Friday Good News Roundup: February 24, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
Amid all of the crazy headlines we've seen this week, you may have missed some good news. For example, three new Tesla "gigafactories" are being planned, a farm is integrating AI for some pretty cool results, and if you want to visit every country in the world, a record-breaking 20-something shares her tips on how to save. In more global news, if you hate 30-second, un-skippable ads, your YouTube experience is going to get a whole lot better.
1. Fast Coexist: If you’re in New York, you can take your love for organic veggies to the next level with “post-organic” produce.
Using agricultural AI, a new vertical farming startup called Bowery is delivering fresh greens within one day of harvesting. Despite popular belief, organic produce isn’t necessarily grown without pesticides, but Bowery’s farm is entirely chemical-free. The warehouse where everything is grown is a glimpse into the future—LED lights mimic the sun, water is efficiently used and recycled, and they comply with the highest standards of food safety protocols to ensure health and safety through the entire process. It’s also integrated with some new AI technology called FarmOS that tracks and learns the optimal levels of light and nutrients required for each plant, and then detects when the plants are ready for harvest. Pretty cool, right?
2. Huffington Post: If you hate YouTube's 30-second ads, just wait for 2018.
YouTube has officially accepted that people hate their 30-second, un-skippable pre-roll advertisements, and they’re doing away with them entirely as of next year. Instead, the platform will focus on formats that work for both the advertiser and the consumer.
3. The Guardian: LGBT rights are making gains in the most unlikely places.
Nauru and Belize decriminalized homosexuality; Greece, Slovenia, and Bosnia placed new laws to protect sexual and gender minorities; and Italy is officially recognizing same-sex couples. Meanwhile, Taiwan is working to legalize same-sex marriage, and Cuba, Nepal, and Vietnam may soon follow suit.
4. Ecowatch: Three new Tesla gigafactories are in the works to ‘change the way the world uses energy.’
Opened last year, Tesla's first gigafactory produces lithium-ion battery cells for Tesla’s futuristic battery storage products and the Model 3. Gigafactory 2 is located in New York and manufactures components for solar panels and solar tiles. Now the company has hinted at plans to finalize locations for up to three additional gigafactories. Not only do the factories produce components for many of Tesla founder Elon Musk's various renewable energy plans, but the buildings themselves must be net-zero.
5. Today: This is how you save for a vacation around the world.
Cassie De Pecol left the country during the summer of 2015 and returned home earlier this month from her 196-country tour. She recently shared her tips on how she saved and planned for the sabbatical: like picking a mission, reaching out to sponsors to help you with expenses, and not giving up. Seeking funding is difficult, but perseverance wins: De Pecol admits she reached out to nearly 10,000 potential sponsors and received around 20-25 investors.