Weeknotes 156

As mentioned in the last edition this week my vacation starts. At this moment of sending I plan to be at the first stop of our North-German roadtrip. Nevertheless I thought it would be nice to share the found articles of last week. On creepy robot dogs and other robots, and more.

CyberDog is a new ominous-looking robot from Xiaomi “Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has unveiled the CyberDog: a quadrupedal robot dog that looks like a rival to Boston Dynamics’ Spot machine.” It is the creepy one…

A new generation of AI-powered robots is taking over warehouses “Within a few years, any task that previously required hands to perform could be partially or fully automated away.”

Federated Learning for Robot Picking“A new collaboration between Festo and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology aims to make pick-and-place robots more adaptable.”

Robots who goof: Can we trust them again?“When the robot was more humanlike, trust was even easier to restore for integrity when explanations were given and for benevolence when apologies, denials and explanations were offered”

It’s Not Just Tesla: All Other Driver-Assist Systems Work without Drivers, Too“Driver-assistance systems have become commonplace, and our testing found none of them can sniff out drivers aggressively misusing them.”

Germany takes the lead with a new law on autonomous driving and update Will the autonomous cars have no speed limit at the Autobahn? “German lawmakers have approved a new law on autonomous driving that intends to bring “autonomous vehicles” at SAE Level 4 into regular operation as soon as 2022.”

How Much More Can Autonomous Cars Improve? Waymo Some learnings of the Waymo designers, like: “Autonomous vehicles don’t have human drivers so people can’t communicate the same way. With human drivers, people can talk, wave their hands, or [make] eye contact. So, we try to communicate clearly what the car is doing with our customers and people around our vehicles.”

Folding Phones Are the New 3D TV“Foldables were also supposed to be the ultimate on-the-go device, for road warriors and jet-setters and productivity gurus who want to “stay in the flow” at all times. As I’ve written before, it’s not exactly the best time to beta test this concept, while some of our movements are limited. The context for foldables has changed in the short time since they became commercially available.”

Pandemic platform governance: Mapping the global ecosystem of COVID-19 response apps “How have app stores governed the global app response to the coronavirus pandemic? An exploratory systematic mapping of COVID-19 pandemic response apps” with some nice data visualisations.

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I am a design director at Structural. I curate and organize ThingsCon Netherlands and I am chairman of the Cities of Things Foundation. Before I was innovation and strategy director at tech and innovation agency INFO, visiting researcher and lab director at the Delft University of Technology coordinating Cities of Things Delft Design Lab.