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December 05, 2016

"Amazon Go" Market Will Let You Walk In, Walk Out Without Having to Pay Cashier... Somehow

Supposedly a combination of camera technology, smart "algorithms" and something something adaptive learning something will inform your Amazon account which items you've bought and which you've put back. You check in with your Amazon app at the beginning of your shopping, then shop, then just walk out without paying for anything. Somehow the something something technology knows what you've taken and bills you later.

You know what I'd like even better? I virtually shop, saying I want this this this and this, then I walk out without even carrying the stuff out. Then they deliver it later at some time I've scheduled. Like when you stop by a supermarket but have somewhere to go afterwards so you can't just keep the milk and ice cream in your car, getting warm.

Lazy, I know. But a man can dream.

Speaking of disruptive technology: Phillip Morris, the cigarette giant, is now eyeing dumping its actual tobacco lines in favor of e-cigarettes (and other smoking alternatives) only.

believe there will come a moment in time where I would say we have sufficient adoption of these alternative products ... to start envisaging, together with governments, a phase-out period for cigarettes," Andre Calantzopoulos said in an interview on BBC Radio 4.

"I hope this time will come soon," he added.


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