We often hear people worrying about robots taking over the world. We imagine a world where suddenly everything we do will be replaced by machines who will do it better and faster. Well, I’m here to tell you that if the self-scanning section of retail establishments are any indicator, we’ve got nothing to worry about for a very long time.
Generally, I avoid the self-scanner at stores. I feel solidarity for the clerks that are working the counter and don’t want to encourage some guy behind a desk to give us fewer real people to help us out. But the bigger reason I don’t use the self-checkout is because it’s the most ridiculously finicky piece of equipment since the invention of the sewing machine.