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WalMart Deals ‘Fight For $15’ Deathblow With New Robot Fleet

WalMart just dealt a deathblow to the “Fight for $15” movement by introducing a fleet of autonomous robot janitors into their stores.
These robot janitors are not just a gimmick but the start of a much larger trend as Bloomberg reports:
The world’s largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes the machines.
The autonomous janitors can clean floors on their own even when customers are around, according to the San Diego-based startup.
Walmart has already been experimenting with automating the scanning of shelves for out-of-stock items and hauling products from storage for online orders.
Advances in computer vision are also making it possible to use retail floor data to better understand consumer behavior, improve inventory tracking and even do away with checkout counters, as Amazon.com Inc. is trying to do with its cashierless stores.
Brain’s robots are equipped with an array of sensors that let them to gather and upload data.
“We can take anything that has wheels and turn it into a fully autonomous robot, provided that it can go slow and stopping is never a safety concern,” said Brain Chief Executive Office Eugene Izhikevich.
“And it’s more than just navigation. It is to robots what Android operating system is to smartphones.”
If leftists insist on $15 an hour minimum wage you can expect this trend to only accelerate.
In fact it’s a trend that is irreversible as robots fill more and more niches.
Welcome to the future, it’s coming faster than we think.

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