This week, the royal wedding got electric, robots are taking over the cooking line, and cities are bringing humans back into the urban design process. Check out our picks:
- Royal electric. In case you missed it, the UK’s new royal couple drove off in an all-electric Jaguar after the ceremony. Road & Track gives us a glimpse under the hood of the classic roadster and talks about the partnership that made it possible.
- City smarts. What’s the best way to design a city? Check out Savona, Italy, Europe’s first to receive LEED Gold certification (via Architect Magazine). Or talk to the folks behind a new London program that’s placing designers and urban planners into 17 public authorities to boost inclusiveness, speed outcomes, and add some style to things (via Citylab).
- Automating atomic accuracy. Atomic-scale manufacturing is now a reality, thanks to a team of researchers at the University of Alberta. We’ve had the tools to arrange atoms for some time—and as you can imagine, it’s been a tedious, painstaking manual process. Now it can happen at scale, thanks to AI and automation. Wired has a good take.
- Overcoming uncanny. How do you make a virtual assistant that’s relatable but still clearly artificial? The CEO of Soul Machines talks to VentureBeat about the creation of Autodesk’s AVA digital assistant.
- Computer-aided dining. What happens when four MIT grads team up with famed chef Daniel Boulud? Spyce, a new fast-casual restaurant in Boston where robots handle the cooking. The Outline has the download, or watch the video from NY Mag: