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DARPA’s New Initiative Aims to Make Nanoscale Machines a Reality

For much of history, builders and makers fixated on the monumental—pyramids, cathedrals, skyscrapers, aircraft carriers. Increasingly, however, the cutting edge focus is smaller. Much smaller. The field of nanotechnology aims to build components or...
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Visualizing the Future of Food, Well-Being, and Work with Three Incredible RSA Videos

Powerful lectures chock full of information sometimes can be challenging to process and the need for visualization is so great that ultimately it takes an organization like the RSA to find a highly creative way to illustrate this...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 30, 2014)

What's the most gripping, mind-bending story you've read this week? The Hub team has put together the week's most intriguing stories from around the web. Did we miss anything? If so, add it to the comments. Singularity or...

Singularity University’s GSP Class of 2014 Blasts Off to the Future

Last week, Singularity University hosted the Closing Ceremony of its 2014 Graduate Studies Program, the pinnacle of an annual program that brought 80 entrepreneurs and visionaries from 35 countries to Silicon Valley for an intense 10-week crash course...

Can You 3D Print Emotions? New “Love Project” Uses Biometric Sensors to Create Household Objects

Everyone has knick-knacks of sentimental value around their home, but what if your emotions could actually be shaped into household things? A project recently unveiled at the Sao Paulo Design Weekend turns feelings of love into physical objects using 3D...

How to Plan a Revolution (an Excerpt from Abundance)

How did a simple Facebook group mobilize 12 million people in 40 countries in just one month? That's exactly what Oscar Morales accomplished when, in 2008, he created a Facebook group called A Million Voices...

Steve Jobs, Larry Page And Rush Limbaugh Walk Into A Bar: A Look At The Future of Truth

This is a tale of memory, truth, technology, and, well, the future of humanity—but it starts in high school. If you went to high school in America, there is a pretty good chance you learned...

Unlocking the Mystery of Limb Regeneration: Genes for Lizard Tail Regrowth Determined

For people who've lost a limb, advances in materials and 3D printing have produced a slew of new prosthetics that deliver greater mobility, custom fitting, and sleek designs. Yet the ability to completely regrow a lost limb remains daunting, despite...
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Sci-Fi Short “Restitution” Explores Whether Humans Are Ethically Ready for Cloning’s Consequences

Among the spectrum of technological innovations that are potentially forthcoming, human cloning is among the most debated and ethically ambiguous. In his award-winning sci-fi short, Restitution, writer/director Justin Miller explores human cloning and the lengths a...

What We’re Reading This Week (Through Aug 23, 2014)

It's Friday and that means it's time to share stories and tech that we've been reading, thinking about, and passing round within the Singularity Hub team this week: Omote: Real-time Face Tracking and Projection Mapping | Vimeo "Project Omote is a...

Your Legacy: Getting Off This Rock

We just celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The fact that we went to the Moon with 1960s technology is extraordinary. The fact that we never went back is shameful. Should we send...

Skully Motorcycle Helmet Not Quite Iron Man, But a Taste of Our Augmented Reality Future

If Tony Stark designed a motorcycle helmet, it might look a little like Skully. Sleek black (or white) with an aerodynamic fin. A visor that changes tint at the touch of a finger. A rear...

3D Scanner Digitally Immortalizes Invaluable Masterpieces in Five Minutes Flat

Last year, the Smithsonian opened a virtual museum. With Smithsonian X 3D Explorer users can take a virtual tour of (and even 3D print) high-definition digital models of artifacts like Lincoln’s life mask or the...

Thousand-Robot Swarm Hints at Future Car, Drone, Even Nanobot Collectives

When you think nanorobot, you don’t think just one. Or ten. You think millions or billions. Huge swarms of nanobots may work in concert with each other to accomplish tasks on tiny scales, perhaps in the...

We Justify Human Suffering Because We’ve Never Had a Choice in the Matter

Buddha believed the way to end human suffering was the regular practice of meditation and introspection. But Buddha didn’t have biotech. If our suffering stems from biological and genetic factors and a cocktail of bodily substances...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 17, 2014)

Since last week's reading list was well received, we're serving up another round of the most intriguing articles in science and technology this week. And if you see one that we missed, feel free to...

