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Visions Of The Future: Remixers Mashup Movies And Videos About The Future, Robots, And More

The club scene is not your typical locale for innovation, unless you're looking for the latest near toxic-level drinks, spastic dance moves, or fashion disasters. But a group of performers has spent the last...
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Exclusive: Ray Kurzweil Interview – The Future of Man And Machine

I am pleased to announce the release of Singularity Hub's recent interview with Ray Kurzweil below.  The interview with Kurzweil focused at first on his new book to be released November 13 "How to...

Camera Technique Captures New View Of Space And Time

What if you could compress a video clip into a single image? That's what Jay Mark Johnson, an artist and visual effects director, has accomplished through the use of a special camera technique. He calls...
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Virtual Diva Hatsune Miku Rocks Taiwan And Hong Kong

Times, they are a changin’. I think when Bob Dylan penned the lyrics to his timeless song he had no clue that Hatsune Miku was coming. She continues to dance and sing her way into...

Mechanical Pencil That Draws Carbon Nanotubes Developed By MIT Researchers

Here's something you may not realize: the graphite in inexpensive pencil lead has the same chemical composition as carbon nanotubes, considered a "Golden Child" of futuristic materials because they make highly sensitive sensors. Now,...

Mice Genetically Engineered To Detect Explosives 500 Times Better Than Normal Mice

Scientists have genetically modified mice in hopes of increasing their ability to smell TNT with 500 times the sensitivity of normal mice. If successful, the mice could provide a cheap and effective way to...

Build Your Own Robot With Multiplo

They were educators frustrated by the lack of flexible, easily accessible tools for teaching robotics. So they created the Multiplo Robot Building Kit, an open source robot building system meant to help people “learn...

Memoto – The Camera That Makes Lifelogging Mainstream? Selling Fast On Kickstarter

Here comes yet another tool for lifeloggers to catalogue those priceless moments of getting a cup of coffee or commuting to work. Memoto, a small, clip-on device that takes pictures while you live your...

Romo, The Smartphone Robot, Is Back On Kickstarter With A Whole New Look

"Personal robots are one of the great unfulfilled promises of science fiction, because today they're either plastic toys or million dollar tech showpieces." That's what Keller Rinaudo of Romotive, the maker of the smartphone robot Romo, says...

Finland’s Next Laws To Emerge From Online Crowdsourced Proposals

Why isn't that a law? You may have muttered this phrase or heard someone else say it out of frustration, but chances are that question has popped up in conversation in one form or another. It's...

Pilot Your Own Robotic Sub And Explore The Ocean With AcquatiCo

Eduardo Labarca wants to bring the ocean you. Not through the kind of striking, high-definition imagery that Planet Earth brought, but through an immersive experience where you actually get to navigate the corals, chase...

2012 Machinima Expo — An Animation Festival In Virtual Reality

Prepare to alter your reality: the Fifth Annual Machinima Expo, a festival that showcases real-time animated films, will be held November 16-18 in the avatar-populated world of Second Life. While other film festivals are held in...

Didn’t Get The Job? A Computer May Be To Blame

Robots continue to invade the workplace. But these bots aren’t going to sift through mountains of paperwork or fetch a pair of scissors for you. On the contrary, it is you who will have...

Decade-Long Study Suggests Multivitamins Lower Cancer Risk

If you diligently take your multivitamin every day believing it's got to help somehow, a new study has got your back. In a recently completed large clinical trial of older men, a link was established...

3D Printing Comes To The Disney Universe: Your Face “Frozen In Carbonite”

If you ever wanted to be frozen in carbonite like Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back, you'll have to wait a few years before cryonics technology makes it possible. But if you visited...

U.S. Army Embraces 3D Printers: “It’s Kind of a Magical Thing”

The following article was written by Singularity Hub Member David McNally from the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command, and appeared on www.army.mil. ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 3, 2012) -- When you walk...

No Hope For Jurassic Park? Scientists Say DNA Is Too Fragile

A new study that estimates the rate of DNA degradation in fossils casts serious doubt on our chances of ever having a real life Jurassic Park. The researchers looked at DNA extracted from the...

Scrap Metal Reborn As Awesome Sci-Fi Robots By Passionate Math Professor

Tal Avitzur may be a math professor, but one look at his workshop reveals his other passion: scrap metal robots. For the last few years, he's been finding other's people junk and turning them into...
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New Upper Body Bionic Suit Uses Air to Lift Loads of 50 Kilograms

The University of Tokyo’s latest robot suit can help humans lift heavy loads using naught but air. How exactly? Instead of complex, heavy electronic actuators, the suit uses simpler pneumatic artificial muscles (PAMs). These rubber bladders...

19th Century French Artists Predicted The World Of The Future In This Series Of Postcards

If you've ever struggled to imagine how life will change over the next century thanks to technology, take comfort -- you're not alone. Over 100 year ago, some French artists tried to do the...

The Fitbit Zip — A $60 Exercise Tracking Clipon That Automatically Syncs To Your Devices

If there's any indication that people are looking for exercise motivators, consider the employment outlook for fitness trainers, which is expected to be 10 percent higher than other occupations in the coming years, according...

