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Re-attaching Severed Limbs a Routine Procedure

Did you know that re-attaching severed limbs is a routine procedure that was pioneered in the 60's and has been commonplace since the 80's?  Well, we didn't know this either until we stumbled upon...

Whole Genome Sequencing To Cost Only $1,000 By End Of 2009

Singularity Hub predicts the cost to sequence an entire individual human genome will plummet to an astonishing $1,000 by the end of 2009 and the time required for sequencing will require less than one...

Kevin Kelly: Predicting The Next 5000 Days Of The Web

Kevin Kelly, cofounder of Wired, gave a thought provoking, concise, and easy to grasp 20 minute talk at the 2007 EG Conference on the future of the internet.  Below I have posted the video...

Singularity Summit 2008 Reviewed

Singularity Hub is proud to deliver the web's most comprehensive coverage and analysis of the Singularity Summit 2008. The Singularity Summit is the premier annual event for those that are interested in the...

What Is Up With The Hub?

The Hub's Keith Kleiner has been busy so there haven't been many posts on the site lately.  Don't despair though...in January Kleiner will be quitting his day job to work fulltime on Singularity Hub. ...

The Rise of the Cyborgs

Discover Magazine has just blown me away with a fascinating story on the current state of brain-computer interfaces (BCI).  The story cites numerous projects underway across the globe in which electrodes implanted into the...

Cook Biotech Offers Stunning Tissue Regeneration Capability

The Short: It still seems like science fiction to many, but for more than a decade now mankind has had the technology to regenerate human tissue to repair large or complex wounds resulting from burns,...

UK Company Creates Animated Humans That Look Like the Real Thing

Timesonline is reporting on a UK company called Image Metrics that has taken animation of human characters for games (Grand Theft Auto, Unreal Tournament) and films (Harry Potter, The Mummy) to an unprecedented level...

Open Source Project Aims to Create Human Level Artificial Intelligence

The Short: Researches across the globe are making daily advances towards the development of human level artificial intelligence, but sadly the algorithms and the software that represent these advances often remain hidden within researcher's computer...

Researchers Reprogram Pancreas Cells to Produce Insulin

The Short: The Harvard Crimson and the LA Times offer some of the better articles reporting that researchers have genetically reprogrammed mice pancreas cells directly into a completely different type of cell called a B...

Researchers Grow an Entire Rat Heart, Pig Heart Next Target

The Short: In January 2008 University of Minnesota Researchers reported that they were able to grow an entire rat heart from scratch. The story is available here at npr, and there is also an audio...

Singularity Hub Reviews Intel CTO Justin Rattner’s IDF Keynote on the Future of Technology

Yesterday Intel CTO Justin Rattner delivered his keynote presentation about the future of technology and the coming of the singularity at Intel's annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF). Although Rattner could use some tips on...

Researchers Produce Red Blood Cells From Stem Cells

The Short: News outlets are reporting that researchers from Advanced Cell Technology, Inc have been able to differentiate human embryonic stem cells into red blood cells. This could be a major breakthrough in mankind's quest...

Tengion – The Company That Will Grow You a Custom Organ

Earlier we reported here at the hub that growing tissue and organs is not a science fiction story about the future, but instead is a technology that exists today. A company called Tengion...

Researchers Stop Decline In Organ Function Associated With Old Age

As humans age the systems in our cells for cleaning up unwanted proteins and other debris become less efficient. It is theorized that junk in our cells thus accumulates, leading to further deterioration...

Monkey Controls Robotic Arm Using Brain-machine Interface

In May the New York Times and many other outlets reported on the "most striking demonstration to date of brain-machine interface technology". From the article: "The findings suggest that brain-controlled prosthetics, while not practical, are...

Robots Controlled by Rat Brains

New Scientist released an awesome article describing how researchers are using rat brains to control a robot. Approximately 300,000 neurons from a rat fetus are deposited onto a sheet of nutrients and electrodes (and...

Alloderm Allows you to Grow New Skin

The Short: Lifecell is a company that offers a suite of tissue regeneration technologies that have been used for more than 1 million successful implants and grafts in the last decade. Their flagship product, Alloderm,...

Growing New Organs is Not the Future…it is Happening Today!

Growing new organs to replace old or damaged organs is no longer science fiction or something we will do in the future. It is happening now and real patients are having real organs...

Robotic Surgery Taking the Industry by Storm

Intuitive Surgical introduced its Da Vinci robotic surgical system to the world in 1999, converting surgeons into "super surgeons" by giving them eyes with 3D HD vision and digital zoom and giving them hands...

With no Health Regulations to Stop Them Chinese Companies Take the Lead in Stem Cell Therapy

In the United States there are countless regulatory hurdles that must be overcome for new drugs and new medical treatments to make their way to the masses. Not so in China! Check out Beike...

World Sees Astounding Surge in Number of Scientists, China Becomes Physics Powerhouse

What if in just a short number of years we could double or triple the number of people in the world that were dedicated to the fields of technology, science, and research? Such...

Lumosity: Keeping Your Brain Healthy so you Can Make it to the Singularity

In the coming decades mankind will unleash an amazing torrent of technological abilities as we march toward the singularity, but that won't mean much for you or me if our bodies don't live long...

Intel: Human and computer intelligence will merge in 40 years

Add Intel's CTO and senior fellow Justin Rattner to the growing list of singularity proponents according to an article from computerworld. According to Rattner: "...perhaps as early as 2012 we'll see the lines between...

A Future Where Babies are Born Without Severe Defects

Nature recently published an article written by Armand Marie Leroi that opens with this interesting question: "Now that many people approve the elimination of certain genetically defective fetuses, is society closer to screening all fetuses...

