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Walmart is terminating its robot army of shelf-scanning robots.  Walmart deployed a fleet of slow-moving, six-feet-tall machines from a company called Bossa Nova Robotics, which keeps track of what items were selling in 500 Walmart stores nationwide.  After a five-year pilot program, Walmart has pulled the plug,  siding with flesh-and-blood employees who can perform the same tasks — and provide a friendlier face than the ‘bots provided, to boot.  In fact, customers’ cold reactions to the automatons were also factor in Walmart’s decision.

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