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The last year we have had an explosion of self-service checkout counters here in Norway. The only place where you see a line is in the manual counters, because most self-service lanes require you to pay by plastic. Even in those (few) self-service lanes where you can pay by cash, they require some proof-of-age if you want to buy beer. So for those of us who don't want our grocery (or beer) preferences to be tracked, so we don't want to pay by plastic, we'll have to accept waiting in line for the manual counters.
I actually got good enough at haggling that I was offered a job in an Arab shop in Jerusalem's Old City by a shop keeper. It's a lot of words and body language and knowing what something's worth (to you) - and often fun.
In a weird way, it's a better way to buy and sell: both buyer and seller were content with the prices if the deal goes through. How often do you buy (online/brick'n'mortor) and feel like you overpaid?
Apparently, what they do is they use it to find people, so that they can whip them off into confinement, where they're not allowed any contact with any other people for an indefinite period, except for the guy who once a day shoves a tin plate of bread and water through a flap in the bottom of the door.
There's some confusion as to its effectiveness, though, and it's thought that there must have been some mix-up in the AI's training regime, because, rather than coronavirus infection, it seems to detect Israeli passports.
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Have you played "Plague Inc"? it's pretty scary how close that is to the current situation as well.
In that, you are the plague, and your "job" is to kill the entire human population. One of the easiest ways is to start with something that shows few symptoms, does no real damage, but infects like crazy. Once you have it well and truly established, start it killing as fast as possible. And the later countries close borders, ban flights, and so forth the easier your job is ...
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