Stan, the robot valet
Airport parking can be a nightmare. Usually costly, parking at the airport can also be stressful. There might not be enough parking space close to the airport and you may have to park further away. However, with Stan, a robot valet that can park your car on your behalf at the airport, all those headaches are set to be a thing of the past. The robot uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and is electrically powered. It is capable of picking up your car and parking it for you. It also has it ready for you when you return, hours or days later. One annoying part of parking is that you need enough space to be able to get out of your car. Stan does not need to worry about this because he does not open the doors. He carries the vehicle. AI is taking over the world fast, isn’t it?
Women still unequally treated
Despite worldwide gender equality crusades, women are still treated unequally. Some of the statistics are both shocking and interesting but they should push entrepreneurs to work on solutions. Governments too. It is surprising that research has shown that women are 47% more likely to suffer severe injuries in car crashes than men. This is because car safety features seem to be mostly designed for men. The positioning of head restraints as well as women’s shorter height, different neck strength and preferred sitting position means that they are more susceptible. In addition, women, mostly in rural Africa spend most of their time doing non-paying jobs like fetching water and firewood. This is unlike men who have more time to work and get paid. Furthermore, the World Bank’s recent Women Business and the Law Report revealed that only six countries give women equal legal work rights as men. Shocking right? That is not all. It has been noted that for every female film character, there are 2.24 men. We certainly need do more for our women.
Beer made from stale bread
Waste remains a perennial problem the world over. While 815 million go hungry daily, around a third of the food produced globally is lost or wasted. Food waste costs the global economy $940 billion annually. The good news is that some companies are coming up with innovative ways to reduce waste. Toast Ale, a beer company, uses unwanted bread from bakeries and supermarkets to brew beer. A whopping 24 million slices of bread are thrown away daily in the UK alone and this company takes advantage of this. Others like Unilever are now making red and green tomato ketchup. Previously, they were making only red tomato ketchup and green tomatoes were discarded even though there was no problem with them. As much as 10% of tomatoes were being left in the field to rot. Surely Zimbabwe needs to look at better waste management strategies, or perhaps learn from these.