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Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Control Computers With Plants? Disney Magic Makes It Happen

What if anything -- a surface, a plant, or even parts of your own body -- could become a touch interface that controls a computer? That's what the Disney Human-Computer Interaction Research Team has...
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It’s Time To Build A Space Elevator, Says LiftPort Group In Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Building a tower into the Heavens is a prospect that is likely as old as human civilization itself, and for the last 50 years or so, scientists have proposed that the best way to...
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Robot Vs. Human: Drum Cover Of Classic Punk Hit By The Ramones

Looking like the twin brother of Star Wars villain General Grievous but sporting a mohawk, this four-armed, drum-playing robot mysteriously showed up on YouTube a few days ago with little information provided, but all...

Tech Billionaire Milner Aims to Accelerate Progress by Bankrolling Science

Ever imagine you’d see $27 million in physics prizes awarded in one fell swoop? Me either. Reportedly, Alan Guth was likewise “knocked off his feet” after receiving one of nine inaugural Fundamental Physics Prizes...

Singularity Summit 2012 Is Coming To San Francisco October 13-14

Now in it's sixth year, the Singularity Summit, which is hosted by the Singularity Institute, will be in San Francisco on October 13-14 to continue its tradition of bringing world class speakers to present the latest advances...

Artificial Intelligence Will Defeat CAPTCHA — How Will We Prove We’re Human Then?

If you use the web for more than just browsing (that's pretty much everyone), chances are you've had your fair share of "CAPTCHA rage," the frustration stemming from trying to discern a marginally legible...

Next Gen To Bring Singularity: Foresight Gifts Thousands of Singularity Related Books To Students

To inspire a generation of tech entrepreneurs who can change the world, the Foresight Institute has come up with a simple but brilliant plan: give students an optimistic vision for the future. To do...
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Chinese Noodle-Slicing Robot

Normally when we talk about China’s plans to phase out human workers with automation we’re referring to factory assembly line workers. But one innovator is applying the efficiency, precision, and stamina of robots to...

Enthusiast Uses Valve’s Source Filmmaker To Remake Classic Scene From The Matrix

One of the top video game makers today, Valve, recently released a free tool that allows anyone to create their own awesome content without hiring actors, buying cameras, or worrying about distribution. The software...

Startup Aims To Install Pipelines With Helicopters…Really!

A major earthquake strikes a town leaving power plants damaged, water pipelines broken, and roads blocked. How will people get clean water? A new startup says it has the answer. TOHL, which stands for Tubing Operations...
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Lee Sanders Discusses Health Literacy, Singularity Hub

Dr. Lee Sanders, a general pediatrician and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Stanford University and a nationally recognized scholar in the field of health literacy, considers how maternal health literacy moderates child health outcomes.
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Paul Saffo & Vivek Wadhwa, Executive Program December 2011 Singularity University

Futurist Paul Saffo has a conversation with Vivek Wadhwa during the December 2011 Executive Program at Singularity University.

Vivek Wadhwa, Executive Program December 2011 Singularity University

Singularity University VP of Academics & Innovation Vivek Wadhwa talks about immigration, technology, and the profile of a entrepreneur at the December 2011 Executive Program.
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Jason Springs, Executive Program December 2011

Jason Springs talks about medical diagnostics at the December 2011 Executive Program at Singularity University.
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Gregg Maryniak, Executive Program December 2011

Maryniak talks about the future of Energy and Environmental Systems at the December 2011 Executive Program at Singularity University.
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Chris deCharms, Executive Program December 2011

Chris deCharms gives a neuroscience lecture at the December 2011 Executive Program at Singularity University.
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Ralph Merkle, Executive Program December 2011

Ralph Merkle gives a comprehensive high level overview of the Nanotechnology space.

Singularity U Launches 2012 Class: Bring On The Future!

Last Friday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Closing Ceremony of the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University (SU). This event is the pinnacle of a marathon-like 10-week program, in which 80...

Exclusive: 21 Proposals For A Better Future From Singularity U’s 2012 Class

This year's Graduate Studies Program (GSP) at Singularity University -- the learning institution focused on future-shaping technologies -- is wrapping up an intense 10-week summer. To celebrate, an expo event, including the Closing Ceremony, was...

3D Printed Homes? Here’s The Scoop

In a recent TEDx presentation, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, a USC engineering professor, showed off a prototype 3D printer he says may one day construct buildings in 20 hours. In the presentation, the printer extrudes...
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Check Out This Time-Lapse Video Of Photos Taken From The International Space Station

When I was growing up the coolest way to share in the experience of space exploration was to call a ‘1-900’ number and listen in on the communication exchange between the space shuttle and...

