Even a low-key evening at home can mean handing over a trove of personal info to tech companies. The WSJ reviewed privacy statements to assess just how much data you could be unknowingly sharing with that pizza order.
From texting your friends on your phone, to using Alexa to place a Domino pizza order, to getting in your car and using the Google Maps app for navigation, to posting a photo of your “hangout” on Facebook; a simple and innocent pizza night with your friends can result in sharing roughly 53 data points to tech companies and their advertisers.
Amazon was recently granted an AR patent, titled “Vehicle Component Installation Preview Image Generation,” described as a system that uses augmented reality to let users preview the image of an auto part as if it’s connected to their car. The patent first identifies the make, model, and year of a customer’s vehicle, typically using an image from the user’s camera. Then the user can shop for right auto parts on Amazon’s search engine. After the desired auto part is chosen, the platform integrates an image of the selected auto part with the image of the vehicle, allowing the user to make a judgment on whether or not the auto part will fit the vehicle.
There is no doubt that once this technology is made available to consumers, the auto parts industry will be shaken up by the Amazon Effect.
As temperatures rise, the best growing conditions for many crops are moving away from the tropics, fish and other underwater catches, too, are migrating to colder seas as their habitats warm. An evolving climate means big changes for people who grow, catch and rear for a living, and everyone else who buys and eats what they produce.
The primary agricultural markets for wine, wheat, coffee, lobster, and more crops are all being affected by this shift in changing climate, and regions like Russia, Canada, U.K., once not known for agriculture are ramping up higher outputs. Nations reliant on food imports, many also in the Middle East and Africa, are vulnerable to supply upsets thousands of miles away that ripple through global markets to push up the cost of household staples.
For every $1 the US put into renewable energy last year, China puts in $3. China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is determined to rebalance its energy mix, and incorporate more clean energy. That determination is reflected in the money it put into renewable energy last year, dwarfing spending by the next biggest investor, the US. Last year nearly half of the world’s new renewable energy investment of came from China.
Many U.S. multinationals are now disclosing their proportion of overseas workers under new SEC rules, which shows how jobs in low-cost countries are growing faster than in US. The regulation, which requires publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose the gap between what they pay their CEO and what they pay their median worker, and the ratio between the two, has led most of the companies to also disclose where their median worker resides.