Today I went to a Walmart Superstore for a few things. Darn few check out counters were open, but there was room in the DIY counters.
I went there.
|Self check out robot at work|
|The self check out robot up close|
I enjoy going to a human when I'm checking out, maybe that's from the year+ or so vandwelling, when standing in a check out line was a chance to interact with other live humans... even if they really didn't want to talk.
The guy in front of you comments on the gossip magazine cover - do you just ignore him?
I went to the self check out section because it was open. As I was ringing up my stuff I realized that I was interacting with a robot. This robot took the place of someone who would have had to be paid by the hour, a warm body that the store would have to pay social security taxes on, and unemployment taxes & various insurances for.
As a plus, the bot may break down but it won't call in sick the day after the SuperBowl.
I'd never thought of it as a robot before.
Like the video said, the robot doesn't have to be better than the human, just make fewer mistakes.
|Another robot I'm very familiar with but never think about|
I wonder how many jobs these two robot types have taken?
This will probably affect my children & grandchildren more than me... probably.