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Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Algorithm Hunts Rare Genetic Disorders from Facial Features in Photos

Even before birth, concerned parents often fret over the possibility that their children may have underlying medical issues. Chief among these worries are rare genetic conditions that can drastically shape the course and reduce...

Evidence of Abundance #1: More Leisure, Less Work

Is technology making you work harder? Or giving you more time off? Seriously, it feels like it’s enabling me to work around the clock! Heck, I’m writing this email at 37,000 feet on a Virgin...

Step Aside Google Image Search, Here’s an Algorithm that Knows What’s in a Picture

The internet is a wealth of information. But you have to know what you’re looking for. If you only know a basic category—like that weird looking modern chair at your buddy's office—not so good. Search...
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Inside Singularity University: Talking Technology, Innovation, and Grand Challenges With UNICEF

Singularity University has a mission—use technology to positively impact the lives of a billion people in ten years. That's easy enough to say, but you don’t make big changes without big ambition. And if...

What’s Missing from Virtual Reality? Immersive 3D Soundscapes

When you imagine virtual reality, chances are you’ve got visuals in mind. Or maybe you fantasize about a virtual sense of touch. Another key component? Immersive audio. Tom Simonite of MIT Technology Review recently got...

Comcast Muddies Its Anti-Open Internet Position With Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

Those who believe in open-source soft- and hardware  often also believe in the value of free information over the Internet. But, chances are, they still want their own personal information to be private. The...

Lab-Grown Retina from Stem Cells Responds to Light

The retina is a complex and fragile piece of equipment, but without it, the world would be completely dark. With a number of diseases that can erode the delicate tissue and little that conventional medicine...

Bitcoin: Going from Deceptive to Disruptive

Bitcoin is moving from its Deceptive phase to a very Disruptive phase. This post is going to explain why, and what you may want to do. I've been tracking Bitcoin since its inception, and my...

We Don’t Have to Play Cosmic Russian Roulette With Asteroids Anymore

Forget Armageddon, says Ed Lu. Forget sci-fi space shuttles. Forget burying nuclear bombs in comets. Forget all that. Asteroids are a real and potentially existential threat. But if we find them early enough, they’re...

Using 3D Printing and Design To Change the Way We Look at Disability

The technology involved in creating artificial limbs has come a long way in the last few decades. We have now witnessed a paralyzed man kick a soccer ball at the opening ceremonies of the World Cup, and a...

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