Funny there’s a disussion about butchers a few comments down the threat. My wife started getting our stuff delivered by one or other of the big supermarket chains in Britain. First they adopted automated order pickers, the amount of wrong items we’d get rocketed. Then they made a lot of fuss about how robot butchers were being introduced to trim fresh meat. Now in any meat item you are guaranteed far more fat, bone and gristle than is acceptable. We switched to an organic butcher, real people, top quality.
But people who can’t afford to make that switch just have to accept the reduction in quality I guess.
These things are sold to us on the promise of ‘convenience’but what do we do with all the time that is freed up. Spend more time shopping online? Watch more TV? Sit in our ‘dwelling pod’ longer, consume more drugs or eat more junk food and kill ourselves?
As for AI helping us, I think they should stop claiming great advances in that field until Amazon actually manages to suggest for my next purchase from the Kindle store something I might actually want to read. Their most comical suggestion yet was that I should buy for my next book the same book I had finished reading earlier that day and had bought about two weeks earlier FROM THE KINDLE STORE.
Too many people are far to easily influenced by hype.