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Imagine doing the grocery shopping and then skipping the cashier. Retail giant Amazon opens a grocery store without checkouts on Monday in Seattle, prompting debates over the future of commerce in an increasingly automated world.
The store, named Amazon Go, relies on artificial intelligence, cameras, and sensors to track what customers take from shelves and allow them to leave without stopping to pay, using so-called “Just Walk Out Technology.” This is accomplished by shoppers downloading and installing the identically named “Amazon Go” app. Upon checking out, shoppers are then billed through their Amazon accounts for the items they removed.
Amazon’s conception of the store was five years in the making. In reviewing the venture, Nick Wingfield of The New York Times wrote that shopping there felt like shoplifting, but when he tried to trick the technology by hiding a pack of soda underneath a bag he was billed for it anyway.
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