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Cyber-AJ Treats His Tremors With Targeted Electrical Shock to the Brain

Andrew Johnson, or Cyber-AJ, is one of the 10 million people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (PD) worldwide. The disease is progressive, and it is devastating. Johnson recently described himself as a “39 year old trapped in a 89 year old body.” But earlier this year, his life was transformed by a technique increasingly prescribed to a subset of PD patients called deep brain stimulation (DBS).
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Bob Richards & Naveen Jain — Fireside Chat At The 2013 Graduate Studies Program

Bob Richards & Naveen Jain are trustees of Singularity University and space entrepreneurs who discuss their vision for business and the fundamental shifts that are occurring in the world today. Hosted by CEO of SU, Rob...

PIP Biosensor Measures Stress and Gamifies the Art of Conscious Relaxation

Most of us know when we’re stressed. Physical cues like stomach butterflies, a flushed face, or muscle tension are hard to miss. Problem is, said symptoms can be very difficult to control. Once going—these things tend to snowball. The PIP biosensor Kickstarter aims to help folks mediate stress by objectively measuring symptoms, digitally visualizing the results, and then gamifying stress reduction. It’s the latest in an avalanche of sensors aiming to increase body awareness and health.

Ten Weeks To Change The World – Singularity University Launches Graduate Class Of 2013

The tired legs of 80 jetlagged students shuffle to their seats of Mountain View California’s Computer History Museum, in preparation for a summer that will change their lives and perhaps the world. “What unites...

Cheetah-cub Robot Mimics the Real Thing, Stable Even at Top Speeds

Remember watching Boston Dynamics’ cheetah robot outrun Usain Bolt? Meet its little cousin, Cheetah-cub, built by EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory (Biorob). Being just a cub, it’s no Usain Bolt, but Biorob believes it’s the fastest robot of its kind.

Google Shares Details of Futuristic New Office Park at NASA

It’s no secret Google’s building a high-tech portfolio beyond search, from self-driving cars to artificial intelligence. Out of the limelight, however, they’re building something else entirely—a new campus at NASA Moffett Field. Though the firm has been rather secretive about their new Bayview campus, a panel of designers and architects in involved in the project recently gave a talk at NASA, a stone’s throw from Singularity University. Down for the afternoon, I popped in to hear the gospel.

What The Future Of Global Energy Consumption Looks Like With LEGOs

Sometimes it's the simplest of explanations that can change your whole perspective...at least, that's what statistics guru Hans Rosling hopes to achieve in a new video. Rosling, who is a professor of global health at the...

Tiny CubeSat Satellites Spur Revolution In Space

Ever dream of seeing the horizon’s curve from orbit? Or maybe just sending your smartphone into the wild blue to snap a shot for Instagram? For most of us, that first one may be out of reach for a little while longer—but option two? Closer than you think. Thanks to years of microchip and sensor miniaturization, we are now making useful satellites shockingly tiny and affordable.
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John Hagel — Fireside Chat At The 2013 Graduate Studies Program

John Hagel III is a best-selling author, strategist, and co-founder of the Deloitte Center for the Edge Innovation. In his talk, he summarizes the major concepts of his books that deal with strategies for...

Will iRobot and Cisco’s New Robot Take a Bite Out of Business Travel?

If Cisco and iRobot have their way, robot CEOs may invade boardrooms from Tokyo to New York to London in 2014. iRobot and Cisco recently announced collaboration on the autonomous Ava 500 telepresence robot for business. The firms hope the Ava 500 will allow business people to attend daily meetings in person, across the planet—without ever changing a plane or time zone.

Inside Singularity University: Bloomberg Profiles SU On Brink TV Show

If you are excited about emerging technologies and how they can solve some of the world's greatest challenges, strap in for an inside look at Singularity University, courtesy of Bloomberg TV. At the beginning...

