We have taken a look at the past week's news and topics across digital, social, brand and creative. #ICYMI, here is what we found noteworthy:

Cultural Trend: Robo Retail

The automated store of the future is heading closer to our doorsteps.

Self-checkout and online delivery services might soon be outmoded. Automated, cashier-less and mobile, doorstep-accessible shopping outlets are popping up globally— these offer not only a quick and seamless shopping experience, but also allow customers to handpick the items they are seeking.

Leading the pack are giants like Amazon, with their Amazon Go store in Seattle, WA; mobile concepts like Robomart, based in the Bay Area, a prototype tap-to-request grab-and-go food mart; and Moby Mart, automated affordable food. 

How Companies Are Using Location Data, in 5 Charts

The use of artificial intelligence is becoming more common in smartphones, connected home devices, wearables and connected cars. By 2020, there will be 20.4 billion connected devices in use, according to market research firm Gartner. Location data is getting easier and easier to acquire.

These five charts illustrate how companies are using location data.

Cultural Trend: Digital Detox

With Millennials checking their phones an estimated 150 times a day—at least six times an hour discounting sleep—it isn't surprising that they sometimes feel the need to detox from all of this connection. Nearly one-quarter of youth in the U.S. and UK have deleted a social media app from their phone because it was causing them stress, but these apps are making it easier to disconnect, somewhat counterintuitively, with the help of technology.

Two apps to check out: Thrive, Forest  

Storytelling In The Age of Big Data

Given our newfound ability to quantify just about anything, probabilities have been playing an increasing role in our work and personal life. In all kinds of everyday situations we now have to accept that it’s impossible to predict what will actually happen. Instead, we have to get used to living in a complex world of uncertainties and probabilities. We have to learn how to deal with the very messy world of big data, and how to best apply our learning to make good decisions and predictions.

So how does one make a story around probability?