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Amazon opens its first cashier-less convenience store in Seattle Monday, in a move potentially revolutionary for tech, automation and business, though possibly devastating for workers.
At the new Amazon Go store, customers can bypass checkout lines, thanks to hundreds of tiny cameras and a computer algorithm that keeps track of every item shoppers grab. The only requirement is to have an Amazon account and the Amazon Go app, which operates via your Amazon login. As you shop, each item you grab is added to your Amazon cart and an Amazon receipt gets sent to your phone once you leave the store.
The store had already been beta tested by Amazon employees, who’ve been using it without any reported incidents for months.
For those wondering how savvy the system is, a New York Times reporter did try shoplifting for the sake of journalism and was unsuccessful. “With permission from Amazon, I tried to trick the store’s camera system by wrapping a shopping bag around a $4.35 four-pack of vanilla soda while it was still on a shelf, tucking it under my arm and walking out of the store. Amazon charged me for it,” Times reporter Nick Wingfield wrote. …read more
Source:: Salon – Innovation