Terrafugia Flying Car Delayed Until at Least 2015, But Still Coming They Say

Is it a plane? Is it a car? Well, so far, a flying car prototype is the best answer—and a late one at that. Massachusetts firm, Terrafugia, has been promising delivery of the Transition for almost four years. The latest missed deadline? The end of 2012, and to date, still no Transition. As you’d expect, it’s hard to build a flying car.

Amazon Jumps into 3D Printing With Online Shop

Last month, the office supply chain, Staples, joined the world of 3D printing. Adding to the momentum? Amazon is in too. Or at least that’s the story.vThe online retailer launched a new department offering 3D printers ($1,099 and up), 3D printing filament, parts and accessories (for those building their own machine), 3D printing books, and software, like CAD, to make 3D models.

Learning To Learn Faster: The One Superpower Everyone Needs

I have a new book coming out early next year, The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance. As the title suggests, my subject matter is the outer limits of human potential and...

US Supreme Court Says Synthetic Genes Are Patentable, Naturally Occurring Genes Are Not

Technology has always ridden far out ahead of the laws that govern it. As the pace accelerates, that gap may widen. The US Patent Office issued the first patent on a gene thirty years ago. Tens of thousands of patents later and amid growing uncertainty about the patentability of genes, the issue was heard by the US Supreme Court earlier this year. On June 13th, the court ruled against biotech firm, Myriad, saying the company may not patent isolation of naturally ocurring genes. However, the court upheld patents of synthetically created genes, known as complementary DNA or cDNA.

Two Bit Circus Kickstarts Traveling Carnival of Robots, Fire, and Lasers

Two Bit Circus is producing the STEAM Carnival, a hands-on event featuring “robots, fire, and lasers to inspire young inventors in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.” Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Study Finds Random Electrical Current May Help Folks Learn Math

Mathemati-phobes rejoice. If a new study is right, you may one day get to swap coffee and cramming for a trusty set of head-mounted electrodes. According to a team of researchers, hailing from the UK and Austria, non-invasive electrical brain stimulation may improve math skills.

NASA Puts Up Cash To Create Pizza-Making 3D Printer

In an attempt to not only expand the menu for Earth orbiters, but to also bring us one step closer to every Trekkie’s dream of a food replicator, NASA is funding a project that is aimed at creating a 3D printer to serve astronauts up some pizza.

Jason Silva Discusses the Singularity in His New Web Series ‘Shots of Awe’

My favorite thing about Jason Silva? His ability to formulate, encapsulate, and prescribe, over the counter, the awe this particular epoch of human evolution can and should engender. Whatever pills he’s taking, I want some. A close second? His t-shirts. Check out his backlog here to see cosmological creation on cotton crewnecks.

Singularity Hub Is Hiring! New Writer/Journalist Position With Your Name On It

That's right, we're excited to announce that Singularity Hub is hiring! We're looking for talented, prolific writers with a strong background in technology and science to join our editorial team. If you love covering sci/tech and...

Join Opening Ceremonies For 2013 Graduate Studies Program At Singularity University June 17

The time for innovation is now! The 2013 Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University is officially kicking off with the Opening Ceremonies on June 17. The event is being held at the Computer History...

3D Printed Windpipe Saves Baby’s Life

A group of resourceful doctors at the University of Michigan used 3D printing technology to give a young man a stint for his weakened trachea. Without the stint the boy’s prognosis was to never leave the hospital – and that was the best case scenario.

AI Startup Anki Debuts At WWDC, Wows With Impressive Tech, $50 Million In Funding

You’ve probably never heard of Anki. Before this article, I’d never heard of Anki either. Nevertheless, the robotics and artificial intelligence startup took pole position at Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote address—an event that sold out in less than a minute, was staged in front of a couple thousand journalists and developers, and was broadcast live to thousands more online. It’s the kind of exposure new companies dream about.

Watching The Police: Will Two-Way Surveillance Reduce Crime And Increase Accountability?

