Amazon reinvents grocery shopping, Facebook redefines time and May tools up in the fight against fake news

The Headliner podcast

29th January 2018

Amazon reinvents grocery shopping, Facebook redefines time and May tools up in the fight against fake news

Amazon Go is a pioneering new shop with – it claims – no queues either. The experience is novel, with customers reporting that they felt as if they were shoplifting. A few journalists even tried to sneak things out to see if it was possible to outwit the myriad of cameras and sensors. Is this how we will all shop in the future? Or a stunt that is unlikely to ever be replicated in a supermarket near you?

Downing Street has announced the creation of a new national security unit tasked with combating disinformation by state actors and others. Can this new unit restore our faith in what we view online? Or is the power of clickbait too potent to be tackled by one country alone?

Restaurants, coffee shops and supermarkets have all pledged to reduce plastic packaging. Can this movement bring about a real change? Is it possible to undo the damage caused by our previously cavalier attitude to plastics?

Facebook has invented a new unit of time the ‘flick’. Just slightly longer than a nanosecond, the ‘flick’ is designed to help measure individual frame duration for video frame rates. Will flicks make VR so real we won’t be able to tell it’s a simulation?

Cadbury is giving away 10,000 bars of Dairy Milk. The stunt ties in with its latest advert, which featured a little girl exchanging the contents of her pocket to buy her mum a chocolate bar, and is melting viewer’s hearts. Is this offer too good to be true? What old tat would you exchange for a free chocolate?

The first Super Blood Blue Moon for 150 years will appear in our skies on January 31st. A supermoon appears 14 percent larger and about 30 percent brighter than usual, as the moon is in the point of its orbit when it’s at its closest to Earth. Will you be dusting off your telescope? Or dropping to all fours and howling uncontrollably?