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.
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Spotify turned the Broadway-Lafayette subway station into an interactive homage to David Bowie

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Following on the success of Alexa, Amazon reportedly has a top-secret plan to build robots for the home:

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Amazon has updated Alexa with a new ability called “Alexa Blueprints” that lets users build their own skills to customize their digital assistants:

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Magicians are using AI to create new kinds of tricks – “What people don’t realise is any sufficiently deceptive magic is indistinguishable from technology”:

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Ready Soldier One – the US Army has made a virtual North Korea to train its soldiers in VR:

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A new RAND Corporation report explores how artificial intelligence could increase the risk of nuclear war by changing the incentive structure of Mutually Assured Destruction:

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MIT researchers have developed a glove called Dormio to control the fleeting state between wakefulness and sleep (hypnagogia) in order to capitalize on the intensely associative thinking and microdreams experienced there:

Image: Oscar Rosello/MIT

Disney’s prototype Force Jacket is designed to simulate physical effects in virtual reality such as hugs, punches and a snake slithering across your body:

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ClearMotion is a startup that aims to prevent carsickness in autonomous vehicles so we can keep barf bags out of our driverless cars:


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