It seems that Target has chosen San Francisco (so blessed) to test out its newest potential replacement for human labor. Say hello to "Tally," a shelf-scanning robot that Fortune reports the company is hoping will eventually do store inventory. This, at least according to some store clerks, is merely a week-long test, and does not signal that the singularity is at hand.
The future is here! Target in downtown San Francisco has a robot that scans the aisles managing inventory! pic.twitter.com/Nug1cpJhZL— Mike Yawney (@Gadget_Guy) April 26, 2016
The robot is the work of Simbe Robotics, a Silicon Valley robotics startup that looks to "[automate] the most mundane, repetitive tasks in retail execution." The company writes that "Tally performs the repetitive and laborious tasks of auditing shelves for out-of-stock items, low stock items, misplaced items, and pricing errors," all the while "[operating] safely during normal store hours alongside shoppers and employees."