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06/17/2017 11:10 AM

...."Parked in a big open square on campus was a vehicle resembling a bus. Through its floor-to-ceiling glass front, shelves could be seen stacked with red boxes.

At the entrance, Wei Li scanned a QR code using his iPhone. A glass door slid open, and he stepped inside a store with no checkout and no staff.

A holographic human face with a calm expression and neatly cut bangs greeted him. There was no sound, just a move of the face from one side to another. Li said he was impressed by the range of products sold there: fruits, potato chips, coffee, magazines, and even sneakers, each with a bar code on the package. He liked the ease with which he could buy things: all he needed to do was scan the barcode using a smartphone app with his banking card information registered in it. As he approached the exit, another glass door slid open automatically to let him out.

This was Moby Store, launched by Wheelys, a Stockholm-headquartered crowdfunded startup. Originally focused on making cafés that can be moved from one spot to the next by bike, the company is now testing out a model of a 24-hour store run entirely by technology."....

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608104/in-china-a-store-of-the-future-no-checkout-no-staff/?set=

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06/17/2017 12:09 PM

Shop! Or you will be assimilated.

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06/17/2017 2:22 PM

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06/20/2017 6:58 AM

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06/20/2017 10:11 AM

Sounds like you are talking a discrete language.

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06/17/2017 5:37 PM

"At the entrance, Wei Li scanned a QR code using his iPhone."

Looks to me like Wei Li has a spaghetti strap dress on.

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06/17/2017 6:11 PM

This will never beat Amazon...Whole Foods will be available there soon.

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06/17/2017 7:19 PM

Refrigerated delivery? ...doesn't sound cheap....

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06/18/2017 9:30 AM

Meijer just opened up in my town, they have shopping from home and delivery service, for an introductory price of $9.??/ month (or maybe a week) for 2 years sounds pretty reasonable. I don't know what the regular price is.

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06/17/2017 10:33 PM

It might be open 24 hr, but it's got wheels, so it might not be where you saw it last.

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06/18/2017 12:02 AM

It probably has a geolocator in the app...

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06/19/2017 11:13 AM

Does that mean it will become like one of those annoying, patrolling ice cream trucks?

Good humor does nothing for my good humor.

Maybe they could play some tune other than "Turkey in the Straw" morphed with Beethoven?

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06/19/2017 4:41 AM

Extrapolating:

  • If there is no-one working there, and no-one to pay, then why should anything cost anything other than zero?
  • If there are no jobs in the economy as a result of its total automation, then how is an individual's worth assessed?
  • If, as a result, money is no longer an incentive, then what incentive will there be?

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06/19/2017 7:43 AM

If there is no-one working there, and no-one to pay, then why should anything cost anything other than zero?

It takes money to maintain it.

If there are no jobs in the economy as a result of its total automation, then how is an individual's worth assessed?

Nothing is ever totally automated.

If, as a result, money is no longer an incentive, then what incentive will there be?

Seems to be working for more and more people. And now its becoming organized.

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06/19/2017 8:00 AM

<...It takes money to maintain it....> Extrapolate: automate it.

<...Nothing is ever totally automated...> Extrapolate: assume it is.

<...Seems to be working for more and more people. And now its becoming organized....> Quite.

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06/19/2017 8:21 AM

<...Nothing is ever totally automated...> Extrapolate: assume it is.

I was the engineering manager and an OEM, and one of the clients was a larger cheese manufacture.

The owner and salesman at our company signed a contract for a fully automatic brining operation. Listing nothing about the automation in the scope.... Just Fully automatic.

I did not realize this, I was only told to design a brining operations that keep the brine serpentine tanks at certain operational flows, temperature and levels, as well as control gates to control the 40# blocks of cheese.

The customer refused to pay at the end of it, because they declared it was not fully automatic. Because it wasn't automatically adding salt to the brine (because it was getting diluted with cooling water from the cookers.) AS well as filling the salt hoppers. The list goes on like this.

When I heard about that, I was more then pissed off as our salesman for agreeing to such a foolish contract. Especially not only consulting with engineering prior, but to not pass this information along.

As far as the customer, I asked when does he think the automation on this cheese making process should stop,.... 'throwing hay into the cows?'

He realize that he was pushing the automation too far up stream.

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06/19/2017 8:32 AM

Exactly. There is no scope for automating everything, as humans become redundant and of no worth.

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06/19/2017 8:26 PM

When robot's can enjoy pizza, beer, and good company.. we're screwed.

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06/20/2017 10:08 AM

The human race will go quietly into the night, since they will become too lazy to reproduce, or even to feed their young (except in remote jungle areas where power and technology will not penetrate). Civilization is already on the brink of self-destruction, so this might just nudge it over the cliff.

Language is already being phased out, since the neo-fascist left is removing the use of all descriptive adjectives from the language, or any concept of law and order.

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06/19/2017 8:32 AM

That is not a store. It is a large vending machine.

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06/19/2017 8:40 AM

Hey, there were marketing executives that spend years of hard work developing this, and you just tore it apart in two sentences.

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Pah!

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