Amazon’s Checkout Line-Less Grocery Store

Hey 3.5 readers.

Skynet begins!

That’s right.  Amazon has opened up a grocery store without checkout lines, cash registers, employees taking your money or what have you.

The whole thing works with your phone and when you walk out the door, you get charged for whatever food you’ve got with you.  The food items have sensors or something and somehow this damn robot store can tell what food you have taken.

I’m curious how they’d stop shoplifters.  I mean, OK they’ll charge your phone if you have it set up so there’s in that case, even stuffing a bag of Funions down your pants won’t work because you’ll just get charge for those delicious crispy onion treats.

But what if you don’t have the app set up?  I assume Jeff Bezos just sends a team of drones to hunt you down, pick you up by your feet and jingle all the spare change out of your pockets.

It’s very interesting.  I can see some good behind it.  It speeds things up so you don’t have to wait in line.  You can just walk right out the door when you have everything you need.

On the other hand, I do feel bad as this may very well lead to less jobs for grocery store workers.  I know that personally, I have seen more and more stores up the number of self-check out registers in recent years so automation seems to be the trend.

You know what I would love?  If I could just enter all the stuff I want into an app, order it, and then when I show up at the store, someone just hands it to me because they’ve packed it up already.

Come to think of it, there are some stores that do have an online ordering/delivery feature where you can order in line and then they deliver the food to your house.  The downside is you can’t squeeze the melons in the produce section to see if they are ripe or not and I hate to miss out on that because this is the most action I get in life.

What say you, 3.5 readers?  Is this how Skynet begins?

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2 thoughts on “Amazon’s Checkout Line-Less Grocery Store

  1. I was sure it began a few years ago with the spread of the smartphone. I noticed when I was in the doctor’s office waiting for my dad so I could drive him home. It was a tiny specialist’s office–too many tiny chairs and very little space. I had a notebook to jot down some notes and edit my research paper, and a book to read in case I ran out of ideas. I looked around and at least 20 people were in the room with me. Every. Single. One. On. Their. Phones. Thumbs flew, eyes dead, pointer fingers listlessly swiping…I got the hell out of there and sat out in the hallway until dad came out. He gave me a look like “what?”, but when I pointed back in the room, he saw and nodded, totally understanding (he wasn’t able to talk after the procedure) and we left. That was the first time “Skynet” popped into my head.

  2. I think human spines will evolve to support the drooping head screen gaze that currently puts so much pressure on the backbone from the weighty skull. Of course, enough screen time and enough brain cells may die to make the skull lighter.

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