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: FundamentalVR

Massachusetts-based startup Pellion Technologies is betting that lithium-metal will be the next major innovation in batteries, potentially doubling battery life:


Elon Musk has announced a plan to open-source Tesla’s self-driving software:

Image: Tesla

London startup FundamentalVR has developed a virtual reality surgical simulator that uses haptic feedback to make VR surgery feel like the real thing:

Image: James Vincent / The Verge

DeepMind’s AI can spot eye disease just as well as top doctors:

Image: Moorfields Eye Hospital

Researchers have developed the world’s smallest single-atom transistor that consumes very little energy, opening new avenues for Information Technology:

Image: Physicist Professor Thomas Schimmel’s Group/KIT

Researchers in New York have created cheap, sustainable paper batteries charged by bacteria that could power the internet of things:

Image: Seokheun Choi

Colorado is preparing to Install a smart road product by Integrated Roadways that will measure the speed, weight, and trajectory of vehicles that pass over it:

Image: Courtesy of Integrated Roadways

Chinese researchers have achieved another CRISPR first by using base-editing to repair a disease-causing mutation in viable human embryos:


IBM has patented a delivery drone that flies over a crowd and uses sensors to scan for people who have a “pre-determined cognitive state” requiring coffee:

Image: Diagram from IBM’s patent filing © IBM

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