How Sil­i­con Val­ley is trans­form­ing the way we shop for food

ZOOMER Magazine - - THIS ISSUE IS DELICIOUS SHOPPING - By Marc Saltz­man

WHILE THE DE­VICES we rely on to­day may seem com­mon­place, it would have been con­sid­ered sci­ence fic­tion just a few years ago – be it tak­ing calls on a smart­watch, ask­ing a speaker in your home to play one of 30 mil­lion songs or ro­botic lawn­mow­ers that qui­etly cut our grass.

And so, when you hear about how we’ll be per­form­ing one of our most com­mon tasks in the near fu­ture – shop­ping for gro­ceries – don’t write it off as fan­tasy be­cause it’ll be here be­fore you know it.

Here’s a look at a few likely sce­nar­ios.

1 STORES WITH NO CHECK­OUT

As we saw in Jan­uary with the launch of the first Ama­zon Go store in Seat­tle, you might not need to wait in line to pay for items in the near fu­ture. Thanks to hun­dreds of cam­eras and sen­sors and smart ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) be­hind the scenes, you can grab items off the shelf and sim­ply walk out when you’re done – and your ac­count will be au­to­mat­i­cally billed (fol­lowed by an emailed re­ceipt). Even if you place

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