Apr. 25, 2019

Those groceries may be staring at you

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – If you ever get the feeling that the can of beens on the grocery store shelf is looking at you, you’re probably right. Retailers south of the border are testing new facial recognition technology in stores, in an attempt to deliver more personalized ads to each shopper. These “smart” shelves with cameras embedded in them can decipher a shopper's age, gender, or mood to gauge reaction to products and target ads accordingly. Kroger and Walgreens have already begun testing the technology in a few stores. Opponents argue that these smart stores invade consumer privacy. Hmmmm.

A REMINDER – The Chamber of Commerce all-candidates meeting is tonight at Beban Park. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Candidates will have table and floor space to meet and greet voters. The candidate forum begins at 7 p.m.