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A NEW APP CALLED TRESS IS DETERMINED TO TAKE A CUT FROM THE $9 BILLION BLACK HAIR INDUSTRY

IN CHRIS ROCK’S 2009 documentary film, Good Hair, the poet Maya Angelou describes a black woman’s hair as her glory. “You share that glory with your family,” Angelou says, “and they get to see you braiding it, and they get to see you washing it—it’s a glory.”

TRESSED OUT: Workers of Abiba Locks, a hair salon in Accra, Ghana, take selfies and share ideas about styles on Tress, an app launched in February.
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THE ROBOT ECONOMY Next time you stop for gas at a self-serve pump, say hello to the robot in front of you. Its life story can tell you a lot about the robot economy roaring toward us like an EF5 tornado on the prairie. Yeah, your automated gas pump killed a lot of jobs over the years, but its biography might give you hope that the coming wave of automation driven by artificial intelligence (AI) will turn out better for almost all of us than a lot of people seem to think.
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