Scarcity won’t save us or provide a path forward. Abundance will.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) April 10, 2019
— Yang Gang ? (@YangGangUS) April 10, 2019
Nothing to see here …
“Walmart is planning to use thousands of robots for a wide variety of tasks within its stores following a “well-received” round of tests in 2018.
“Smart assistants have huge potential to make busy stores run more smoothly,” the nation’s largest private employer said in a news release.
Walmart, which employs 1.5 million associates in the U.S. alone, said in the release Tuesday that the plans will give employees “more of an opportunity to do what they’re uniquely qualified for” which is serve customers face-to-face on the sales floor.
Walmart isn’t the only retailer that has robots roaming around.
Home Depot customers can type an item into the store app and call up a map that leads them to where they can find the light fixture or cabinet they need. Shoppers at some stores and malls can also get the information they need from a robot named “Pepper.” And the Mall of America has enlisted a hologram named Ellie the Elf as a virtual greeter.
Also, Amazon has thousands of robots operating in its warehouses throughout the country. …”
I’ve tried to tell you that getting hung up over Yang being Asian is exactly like getting mad at a kind person who is trying to tell you that you’re about to get hit by a truck.
I’m happy to trade a nostalgic vision for a futuristic one. It looks like the future could be very different than I had thought. The anarchists are going to fight the future and lose.
Note: If you haven’t seen Caprica, you should check it out. The show was cancelled after only one season but it was a thought provoking take on the near future: holograms and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the rise of a robot slave caste, resurrection technology, etc.