Jason Dorrier


Jason received degrees in Economics and International Affairs and an Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences minor from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He moved to San Francisco and took a job with Fisher Investments doing research and writing. While at Fisher, he helped write a line of investment books and edited and wrote for MarketMinder.com. After six years in finance, he took a break to travel—surfing in Brazil, fleeing volcanic eruptions in Argentina, and riding trains across central and eastern Europe. He is fascinated by all things science and tech.


Desktop Machine Carves Metal and Wood Like Butter

How many desktop 3D printers have we seen on Kickstarter in recent years? Too many to count. But 3D printing is only half of the digital manufacturing promise. Where 3D... more

Written By: | Posted: 10/22/14


Next-Gen Diagnostics, Nanotechnology, and Bioengineering Begin Taking the Fight to Cancer

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer claimed 8.2 million lives worldwide in 2012. Perhaps no other disease highlights the need for improved diagnostic... more

Written By: | Posted: 10/21/14


When the Internet Sleeps

The internet is a little bit like an organism—a really huge organism, made up of over four billion IP addresses networked across the globe. How does the internet behave... more

Written By: | Posted: 10/20/14


With Mindware Upgrades and Cognitive Prosthetics, Humans Are Already Technological Animals

In recent years, the surprising idea that we’ll one day merge with our technology has warily made its way into the mainstream. Often it’s couched in a combination of... more

Written By: | Posted: 10/19/14


AI Algorithm Masters Space Invaders in All-Night Gaming Session

Remember Space Invaders? The arcade game and later Atari hit pitted a lone pixellated laser cannon against a swarm of equally pixellated descending aliens. Maybe you... more

Written By: | Posted: 10/16/14


Million Robot Revolution Delayed—iPhone Manufacturer Foxconn Hires More Humans

Terry Gou is CEO of electronics manufacturer Foxconn. He’s also a big proponent of replacing humans with robots in factories. Gou said Foxconn would replace human... more

Written By: | Posted: 10/12/14


Navy’s Boat Drones Pack Hunt Like Wolves on Water

The US military is building a droid (er, drone) army. You’ve likely heard of flying drones—but the robot arms race won’t end there. The Navy recently demonstrated a... more

Written By: | Posted: 10/9/14


Elon Musk Is Right: Colonizing the Solar System Is Humankind’s Insurance Policy Against Extinction

Why blow billions of dollars on space exploration when billions of people are living in poverty here on Earth? You’ve likely heard the justifications. The space... more

Written By: | Posted: 10/5/14


How Long Would It Take to Mine Bitcoin by Hand?

Bitcoin is a decentralized, digital currency. It was invented by a mysterious individual known by the handle, Satoshi Nakamoto. A bitcoin is volatile but is currently... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/30/14


Virtual Reality May Become the Next Great Media Platform—But Can It Fool All Five Senses?

Jason Silva calls technologies of media “engines of empathy.” They allow us to look through someone else’s eyes, experience someone else’s story—and develop a... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/28/14


Lego-Like Blocks Connect to Form Microfluidic Mini-Laboratories

Some illnesses, like the common cold, are so familiar we don’t need a doctor to diagnose them. Give it a few days in bed binging on Netflix and fruit juice. Other... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/25/14


3D Printer Delivered to Space Station Launching New Era of Space Manufacturing

If space is the final frontier, we pilgrims have a lot to learn. To date, we’ve rarely ventured far beyond the thin envelope of Earth’s atmosphere. Why? Because we... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/24/14

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