We all understand that automated cars will make taxi drivers an anachronism, that ‘fast food server’ soon won’t be a job, and that 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the USA will soon be unemployed. And now, here’s Amazon Go: a view of the present (not the future) where your supermarkets and hypermarkets are staffed only by a few shelf stackers, a cleaner, and a loss prevention officer. No cashier. No other staff. Until, of course, such a time comes as the shelf stackers, cleaners and loss prevention officer can also be replaced by a machine.
The need for universal income marches on.