Amazon’s new beta store idea makes shopping entirely frictionless. You walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I believe that this is the future of shopping, not only for Amazon but for all major companies. Stores are already using self-checkouts, so this seems like a natural next step. The technology behind it also really interests me. It not only uses smart phones and accounts, but each store is equipped with cameras to get live updates to what an individual has or hasn’t taken off the shelf. Like with Amazon Web Services, I’m sure they will license this technology, and dominate shopping in the physical world, as well as online very shortly.
Santambrogio Milano, The Glass House:
This is a much more conceptual inspiration for me. The house may not be the most practical thing, due to obvious privacy issues, but the idea is amazing to me. I’m from a small rural town in Pennsylvania, so nature has always been a part of my life. This house allows you to essentially live in nature with all the comforts of a house. I think this sort of environment would be an incredible experience in almost every scenario: snow, rain, clear starry night.
Tesla continues to push boundaries environmentally and design-wise. Last year’s releases of the Model 3 electric car and Solar Roof both inspired me a lot. The Model 3, which is almost inarguably the best electric car on the market, is relatively cheap, has an Autopilot mode, allowing for growth in the driverless car market, and is the safest car ever produced. The solar roof, on the other hand, is equally important. It’s paving the way for the future of private energy production and self-sustained living, while still be affordable and lasting longer than a normal roof. Tesla seems to be solving some of our biggest problems with almost no negative aspects and while making money at the same time.
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