Stealing from a cashierless store - without you knowing it

Mr Yoshimasa Takahashi at Standard Market. Shoppers who have downloaded the store's app can grab items and leave - ceiling cameras identify the shopper and the items and determine when the items leave with the shopper.
Mr Yoshimasa Takahashi at Standard Market. Shoppers who have downloaded the store's app can grab items and leave - ceiling cameras identify the shopper and the items and determine when the items leave with the shopper.PHOTO: NYTIMES

San Francisco store uses cameras and artificial intelligence software to predict and prevent theft - but results vary

One recent afternoon, San Francisco's newest grocery market was trying to figure out whether I would buy, steal or leave behind a bag of white cheddar popcorn - and so was I.

On its side: 27 cameras along the ceiling and a wealth of behavioural data. On my side: crippling indecision.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 16, 2018, with the headline 'Stealing from a cashierless store - without you knowing it'. Print Edition | Subscribe