By George MacDonald2019-08-01T14:08:00
Department stores and grocery group John Lewis Partnership aims to find a formula for how robots and people should best interact as machines become ever more prominent participants in everyday life.
The retailer has linked with partners including agricultural robotics specialist Small Robot Company, which is working with partnership-owned grocer Waitrose & Partners on a trial of robot harvesting at the latter’s Leckford estate farm.
The project is designed to “foster and accelerate the safe and ethical adoption of robotics across British industry” at a time when the number of industrial robots active in the UK has risen by 30%, prompting fears about a nightmarish future for humans of unemployment and technological dictatorship.
Please sign in now if you have a subscription
Retail-Week.com provides premium, in-depth intelligence that helps retailers judge risks, spot opportunities and identify what they need to do to win in the digital economy.
Register today for a taste of our high-quality intelligence and enjoy:
Discover Retail Week register now
Please note, if you have recently purchased a subscription, it may take a few minutes before your account is updated.