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Humans need not apply at Amazon Go

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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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Linh is a staff journalist at WikiTribune with a background in the humanities. She covers the Middle East, Asia, conflict and technology. Though based in London, she has freelanced across Asia, the UK and U.S.

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23 January 2018

14:03:49, 23 Jan 2018 . .‎ Chris D. (Updated → Clarifying that tech used is through identically named app.)
06:26:30, 23 Jan 2018 . .‎ Zakaria Ridouh (Updated → small rephrasing)

22 January 2018

13:24:38, 22 Jan 2018 . .‎ Linh Nguyen (Updated → thumbnail)
13:22:20, 22 Jan 2018 . .‎ Ed Upright (Updated → editing)
12:08:03, 22 Jan 2018 . .‎ Linh Nguyen (Updated → update)

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