robot at the grocery store last night. definitely creeped out watching it wander the store on its own. those googly eyes don’t fool anyone. customers around me were all pretty unnerved too.

@garbados spill identification apparently. but it moves so slowly through the store, i can't imagine it actually being helpful. never mind that i was in there late in the evening in a near-empty store. having it rove around when the place is packed can't be efficient. this is the first time i saw it so maybe it's only deployed at night?

@pixelpaperyarn Was that a Giant? I'd seen articles they were trying them (but we don't have any this side of the river). And yeah, they put faces on them and decorate them seasonally and stuff and I'm not sure that doesn't make it worse.

@gamehawk mine was at Stop & Shop, but they're the same parent company. Martin's (wherever they are) is getting them as well.


That seems like an awfully specific use for such a large platform and formfactor.

I feel like that thing should do more than that.

@thegibson i’m not convinced that it’s limited to spill detection. it moves so slowly by the time it gets from one end of the store to the other the spill will be reported and cleaned. nah. it’s gotta be doing other info gathering.

@pixelpaperyarn @TheGibson
It seems to me that, like the old pirate adage says, if you can watch it, you can record it.

So the question is: how will robots do their work if they don't have cameras? And if a task requires a camera, how do we know is not recording? And what measures can we take so it won't record anything it doesn't need?

@rick_777 @thegibson it's on the front. the googly eyes are actually on the side. the camera is in the front, about halfway up.

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