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: Sam Byford / The Verge

In other emotion-manipulating AI news, a German study showed that people had a hard time shutting down robots when asked by the robot not to:


Swiss researchers at EPFL developed a virtual reality jacket that can be used to pilot drones:

Image: Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne via AP

Bioengineers in Texas are closer than ever to lab-grown lungs:


Naked Labs’ 3D body scanner can make head-to-toe scans of your body and measure stats like fat mass and lean mass:


The Defense Department has produced the first tools for catching deep fakes – fake video clips made with artificial intelligence can also be spotted using AI:

Image: SUNY

Testing by the IIHS has found what Google’s Waymo engineers discovered years ago, that semi-autonomous cars are dangerous because of the “handoff problem” – humans just can’t react quickly enough:

Image: AP Photo/David Zalubowski

After years of work and billions of dollars in venture funding, Magic Leap’s mixed reality headset the ML One is finally available to developers:


Ford is rolling out EksoVest exoskeletons in 15 of its factories to test whether they are ready for prime time:

Image: Ford

NEC has announced it will provide a facial recognition system for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, to identify over 300,000 people at the games:

Image: Sam Byford / The Verge

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