Clothing Waste, E-sports, Cash, Car Thing, Cold Fusion

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Clothing waste: Google and Stella McCartney announce a sustainable fashion pilot program at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. The British fashion designer has been a long-time advocate for sustainable fashion, and will now use Google Cloud data analytics and machine learning to give the brand a more detailed view into its supply chain.

Video gaming levels up into a sport: E-sports evolved from a hobby into an obsession, into a business — and now it is a full-fledged entertainment industry. http://bit.ly/2WxcaFW

What happened after India eliminated cash: Two years ago, the Indian government abruptly wiped out most of the nation’s currency in hopes of ending black money and curbing corruption. Has the experiment worked? http://bit.ly/2WxdyIy

2 weeks is the average time that it takes Spotify to “quickly surface new, popular songs”, as compared with three (3) entire months for the usual FM radio stations.

US drive time: 70 billion hours is the total amount of time that Americans spend in their cars annually, and in light of that Spotify is testing a voice-controlled in-car device dubbed “Car Thing” to be used to listen to music (and podcasts).

Did your surgeon build models as a child? It could affect your health: NYT reports, medical schools are noticing a decline in students’ dexterity, possibly from spending time swiping screens rather than developing fine motor skills.

Pollution: the race to clean up the shipping industry: New rules aim to reduce sulphur emissions from one of the world’s most polluting sectors but higher fuel prices are likely. https://on.ft.com/2WaAA8K

Scientists revisit the cold case of cold fusion: Scientists from the University of British Columbia, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Google are conducting a multi-year investigation into cold fusion, a type of benign nuclear reaction hypothesized to occur in benchtop apparatus at room temperature.

Capitalism, Plastic, Cannabis, Video Games, Self-driving Cars

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The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier: Alan Murray writes, three great fissures that have emerged: one geographic (the regions against the metropolis), one educational (the have-mores versus the have-lesses), and one global (the developed versus the left behind—particularly Africa, which has been the subject of much of Collier’s work). At the core of his analysis is an argument that we lack a moral framework to heal these rifts. The right pursues a blind allegiance to the belief that freedom for “economic man” to pursue productivity and prosperity can bridge the chasms, while the left pursues an agenda of lawyerly rights and benefits for disenfranchised identity groups. Both sides ignore the moral obligations that have always made successful societies work.

Society worked from 1945 to 1970, Collier argues, “because it lived off a huge, invisible and unquantifiable asset that had been accumulated during the Second World War: a shared identity forged through a supreme and successful national effort.” 

Food delivery apps are drowning China in plastic: NYT reports, the noodles and barbecue arrive within 30 minutes. The containers they come in could be around for hundreds of years thereafter.

Demand for meat-free foods is up — 23% in the US last year alone, according to The Good Food Institute. 

Israel is banking on cannabis as its next big industry: LAT reports, Israel is becoming a powerhouse in the medicinal marijuana business, bringing scientific expertise and marketing skills to a multimillion-dollar market.

NBC News: Video game addiction is a mental health disorder, World Health Organization says

The WHO calls gaming addiction "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior" so severe it "takes precedence over other life interests."

Japan law loosens rules for self-driving cars: AFP reports, Stuck in traffic on a Japanese highway? If you're in a self-driving car you might be able to kick back with a sandwich and check your phone under new legislation in the country. The law, passed Tuesday and published on the lower house website, takes effect from next year ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and offers a slight loosening of the current restrictions on autonomous vehicles.