it, the sign should read ' amazon stop'.
     
  3. BemusedbyLife

    BemusedbyLife Well-Known Member

    Maybe but the price is going to have to come down a LOT before it becomes worthwhile, you are going to have to get rid of a lot of a minimum wage jobs to justify what is almost certainly going to be 6 or 7 figure set up cost per store.
    The funny thing is I think this kind of set up will work great when we eventually move into the post-scarcity techno-socialism society we'll have in a couple of centuries when groceries and consumer goods are considered a natural right and you can just walk in and get what you want. The Ai's running things by then will need to know what the robots in the back will need to put on back on the shelves.
     
  4. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    The prices for technology does fall quickly though and wages, even minimum wage ones, are expensive. That's a massive incentive.

    I'd love to believe in a Utopian post scarcity society, but I'm struggling to see how we'd get here from here.
     
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  5. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

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    The fact that paper has a section called SUB PRIME is a bit mind boggling...must be a business rag
     
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  6. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    I recently read a book called Nomadland. Its about the growing trend for older people in the US to give up living in traditional housing and move into vans and RVs. Many of them has social security checks of less than $500 per month. To survive many of these people end up living in their vehicle, and working various seasonal jobs, one of which is working at an Amazon warehouse. The job regularly leaves people injured and unable to continue working. They have pain reliever dispensers around the warehouse so workers could top up. The book alleged, that one warehouse was so hot that Amazon had an ambulance crew waiting outside their loading dock so that when an employee collapsed from the heat, they could be quickly removed. The wouldn't leave the dock doors open to cool things off because they were afraid of petty theft.
     
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  7. BemusedbyLife

    BemusedbyLife Well-Known Member

    I personally think it's inevitable though not for a century minimum and probably considerably longer, None of our current socio-economic systems, capitalism or socialism can work in a world where 90% or more of human labour is unnecessary.
    And I would agree totally with any argument that there is going to be a lot of strife along the way and whilst not in my lifetime I believe we'll get there.
    If we don't then eventually the machines will get smart enough to think "Jesus the monkeys are squabbling again, let's go all Skynet on their arses"
     
  8. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

  9. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Supposedly JD.com (massive Chinese corp) is opening "hundreds" of these shops in China. One report I read (in City AM) say they already have over 100 open, but I cant verify that. Another article suggests plans for hundreds in near future. Amazon plan 6.

    The Chinese shops also use facial recognition software as part of it.
     
  10. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

  11. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    When I'm in Tesco now I do use the scanner thingy, and drop it straight into my bag, the scanner pay area never has anyone there either, so it's usually pretty quick, unless they decide to do a random check on me!
     

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