The unexpected ways our lives will change when cars drive themselves

The unexpected ways our lives will change when cars drive themselves

The expected shift to battery-powered vehicles that drive themselves will have repercussions that extend far beyond U.S. roadways — altering industries as varied as real estate, oil, auto repair and retail.

At least that’s the view of Benedict Evans, a longtime tech observer and partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. In a recent blog post titled, “Cars and second-order consequences,” Evans speculates on the many ways the technology will change the lives of motorists and the economy at large. “Something will happen, and probably something big,” he writes.

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A whirlwind tour through trends in China

In China, a country that leapfrogged the PC era to go mobile-first, the smartphone is the “remote control” of people’s lives… especially given the dominance of messaging/operating-system platforms like WeChat. But this is about more than just WeChat, Alipay, and others — it’s about online-to-offline commerce in general (and the viability of on-demand marketplaces there); the past, present, and future of QR codes; and new forms of social-mobile communication, from livestreaming to stickers to even VR cafes as a vector of early adoption.

So what does this mean for brands? What happens when emerging online influencers create their own offline brands, practically instantly? Things change fast, so Connie Chan shares observations on all this and more in this whirlwind tour of trends in China…

The future of agriculture is already here

The future of agriculture is already here

A robot that grafts seedlings. Fleets of remote-controlled, self-regulating greenhouses. Organic rice that’s grown entirely by drones. Sure, we’ve heard about agricultural drones in theory, but that still seems light years away - but in Japan, these kinds of agri-tech innovations are already readily employed — if not downright common — across the country.

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Why Japan is crazy about housing

Why Japan is crazy about housing

Japan is famous for its radical residential architecture. But as Tokyo architect Alastair Townsend explains, its penchant for avant garde housing may be driven by the country’s bizarre real estate economics, as much as its designers’ creativity.

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Ai can make us all dress better. So why isn't the fashion industry using it more?

Ai can make us all dress better. So why isn't the fashion industry using it more?

As online shopping continues to grow, it’s imperative for companies to utilize tools that can help them attract (and keep) customers. AI can do that in a multitude of ways. It can serve as a communication method to update an audience on collection releases and product availability. It can provide interactive storytelling and unique digital experiences with the help of creative algorithms. It can strengthen e-commerce by tracking users’ preferences and giving them a customized shopping experience... So what's next?

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MostExclusiveWebsite.com

MostExclusiveWebsite.com

MostExclusiveWebsite.com is a site that — true to its name — only one person can visit at a time. You access the site by requesting a “ticket” for your 60-second window and then waiting in line; some nights there have been more than 40,204 other people you needed to get behind.

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A 6 minute Intro to AI

A 6 minute Intro to AI

From the first autonomous Ubers, to the AlphaGo victories — we’ve watched AI move into the spotlight. So, as a gift to their community, Snips decided to decode some buzzwords, examine some big stats, and surface the trends that you deserve to know about. Need some dinner party conversation ammo?

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The way you shop will change forever this year. Here's how

The way you shop will change forever this year. Here's how

The internet forever changed shopping, the physical retail environment lagged behind. That is until recently. In 2016, we saw some of the first hints of how traditional stores are about to change, too: an Amazon store that lets you grab whatever you like without paying for it, e-commerce companies open physical locations, and high fashion taking inspiration from your local chain drugstore self-checkout. And over the next few years, the brick-and-mortar buying experience will change even more dramatically.

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Mashable spent 2 weeks socializing in VR, and saw the future

Mashable spent 2 weeks socializing in VR, and saw the future

When Mark Zuckerberg donned an Oculus Rift on stage at the Oculus Connect conference last fall to show off a group of avatars playing cards in virtual reality, it was meant to be a peek at the future of social networking. But it turns out that future is already here: Even without Facebook's direct participation, social VR is quickly becoming a thing. Currently, most of the public's limited interest in VR is centered on where we know the money already is: gaming. But social VR is already beginning to connect real people from around the world.

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What is Moonshot Thinking?

At X, they pride themselves on moonshot thinking. Moonshots live in the gray area between audacious technology and pure science fiction. Instead of a mere 10% gain, a moonshot aims for a 10x improvement over what currently exists. The combination of a huge problem, a radical solution to that problem, and the breakthrough technology that just might make that solution possible, is the essence of a moonshot.

Solving All the Wrong Problems

Solving All the Wrong Problems

We are overloaded daily with new discoveries, patents and inventions all promising a better life, but that better life has not been forthcoming for most. In fact, most new startups seems to only target a tiny slice of the population. As one colleague in tech explained it recently, for most people working on such projects, the goal is basically to provide for themselves everything that their mothers no longer do.

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