Amazon launches the first supermarket without a checkout, Credit cards hacked in 6 seconds and is Apple making a car? Yep, probably! Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!
Amazon launches the first supermarket without a checkout
A bit over a year ago, Amazon took their first step outside of the digital world and opened a brick-and-mortar bookstore. Now they’re taking the next step along this path by launching a physical grocery store, Amazon Go. Amazon explained that their vision was to create a shopping experience with no lines and no checkout, which they achieved through a combination of the Amazon Go app and in-store intelligence. After logging in to the app the shopper simply put the items they want in their bag and walk out. According to Amazon, the store is equipped with “computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning”. This represents a high-tech and truly radical rethinking of how a supermarket works. Perhaps it is a sneak peak of a disruptive change in the brick-and-mortar shopping experience.
Credit cards hacked in 6 seconds
IoT and Big data does not only mean good things. As we wrote a few weeks ago, hacked IoT devices are being used in huge “distributed denial of service” attacks on websites and online services hosts.
In the same way it seems a hacker can utilize the immense amount of online payment services and accounts out there to hack credit cards. Visa has more than 500 million cards in circulation just in Europe and there are millions of website that have some sort of payment functionality. By utilizing some security flaws hackers have been able to guess their way forward and hack cards. Taking as little as 6 seconds.
Apple is making a car! (Probably?)
Apple has filed an official statement to a US car regulator, with feedback on regulations for self-driving cars. Apple say they are “excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.” So almost certainly Apple is working on cars, but will they really be making them?