In San Francisco, marijuana has become just another item to be dispersed in the on-demand economy. Since its launch last summer, Eaze–a so-called Uber for pot–has exploded in popularity, sending out 30,000 on-demand marijuana deliveries from local dispensaries. With $10 million in new funding acquired earlier this month, it’s poised to grow even further. advertisement advertisement Eaze isn’t involved in the messy business of actually growing or selling marijuana. Instead, it teams up with dispensaries, which pay the drivers. Eaze provides the infrastructure, including a website that allows patients to select strains, inventory tracking, logistics for drivers (they are automatically assigned to orders based on their location and what strains they happen to be carrying at the moment), and an estimate for delivery. Customers can get marijuana in minutes. They upload a photo of their marijuana patient certification, select a strain, and wait approximately … [Read more...] about Eaze, San Francisco’s Uber For Marijuana, Might Be Coming To Your Door Soon
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It is suffocatingly dusty, a grey-brown haze looming over the city. People are wearing masks, wheezing or even coughing heavily as though the alveoli in the lungs can’t tell air from dust anymore.The visibility is bleak – 200 metres, I'd say – and people are struggling to keep their eyes open with the particulate matter settling on the eyelashes. Some have eyes which are blood-shot red with irritation.In the midst of this hideous desert-like city of mask-donning, sick-looking people and top-less buildings, my nose surprisingly detects the fragrance of lavender. The stimulus turns my body and I start walking towards the source, astonished that my body still responds to stimulus. I am half-convinced that it’s a mirage –like a thirsty traveller in a desert gets the illusion of a water body.Close Making conscious use of the limited oxygen in my body, I seem to have reached the source. A 15 ft X 5 ft vestibule is selling “pure oxygen”! … [Read more...] about Ground Report | Delhi Pollution: As citizens gasp for breath, oxygen bar offers ‘clean air’ for 15 minutes at Rs 299!
“Do you know how many trees are on the planet Earth?” advertisement advertisement “I wish I did.” “There’s 3 trillion trees. Do you know how many there used to be?” “How many?” “Six trillion. If you plant 1 trillion trees, do you know how much carbon you sequester?” “How much?” “205 gigatons. It’s as much carbon as has been created since the first Industrial Revolution. So that’s very powerful to know that. And did you know that there’s people today who are on campaigns to plant a trillion trees? If you plant a trillion trees, you will dramatically reduce global warming.” advertisement Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff is politely schooling me about a wildly ambitious way to address climate change. And the fact that he takes it seriously leads me to take it seriously. After all, in an era when it’s rational to worry about the impact of big tech companies on our … [Read more...] about Salesforce’s Marc Benioff: ‘I was in unexplored territory for a CEO’
Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon are free to slow down, block, or prioritize internet traffic as they wish, without interference by the federal government. That’s the effect of an October ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding a 2017 ruling by the Federal Communications Commission that reversed rules requiring what is called “net neutrality“—treating all internet traffic equally, regardless of where it’s from or what kind of data it is. advertisement advertisement Giving corporate telecom giants this power is wildly unpopular among the American people, who know that these companies have overcharged customers and interfered with users’ internet access in the past. However, people who advocate for an open internet, free of corporate roadblocks, might find solace in another aspect of the court’s ruling: States and local governments may be able to mandate their own net neutrality rules. The effort is … [Read more...] about Should the internet be a public utility? Hundreds of cities are saying yes
Curbs are an increasingly hot commodity in cities. That’s because they’re not just a spot to park anymore–they’re also home to ride-share pick-ups and drop-offs, deliveries, bike lanes, buses, and the host of private vehicles still looking to find a spot. advertisement But curbs are also hard to map. Even as a driver parking your car, the poorly worded signs that dictate whether you’re parked legally are confusing and usually involve nerve-racking guesswork. So the Alphabet-backed, Sidewalk Labs-funded startup Coord is mapping them, providing an API for transportation companies and cities, with the idea that the data it’s collected can reduce congestion and help local governments reassess how their curbs are used. interactive map revealing its data on San Francisco’s curbs. The map, which is only accessible if you create an account through the company, is essentially a color-coded guide to all the curbs in the city, from no stopping and … [Read more...] about This Alphabet-Backed Startup Wants To Innovate Curbs