Amazon is launching a real-world shop that allows customers to walk in, take what they want and walk out. No checkouts and no queues. The impact on jobs is inevitable, but the Guardian argues Amazon Go also changes the relationships between business and employee, governments and citizens.
This new model of shopping not only challenges established retailers, but it raises serious questions about the future of work and the changing nature of the economy more generally. Furthermore, it suggests the role of government will need to change, involving itself less with regulating business and more with redistributing wealth.