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Amazon is expanding its cashier-less grocery empire

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Amazon is beginning to open its cashier-less grocery stores outside of its hometown of Seattle. First stop: Chicago.

The Amazon Go store in the land of the deep-dish pizza and vegetable-laden hot dog opens today (Sept. 17), and will keep the same 7am to 8pm operating hours. And beyond Chicago, Amazon has plans for stores in New York and San Francisco, the company confirmed last week, which signals that the machine-learning technology that powers the stores is leaving its testing phase. Amazon now has a total of four Go stores, with the other three in Seattle.

In terms of US adoption, Amazon seems ahead of the curve. Globally, it isn’t alone in providing this kind of store experience. In China, Tencent, Alibaba, and JD.com are also trying to use facial recognition and radio-frequency tags on products to achieve the same goal.

Analysts are expecting a massive rollout of Amazon stores, which replaces the traditional checkout process with cameras and sensors that recognize when a customer with the Amazon app picks out a product. Their account is charged automatically when they leave the store. Retail real-estate guru Joe Sitt, founder and CEO of Thor Equities, predicted last week that Amazon could expand to 1,000 locations in the next 10 years.

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Endangered species that could fit in a train car

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There are endangered species where the remaining few in the world could fit on a single car train. Mona Chalabi for The Guardian imagined such a scenario.

Usually when we talk about scale and putting numbers into perspective, it’s about imagining the large ones. What does a million look like? A billion? Chalabi’s illustrations take it the other direction.

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Why DNA Is the Most Exciting Programming Language Today

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Napster cofounder Sean Parker and biologist Alex Marson on the coming power of Crispr.
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The Latest New ETF Launches: Vanguard Debuts All-in-One Bond ETF

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Vanguard has slowly been expanding its lineup of ETFs designed to provide investors with total market coverage all in one product.

It’s had the Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (VT A+) for more than a decade and recently launched the Vanguard Total Corporate Bond ETF (VTC n/a). This week, it added another for the entire global investment-grade fixed-income market.

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‘Flash Boys’ exchange IEX wins first listing

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Interactive Brokers will transfer from Nasdaq in October
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Beluga whales adopt lost narwhal in St. Lawrence River

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Narwhal among belugas

An unusual visitor has been hanging out in the St. Lawrence River for the past three years: A narwhal, more than 1,000 kilometres south of its usual range. And it appears that the lone narwhal has been adopted by a band of belugas.

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