Yearly Archives: 2012

Will It Matter If We Speak Different Languages In The Future?

The notion of 'foreign' languages is beginning to disappear, thanks to ongoing developments by the likes of Google and Facebook that help the thousands...

Learn Science While Playing Video Games? Video Game Maker Valve Makes Dreams Comes True

For decades, video games and education have gone together like oil and water. No matter what attempts were made to merge the two, it...

First HIV Prevention Drug Approved By The FDA

Right on the heels of a new at-home HIV test receiving FDA approval comes word that the first HIV prevention pill has also been...

Battle of the Next-Generation DNA Sequencers Heating Up

With the steady evolution of DNA sequencing technology, the cost of the machines as well as the cost of running them continues to drop....

Japanese Robot Can Beat Humans At Rock-Paper-Scissors Every Time

What good is a 1-millisecond advantage? For humans, not much, but for a Japanese robot, it's means victory every time...at least when it comes...

“The Future Is Ours” Video Inspires Hope In Technology And Human Progress

In a recent TED talk titled "Abundance Is Our Future," Peter Diamandis points out that though the amygdala in our brains may continually draw...
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SH Interviews Vernor Vinge – How Will We Get To The Technological Singularity?

Science Fiction: it has been a muse of geeks, techies and scientists for decades. Many of the technologies we explore on Singularity Hub were...

Next Up For Robotic Automation: Serving Pizza Untouched By Human Hands

Anyone squeamish during the Seinfeld episode when Poppy is kneading pizza dough after failing to wash his hands in the restroom finally has a...

Now Your Smartphone Can Be Used To Diagnose Ear Infections At Home

Cameras in smartphones will inevitably replace nearly all portable cameras and camcorders, but could they also make basic medical instruments obsolete? A startup called...

Recorded Future Attempts To Unlock The Predictive Power Of The Web

What’s going to happen tomorrow? What about next week or next year? Recorded Future says they can tell you. No, they don’t claim to...

Rethinking the Concept of “Outliers”: Why Non-Experts are Better at Disruptive Innovation

This post written by entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain.  He is the founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, iNome and Infospace. Naveen is a trustee of Singularity University and X Prize...

Extending People’s Lives – One Artificial Heart At A Time

A retired high-school teacher has become the first person in New England to receive an artificial heart. James Carelli, 66-years-old, was suffering from a...

The Secret Behind Silicon Valley’s Enduring Success

Around the world, we regularly read stories about an attempt to create "The Silicon Valley of <fill in country>," but we rarely read about a successful new...

Test Tube Babies Reach Major Milestone: 5 Million Born Since 1978

It's time to applaud fertility specialists for all their baby making efforts: an estimated 5 million "test tube babies" have been born worldwide since...

FDA Approves First At-Home HIV Test

This past May an FDA advisory panel unanimously approved a test for HIV that people can perform at home. Relatively easy to use, the...

India To Biometrically Identify All Of Its 1.2 Billion Citizens

When you think of cutting-edge innovation, a massive bureaucracy might be the last thing that comes to mind.   But in India, a massive...

Tapping Your Smartphone On A Surface Can Now Initiate Actions With Samsung’s TecTiles

When it comes to making smartphones even easier and more powerful to use, Apple’s voice recognition app Siri has been stealing the spotlight lately....

Sophisticated Robotic Hand Also Doubles As A Human Exoskeleton

It may be time to jettison the notion that robots in the future will have grippers or claws for hands. The German robotics company...

Stunning Progress in Technology Brings The Death of Unskilled Labor

As part of the online web series Which Way Next, hosted by Singularity University, Vivek Wadhwa, VP of Academics and Innovation, sat down with...

Scientists Use Brain Scan To Detect Autism In Children As Young As Two

It has been known for some years now that autistic brains are abnormally large, but the inconsistent way in which the brains of different...

Physicists At CERN Believe They Have Found Elusive Higgs Boson

The world of physics is electrified today with the news that a new particle has been detected that is consistent with the elusive Higgs...

New Software Can Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease Simply By Listening To Your Voice

Software like Apple's Siri that responds to your voice is convenient and incredibly cool, but what if a similar kind of voice analysis could diagnose...

Healthcare — 5, 10, 20 years in the past and future

This is a guest post by Farai Chideya.  She has covered Presidential elections, natural disasters, and dictatorships -- as well as the arts and technology...

i-SODOG, Your New Four-Legged Robotic Best Friend

It’s cute, likes to be pet, easy to train, and best of all, doesn’t need to be housebroken. Unveiled recently at the Tokyo International...

Education is Undergoing a Startling Revolution — Let’s Support it!

This post is written by Rob Nail - CEO of Singularity University, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, who loves to surf and surf the waves of...

US Navy X-47B Robot Fighter Jet Completes First Phase Of Testing

The Navy's robotic fighter just got one step closer to earning its wings. The X-47B, an unmanned stealth attack jet, has completed the first...

