By B.N. Frank
A 2019 study determined that the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) could affect all occupational groups. There have also been countless reports already about humans losing their jobs to robots and AI (see 1, 2).
Even though Walmart has decided to eliminate their store robot employees – they seem intent on replacing delivery drivers with self-driving vehicles which experts continue to warn are NOT SAFE. Drones are being tested for grocery deliveries as well.
From Fox Business News:
Walmart announced Tuesday that the company has joined forces with self-driving car company Cruise to test out autonomous grocery delivery in Arizona.
Under the program, customers in Scottsdale will be able to order from their local Walmart store and have it delivered via one of Cruise’s all-electric self-driving cars beginning early next year, according to Tom Ward, Walmart’s senior vice president of customer product. Cruise is a subsidiary of General Motors.
Ward said the vehicles will not only save time but they also use 100% renewable energy. The company, which has been outspoken about its sustainability efforts, said using these vehicles will help support Walmart’s goal of reaching zero emissions by 2040.
Walmart’s latest test program allows the retailer to further tap into the on-demand food delivery market, a service that has surged since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a recent study, parents worldwide seem interested in replacing childcare workers, nurses, and surgeons with AI and robots as well. The biological and environmental impact of all of this technology carries great risks too. Oh the humanity (or lack thereof)!
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