A “Manhattan Project” for the Next Generation of Bionic Arms

Related to the IEEE special report on prosthetic arms is a fascinating article on prosthetic limbs that can take their signals directly from the nerves or even the brain of the user. As...

The Next Generation in Noninvasive Prosthetic Arms

In this piece from the IEEE special report on prosthetics we learn about Deka's amazing noninvasive prosthetic arm. As noted earlier, DARPA gave $30.4 million to fund two projects for the next generation of...

Cloud Computing on the Rise – The World Mind is Upon Us

HP, Intel, and Yahoo announced today the creation of a global cloud computing infrastructure to be used by researchers across the world. Cloud computing is a computing model in which computing resources such...

IEEE Spectrum Special Report on Prosthetic Arms

In Feb 2008 IEEE Spectrum released a fantastic special report on some of the latest work being done on prosthetic arms. The special report covers a lot of ground, but mostly focuses on DARPA's Revolutionizing...

The Networked Pill From Proteus Biomedical

Michael Chorost published an article in MIT Technology Review about a networked pill from a company called Proteus Biomedical. The pill, called Raisin, releases a sand grain sized microchip into the body in...

Michael Chorost – Cochlear Implants and World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans and Machines

Below is an interesting video of Michael Chorost speaking at Google June 30, 2008. Michael spends about half of the video explaining the amazing cochlear implant that has enabled himself and more than 100,000...

Tiny Robotic Tweezers Can Pick Up and Move Individual Cells!

The Short: Newscientist reports that researchers at the University of Toronto have created a microgripper device capable of grabbing and releasing objects as small as a cell. Tiny tweezers or grippers have been created...

Laser Surgery Probe Precise Enough to Target Individual Cancer Cells

The University of Texis at Austin reports that Professor Adela Ben-Yakar and colleagues have developed a femtosecond laser "microscalpel" that is so precise that it can destroy a single cell while leaving nearby cells...

World’s Oldest Person?

I recently stumbled upon some articles on the oldest people alive and thought it would be interesting to post this information here at Singularity Hub: The oldest person alive today (that can be verified against...

Chip for Eye Implants Could Run for a Year on Millimeter Sized Battery

The Short: An IEEE Spectrum report and University of Michigan report tell of a fascinating advance in the development of a tiny microchip that can be implanted into the eye or other parts of the...

Videos From Singularity Summit 2007 Posted to SIAI Website

The SIAI (Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence) recently posted the videos from its Singularity Summit 2007 on their website. These videos offer an amazing perspective on the singularity from the biggest names in...

Nanotechnology Overhyped in the Past…Booming Today!

In a press release Lux Research reports that nanotechnology is in the midst of a phenomenal boom, predicted to find its way into an astonishing $3.1 trillion worth of products by 2015. In...

Archon X Prize Offers $10 million to Revolutionize Gene Sequencing

Many people have heard of the original X Prize, which was a $10 million prize given to the first company that could build a spacecraft capable of carrying three people to 100 kilometers above...

Stimulating Nerves With Light Instead of Electricity Opens New Doors for Science

The Short: For decades now the standard approach to stimulating human nerve cells has been to use the method used by the human body itself - electrical current. Electrical stimulation of nerves is quite...

deCODEme video tour

deCODEme offers an excellent video tour on their website that demonstrates what they can do with your dna. This video will be enlightening for those who are new to genetics and the amazing...

Personal Genome Project (PGP) Highlighted by Wired

Wired came out with a pretty nice article on the Personal Genome Project (PGP) with a focus on the project's founder, George Church. The PGP will be collecting and analyzing the DNA of...

Nao Robot – The Next Generation in Commercial Robots

Just found a nice video posted below of a group of Nao robots doing a synchronized dance. The Nao represents the next generation of "affordable, autonomous, and easily programmable humanoid robots". Created...

Major European Effort to Develop Robots With Emotions

The Feelix Growing Project is a $2.5 million euro initiative funded by the European Union to foster research in the development of robots that can detect and mimic human emotion. The project started...

Growing New Blood Vessel Networks With Cell Injections

Major news outlets are reporting that researchers have been able to grow heart blood vessels in mice by injecting the mice with progenitor cells. The researchers implanted "human endothelial and mesenchymal progenitor cells...

Living past 100 years with anti-aging genes

Two separate projects are both analyzing the genes of healthy, old (90 or even 100 years) people to see if they have genes in common that may be responsible for enabling their longevity. Technology Review...

40 Years of Intel timeline

PC Magazine has released a nice compilation of major chip milestones that Intel has achieved during its last 40 years. My personal favorite - the pentium pro shown below:

Ingestible pill measures human core temperature, heart rate in real time

HQ Inc. offers the CorTemp temperature pill that can record body temperature and heart rate data continuously and wirelessly transmit this data to an external device for graphing and archiving. The pill is...

The Bionic Body Shop – Buy Custom Upgrades for Your Body Now!

From the IEEE report on the singularity comes a really cool flash tool that gives you a tour of the implants and technologies for human enhancement that are already commercially available today. A...

ORlive – online repository of webcasts and videos of live surgeries

I just stumbled upon an incredible site called OR-live.com where you can witness live video of the latest surgical procedures. This is an excellent resource for researching and understanding how the medical field...

Birth of nanotechnology documented by this historic IBM photo

From the IEEE report on the singularity I found a cool reference to the birth of nanotechnology in the article titled "Rupturing The Nanotech Rapture" By Richard A.L. Jones: "The birth...

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