This week, we look at Airbus's new cabin ecosystem and an entertaining Simpsons tribute. In other news, Tinder is launching an interactive, apocalyptic series, Instagram introduces stricter measures on body-related posts and the US Air Force is enlisting hackers.
1. FLIGHT-WORTHY DATA
As Facebook expands its data-collecting features, Airbus is similarly launching a new system that ‘perfects’ your in-flight experience. From monitoring your snack preference, entertainment viewings to length of bathroom trips, the ‘Airspace Connected Experience’ is designed to offer travellers a more personalised and comfortable journey. In addition to working towards improving services, we imagine this data collection is also going to offer advertisers a wealth of knowledge on the customers too.
2. D'OH MY GOODNESS
Is this best tribute ever? A Swedish illustrator duo has recreated the 2018 mukbang montage of Homer and Lisa Simpson’s culinary tour of New Orleans with painstaking accuracy. The Swedish tourists filmed all 54 featured restaurants, ordered all the same dishes and gulped them down in exact Homer-like style. The side-by-side video has since gone viral and drawn praise from The Simpsons creators.
3. A HACKER'S DREAM
At last month's Defcon Hacker Conference, security researchers dismantled the US Air Force's F-15 fighter jet data system and discovered its vulnerabilities. Pleased with the results, the Air Force has decided to up the ante for next year and bring a low-orbiting satellite for hackers to hijack. It all sounds very Dr. Evil but it's done in the name of homeland security.
4. INSTA DIETS
In the age of the influencer, it’s not uncommon to come across a sneaky advertorial post for a new diet fad. But in a move that hopes to protect young users, Instagram has announced stricter measures on posts relating to weight-loss products and cosmetic surgery. These posts, which have been deemed dangerous by body positive activists, will be hidden from users under the age of 18, or removed.
5. APOCALYPTIC SOULMATE
Tinder will release a choose-your-own-adventure-style apocalyptic original series in early October. The six-episode project will be uploaded directly to the app and users will be able to swipe right or left to advance through the plot as they see fit. Based on how users make decisions, a customised algorithm will then match you with your one true apocalyptic partner.