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.

The Moby Store by Wheelys is a “Store Of The Future” testing now in China that’s run entirely by tech:

Image: Wheelys

Berkeley’s DexNet 2.0 is great at picking things up, usually a difficult task for robots:

Image: Quartz

A nice roundup of recent advances in soft robots:

Image: REUTERS/Edgar Su

NASA’s new 3D-printed chainmail fabric can protect as well as reflect and absorb heat:


A new design methodology could create bespoke low-power processors that only do what’s needed:

Image: Harland Quarrington/MOD, OGL

AirQuadOne is a flying car concept from UK-based consortium Neva Aerospace:


CERN is using AI to help protect the Large Hardron Collider’s massive worldwide computing grid:

Image: Schutz assumed (based on copyright claims), CC BY-SA 3.0

Finnish startup Varjo is using a foveated-rendering-like technique to make sharper looking VR & AR:

Image: Varjo

Accenture and Microsoft are teaming up to develop a digital ID network based on blockchain:

Image: Accenture Plc/Handout via REUTERS

Imperfect crystals may be perfect storage method for quantum computers:

Image: Doc. RNDr. Josef Reischig, CSc.

Russian hackers have been using Ukraine as a testbed for sabotaging infrastructure – are we next?


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