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Robocops in jail
The Korean government is testing robots that will act as security guards in correctional facilities. The robots’ duties include general video surveillance and to warn staff in case inmates attempt suicide.
Why it matters
Introducing robots into the security sector will cut down costs and the risk of violence for jail staff. Leading mechatronic (robot building) brands seem to have a promising future, yet the question is how to cope with consumers justified fear of such ‘products’. Will a friendly robot design and PR campaign be enough?
A selected group of experienced seamstresses can now get potential new clients thanks to a collaboration with bike couriers. This social business is being developed by Fundação EDP’s Social Lab and the SEA (Agency of Social Entrepreneurs). Still in its testing phase, this project aims at helping unemployed seamstresses. Clients can make online orders, the clothes that need alterations are picked up, the seamstresses work from home, then the clothes are delivered back.
15th Avenue Coffee & Tea looks nothing like a Starbucks. But, this new café, named after the street where it is situated, is a Starbucks. Starbucks has decided to un-brand it’s newest location in Washington DC. By featuring local entertainment, sourcing from local bakeries and donating leftover food to the local parish, these new un-branded cafés aim to integrate themselves into the fabric of the neighbourhood.