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Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:33 AM

Walmart set to roll out 'autonomous janitors'

Source: The Hill

Walmart announced on Monday that it plans to deploy 360 custodial robots by the end of January that will mop the floors of some of its stores.

The retailer said in a joint statement with developer Brain Corp. that the machines will be able to scrub floors even with customers around. The robots will feature multiple sensors that allow them to scan for people and obstacles.

"BrainOS technology allows robots to effectively and safely function in complex, crowded environments, ensuring increased productivity and efficiency across applications," Brain Corp. CEO Eugene Izhikevich said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing to work alongside Walmart to help build intelligent, connected stores."

Bloomberg first reported on the announcement. The devices resemble a miniature Zamboni, the machine used to resurface ice at ice-skating rinks, and a motorized wheelchair, the news outlet said, and are already in use at airports in Seattle, Boston and Miami.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/419409-walmart-to-roll-out-autonomous-janitors

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Reply Walmart set to roll out 'autonomous janitors' (Original post)
brooklynite Dec 3 OP
appleannie1943 Dec 3 #1
Maxheader Dec 3 #22
dalton99a Dec 3 #2
pangaia Dec 3 #8
Sherman A1 Dec 4 #29
redwitch Dec 3 #3
KPN Dec 3 #11
IthinkThereforeIAM Dec 3 #12
PeeJ52 Dec 3 #4
nycbos Dec 3 #5
Javaman Dec 3 #6
RandiFan1290 Dec 3 #23
hatrack Dec 3 #7
Recursion Dec 3 #10
Yosemito Dec 3 #9
eppur_se_muova Dec 3 #13
tinrobot Dec 3 #14
radical noodle Dec 3 #17
FakeNoose Dec 3 #15
radical noodle Dec 3 #16
LisaM Dec 3 #18
dembotoz Dec 3 #19
jmowreader Dec 3 #20
gfwzig Dec 3 #21
YOHABLO Dec 3 #24
crazycatlady Dec 3 #25
democratisphere Dec 3 #26
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 3 #27
underpants Dec 4 #28

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:37 AM

1. Pretty soon there won't be any jobs left for people to do.

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Response to appleannie1943 (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 05:34 PM

22. Casually walking down the walmart aisle when...


I accidentally spill some 90 weight gear lube on the floor...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:38 AM

2. Thus freeing more resources to take care of the checkout lines

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 10:04 AM

8. Robot-ot-ot-ot-ot

"BrainOS technology allows robots to effectively and safely function in complex, crowded environments, ensuring increased productivity and efficiency across applications,"

Spoken like a true robot..-ot -ot -ot -ot ...

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 05:19 AM

29. Those will all be automated as well

As Iím sure you know, just like many other jobs that are being automated and consolidated. Every sector of the economy will be affected.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:41 AM

3. I may finally go to Walmart.

So I can trip over one of them and sue.

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Response to redwitch (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 10:32 AM

11. LOL! Exactly what I was thinking!

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Response to redwitch (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 10:54 AM

12. Me, too...


...eom.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:41 AM

4. If I see one, I'll kick it's water bucket...

At least they'll need a person for clean-up on aisle 9.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:49 AM

5. And I for one welcome or new robot overlords.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:53 AM

6. they'll probably be bought from a 3rd world country and have poor maintenance.

this is a poke at wally worlds past hiring practices.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 05:47 PM

23. lol

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:57 AM

7. $11 an hour?!?!

That's too fucking high!!

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Response to hatrack (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 10:16 AM

10. Well, I mean, if it doesn't translate to $11 / hour of revenue for the store, yes

In that case it's too high.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 10:16 AM

9. Greasy spills too?

These require a special absorbent powder.
And a broom instead of a mop.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 10:59 AM

13. WaldeMort should start looking into autonomous robotic customers ...

... then they can just lock their doors and not have any contact with people at all.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 11:50 AM

14. So, basically a giant Roomba?

We've had those for a while. I don't see much need for outrage.

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Response to tinrobot (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 12:25 PM

17. No. The one I saw was more human sized

I actually didn't see it do anything other than try to navigate through the crowd

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 12:00 PM

15. Well see, the real reason is ...

... "we don't have to worry about robots stealing stuff." - Walmart management

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 12:19 PM

16. There was one being tried out in our local

Walmart the other day. I talked to the guy who was trying to get it to work. It was big, clunky and looked as though it wouldn't mind running down the customers. He didn't seem to be pleased with the way it was working. We have a huge number of older folks here and I see potential disaster ahead.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 02:20 PM

18. I saw one of these at the Seattle airport! It was awful!

I was there late at night and the thing seemed to be coming after me. It was unnerving.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 02:28 PM

19. instead of clean up on aisle 4 you will hear 100110110001010011110001110100100011111

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 03:35 PM

20. This'll make ya go "hmmm..."

I went to the Brain Corp. website. They build a package of sensors and computers, and sell it to a floor-machine company to install in one of its preexisting models. There are four of them, from four different builders...and all four have driver's seats.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 05:23 PM

21. Foiled by a "boss" bottle of Pepsi in it's path!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 08:44 PM

24. Anyone out there remember Woody Allen movie ''Sleeper''? That's where we're headed.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:38 PM

25. I'm mixed about this

On one hand, I hate to see jobs being taken away.

On the other hand, it might mean that Walmart's bathrooms are actually cleaned.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:42 PM

26. Wonder what autonomous customers buy?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 10:00 PM

27. Might be kinda cool if they got a bunch of these:

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 12:41 AM

28. Can Walmart buy life insurance on these?

Just asking.

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