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Walmart Adopts Blockchain to Automate Robots

by John M.September 2, 2018

Skynet may be the stuff of the future, but tech giants are increasingly rushing to introduce businesses operated by AI, blockchain and good old-fashioned killer robots. While it may sound disconcerting and at least a bit exciting, these companies, detractors say, will be the first to bear the brunt when the machines rise up. However, as the machines plot their silent overthrow of the human race, they are agreeably pushing productivity for everyone along the production chain. And to be fair, the human kin is inclined to sacrifice what’s dear to him for the prospect of landing something even dearer.

Walmart Deploys Robots to Carry Out Blockchain Deliveries

 

And here we are. The age of Benders, KALs and the occasional well-meaning robot. Walmart built its case around a patent document that the company published August 30. The new patent provides a technology for allowing autonomous robots a variety of tasks.

In other words, Walmart wants to leave robots take care of their mechanic brethren. The claims made in the official document are quite extensive as well. Overall, there are 20 main axis of developments which will be the company’s priority. We had a quick look through the most important ones:

A system for in-field authentication of autonomous electronic devices, the system comprising: a first mobile autonomous electronic device configured to deliver an object to a specified location, the first mobile autonomous electronic device being configured to wirelessly communicate with a second mobile autonomous electronic device responsible for receiving the object at the specified location, wherein the first mobile autonomous electronic device is configured to: receive a set of identification information associated with the second mobile autonomous electronic device; autonomously travel to the specified location; transmit a first authentication signal to the second mobile autonomous electronic device upon arrival at the specified location, wherein the second mobile autonomous electronic device is configured to confirm an identity of the first mobile autonomous electronic device based on the first authentication signal; receive a second authentication signal from the second mobile autonomous electronic device in response to transmission of the first authentication signal; confirm an identity of the second mobile autonomous electronic device based on the second authentication signal; and transfer the object to the second mobile autonomous electronic device in response to confirming that the identity of the second mobile autonomous electronic device corresponds to an expected identity. 

Apparently, Walmart is fine with establishing semi-sapient devices that can communicate with each other for the purposes of communicating business information, relate to each other and thus allow them to execute expedient decisions, which influences the overall your operations.

Going Completely Mobile

Walmart is planning to allow devices to communicate between themselves, providing each other with the necessary information to carry out any tasks.

A method for in-field authentication of mobile autonomous electronic devices comprising: receiving, at a first mobile autonomous electronic device configured to deliver an object, a set of identification information associated with a second mobile autonomous electronic device; autonomously relocating the first mobile autonomous electronic device to a specified location associated with the second mobile autonomous electronic device; transmitting a first authentication signal to the second mobile autonomous electronic device upon arrival at the specified location, wherein the second mobile autonomous electronic device is configured to confirm an identity of the first mobile autonomous electronic device based on the first authentication signal; receiving a second authentication signal at the first mobile autonomous electronic device from the second mobile autonomous electronic device in response to transmission of the first authentication signal; confirming an identity of the second mobile autonomous electronic device based on the second authentication signal; and transferring the object from the first mobile autonomous electronic device to the second mobile autonomous electronic device in response to confirming that the identity of the second mobile autonomous electronic device corresponds to an expected identity. 

A lot of these robots will rely on mobile-authentication, which will in turn help the company secure that there’s no leaking of data and indeed – no robot uprising in their backyard. Rewriting the history, though, in such a banal way as staging mankind’s overthrow from a garage is of course not a proper way to go.

Meanwhile, Walmart intends to rely fully on blockchain and its newly-minted robot solutions to wok its magic. Many critics of automated manufacturing have risen their voices insofar as AI poses a threat. This includes Elon Musk and Bill Gates, and even Mark Zuckerberg.

However, blockchain is here to stay. It will completely reshape how we manage our business activities and in fact, the only way for a business to stay competitive is by automating its services, reducing human’s influence and free up one’s own time for other more pressing needs. Such is the future of blockchain and business indeed.

Looking at the facts, even banks may be ruling out cryptocurrencies, but they drool over blockchain and what the technology puts on the table. It’s easy to see why such solutions are often frightening, too, but overall – the facts remain intact:

  • Blockchain can influence business in positive ways
  • Cryptocurrencies will not become a viable way of exchanging goods any time soon
  • Every serious institution out there will embrace a form of automation

Other specific benefits of the blockchain industry and its involvement in business are:

  • Smart contracts
  • Cloud Storage
  • Supply-Chain Communication & PoP
  • Paying Employees
  • Electronic voting

Blockchain is here to reshape the world.c

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