Walmart has opened the Intelligent Retail Lab (IRL) – an AI-powered store to test new retail technologies – in New York. IRL can track Walmart’s inventory in real time, making sure every item on every shelf is always in stock. It is equipped with 1500 (!) cameras, sensors, and a big (glowing) data centre sits behind glass, on display to the public. In an effort to make the tech less intimidating, a Welcome Center and information stations in the store give explanations on the technology in use. Finally, an interactive wall encourages shoppers to move around and experience a ‘fun demonstration of how technology reacts to body positioning’.