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: Kait Shea / Event Marketer

Startup Rigetti Computing has launched a new cloud service that links quantum computers with classical ones, allowing algorithms to run a lot faster:


BMW has made a self-driving motorcycle (Notably, 14 years ago students from UC Berkeley and Texas A&M did the same in a DARPA challenge.):

Image: BMW/YouTube

A town in the Netherlands has opened a bike path made from a product called PlasticRoad that consists of 70 percent recycled plastic:

Image: PlasticRoad

Researchers in the Netherlands took inspiration from fruit flies to achieve more maneuverable flight with their robotic fly called DelFly:


How retailers are using tech like innovative dressing rooms and apps to choose clothes in advance to draw shoppers back to bricks-and-mortar stores:


Wireless startup WiTricity imagines a future where driverless taxis charge themselves and help balance the electric grid:


China’s ‘social credit’ system, already in pilot and expected to fully roll out by 2020, offers a glimpse into the haves & have-nots (and other dystopian possibilities) brought on by pervasive surveillance and AI:

Video and photography: Brant Cumming / Graphics: Andres Gomez Isaza

Hot on the heels of Nuro, startup Udelv has inked the ‘world’s largest deal’ for driverless grocery delivery in Oklahoma City:

Image: Udelv/YouTube

European railway manufacturer Alstom introduced the ‘world premiere’ of hydrogen power passenger trains in Lower Saxony:

Image: Alstom

GPJ Experience Marketing, Spinifex Group, and IBM Sports got tennis fans pumped up for the US Open using Watson’s AI highlights:

Image: Kait Shea / Event Marketer

For the London Design Festival, Google has created a public sculpture called ‘Please Feed the Lions’ in Trafalgar Square that engages passersby and uses AI to generate a crowdsourced poem:

Image: Google

NY startup Bowery Farming uses proprietary AI algorithms to tell its workers exactly what the plants require:

Image: David Williams/Bloomberg

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