The Potential Problems Of Amazon Go

The Potential Problems Of Amazon Go

The futuristic shopping method may come with a variety of issues.
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Last Monday, Amazon delivered the news of plans for an enhanced grocery shopping center that could be the future of retail. With no check-out kiosks and no lines, they hope to create a better and faster experience for all. Through deep learning algorithms, computer vision and sensor fusion (something Amazon calls "Just Walk Out" technology) customers will be able to enter the store and check-in with their smartphone. From there, you grab what you need and walk out.

The store will charge your Amazon account for the items and send you a receipt with no wait. Amazon is currently testing out their new 1,800 square foot shopping facility on Amazon employees in Seattle, Washington, and if all goes well, it will open to the public in early 2017. You can watch a video and check out the FAQs on the Amazon website here.

While I think this has potential, there are quite a few aspects that Amazon is staying eerily quiet about, including how exactly they are going to pull it off. Ignoring the hype, I can only think about the potential problems for this futuristic concept. How does it work?

In March 2015, Recode posted an article about a patent application filed by Amazon that outlined some of the ideas that would make the new store run smoothly. The article suggests we may have a reason to be concerned about our privacy with this system. They say, "the application describes the use of cameras that would snap photos to show, for example, when a person entered the facility, when she removed something from a shelf and when she left with an item in her hand. There is mention of facial recognition... User information may include, but is not limited to, user-identifying information (e.g., images of the user, height of the user, weight of the user), a user name and password, user biometrics, purchase history, payment instrument information (e.g., credit card, debit card, check card), purchase limits, and the like.” This is the same idea as an employee following you around the entire store, watching what you pick up, and writing it down, but through cameras, computers and technology we don't understand. Another theory introduces the use of RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, which lets retailers identify products just like bar codes do, but through a wireless network. With the little information we have on the technology, Amazon claims it's similar to the specifics of self-driving cars.

But the problems don't end with the potential privacy invasions. The gist of Amazon's store has what we know as "shoplifting" as their selling point. How easy will it be to enter the store and just not scan your smartphone, essentially keeping yourself out of the system altogether?

What about the individuals who don't have smartphones? No smartphone, no sale. And something that happens to many as a regular occurrence--what if your phone dies while you're shopping? How will groceries be bagged, if at all? How will they handle a return policy? Picture this. Amazon Go opens up to the public and a father and his two young daughters decide to go shopping. The girls are tossing into the cart--this snack and that snack--while Dad shops, too. A perfectly logical and realistic situation. If a human being watching diligently behind a camera isn't involved, how will Amazon track multiple people putting multiple items in a cart? Do each of the daughters need a smartphone and Amazon account or can they somehow be "linked" to the main account? How will this technology know the girls belong to the father in the first place?

There are many unanswered questions about the specifics of Amazon Go. For now, all we can do is watch and wait for more information.


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Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

Technology -- we all love it and we all use it, but how is it affecting us?
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In this day and age, it is near impossible to do anything without the use of technology. You can pay your bills, manage your bank accounts and even chat with a customer service representative all with the use of your smartphone.

Is the use of technology starting to take away from our person-to-person interaction? Think about how often you grab your smartphone or tablet and text your friends instead of picking up the phone to call them or, better yet, making plans to hang out in person.

Technology is supposed to make us feel more connected by allowing us to stay in touch with our friends by using social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter and of course, texting. But are our smartphones getting in the way of socializing? Does technology make us feel more alone?

There is a term that is commonly used, "FOMO" –– short for "fear of missing out." Yes, this is a real thing. If for some crazy reason you don't check your Twitter or Facebook news feed every 10 minutes are you really missing out?

The fact that we have become so dependent on knowing exactly what is going on in other people's lives is sad. We should be focusing on our own lives and our own interactions and relationships with people.

Technology is making us more alone because instead of interacting with our friends in person, we are dependent on using our phones or tablets. We start to compare ourselves and our lives to others because of how many likes we get on our Instagram photos.

We are forgetting how to use our basic communication skills because we aren't interacting with each other, anymore. We are too busy with our noses in our phones. Young kids are dependent on a tablet to keep them entertained rather than playing with toys. That is not how I want my children to grow up.

As a society, we will start to become very lonely people if we don't start making changes. We are ruining personal relationships because of the addiction to our smartphones and checking our social media sites every five minutes.

It's time for us to own our mistakes and start to change. Next time you reach for your phone, stop yourself. When you are with your friends, ignore your phone and enjoy the company of your loved ones around you.

Technology is a great thing, but it is also going to be the thing that tears us apart as a society if we don't make changes on how dependent we are on it.

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Great Games With Girls Wielding Knives

Girls + knives = games I want to play.

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I love gaming. I love girls. I love badass girls. I love badass girls wielding sharp objects, such as knives.

