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Autonomous checkout is only the beginning of a brick-and-mortar revolution

If you've ever been in one of Amazon's Go stores, you know the strange and somewhat magical feeling of checkout-free shopping. Walk in, grab your stuff, walk out. A receipt shows up on your phone a few minutes later. End of interaction. For Amazon, Go offers a chance to bring some of the convenience of online shopping to the real world. It also gives Amazon more insight into how people shop, what they look for and how stores themselves work. That data can be invaluable.

Standard is one of Amazon's leading competitors in this space, a company offering similar technology and features to existing stores all over the world. It already operates inside a network of convenience stores, and CEO Jordan Fisher said self-checkout is only the beginning. The company's underlying tech, which it calls The Platform, could someday bring powerful computer vision to nearly any physical space. Fisher and his team are trying to figure out how to make it work, how to reckon with the privacy implications and how to make checkout-free shopping even easier going forward.

Fisher joined the Source Code podcast to talk about what Standard is working on, what it's like to compete with Amazon, how physical and online retail are merging into a single shopping experience, how Instacart and Uber Eats are changing stores, how computer vision systems can be both pervasive and privacy-preserving and much more.