oh, chicago

What suspension?

A Chicago Tribune investigation finds more than a dozen disciplinary suspensions that weren’t served because officials lost track of cases. | learn more

retail therapy

The $600MM finger?.

Shortly after Marc Lore earned publicity for rapid-fire acquisitions as the head of e-commerce at Wal-Mart, Jeff Bezos declares they’re going to shut down the sites they bought from Lore in 2011 – diapers.com and others. The stated reason is […]

retail therapy

A price war of giants.

Amazon and Wal-Mart are in a price war in grocery and CPG, with the latter renewing its drive for “Everyday Low Prices” to double down on its successful discount retailing strategy. Amazon’s pricing algorithm is following them down. Brands are […]

fun facts

The second life of hotel soap.

Ever wonder what happens to all of the unused and partially used tiny bars of soap at hotels? A nonprofit called Clean the World melts them down to provide soap for impoverished countries. | learn more

fun facts

Renewed hope for the hot hand.

“Hot Hand”, “On Fire”, “In The Zone”. In 1985, a group including Amos Tversky (one of the fathers of behavioral economics) published a paper concluding it didn’t exist – it was a myth. After 30 years, Joshua Miller fires back, […]

big ideas

Fish of the future.

Monica Jain runs Fish 2.0, described as the “shark tank of sustainable seafood.” She lays out a vision of 10 years in the future where seafood and fish options are more diverse, traceable, and sustainable. | learn more

big ideas

Reverse aging by purging ‘retired’ cells.

Thanks to a new study, humans are one step closer to being able to live forever. When cells accumulate too much DNA damage from aging, they can enter a semi-dormant state, becoming senescent cells. Mice treated with a substance that purges these cells […]

tech, startups, internet

2017 is the year of the chatbot.

Okay maybe not quite yet, but we’ve hit an inflection point in natural language processing (NLP) technology. You can finally call it pretty good. Facebook, Microsoft, and others are now releasing bot frameworks and opening up their messaging platforms to bots. | learn […]

tech, startups, internet

Futures of text.

About 2 years ago, Jonathan Libov wrote about the state of current innovation in “text” as an interaction medium. He predicted the arrival of chat-based bots early on. “Messaging is the only interface in which the machine communicates with you […]