The Robots are Coming

Robots in Japan are stocking shelves in convenience stores. The singularity is here! Everybody panic!

So far, no robots have gone rogue in the FamilyMart, where a company called Lawson has deployed 7-foot robots to restock shelves in Tokyo. The robot is named Model-T, after the Ford car. The company plans to roll them out to 20 stores by 2022.

The robots move on a wheeled platform and “know” where to put things based on cameras and sensors controlled by a human. They also have a microphone in case a customer wants to ask them a question. The pilot in the back room can answer the question through the robot. So this is not quite the singularity if the human has to do the driving. YET!

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