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As Walmart Eyes AI for Stores, Privacy Concerns Rise

Late last year, the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, struck a deal with a small tech startup, Clarifai, to use its artificial intelligence software, a technology that promises to shake up the experience of shopping in stores.  

Under their agreement, which hasn’t previously been reported, Walmart planned to use Clarifai’s AI software—which can identify people and products through cameras—as part of Project Kepler, a cashier-less store concept the retailer is developing that represents its answer to a similar effort by Amazon, said a former Clarifai employee and an internal document the startup circulated late last year.

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