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Grocery-carrying robots are coming. Do we need them?

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By MATT O’BRIEN

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7 ( +8 / -1 )

The answer to whether we need anything, is almost always no. We don't need it. Food, oxygen and shelter are probably the only things to answer yes to.

The question should be, "grocery-carrying robots are coming. Do they benefit our species?"

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Until there won't be any "bandit" robots I can say "yes".

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Sign of how utterly lazy our society has become. From Roomba to this? No wonder obesity rates are skyrocketing around the world.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

The price would have to come down but good for the elderly and disabled. My wife is already having problems pulling her shopping cart.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Make it a beer cooler with ice that climbs stairs and floats ... then we can talk.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

“It basically just locks onto you and tracks you,” said Piaggio Fast Forward’s other co-founder, Jeffrey Schnapp.

I'll save $3000 and carry my own stuff, thanks.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

what would be more practical in Japan is to have the supas that are on the bottom floor of many mansions, be automated and online access to products that could be delivered to rooms by a kind of automated dumb waiter system. The selection of products be done by automated pick robots in the store.

Perhaps some mansions have this but I have never seen it.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

For those of us who cannot drive automobiles but live in places where the supermarkets are designed entirely around getting there and carrying your food away in a car, even a device like this is a godsend. I hope they become more affordable and that lots of people use them.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Ppl really need to stop being lazy.

Just because it has wheels doesn't mean you can't carry it.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It will just add to the plastic junk already in the environment.

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So far, the best habitat to find Starship’s six-wheelers are relatively confined spaces such as college campuses; the University of Houston and the University of Wisconsin-Madison rolled them out this fall.

The univ students are using them to get their breakfast on the way to morning classes (the bots can meet them on the way)

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Instead of wheels, use legs. Also give a defenceman otherwise the robots will be killed or maimed trying to do a delivery...especially in philly or Detroit (checkout video).

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Defence not defense man.

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Video of that aforementioned robot:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_h1ooyyFkF0

(8:12 - 9:24)

Language warning

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Will someone just shoot me please, this world is getting craZier by the day!

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Peoples in the developed countries are lazier and lazier than before.

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Unless it can carry 3-4 grocery bags, it’s likely no going to compete with the car. The driverless car IS the ultimate grocery-carrying robot.

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