How Silicon Valley is transforming the way we shop for food
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