Social robots, bunk-bed airplanes, Soylent at Walmart.
–The Smithsonian’s latest exhibition features artworks from Burning Man to highlight the festival’s cultural significance, writes Dezeen.
–The startup Cubic Motion is creating “digital humans” – virtual doppelgängers that humans can use to meet and interact with others in VR. Business Insider investigates.
–Fribo is a social robot who acts as a virtual roommate to provide companionship for millennials who live alone, explains Fast Company.
–Airbus and Zodiac are installing bunk beds in the cargo hold of airplanes to give first-class customers more seating options. Via Condé Nast Traveler.
–Soylent is now being sold at Walmart in a move to increase brand awareness, announces Fortune.
–The latest robot-run enterprise in China is a bank, with a China Construction Bank branch run by smiling robots. Via South China Morning Post.
–A new wearable listens and responds to your thoughts, allowing users to silently receive information from the Internet or make commands, explains The Verge.
–PBS Kids and Zappos are launching a gender-neutral clothing line for children with autism to help them dress independently, discusses Forbes.
–Women’s Wear Daily explores a new study on Generation Z women, which reveals that they spend more on beauty than apparel.
–Switzerland is adopting cannabis culture through selling hemp foods, CBD drops, and pre-rolled joints at convenience stores, writes Quartz.
–Telegraph UK weighs in on the rise of the Chinese traveler, and how this demographic is impacting tourism.
–Our worldwide director Lucie Greene discusses Silicon Valley’s government takeover with WIRED UK.