Lab-Grown Neurons Deliver a Real-Time Glimpse Into How the Brain Works

Currently, researchers study the human brain by inference. Because they can’t closely observe a living brain in the lab as its owner goes about his day—they do the next best thing, tracking blood flow and...

The Innovator’s New Dilemma: The Serious Emotional Toll Of Entrepreneurial Failure

Nobody ever has a bad day in Silicon Valley. Seriously. Not ever. Of course this isn’t true. Every day people have bad days in Silicon Valley. They get fired and divorced and demoted, and their...

Eavesdrop on Conversations Using a Bag of Chips with MIT’s ‘Visual Microphone’

MIT’s ‘visual microphone’ is the kind of tool you’d expect Q to develop for James Bond, or to be used by nefarious government snoops listening in on Jason Bourne. It’s like these things except...

Pen that Scans and Draws in Millions of Colors Finally Arrives on Kickstarter

Ever bought a king-size box of colored pencils and marveled at all the names? Burnt sienna, cerulean blue, tuscan red. The world is overflowing with colors, too many to count or name. What if...

Top 10 Reasons Drones Are Disruptive

If you think today's drones are interesting, you ain't seen nothing yet. Drones are in their deceptive phase, about to go disruptive. Check out where they're going... What makes today's "drones" possible? The billion-fold improvement we've seen...

Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry

I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction. At the...
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Short Film “The Trail’s End” Entices with Bonnie-and-Clyde Android Couple

For nearly a century, filmmakers have explored the convergence of humans and machines in the form of androids. Whether as soulless servants or heartless killbots , movies often depict a future full of androids wrought with perilous pathways that will require all human ingenuity...

Stories We’re Reading This Week (Through Aug 9, 2014)

Here at Singularity Hub, we're suckers for well-written, thought-provoking stories. They inspire us to think about the future, shift our perspectives, and improve our craft. Instead of just passing these articles back and forth, we thought it's...

Glimpse the Future at Singularity University’s GSP 2014 Closing Ceremony August 21

Join Singularity University August 21 at Mountain View's Computer History Museum for the 2014 Graduate Studies Program closing ceremony—a night of inspiration, impact, and exciting proposals for over 20 new startups aiming to tackle the world’s biggest...

Robotic Suit Makes Chunks of Metal Light as Feathers for Korean Shipyard Workers

It started long ago, the merger of man and machine. Power looms for hands, cars and trains for legs, and recently, computers for memory. Now, as robotic suits approach practicality, we’re climbing inside our...

Robotic Bees Designed to Pollinate Crops Making Significant Strides

In Harvard researcher Robert Wood’s lab, a robot the size of a quarter lifts off the ground, its wings a blur. This micromachine, or RoboBee, is a marvel of modern robotics, able to hover and...

These Battery-Free, WiFi Devices Run On Radio Waves

In the last decade, mobile devices have become radically smaller and more powerful. The list of tech-related tasks that the miniature black monolith we all tote around has grown longer by the year. The next step in...

What Amazon’s 3D Printing Store Says About Consumer 3D Printing In General

Consumer 3D printing has been creeping into mainstream awareness. Last year, office supply chain Staples announced they’d sell 3D Systems Cube 3D printers in stores, and UPS began offering 3D printing services at select...

If the Body Is a Machine, Can It Be Maintained Indefinitely?

To Aubrey de Grey, the body is a machine. Just as a restored classic car can celebrate its hundredth birthday in peak condition, in the future, we’ll maintain our bodies' cellular components to stave off the diseases of...

Robot Olympics Planned for 2020 Powered by Japan’s ‘Robot Revolution’

Japan likes robots. And while some Americans raised on a confusing sci-fi diet of Star Wars, Terminator, and iRobot are perhaps a little wary of advanced AI and robotics—Japan simply can’t wait for the “robot...

Promising Early Results on Universal Blood Test for Cancer

Absent an outright cure, it’s thought that early diagnosis of terminal diseases like cancer make treatment more effective and raise the probability of survival. But diagnosis is not always straightforward and often requires costly...

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