In this episode Frank and Andy talk about the “three Rs” of the 2020s: robots, retail, and reskilling. Original live stream link: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/frank-lavigne_data-driven-live-robots-data-and-retail-activity-6687056930667548672-tVKq Transcription coming soon
In this Data Point, Frank sees a robot patrolling the aisles of his local Walmart and gets excited. The robot scans shelves and helps identify what needs to be restocked and what’s out of place. https://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-adding-robots-help-stock-shelves-to-650-more-stores-2020-1
Frank, while at the Carnegie Science Museum in Pittsburgh, finds a robot to read his intro line and ponders what it takes for AI systems to be successful. They don’t need to be perfect: they need to be better than humans.
Frank is at the Carnegie Science Museum in Pittsburgh admiring the robotics exhibit when he notices a stark contrast. The vision of robots that Hollywood created hasn’t quite translated to reality.
In a parking lot in Baltimore, Andy pauses and reflects on what automation will look like vs. the Hollywood vision of it. The robots that will take jobs away will not look anything like we are expecting.