A new form of luxury travel is emerging that not only entertains, but also informs and inspires. In 2014, Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks launched a program called Curiosity Retreats—a series of thought leadership lectures and events hosted at his luxe mountain resort in Colorado. The event featured seminars led by luminaries in fields including nanotechnology and the science of happiness, along with sunrise yoga, guided hikes and other resort perks.
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A UK-based art-science team is poised to change the way we think about data storage with its new project, Music of the Spheres. Employing bioinformatics technology, the collaboration encodes music onto strands of DNA suspended in soap solution. While recording music on soap bubbles may seem fantastical, the venture suggests the potential for vast storage space at the molecular level at a time when big data weighs heavy on the minds of companies and consumers alike.
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For this year’s Design at Large program at the Miami/ Basel design fair, Dutch studio Atelier Van Lieshout has premiered its latest addition to New Tribal Labyrinth, an ongoing series of work imaging design for a future marked by over-consumption and limited raw materials. The new sculpture, The Original Dwelling, is a hybrid home and pool house that takes the form of a cave, blending primitive and futuristic design.
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Collaborative consumption platforms such as Airbnb have revolutionized travel from the perspective of the consumer, transforming vast amounts of private residential space into bookable accommodations. But as more people let out their rooms on Airbnb and similar platforms, a new hybrid of producer and consumer is emerging. Startups are rushing to cater not just to the needs of guests, but also to hosts. Continue reading “The sharing economy prosumer” »
-As virtual reality draws attention at the E3 video game industry conference, new systems of etiquette and safety are emerging, says The New York Times.
-As more Americans delay children until middle age, Quartz looks at some of the pitfalls of late parenthood.
-Not only is men’s fashion getting more creative—men’s runway hair and makeup are becoming their own art form, says Dazed.
-From “halal travel” to “smart mosques,” a new Deloitte report uncovers growth opportunities across the nine key pillars of the digital Muslim economy.
-The “sharing economy” hits a snag as a California court declares Uber drivers employees, not contractors. Via The New York Times.
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As consumers get savvier at avoiding traditional advertising, brands are trying new ways to blend ads with media content. Now, these “native ads” are expanding onto platforms with a romantic or even erotic focus. In the latest example, no less a diva than the newly single Mariah Carey created a Match.com profile to promote her latest video. Much like a first date, dating platforms offer the opportunity for undivided attention—but the potential for missteps and embarrassment is equally great.
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-Bloomberg paints a gloomy financial picture for Generation X, declaring “reality really does bite.”
-At its annual developer conference, Apple announced new initiatives in music streaming, mobile payments and news. Ad Age has the details, with implications for advertisers.
-The New York Times reports on Uber’s strategy to break into the Chinese market.
-A new Pew Research Center survey examines multiracial America: “young, proud, tolerant and growing at a rate three times as fast as the population as a whole.
-Warm weather aside, “America is stuck in a no-vacation land,” says Skift.
-In our age of internet-fueled nostalgia, products never truly die. PepsiCo may bring back Crystal Pepsi, bowing to fan pressure, says Ad Age. Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Reality bites, Insta-food and Crystal Pepsi comes back” »
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Japan is deeply admired in Asia’s emerging economies, particularly in Southeast Asia, and Japanese brands seeking growth amid a sagging domestic economy should take note, a new report from J. Walter Thompson Asia Pacific has found.
While consumption lags at home, rising wealth across the region is leading to greater demand for Japanese products. “Japanese companies that once saw Southeast Asia as a production hub now view the region as a major target market as well,” the report notes. Continue reading “Japanese Brands in Asia’s Emerging Markets” »
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