Dubai hopes to have a human-free police station by 2030, Amazons media business is growing and UK switches on the world’s largest wind turbines. Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!
Yes, but no human police.. Or at least that’s what Dubai is hoping for. This week they are actually introducing their first robot officer to the police force! “We are looking to make everything smart in Dubai Police. By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won’t require human employees,” Brigadier Khalid Nasserl Al Razouqi, the General Director of Dubai Police’s Smart Services Department, told Gulf News. In turn that would translate to more than 25% of the total police force consisting of robots!
Amazons media business is growing and it seems as if it’s fundamental goal, lock in of customers through Prime membership, is working as intended. “We very much see this as the start of something big, something new for our service,” Alex Green, managing director of Amazon Video, said in an interview. The U.S. channels project has “done very well for us.” In fact Prime subscribers spent, on average, almost twice as much on Amazon compared to non-subscribers, so the lock in effect sure seems to be paying off!!
Not only that, the entertainment service itself is starting to become real competitive, threatening competitors like Netflix and HBO. This year they have won an Oscar with Manchester by the Sea, reached over 80 million subscribers and are expanding internationally. Giving them true scale and really complementing the retail side of the business. Great combination of business models!!
Wind turbines are already a big help in moving many nations towards greener energy production. The latest installation in UK seems to indicate size is the way to win. Being the biggest turbines ever for commercial use, the 32 new turbines in Liverpool Bay, are so big that a single revolution from just one of them can power a house for 29 hours! Not only that, they are also cheaper and easier to maintain than building smaller turbines with similar output.