Two years ago, Alvin, a teenager in Harlem, was walking down the street when he was approached by three NYPD officers. Without providing a valid reason for the stop, the officers proceeded to interrogate...

Oslo Burns So Much Trash for Energy They’re Importing Rubbish

The US throws out 250 million tons of garbage a year. Roughly a third is recycled, and the rest is landfill. You might think that’s a problem, but one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Oslo, Norway burns rubbish to power and heat homes, and they’ve run out. The city imports trash from Sweden, Ireland, England—and they wouldn’t mind taking on a few tons from the US.

Electric Car Company Better Place Bankrupt, Burns Nearly $1 Billion

Electric cars just took a major detour, at least in Israel.

‘Anti-Gravity’ 3D Printer Uses Strands to Sculpt Shapes on Any Surface

3D printers build objects by cross-section, one layer at a time from the ground up—gravity is the limiting factor. But what if it wasn’t? Using proprietary 3D printing materials, Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić’s Mataerial 3D printing system is gravity independent. The duo’s method allows a robotic arm to print objects on floors, walls, ceilings—smooth and uneven surfaces.

You’ll Be Able to Buy a 3D Printer at Staples by the End of June

Though industrial firms have used additive technologies in rapid prototyping for years, the tech is still fresh and growing in the consumer segment. The latest sign of the 3D printer home invasion? Retail office supply chain, Staples, says they’ll sell the 3D Systems Cube 3D Printer online and in retail stores by the end of June.

What’s in the Cube? Mystery Revealed, Prize Awarded to Young Man From Scotland

Bryan Henderson hails from Edinburgh Scotland. He’s 18 years old and recently became a god. Henderson won the collaborative, cube-destroying game Curiosity—What’s Inside the Cube, and he’s reportedly still a bit baffled as to how it happened.

CrowdOptic To Put Augmented Reality Art Gallery in Toronto Cityscape

In two weeks, tens of thousands of people will fill the streets of Toronto for the seventh annual Luminato Festival to see beautiful works of art, hear great music, and enjoy the sights of...
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Sebastian Thrun — Fireside Chat At The 2013 Graduate Studies Program

Sebastian Thrun is CEO and cofounder of Udacity, a research professor at Stanford University, and a VP at Google where he helped in the development of self-driving vehicles. Hosted by Peter Diamandis, this “Fireside Chat” was...
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Opening Ceremonies Of The 2013 Graduate Studies Program

This is the complete version of the Opening Ceremonies for the Singularity University's 2013 Graduate Studies Program featuring Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. The event was held at the Computer Science History Museum in...

Google Buys Quantum Computer for Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA

To some of us, wicked fast quantum computers seem like the stuff of theory and some far off future. Not so if you work at Google or NASA. In a sign the technology is creeping closer to practical use, Google, NASA, and the non-profit Universities Space Research Association (USRA) recently announced formation of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab and seeded it with a brand new D-Wave quantum computer.

Chinese Firm Gains Approval, Hype to Raise World’s Tallest Building in Only 90 Days

China has ten cities bigger than New York. Almost half of the world’s 20 tallest skyscrapers under construction today are in China. Naturally, China’s builders are chomping at the bit to get things done, like yesterday. But no one can erect the biggest skyscraper on the planet in three months…right? We may find out later this year. Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) says its Sky City scraper will hold the title by the end of 2013—and they haven’t even broken ground.
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Steve Aoki Music Video ‘Singularity’ Imagines Cybernetic Future, Features Ray Kurzweil

"Hi Steve. This is Ray Kurzweil. I want to tell you about our future." With an opening like that, you know that the latest music video 'Singularity' from electro house musician Steve Aoki is going...
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Mark Hatch — Fireside Chat At The 2012 Graduate Studies Program

Mark Hatch is CEO of TechShop, a chain of six member-based fabrication workshops that allow the public access to industrial welding, milling, electronics, and 3D printing equipment (as well as training). In his talk,...

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