Below are 6 games (and their sequels) that showcase anything from girls wielding butcher knives and girls with kitchen knives stabbed into their heads, to girls ready to fight you with swords.
Some of these ladies are adults. Some of them are not. A few of them are ruthless, the others adorable. But all of them I adore, and I hope you will too.

American McGee's Alice & Alice: The Madness Returns

Alice and the Cheshire Cat

https://youtu.be/DpaNPMc3koU

In American McGee's Alice, the main chatacter Alice has survivors guilt from living through a house fire that killed both her parents. Because of this, her mind is corrupted. The player explores through the world she has created inside her head, 'Wonderland'. The basis is that if she can save wonderland, she can save herself from insanity.

Alice: The Madness Returns picks up where the first game left off. Alice is now living in an orphanage, where she escapes from her world to wonderland once more. However, wonderland is not what it used to be. It is rotting away, and Alice must undo the chaos she wrought from the first game in order to save Wonderland from collapsing.

These are action adventure platformer games. These psychological horror games succeed in being a macabre of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice' novel series.

If you want to watch American McGee's Alice, I recommend the playthrough by KrinxTV. If you want to watch Alice: The Madness Returns, I recommend the playthrough by TheRPGMinx.

The original game is available on PC, and the sequel is available on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.

Agatha Knife

Agatha and her animals

https://youtu.be/2-wV8kFt2B4

Agatha Knife is a game about a 7-year-old butcher's daughter who wants her animal friends to not be sad before she slices them up, which she enjoys doing as often as possible. She's torn between her love for animal friends and her love for meat. She then goes on a quest to start the religious cult of 'Carnivorism' to make the animals excited to be slaughtered and sacrafice thier flesh willingly for eternal happiness. This also brings business back to her bankrupt shop competing with questionably sourced new burger joints.

This point and click game is full of dark humor and gorgeous, gruesome art. It pokes fun at religion and consumerism. And it has a 7-year-old who walks around with blue hair and a giant knife.

If you want to watch this game, I recommend TheRPGMinx's playthrough.

This game is available to on Steam, Switch, and Xbox One.

Sea of Theives 

https://youtu.be/xT1BO1YpMxI

Sea of Thieves is an action adventure game with an open map to explore full of water, islands, and outposts. You play as a pirate sailing the seas, and you can do so solo, but the game shines best when played in co-op with up to four crew members. There is also PvP combat between other ships. Content includes following treasure maps to buried treasure chests, fighting other ships, avoid kraken, sailing through storms, and even capturing chickens. You can play musical instruments, get drunk, and try not to sink your ship, just like real pirates.

This game allows for the player to craft thier own story. It has beautiful cinematic views, and expansions are on the way for new quests. Plus, you have the option to play as a female pirate.

If you want to watch this game, I recommend this playlist by Muselk, ft. Crayator, Tydrodin, and BazzaGazza.

This game is available on Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Apps:

Monster Girl Maker 

Two possible monster girls

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzHWMl59l72-lZQDA0uW8yg

Monster Girl Maker is a cute character creator game with 200+ monster parts to mix and match. Make ghosts, swamp monsters, vampires, demons, and everything in between. Adjustable parts are of both type and color are: skin, eyes, mouth, eyebrows, face accessories, head accessories, hair, jewelry, and clothes.

This app is for people who aren't artists, or who are artists but don't know where to start. It is a fun app with a simple anime-inspired style. Players have the ability to make dozens of combinations using art made by Ghoulkiss.

If you want to watch this game, I recommend this, this, or this video by KittyKatGaming.

This app is available on Android and IOS devices.

10 Billion Wives & 20 Billion Wives

ONI Wife

https://youtu.be/Rl35Y-IokyE

10 Billion Wives is a clicker app very similar to Cookie Clicker. In it, you earn 'Love' which you can use to marry new wives. They will dash across your screen, and each gives you a certain amount of Love Per Second (LPS) that you can upgrade by giving them personalized gift upgrades. After all their gifts have been purchased, a secret illustration will be reveal for that wife. There is also a final illustration for those conpletionists that collect all the wives and individual illustrations.

In 10 Billion wives, there are 16 wives in total to collect. In 20 Billion Wives, there are 20 brand new wives for you, including my favorite wife from both games, DJ Wife. There is also a 10 Billion Husbands version for those interested.

These are cute clicker games to pass the time, and are very relaxing to play. This is a great game for a casual gamer. Note: These games will auto generate LPS for one hour after the app is closed.

For a sneak peak at gameplay, I recommend this video by Kongbakpao.

This app is available on Android and IOS devices.


So there are a few more badass females in video games for you all.

As my sister always says to me:

"How are you feeling tonight?"

"I'm feeling STABBY."

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