June 19, 2024
Memo: Digital passport, the new name of India and the robot that cleans itself


Stockholm, Sweden

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Hello again

how was your summer? did you run away? Returning from a short break in Stockholm earlier this week, I reflected on how travel is already changing across Europe. With temperatures rising across the continent, heading north has become the smart way to escape a heatwave

Stockholm puts sustainability front and centre. From the moment you step onto the excellent Arlanda Express airport train (complete with Scandi-chic wood paneling), to my hotel, which has a glass carafe emblazoned with a simple message: “The World’s Best in Sweden There is water. Tap “Fill Me” and taste the difference.

The capital of Sweden is very quiet. Noisy cars and trucks have replaced bikes, e-scooters and world-class public transportation so clean and reliable that there’s no point in driving.

If you’re as excited as I am about this vision of a sustainable future, I urge you to join us for our upcoming Forbes Sustainability Leaders Summit on September 20. You can attend in person or virtually in New York and hear from business leaders, entrepreneurs, and policy leaders who are taking action to address climate change.

Five things we learned

Finland is testing the world’s first digital passport, Finnish citizens traveling between the UK and Helsinki can pass through the airport border using the EU’s new smartphone-based digital ID. The $2.5 million pilot project is expected to be operational in most of the block by 2030.

India is probably changing its name, Eyebrows were raised across India when invitations to the state dinner for G20 leaders were signed with “President of India” instead of the usual India. The news sparked rumors that the ruling BJP party may take steps to formally change the name of the country in the next parliamentary session.

China has reportedly banned government officials from using iPhones, The move mirrors similar restrictions against Chinese technology in the United States. This is potentially bad news for Apple, which now counts China as its biggest market.

E-scooter rentals are now banned in Paris, The much-loathed site of scooters littering the sidewalks of Paris is history after Parisians voted overwhelmingly to ban them earlier this year. Rental companies are expected to switch to e-bikes, taking advantage of the city’s extensive bicycle lanes.

There’s a robot mop that takes care of itself, For ultimate convenience, look no further than Switchbot’s new floor cleaning robot, which unlike the competition does away with the cumbersome task of refilling its water tanks and emptying its own compartments. Another first world problem solved…

Good

A 90-minute flight from New York to Paris could become a reality, American startup Hermeus is making bold plans to build a passenger plane that can fly five times faster than the speed of sound, or 3,850 miles per hour. With Pentagon support to test the technology on military drones, passenger flights may be coming sooner than you expect.

bad

Cancer is on the rise among young people, but scientists don’t know why, New cancer diagnoses in people under 50 increased by 79% between 1990 and 2019. The researchers noted that the rate of new cases was highest in developed countries, while the death rate was disproportionately high in low-income countries.

Watch

Carlos Ghosn on $1.1 billion lawsuit against Nissan, Auto executive’s escape from Japan shocked the world in 2019, now the fugitive wants to settle a score with a blockbuster legal action against his former employer and co-workers.

Hear

The city that sold itself to Wall Street, When Morgan Stanley offered to lease Chicago’s parking meters for $1 billion, the city thought it had struck gold. They soon discovered that they had not only lost parking revenue, but they had also lost the roads. cautionary tales,Free to listen worldwide,

Reading

Stories of my life as a veterinarian, TV veterinarian Dr. James Greenwood’s memoir offers a raw and honest account of life as a veterinarian with poignant personal stories of life, death, and the unexpected lives of pets. Seven dials, from $12.

Taste

Cher launches her own ice cream brand, Showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 77, pop icon Cher revealed ‘Cherlato’ to her fans on Instagram. For more adventurous foodies, check out the “SoCal’s Coolest Avocado on Toast” flavor, made with creamy avocado on top of breadcrumbs.

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