Four recent tech and innovation developments that bear further scrutiny:

  • The Mill is coming to Bloomington. A 100-year-old former furniture factory is scheduled to open at the end of October. It will serve as a co-working space, networking hub and community venue. The potential as a collaboration center for the innovation community is intriguing. Learn more about The Mill.
  • In Evansville, construction began last month on the Post House. The $40 million development will be a pilot for energy efficiency technologies. Rooftop solar panels, battery energy storage and various smart home automation features are among the amenities for the housing and retail center. An overview from the Evansville Courier & Press.
  • Recent reporting on autonomous vehicles has focused on potential slowdowns in the technology. Not so for Optimus Ride, which says its shuttle system in a small southern Massachusetts community may be the world’s first to earn revenue from driverless trips.

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Kiplinger offers the following: “Autonomous rides will be a popular amenity at new housing developments as well as universities, theme parks, large office parks and more. Speeds will be slow (at least initially) and the service will take residents and visitors to shops, bars, public transit, etc.”

  • In the world of speedy supercomputers, the U.S. has the top individual entry, but China has soared ahead with 206 of the top 500 (compared to 124 designed and used by American corporations and the U.S. government). The U.S. used to dominate the list.

Three Chinese companies are among the top five makers of the 500 fastest supercomputers. Ranking second and fifth, respectively, for the U.S. are Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Cray. The current fastest machine, called Summit, is from the Department of Energy.

Bill Waltz is vice president of taxation & public finance for the Indiana Chamber. He is also an attorney and has been with the organization for nearly 15 years.