Transcribe Videos And Make Them Searchable With Koemei

Wouldn't it be great to be able to search videos for what people are actually saying instead of relying on tags or descriptions? Koemei...

Abundance – The Future is Better Than You Think

This post is written by Singularity University Co-Founder and Chairman Peter Diamandis. We are all unknowingly addicts. Addicts of bad news. Twenty-four hours per day,...

Why I Believe That This Will Be The Most Innovative Decade In History

This post is written by Vivek Wadhwa, Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University. Many people believe that we’ve run out of ideas...

For New Movie, “The Prototype,” The Singularity Pits Man Against Machine

Gun fights, cop chase scenes, a damsel in distress, and a good man caught in a bad situation – exactly what you’d expect from...

Stop Using Petroleum: Propel Opens First Alternative Fuel Center, Installs Pumps At Dozens Of Gas Stations

There's nothing that says 'squandered potential' like a treadmill in the corner of a room being used as a clothes hanger...well, until now. A...

Machinima Scores $35 Million In Team Play With Google

If you've ever stumbled around on YouTube and landed on videogame footage with a snarky voiceover talking about ex-girlfriends, best snacks, and references to...

Mobile Payment Startup Square Growing Strong And Transforming Small Business

Some ideas are just too good to be true, and accepting credit card payments with a mobile device is one of them. Square, the...

Gut-On-A-Chip, The Latest In Scientists’ Attempt To Mimic Organs In The Lab

Scientifically speaking, the ideal test subject for medical research is the human being. But, for obvious reasons, we resort to the next best option:...

CEO Of Russian Email Company Fuels Robotics Revolution With $25 Million

You want a robotics revolution? Then get ready to drop $25 million. That is, of course, if you are Dmitry Grishin, the co-founder of...

“Helping a Billion People” Began Last Night – Singularity University Opens 4th Summer Program

Singularity University's fourth Graduate Studies Program began last night with excitement and aplomb. SU is the world's premier educational institution in the field of...

New Patch Makes Certain Skin Cancers Disappear

What if treating skin cancer was just a matter of wearing a patch for a few hours? At this year’s Society of Nuclear Medicine’s...

Ten-Year-Old Girl Receives Major Vein Grown From Her Own Stem Cells

A 10-year-old Swedish girl has had a potentially life-threatening condition alleviated by receiving a vein grown from her own stem cells. Her condition, called extrahepatic...

Singularity University 2012 – The Graduate Studies Program is Near and We Have Insider Coverage

Monday June 18th marks the start of Singularity University's 10 week Summer Graduate Studies Program. Based in NASA AMES in the heart of Silicon...

New Study Sheds Doubt On Omega-3’s Protection Against Dementia

It seems that omega-3 is getting a bad rap lately. Adding to research that put into doubt its protective attributes against heart and Alzheimer’s...

Non-invasive Prenatal Screen Draws Closer As Scientists Analyze Blood From Mother

Scientists have worked out a non-invasive way to sequence a fetus’ genome, using only blood from the mother and saliva from the father-to-be. The...

Personal Assistant Catfight Is Brewing As Evi Tries To Keep Pace With Apple’s Siri

It seems that Apple rivals are everywhere these days, and the world of personal assistant apps is no different. Since October of last year when...

Founders of Leap Motion: Our Amazing 3D Tracking Will Be Everywhere

In the past few weeks the Leap Motion device has sent shudders of delight through gadget lovers and computer designers alike by promising a...

The Transformer You’ve Always Dreamed Of Is Here

Man, where the heck was this when I was a kid? The Transformers I played with were die cast metal figurines that I posed,...

Awesome Video Explains Synthetic Biology

A succinct, yet powerful animation titled "Synthetic Biology Explained" shows the incredible potential of this emergent field and how engineering will transform the field...

London Crackdown Continues — Police Using Mobile Fingerprint Scanners To Nab Criminals On The Spot

Sherlock Holmes would likely be uncharacteristically doling out high praise to Scotland Yard for employing the latest technology for the Olympics. In preparation for this...

RoboJelly, The Unmanned Underwater Vehicle That Uses Water For Fuel

These are the kinds of jellyfish you don’t need to be afraid of. They look and swim like jellyfish, but they're actually water-dwelling fuel...

Inventor Of Biochip That Makes 10,000 Simultaneous Measurements Wins “Oscar For Inventors” – And $500,000

An inventor used the same principles of an integrated circuit to develop a ‘biochip’ that can perform nearly 10,000 independent simultaneous measurements – orders...

When Resumes Aren’t Enough: Prove To Employers That You Know Your Stuff With Smarterer

Say you’re an employer and you’re thumbing through the fresh stack of resumes. You spot some candidates that look pretty strong, have an impressively...

3D Printed Prosthetics Company Bespoke Acquired By 3D Systems

Just like the creations which emerge from their printers, 3D Systems is incrementally growing. The high-end 3D printer maker is continuing its effort to...
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