Nov 072018
 

FOCUS-Ahold ups stakes in US grocery war with mini-“robot supermarkets” – Nasdaq.com:

“Grocery group Ahold Delhaize will roll out small, automated warehouses to speed order picking and cut delivery times, Reuters has learned, as it revamps its ecommerce business in response to rising competition in a fast-growing sector.”

*Change is coming to how food retail interacts with the consumer. 

Dec 272017
 

Ben Franklin’s Guide to Spotting Pseudoscience

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-12-22/ben-franklin-s-guide-to-spotting-pseudoscience

“In the 20th century, something like mesmerism returned in the form of “therapeutic touch” — a practice that involves no actual touching. Practitioners run their hands through the air, allegedly realigning patients’ energy fields.”

“He discovered something new — what would come to be called the placebo effect. He also discovered the “nocebo” effect — the experience of side effects when people wrongly think they are getting a treatment.”

“The power of suggestion also explains why so many people felt better after bloodletting and other now-discredited mainstream practices of Franklin’s time.”

*Interesting.

Jan 312017
 

LibreTaxi – free and open source Uber/Lyft alternative.:

“LibreTaxi

Free and open source alternative to Uber/Lyft connecting passengers and drivers.”

 

*This is going to be hard. 

Jan 312017
 

A 24-year-old made $345,000 by beating Kickstarters to market:

“You can talk to economists that are 60-years-old and they’ll tell you, ‘Oh, yeah, if you open up a business you should aim to be profitable within 18 months,” says Jack. ‘None of that is relevant anymore. You can be profitable within four days.”

*The Internet enables ideas and dreams to take hold. Competition, no holds barred, can come from anywhere.

Jan 312017
 

The Upstarts Audiobook | Brad Stone | Audible.com:

“The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

Written by: Brad Stone

Narrated by: Dean Temple

Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins 

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date:01-31-17

Publisher: Hachette Audio”

*Looking forward to listening to this book.

Jan 312017
 

Uber Partners With Daimler in a Step Toward a Driverless Future – The New York Times:

“The ride-hailing company announced on Tuesday a partnership with Daimler, under which the German automaker plans to build autonomous vehicles that will operate on Uber’s transportation network.

The move marks the first time a major automaker will provide its own self-driving vehicles — built entirely in-house and without Uber’s help — specifically to operate on the ride-hailing company’s network.”

*Autonomous cars are coming.