ReadySet Solar Charger Successful In Africa Now Headed To US

Want renewable energy in a small, portable package? Then the ReadySet solar charger by Fenix International may be the closest thing to a perfect on-the-go kit for anyone excited about solar power. The charger was initially...
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Stanford’s Self-Driving Car Tears It Up On Racetrack – Tops 120 MPH

Just as Google’s self-driving Prius goes for distance, recently passing 300,000 miles, Stanford’s self-driving Audi TTS instead has the need for speed. The Audi, known as Shelley, sped around the Thunderhill Raceway track north...
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Scan Reveals Brain’s Structure To Be Much Simpler Than We Thought

More than any other part of the brain, the cerebral cortex makes us human. Through the electrical activity of the neuronal networks packed into the brain’s undulating outer surface we sense our environment, use...
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Google’s Self-Driving Car Passes 300,000 Miles, Employees To Start Commuting With It

The collective odometer of Google’s self-driving cars has just passed 300,000 miles. The engineering team celebrated with an announcement that they now feel the car has been proven safe enough for team members to...
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Interview: Federico Pistono, Author of “Robots Will Steal Your Job But That’s OK”

The author of “Robots will steal your job, but that’s OK,” is taking it to the next level. Back in January we spoke with the computer scientist/artist/social activist, Federico Pistono, about how automation is...

Olympians Showcase Superstition With Mysterious Kinesio Tape, Scientists Doubtful

The London Games are full of surprises: the queen’s grand entrance with 007, Japan’s victory over China in women’s volleyball, and what about those colorful strips of tape arranged in strange, hieroglyphic patterns on...

Dozens Of Underwater Drones Deployed To The Waters Of Iran

What to do when international talks begin falling apart? Send a fleet of unmanned submersibles in preparation for a waterway showdown. As US talks with Iran over their nuclear program began to sour and...

StethoCloud – The $20 Stethoscope Attachment For Smartphones To Diagnose Pneumonia

What do you get when you combine smartphones, cloud computing, and digital medicine? A new era of healthcare that is bringing powerful technological innovations rapidly to the world. For example, take StethoCloud, a cloud-based service...

No More Skipping Your Medicine – FDA Approves First Digital Pill

The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a device that is integrated into pills and let’s doctors know when patients take their medicine – and when they don’t. Adherence to prescriptions is a serious...

Billboards and TVs Detect Your Face: Advertisers Salivate

To a computer, your face is a set of points and measurements between your features, but to advertisers, these data sets mean lucrative profits and a new way to connect with customers. Facial detection...

Cloned Horses Given Okay For Olympics – A New Era Of Cloned Competition?

Cloned horses are galloping their way toward the Olympic Games. The organization that presides over international equestrian events has reversed its position on prohibiting cloned horses from participating in competitions. The Fédération Equestre Internationale...

Android-Based Game Console Closing Out Record-Breaking Kickstarter Campaign

Tired of feeling boxed in by your game console? Then rush over to Kickstarter and get ready to throw your money at the screen. Ouya (pronounced "ooo-yah!"), the widely publicized new platform, is an...
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That’s Right, Japan Has Created A Real Life 4 Ton Mech Robot

Its name is Kuratas, and it's a dream come true for mech robot fans. That's right -- it's your very own mecha to zoom around in and target your enemies...sort of. The Japanese firm Suidobashi...
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PAL-V ONE – The Car-Plane That’s Easy To Fly And Cheap – We’re Kidding About The Cheap Part

Every kid – at least the ones that grow up and read sites like Singularity Hub – dreams of flying cars. Thankfully several companies are doing their best to make sure our Jetsonsonian flying...

Maker Of NAO Robots Releases Mashed-Up Video Highlighting Our Robot Future

Aldebaran Robotics, maker of the NAO robot, has released a recruiting video seeking "Europe's best engineering talents" to help it build the next phase of the NAO dream team. The video titled "Shape the...

DARPA’s New Challenge: Increase Robotic Power Efficiency By 2,000 Percent

It was only a few months ago that DARPA initiated their ambitious Robotics Challenge that reserves a cash prize for a (probably) humanoid robot that can drive to a disaster area and perform several...

Kurzweil Talks About Achievable Immortality On PBS NewsHour

Economists are known for investing enormous time making predictions about the near future, usually by following predictable cycles and extrapolating from trends of the recent past. But emerging exponential and convergent technologies seem to...

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