Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to Stephen Hawking, erosion at Easter Island, Airbnb for luggage and more

1. The Erosion of Easter Island One of the most remote inhabited locations, Easter Island captivates because of the remnants of the ancient civilization it once housed: moai statues and “ahu” platforms, found predominantly along the island’s coast. Many of these iconic relics are actually tombs for the dead. Because of their placement, these artifacts are jeopardized by rising sea levels. More than just the …

TONL is Making Stock Photography Less White

While stock photography is meant to represent everyday lives of everyday people, it’s overwhelmingly (and inaccurately) white. With the belief that diversity leads to innovation, Karen Okonkwo and Joshua Kissi founded TONL—a stock photography company that aims to expand the ways in which black people are represented in visual culture and show those who are, right now, incredibly underrepresented. The thousands of photos (set to …

Tailoring Wine to Your DNA

Joining forces with Helix (which is backed by the world’s biggest DNA sequencing company), wine delivery service Vinome is claiming they will tailor your wines according to your genetic make-up. The Californian company will apparently choose “‘great wines that are perfectly paired to you’ based on an analysis of 10 genetic variants in your DNA, collected via saliva samples,” but several scientists and public health …

Face the Challenges of Running a Start-up in “The Founder” Video Game

Francis Tseng's meta, dystopian simulator lets you launch and manage a fake business

Brooklyn-based artist and interaction designer Francis Tseng offers an opportunity that many of us could only wistfully fantasize about: the chance to be a start-up founder. His new simulation video game, The Founder, takes place right after the last dot-com bubble bust: a fresh clean slate, ready to become overrun with your legacy industry-disrupting, world-changing product. AKA: it gets too real. Stages include “assembling the …

RADEN Smart Luggage

The formidable suitcase + app combo weighs itself, charges phones and lets you know when it's close by

The plot might be familiar: a young start-up disrupts big, sleepy industry that nobody young wants to touch—but the ending is sweet and actually, available to purchase on the day of its launch. Raden is more than a container to hold your clothes and toiletries; its smart features (like GPS-tracking, weight sensors, and removable, standalone battery pack) work with real-time traffic and TSA data to …