Body Language + Silicon Valley + Power Suits + Robot Receptionists + Gas Guzzlers

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Smile, you're on camera: Japanese company Vaak developed software that uses artificial intelligence to detect body language suggesting someone intends to shoplift and alerts staff so they can intervene. 

New York, Beijing chip away at Silicon Valley: Growth of digital tools at companies world-wide is set to unseat the world’s go-to technology hub, a KPMG survey finds.

"Nearly 60 percent believe that it is likely or very likely that the technology innovation center of the world will move from Silicon Valley by 2023."

Read the 2019 Technology Innovation Hubs report - click here.

It's over - The end of tailor-made power suits and leather-soled shoes: Goldman Sachs is shifting to a more casual working style. The investment bank has told its 36,000 staff that the time is right to relax its dress code to “create a welcoming environment for all.” Although suits and ties are now optional employees are still expected to dress smartly for business meetings, with the bank advising that they wear attire that is “consistent with your clients’ expectations.”

Michael Skapinker: Are robot receptionists the future of hospitality? Automation may be fashionable — but never underestimate the value of human contact.

China's Hainan province to end fossil fuel car sales in 2030: AFP reports, China's southern Hainan island will end sales of fossil fuel-only cars in 2030, officials said, becoming the first province to announce a target end date for a transition away from gas guzzlers. Beijing announced plans in 2017 to phase out petrol vehicles across the nation, but it did not set a date, as the country aims to cut pollution and reduce its dependence on imported oil.

Marc Ross

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