Kayak for shipping, AI pop, cashless in Sweden.
–Chanel made The Cloud cool at its fashion show inside what appeared to be a giant data server farm. Via Dezeen.
–Bloomberg Businessweek goes inside the story of how Didi beat Uber in China.
–Logistics startup Shyp creates a “Kayak for shipping”—what took so long? Via Fast Company.
–Quartz declares the first pop song written by artificial intelligence to be “pretty good, actually.”
–What does the future look like if society goes cashless? Maybe Sweden already shows us, writes The New Yorker.
–Bank of America Merrill Lynch issues a report saying investors need to adjust to a “new normal” of peak everything, amid a backlash against globalization and free trade, writes Bloomberg.
–Unusually for emerging technology, VR is drawing a large proportion of female creators who are pushing the boundaries of the medium, writes The Cut.
–Google unveiled Daydream View, a new VR headset, as it moves beyond its early cardboard-based experiments, writes Cnet.
–And Google is also taking aim at Amazon’s Echo with a new home voice-recognition “assistant” device, writes The Guardian.
–Maternity retail is catching up with women’s evolving attitudes about how they want to dress while pregnant, writes the New York Times.
–Luxury conglomerate Kering is taking Gucci eyewear in-house, in an effort to make the business more responsive to fast-evolving consumer tastes. Via Business of Fashion.
–Spotify’s is making music discovery even more effortless with Daily Mix, which offers “bottomless” non-repeating playlists tailored to individual listeners. Via TechCrunch.
–Is private data the “ultimate luxury good”? Motherboard looks at a design project that probes the value of digital data.
–Amazon Prime will now include free books including Lonely Planet travel guides, says Wired—and Condé Nast magazines could be next.