Consumer/Retail

Robot waits tables at restaurant

A hot pot restaurant in northwest China has recently started using a robotic waitress to serve meals, attracting curious diners.

Meet Your New Security Guard: A 300-Pound Robot

William Santana Li, chairman and CEO of Knightscope, and Stacy Stephens, vice president of marketing and sales, explain how the company’s K5 autonomous robot security guards work. They speak with Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox on “Taking Stock.”

California’s Drilling Frenzy Has Nothing to Do With Oil

82 percent of California is experiencing extreme drought and farmers in California’s Central Valley are looking for water elsewhere- underground. Well drilling for groundwater in the state has doubled and even tripled in some counties. Bloomberg heads to a dairy farm to learn more about the drilling boom.

Alibaba IPO: Just How Big Is China’s E-Commerce Growth?

Alibaba is now the world’s largest ever IPO and now that it’s public, it means the Company is now bigger than the majority of companies in the world. But just how big is China’s e-commcer growth? Bloomberg’s Mia Saini reports on the Chinese story in Alibaba’s IPO.

Inside Canada’s New Corporate Weed System: Canadian Cannabis (Episode 1)

In this episode of Canadian Cannabis, Damian visits two gigantic weed factories in Ontario to check out what kind of bud the government has legally authorized. He also chats with pot activists throughout British Columbia to get their take on the new licensed producer system. And, lastly, we visited a private pot grower who has a medical grow license, but is being squeezed out by Canada’s new medical marijuana program: the MMPR.

NFL’S Billionaire Owners: Bloomberg Ranks Five Richest

The combined net worth of the top five NFL franchise owners is close to $34 billion. Bloomberg Ranx looks at the NFL’s richest owners according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Google tests drone delivery, iPhone 6 may have NFC

Look up in the sky for a special delivery from Google’s Project Wing, keep waiting for that “iWatch,” and expect the iPhone 6 to include mobile payments with NFC.

Dawn of Drones: Civilian UAVs to flood US skies amid fears of collision risks

In March a US airways pilot reported a near-miss with a tiny drone over Tallahassee Airport in Florida. And that is just one case of 15 recently registered. RT’s Gayane Chichikyan reports.

The Only U.S. Government Funded Marijuana Farm

It may be legal to buy marijuana in 22 states, but growing pot is still against federal law. And yet, the US government grows some of the purest pot in the country, spending almost a million dollars a year on a contract with the University of Mississippi to grow cannabis and manufacture marijuana cigarettes. The UMiss farm is currently the only source in the US for legal marijuana for researchers, and the government currently gives it away to researchers who get all the right approvals.

Average CEO pay tops $10 million for first time

Median CEO pay now tops $10 million, the first time the figure has reached eight digits. With their wages rising 50 percent in the last four years, CEO’s made 257 times the average worker’s pay in 2013. While wages for top business executives continue rising, middle class job growth and pay still struggle. Most new jobs are on the lowest end of the wage spectrum. RT’s Lindsay France takes a deeper look at the figures and the widening income gap.

Uber’s Valuation Record: Really Worth $17 Billion?

This Company is worth more than half of the companies on the S&P 500, but should it be? Uber’s valuation has now hit $17 billion.

The Most Expensive Street in the World

Hong Kong is now home to the most expensive real estate in the world. Hong Kong property power broker Sebastian Skiff, CBRE Asia executive director, gives Bloomberg’s Betty Liu a tour of Causeway Bay, the world’s most expensive retail area in the world.