Front line of the robot revolution

One place where you can really see how close we are to an exponential explosion in our societal relationship with technology is the supermarket. It’s been a few years now since self-check lanes made their way into our lives. This Fast Company article takes a quick look at the future of the phenomenon and what it means to the human beings who currently make a living at the end of 4-foot conveyor belt.

My thoughts? Sure, U-Scan has improved a lot since its introduction, but my preferred way to complete any kind of grocery or general merchandise shopping experience is still at Target where they pair a real, friendly person with an extremely intuitive credit card processor that you can reliably activate before the order is tallied. So while I’m not totally impressed by the technology described in the above article, I’d be very interested in seeing how and when Target decides to put it to use.