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Soylent Founder Steps Down as CEO: ‘If You Love Something, Set It Free’

In a blog post on Tuesday, Soylent founder Rob Rhinehart announced he was resigning as the company’s CEO. “If you love something, set it free,” his goodbye post began, which may not be the standard way to announce one is stepping down, but is still one of the more grounded statements from a man whose oeuvre includes phrases like “grocery shopping is a multisensory living nightmare.” Read More >>

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Soylent Banned in Canada for Not Actually Being a Meal

In a major blow to Canadians who love bland on-the-go meal replacement goop, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has blocked all shipments of Soylent into the country. Read More >>

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Soylent Gets in a Big, Dumb PR Fight

One of Soylent’s biggest ingredient suppliers—TerraVia—has thrown down the gauntlet and cut ties with the meal replacement company, effective immediately. It’s part of possibly the strangest PR feud of the year, and probably the first major controversy in history involving algae. Read More >>

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Soylent Hopes Its New Formula Won’t Give You ‘Uncontrollable Diarrhoea’

Move over Soylent formula 1.6, there’s a new Soylent in town (and you’ll never guess what it’s called.) According to a blog post from meal replacement powder version 1.7, “community responses to taste, texture and the overall customer experience have always played a crucial role.” Apparently, most customers found the experience of being violently ill undesirable! Read More >>

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What We Know About Why Soylent Products Are Making People Ill

On Thursday evening, food replacement startup Soylent halted sales of its Soylent 1.6 powder amidst reports that it was making customers ill. Two weeks prior, the company paused sales of its latest product, the Food Bar, after Gizmodo reported that several customers had experienced nausea, vomiting, “uncontrollable diarrhoea,” and severe dehydration after consuming the bars. Some customers were admitted to A&E due to their symptoms. Read More >>

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Soylent Halts Powder Sales After Even More Customers Fall Ill

Two weeks ago, meal replacement company Soylent stopped all sales and shipments of its Food Bars after some customers reported stomach problems that included severe stomach pain, intense vomiting and “uncontrollable” diarrhoea. Now, it appears that Soylent’s flagship Powder is also making people ill. Read More >>

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I Tried the Soylent Bars Making People Barf, and Lived to Tell You What They Taste Like

Here’s how it went down: Gizmodo reported that Soylent’s Food Bars were making people throw up and suffer from “uncontrollable diarrhoea.” In particular, we wrote about how bars with a specific expiration date—July 14, 2017—had sent some customers to A&E. This week, Soylent recalled the bars. Read More >>

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Soylent Tells Everyone to Throw Out Food Bars After Customers Fall Violently Ill

Soylent still doesn’t know what’s making its Food Bar customers so sick, but the meal replacement company isn’t taking any more chances. On Wednesday, Soylent announced it was halting all sales and shipments of the product and asking customers to throw out any remaining Food Bars “as a precautionary measure”. Read More >>

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More Details Emerge About the Soylent Food Bars Making People Ill

A couple of days ago, we reported that members of the Soylent subreddit and Soylent’s own message board alleged the company’s Food Bars were making them ill. Since then, multiple sources have reached out with stories of Food Bars making them ill, along with images showing the identifying numbers printed on bar packaging. Read More >>

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People are Saying That Soylent Bars are Making Them Puke

A month ago, Soylent released Food Bars, a product that allegedly “offers the same complete nutrition [as Soylent 2.0] but in a lighter, more portable form factor”. (According to scientists, Soylent 2.0 does not offer complete nutrition.) Based on the Soylent subreddit and the company’s own message boards, these bars have also been making its customers very sick. Read More >>

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Soylent’s New Coffee Drink Is Fine

Soylent announced its new product earlier this week, Coffiest, which is marketed as “a balanced breakfast and your morning coffee.” This is exciting for me because it combines my two favourite things: chemicals that make you feel awake and tech. Read More >>

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CEO of Soylent Charged For Building Rubbish-Filled “Experimental Living Facility” in LA

The CEO of Soylent is disrupting neighbourhoods now, and the neighbours aren’t too happy. Rob Rinehart founded Soylent because he wanted to create a product that would provide coders with an easy meal replacement. But his latest product is getting some unwanted attention from the police. Read More >>

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This Will Be the Only Vending Machine Left After the Robot Apocalypse

MIT’s Media Lab is where brilliant people work on some of the most creative tech projects in the world. And if they get hungry there’s a vending machine just down the hall. But you won’t find crisps or sweeties within. This vending machine exclusively stocks Soylent. And it takes Bitcoin. And it has a QR code. I’m suddenly terrified for our future. Read More >>

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Seven Real Products That Get Their Names From Dystopian Fiction

We all use dystopian movies and books to make sense of our world. Whether it’s Brave New World, 1984, or The Hunger Games, dystopian fiction serves as a common touchpoint to talk about our fears. But what happens when companies knowingly embrace the dark side of futurism and start naming products after the things we were supposed to find scary? Read More >>