5 Things to Talk About Today

  • The streets of Paris will go car-free for one day in September. It's hard to imagine the streets of one of the world's biggestand busiestcities empty, but for the new “Une Journée Sans Voiture” ("A Day Without Car"), they will be. For the first time in the city’s history, "no motorized vehicle, with a few exceptions like ambulances," will be permitted on the roads. “Paris will be completely transformed for a day. This is an opportunity for Parisians and tourists to enjoy the city without noise, pollution and therefore without stress,” said the city's mayor, Anne Hidalgo. — Forbes
  • Microsoft Windows 95 celebrates its 20th birthday today. When the product launched on this day in 1995, it changed the world, and we all went crazy for it. Even Jennifer Aniston made an hour-long video with Friends co-star Matthew Perry on how to use it. The New York Times called it “the splashiest, most frenzied, most expensive introduction of a computer product in the industry’s history.” Packaged as CDs and retailing at $210 a box, Microsoft Windows 95 sold seven million copies in the first seven weeks, selling 40 million units in its first year. — Fortune
  • Global fears about China's economic slowdown sent the Dow plummeting as much as 1000 points early this morning. While it has since recovered a bit, the Dow has never closed down more than 800 points in a single day. "We have not seen this level of full-blown panic in markets for quite some time," said Peter Kenny, chief market strategist at Clear Pool Group, a financial technology firm. — Money
  • Business of Fashion will launch free online fashion courses. The new BoF Education section will include a "Forbes-like ranking of fashion schools, new pieces of writing examining the state of fashion education" and free fashion courses. BoF CEO Imran Amed, who teaches the only fashion business course at Central Saint Martins, said the new section "will aid prospective students in making informed choices about pursuing higher education in fashion." — Fashionista
  • Robots are one step closer to being a reality in our homes. A robot called PR2 in Germany is using WikiHow's written instructions to learn how to make pancakes and pizzas. The project, called RoboHow, is "exploring ways of teaching robots to understand language." The goal is to tell a robot what to do instead of programming it. This could make it easier to communicate instructions. — Technology Review