On (most) Fridays I post here a roundup of interesting things I’ve read and/or posted on social media since my last roundup, generally stories about emerging technologies, experiential activations, interactive art, advances in scientific research, and other things I find interesting.
Featured Image: Waymo

Serious quantum computers are finally here. Now what are we going to do with them?


Nissan is piloting autonomous taxis to the public in Japan with its Easy Ride service:

Image: Nissan

Hotels from Yotel to Aloft are embracing the use of robot butlers like those made by Savioke for guest services:

Image: Yotel Boston

Waymo has patented an elaborate system to prevent passengers from puking in self-driving cars:

Image: Waymo

Brain-computer interfaces like Emotiv’s EEG headsets could open up a whole new way to get hacked – hackers might use them to help software guess PINs and passwords:

Image: Emotiv

This nice roundup of autonomous vehicle leaders from both sides of the market concludes that Silicon Valley is winning the race to build the first driverless cars:

Image: Waymo

California has scrapped its rules requiring human safety drivers in driverless cars, clearing the way for truly autonomous vehicles:

Image: Google, via Associated Press

GANs give deep learning networks a sort of creativity, which offers great promise in several realms, but also allows bad actors to create extremely credible fake content, a grave threat to our perception of the truth:


Chinese researchers have created a neural network that uses speech synthesis to clone a person’s voice from as little as a minute of sample audio:

Image: iunewind

Deepmind researchers will use VA data to help its AI identify signs of patient deterioration and prevent in-hospital deaths:

Image: allanswart

Amazon is in a pitched battle with its rivals to bring truly conversational AI to consumers, so the company is staging an XPrize-like contest to develop a chatbot capable of 20 minutes of small talk:


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