IBM’s Watson Expands Commercial Applications, Aims to Go Mobile

In the past couple years, we’ve watched IBM’s supercomputer Watson mature at an alarming rate. A mere concept birthed five years ago, the cybernetic prodigy is now Jeopardy! champ and doctor in training. Up...

Half Of Great Barrier Reef Lost Over Past 27 Years, More To Come

The news ain’t so good from the Great Barrier Reef. According to a new study, the massive reef has lost half of its coral cover over the last 27 years. Damage from storms, bleaching, and...

Forget Robo-Cop, Here Comes Robo-Security Guard

You know those movies where the thieves wait until the security guard falls asleep to break into the art gallery? Well, those days are over, now that the Vigilus robotic security guard has been...

Exclusive SH Interview With Ray Kurzweil: New Book ‘How to Create A Mind’ November 13

Hey Hub Readers, You may have heard that Ray Kurzweil's latest book "How to Create a Mind" is due to be released November 13.  In anticipation of the launch of his new book, I'll be...

Retro Commercials: One Company Dared To Compete With IBM And Macintosh Computers In 1984

It seems only a short time ago when the famous series of "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials were ping-ponging consumers around and vying for their devotion. Though these battles have now morphed...
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Chinese ‘Starchild’ Alleged To Have X-Men-Like Cat Vision

Although the notion is revolting to many, at some point in the future we'll have the know-how and the tools to genetically modify our bodies to make us stronger, better looking, more intelligent. In...

Kiosk Robots Selling Big, Could Soon Be At An Airport or Museum Near You

Service kiosks are about to get a lot more personable. Future Robot, the makers of people-friendly robot FURO, just struck it big with an order of over 100 to a buyer in Brazil. The buyer...

Keyless Entry Via Smartphone With Lockitron Takes Off

The smartphone is quickly becoming the 21st century Swiss army knife. Beyond being able to make calls, send messages, play games, and surf the web with it, both Google and Apple have enabled devices to...

Coca-Cola Equips Vending Machines With Kinects, Lets You Dance For Free Cokes

Advertising shticks have come a long way, especially for companies like Coca-Cola. In an effort to retain its position as the number 1 global brand, the company has recently equipped vending machines with webcams and Microsoft Kinect...

Lives Saved On The Go – FDA Approves Implantable Defibrillator

Each year in the United States about 325,000 people die due to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The vast majority of arrests occur at home, far from medical help which, if not delivered within minutes,...

Turing Test Prize Has Two Winners

The day we can’t tell the difference between a human and robot just got a little bit closer. A Turing Test of sorts has been put to humans to see if they could differentiate between...

Yet Another Study Casts Doubt On The Heart Benefits Of Fish Oil

A new study adds to a growing body of evidence that fish oil does not protect against heart disease. Rather than conduct their own research, the scientists gathered all the data they could find...

Geologists Plan To Drill 6 Kilometers Down – All The Way To Earth’s Mantle!

It’s an expensive journey – costing a billion dollars – and it’s wrought with hazards that could derail the explorers at any moment. But if these explorers reach their destination, they will have gone...

Researchers Sequence Whole Baby Genome In 50 Hours

Using new technology, researchers were able to sequence and analyze whole genomes of infants in about 50 hours. While the rapid data is impressive, even more impressive was how they demonstrated the data’s timely...

Woman’s Ear Regrown In Her Forearm

In one of the more bizarre, but nevertheless miraculous, feats of modern medicine, doctors at Johns Hopkins University were able to give a woman her ear back by first growing it beneath the skin...

Google Maps Lets You Explore The Last Great Frontier On Earth: The Ocean

Google Maps has been enjoying the spotlight recently, thanks to Apple's decision to boot the app from its mobile devices and introduce its own 'not-ready-for-primetime' mapping service in iOS6. So it may come as...

Genetic Study: Breast Cancer Isn’t One Cancer – There Are 4 Types

A new study shows that breast cancer can be divided clearly into four different subtypes based on genetic differences. Having been established years ago, the four subtypes are nothing new. What is new is...

New IBM Microscope Technique Has Resolution 100 Times Smaller Than An Atom

Here's a challenge: envision a trillionth of something. You might think of one penny compared to 10 billion dollars. Or how in travelling one meter, the Earth completes around a trillionth of its annual...

Visions Of The Future: Carl Rinsch Creates Robot Dogs Remotely Controlled By Humans

What do you get when you mix Lady Gaga-esque/Steampunk fashion, Thriller-inspired dance music, a futuristic interface for controlling racing robotic greyhounds, and heavy product placement for vodka? Just the latest work by Carl Erik Rinsch,...
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Brusspup Goes Viral With Dazzling Optical Illusions

Like optical illusions? You’re going to love these. And the best part of it is, you can recreate them in your own home. A YouTube user who goes by the name of brusspup has garnered...
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Kickstarter Funding Success LIFX Proposes Networked LED Smartbulbs

Ever wish you could network all your devices, toaster to television, and manage them on your smartphone? Well, that vision just edged closer with the LIFX LED WiFi enabled smart light bulb. Using your smartphone...

Robot Vs. Human: The Battle Of The Bartenders

A good bartender is a different breed, possessing just the right mix of skill, personality, and professionalism. For some, bartenders become both confidant and creditor; for others, a bartender's job is simple: produce the...

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