On Fridays I post here my favorite stories about emerging technologies, experiential activations, interactive art, advances in scientific research, and other things I find inspirational.

Researchers are using drones with ultrasonic detectors to study the airborne habits of bats:

Image: New Scientist

Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building autonomy, but on how to use it:

Image: Amazon

An AI learned to play a video game from plain English instructions, not reinforcement learning:

Image: “Get the key!”, Atari

Caltech scientists have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystals:

Image: Didier Descouens – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

UK startup Babylon Health is working to build technology to diagnose diseases without a doctor using AI:

Image: Babylon Health

Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk “flying car” had a successful test flight – and there’s video (of course):

Image: Kitty Hawk

Fetal lambs lived inside an artificial womb for weeks, a potential breakthrough for human preemies:

Image: Partridge E.A. et al. Nature Communications

Boston Dynamics has been using its robot dog Spot to deliver packages in Boston:

Image: Boston Dynamics

Brown researchers made a robot that knows when it’s confused and can ask for help:

Image: Brown University

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