Filled With Blood And Drugs, These Delivery Drones Are Saving Lives In Africa | Fast Company

Inside a drone delivery center in Rwanda–the first in the world to make medical deliveries at a national scale–staff answered an emergency call in July. A hospital needed blood for a 24-year-old woman who had just given birth by caesarian section. The hospital had transfused her with two units of blood. But she bled out of those units in 10 minutes.

“In that case, that mom is likely to lose her life–not just in the developing world, but even in the U.S. that mom is in a really difficult, dangerous position,” says Keller Rinaudo, CEO of Zipline, the startup that developed and runs the drone network for the Rwandan government, which supplies it with blood and other medical necessities to deliver to its far-flung clinics. “But in this case, the doctors called Zipline, started placing emergency orders, and Zipline basically instantly did delivery after delivery.”

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Tax the Rich and the Robots? California’s Thinking About It | WIRED

DEPENDING ON WHOM you ask, robots and artificial intelligence are either coming to take your job, or you’re perfectly safe, at least for the near future. Truth is, automation always has and always will put people out of work. It’s just that this time around, even highly skilled jobs may be imperiled. And that has some folks dreading a time in which robots and AI upend the human workforce.

Included among those folks is San Francisco supervisor Jane Kim, who Wednesday launched a campaign called the Jobs of the Future Fund to study a statewide “payroll” tax on job-stealing machines. Proceeds from the tax would bankroll things like job retraining, free community college, or perhaps a universal basic income―countermeasures Kim thinks might make a robotic future more bearable for humans.

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Outdated Tech Is Costing You More Than You Think | Forbes

I’ve been on a tear of work travel for the last month and I really enjoy the opportunity to break up long stretches of flying with a movie to help pass the time. Trouble is, I’m terrible about finding the time to download said movie prior to my trip.

Thankfully, technology has advanced significantly in recent years, making it far easier (and faster) for me to download my movie prior to boarding. Yet, I still seem to find myself in an entertainment pinch because I have become accustomed to technology on-demand and access to high-speed internet wherever I happen to be. I inevitably end up scrambling to find an internet connection at the gate and hoping it’s fast enough for my movie to download before I have to board the plane.

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Men Weren’t Doing Pilates. So This Company Changed Its Color Scheme (and Made $27 Million) | Inc.com

You could call Anthony Geisler a fitness maven, but turnaround expert would be even more appropriate.

When Geisler acquired the Club Pilates Franchise in March 2015 (the terms of the deal were not disclosed), it was doing $2.9 million in sales and maintained 30 locations. According to its founder, Allison Beardsley, once the business grew to that level, she recognized that managing it was not her skill set. “I’m totally a visionary birther of new ideas. I’m not a manager of growth,” said Beardsley, who owns three studios in Nevada and is not involved in the business aspects of Club Pilates. “It was no longer lifting up my spirits as a business owner.”

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Finding a Factory to Manufacture Your Product | Business News Daily

Getting a product from an idea to production is a complex process. It involves significant research, time, planning and patience. But with the right information, the right resources and the right product, it’s possible.

One of the biggest challenges of product manufacturing is finding a factory to create it. You’ll need to find one that fits your needs and budgets, and still turns out a quality product. This article will guide you through the process of finding and working with a factory as a small business.

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Dutch students ‘grow’ a biodegradable car made of beet sugar and flax | Inhabitat

Are biodegradable cars the next step in environmentally-friendly motoring? A team of students at the Eindhoven University of Technology just unveiled a biodegradable car made out of beet sugar and flax. Weighing just 684 pounds, the lightweight, eco-friendly vehicle can travel up to 50 miles per hour.

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Love to Text and Walk Cluelessly? Prepare to Pay a Fine for That | Bloomberg

This really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s done it: You are just no good at texting and walking.

While you might do OK at the reading and typing part, your preoccupied brain isn’t paying enough attention to what’s going on with your feet. It’s such a hazard that Honolulu last month adopted an ordinance to outlaw smartphone use by pedestrians crossing streets. Now Stamford, Connecticut, may become the second U.S. city this year to combat the problem with fines.

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These platforms want to help you discover (and afford) craft wine | CNN Money

It’s hard to imagine a world before craft beer. Could we one day feel the same about craft wine?

Boutique wineries across the country are producing small batches of everything from pinot noir to chardonnay, but it can be difficult for us twenty-somethings to find — let alone afford — those wines.

Your go-to vino is likely made by one of three major producers that account for over half of the U.S. wine market, according to a 2016 Michigan State University study. Plus, many boutique wineries make less than 1,000 cases per year and sell mainly through pricey wine clubs, making them hard to access.

Online platforms like Winestyr and Glassful are trying to change that.

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Goldman Sachs may have lost $100 million on bad natural gas bet | Business Insider

A sour bet on the direction of natural gas prices contributed to Goldman Sachs’ weak performance in commodities trading during the second quarter.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the bank had wrongly bet on an increase in gas prices in the Marcellus shale in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as a major pipeline was being constructed to export from the region.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is spearheading the $4.2 billion Rover natural-gas line in question, which would move gas from the Marcellus shale to the Midwest.

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Why Automation Matters to Entrepreneurs and Small Business | Getentrepreneurial.com

You may think that a small business is fundamentally different than a large one, but this isn’t entirely true. Small businesses have to do many of the same things that larger businesses do, only with fewer employees. Obviously, this means an entrepreneur has a number of problems to overcome that a larger business might handle with ease because of its much bigger staff. This is particularly the case when it comes to scheduling, achieving scalability and having the necessary skill sets to do all of similar processes. One solution many businesses turn to is automation.

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