Artificial intelligence corporations seek real-life commercial applications

E-commerce giant Amazon is developing a store that has no employees–when shoppers walk in, they scan a QR code on their phone. Then, they’re tracked as the pull items from store shelves. When they have everything they want, they walk out– and are automatically charged– no checkout line required. The store is located in the U.S. city of Seattle. Right now, only Amazon employees can go in. On the other side of the world, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has just opened its first unmanned store. CGTN’s Elaine Reyes reports. Alibaba’s new store, “Tao Caf?” is now open in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou. Customers scan a QR code from their phones when they walk out. When they leave, facial recognition technology identifies the customer and their accounts are automatically charged. Alibaba’s CEO says this concept will grow. “We are not going to design a store that everyone is already familiar with,” said Alibaba CEO Zhang Yong. “In the same way, we are not going to make a cafe that you all are already familiar with. The truth is, that cafes need to be redefined. Supermarkets need to be redefined. In the same way, all circumstances where retail takes place, say,…


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