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: Drive.ai/The Verge

Centauro is a disaster-response robot from the Italian Institute of Technology that looks like a horse:

Image: IIT

University of South Australia researchers have developed artificial intelligence algorithms that can predict people’s personalities simply by tracking their eye movements:

Image: Peter Clarke

Created by the UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, Salto-1P, is a grasshopper-like robot that jumps with absolute precision and loads of speed:

Image: UC Berkeley/Techcrunch

The ACLU tested Amazon’s Rekognition facial recognition AI against photos of US Congress members and it falsely matches 28 of them to criminals:

Image: ACLU

Swiss engineers at the EPFL were inspired by insect wings and origami to develop a flexible quadcopter drone that’s resilient to collision impact:

Image: EPFL/Inverse

AI researchers at OpenAI have demonstrated a reinforcement learning algorithm that gave a robot hand the dexterity to teach itself to rotate cube:

Image: Dactyl

Drive.ai’s self-driving cars are hitting the road in Texas and have four external LED screens to communicate messages to pedestrians:

Image: Drive.ai/The Verge

Uber will be shutting down its self-driving trucks division (fka Otto) but will continue to pursue driverless cars:

Image: OTTO

Autonomous-aviation startup Xwing takes flight with $4 million in funding and is building technology that can be used for both helicopters and fixed-wing planes:

Image: Xwing

AI is rapidly improving in its ability to recognize, interpret, process, and simulate human emotions using facial analysis, voice pattern analysis, and deep learning:

Image: Affectiva

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