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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    As Southern Dad points out in post #165: But the grocery stores have self check out machines. The shipping warehouses have automated order picking machines. Let's not forget the swipe to pay, taking out those bank tellers.

    Better get out your sledgehammer and start smashing the computers before they take over COMPLETELY, I guess. You sound like someone who is thinking that maybe the Unabomber was right about computers being evil.....
    Dont forget driverless trucks are on their way too. Hydroponic growing that is heavily automated as well. It wont be long until most of our shopping for food will be highly automated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Dont forget driverless trucks are on their way too. Hydroponic growing that is heavily automated as well. It wont be long until most of our shopping for food will be highly automated.
    Waymo is planning to invest in 82k robo taxis in the US, there are currently 175k registered taxis in the US. If you ballpark that on the low side, that's a quarter million jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparta View Post
    Waymo is planning to invest in 82k robo taxis in the US, there are currently 175k registered taxis in the US. If you ballpark that on the low side, that's a quarter million jobs.
    Someone is going to have to work on those robo taxis. Someone will have to clean them. Someone will have to man the call center to handle complaint calls. Someone will have to do their marketing. Someone will have to do their scheduling. Someone will have to order replacement parts.

    ...capitalism provides.

    Edit: I was going to say maybe some could go to school and get law degrees to handle the incoming lawsuits from when a rogue robo taxi kills someone, but there's already enough lawyers in this country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    Someone is going to have to work on those robo taxis. Someone will have to clean them. Someone will have to man the call center to handle complaint calls. Someone will have to do their marketing. Someone will have to do their scheduling. Someone will have to order replacement parts.

    ...capitalism provides.

    Edit: I was going to say maybe some could go to school and get law degrees to handle the incoming lawsuits from when a rogue robo taxi kills someone, but there's already enough lawyers in this country.
    If I own all of the robo taxis I have them robo their asses to my service center.

    No more small business owners of garages, taxicabs, retail tire. That's all coming. I appreciate capitalism like the next guy, its gotten me everything around me, but it's an economic theory which doesn't take every real world scenario into account which is why we need regulation (for example).
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    Went to my local grocery store yesterday and was a bit surprised to see that over the last week they removed almost all of the cashier lanes and put in these huge new self checkouts. While I was there they had 14 self check out lanes open and only 1 with a cashier and bagger. I kind of paused a bit to look around and two things struck me, first was almost everyone under 40 was at the self checkouts. All older people at the lone cashier. Second was that as the line for the cashier grew, the people became frustrated and headed for the self checkouts. I figure this was the intention. Was interesting to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Went to my local grocery store yesterday and was a bit surprised to see that over the last week they removed almost all of the cashier lanes and put in these huge new self checkouts. While I was there they had 14 self check out lanes open and only 1 with a cashier and bagger. I kind of paused a bit to look around and two things struck me, first was almost everyone under 40 was at the self checkouts. All older people at the lone cashier. Second was that as the line for the cashier grew, the people became frustrated and headed for the self checkouts. I figure this was the intention. Was interesting to see.
    My local Walmart Superstore is also automating in a big way. As of a month ago, they had four small self checkout stations, for people getting a small quantity of items. When I stopped there about ten days ago, I did a full stop. They had taken out about half of their remaining cashier aisles, replacing them with big self-checkout lanes, and these were suitable for people buying maybe two weeks' worth of groceries. There are now maybe only six cashier lanes, as opposed to about three times that many self checkout lanes. AND, they have this huge vertical device that is evidently going to be used for customers to pick up orders sent in online, or for orders to be delivered to customers. Still not totally sure how that device is going to work, but I was fascinated by it, had never seen anything quite like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    My local Walmart Superstore is also automating in a big way. As of a month ago, they had four small self checkout stations, for people getting a small quantity of items. When I stopped there about ten days ago, I did a full stop. They had taken out about half of their remaining cashier aisles, replacing them with big self-checkout lanes, and these were suitable for people buying maybe two weeks' worth of groceries. There are now maybe only six cashier lanes, as opposed to about three times that many self checkout lanes. AND, they have this huge vertical device that is evidently going to be used for customers to pick up orders sent in online, or for orders to be delivered to customers. Still not totally sure how that device is going to work, but I was fascinated by it, had never seen anything quite like it.
    One of our large grocery chains had a pretty hefty layoff about a year ago due to automation. They just dont need people like they once did. Cashiers and baggers and warehouse workers were hit hardest. The distribution center has automated robots now that pull stock and load the trucks. Its a whole new world.
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    My store did that and the other day ALL the machines were down. They had to scramble what employees they did have to man old-fashioned check out lanes. Over-reliance on machines is not good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    My store did that and the other day ALL the machines were down. They had to scramble what employees they did have to man old-fashioned check out lanes. Over-reliance on machines is not good.
    Yes, to BLAZES with all these new-fangled computer thingies! We should go back to typewriters!!
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