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Monthly Archives: October 2014

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What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Nov 1, 2014)

We increasingly live in an ethically murky world where the very technologies that are empowering us to achieve greater and greater milestones are also creating constraints that challenge how we define ourselves as humans. The...
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Embrace Tomorrow, Launch Today: Summit Europe Amsterdam (November 19-20)

Singularity University presents Summit Europe, a two-day conference in Amsterdam to explore upcoming, game-changing technologies and their imminent implications for businesses and entrepreneurs. Embrace tomorrow, launch today—apply now! There’s an ancient Indian tale about a ruler...

Skin Cells Converted Directly to Neurons in Effort to Reverse Huntington’s Disease

Not long ago, we told you about a patient who received a stem cell treatment for degenerative eye disease. In that story, researchers took the patient’s skin cells and turned them into induced pluripotent...
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Service Robots Will Now Assist Customers at Lowe’s Store

Most folks don't interact with robots every day, so unless you work in a factory, the tech can seem remote. But if you’re a San Jose local? Welcome to the future. Orchard Supply Hardware just...

New Hybrid Solar Cell Battery Takes Aim at Solar Power’s Energy Storage Problem

As the world seeks alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists, entrepreneurs and government leaders are pushing to develop cheap, clean energy. Wind-harnessing turbines are increasingly found in many parts of the world. Solar panels can be...

Futuristic Medical Implant Powered by Sound Waves

Not so long ago we covered a miniature, ant-sized computer chip designed to be embedded in everyday stuff to make it smarter. Instead of a cumbersome battery in need of constant recharging—the chip is powered...

Are Efforts at Total Brain Simulation Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

Since it was awarded a one billion euro, decade-long research grant last year, the Human Brain Project has been the center of extreme excitement and heavy criticism. The project aims to simulate the human...
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Travel to a Black Hole’s Edge and a Far Future Where Humans Are Just the Same

Astrophysicist Kip Thorne—whose book on black holes sits on my shelf—recently teamed up with director Christopher Nolan of Dark Knight fame to build the perfect CGI black hole for the film, Interstellar­. As we’ve never...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 25)

Sometimes, we need to take a look at technologies, their trends, and their consequences from alternative points of view. This week, a slew of stories popped up around the web showing just how much things are changing but...

Transparent Graphene-Based Implants to Grant Clearer View of the Brain

A new implantable brain chip developed by the University of Madison-Wisconsin may help advance our understanding of the human brain. The chip is flexible, transparent, biocompatible—and uses a graphene sensor array just four atoms thick. To understand a...

Desktop Machine Carves Metal and Wood Like Butter

How many desktop 3D printers have we seen on Kickstarter in recent years? Too many to count. But 3D printing is only half of the digital manufacturing promise. Where 3D printing is additive—CNC machines,...

Next-Gen Diagnostics, Nanotechnology, and Bioengineering Begin Taking the Fight to Cancer

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer claimed 8.2 million lives worldwide in 2012. Perhaps no other disease highlights the need for improved diagnostic and treatment options better than cancer—which is why it’s...

When the Internet Sleeps

The internet is a little bit like an organism—a really huge organism, made up of over four billion IP addresses networked across the globe. How does the internet behave day to day? What are...

With Mindware Upgrades and Cognitive Prosthetics, Humans Are Already Technological Animals

In recent years, the surprising idea that we’ll one day merge with our technology has warily made its way into the mainstream. Often it’s couched in a combination of snark and fear. Why in...

First Patient Receives Stem Cell Treatment for Degenerative Eye Disease

Since stem cells were first hailed as a potential cure for a variety of diseases, we have witnessed setbacks, controversies, and failures. Now, however, human trials for the use of stem cells in treating...

What We’re Reading Across the Web This Week (Through Oct 18, 2014)

While we kept our eye on the next iteration of devices rolling out of Apple this week, the Hub team was also getting a steady dose of great articles challenging some of the very pillars of how...

AI Algorithm Masters Space Invaders in All-Night Gaming Session

Remember Space Invaders? The arcade game and later Atari hit pitted a lone pixellated laser cannon against a swarm of equally pixellated descending aliens. Maybe you enjoyed the game occasionally, or maybe you stayed...

Womb Transplant Leads to Successful Birth for Swedish Mother

In 1978, Louise Joy Brown made human history as the first “test tube baby” ever born after her mother underwent a revolutionary fertility treatment known as in-vitro fertilization (IVF). In the following decades, several...

Cancer Metastasis Reduced Up to 90% in Mice Using Engineered Decoy Protein

Cancer often begins in one part of the body but spreads elsewhere via the bloodstream or lymphatic system. This spreading, called metastasis, makes the disease deadly and difficult to halt—even using chemotherapy drugs with...

Million Robot Revolution Delayed—iPhone Manufacturer Foxconn Hires More Humans

Terry Gou is CEO of electronics manufacturer Foxconn. He’s also a big proponent of replacing humans with robots in factories. Gou said Foxconn would replace human workers with a million robots in three years....

Artificial Spleen ‘Cleans’ Blood of Pathogens

In one of the gutsiest performances in sports history, NFL quarterback Chris Simms had to be carted off the field after taking several vicious hits from the defense during a game in 2006. Remarkably,...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from around the Web (Through Oct 11)

What’s the most fascinating, intriguing story you’ve read recently? The Hub team has put together our list of what we're reading from around the web this week. Did we miss anything? If so, add it to the...

Last Chance to Contribute to Singularity University Documentary Crowdfunding Campaign

Time is running out to help make the upcoming Singularity University documentary, The University, as good as it can be. Last month, director Matt Rutherford announced a $30,000 Indiegogo campaign to fund the film’s...

Navy’s Boat Drones Pack Hunt Like Wolves on Water

The US military is building a droid (er, drone) army. You’ve likely heard of flying drones—but the robot arms race won’t end there. The Navy recently demonstrated a pack of autonomous boats performing defensive...

Unlocking Big Data: Lessons Learned From The God Particle

It’s a puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a symphony. It’s the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle, the greatest physics find of the 21st century, turned into music. Chamber music, to be exact. Admittedly—and...

A Blood Test for Depression Moves Closer to Reality

With the recent and highly publicized death of actor Robin Williams, depression is once again making national headlines. And for good reason. Usually, the conversation about depression turns to the search for effective treatments,...

New Artificial Materials Open Possibilities for Manned Space Exploration

Space exploration has many challenges, but one inconvenient fact in particular - the lack of oxygen in much of the universe - poses a real challenge to making offworld exploration and living a reality. Here...

Elon Musk Is Right: Colonizing the Solar System Is Humankind’s Insurance Policy Against Extinction

Why blow billions of dollars on space exploration when billions of people are living in poverty here on Earth? You’ve likely heard the justifications. The space program brings us useful innovations and inventions. Space exploration...
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Cute Robot Searches Post-Apocalyptic Paris for Friends in Short Film “L3.0”

Dystopian visions of the future often explore post-apocalyptic scenarios where life on the surface is rare or extinct. If robots are commonplace when life were to disappear, what would their existence be like? Would they continue to carry out their...

What We’re Reading This Week (Through Oct 4, 2014)

Here at Hub, we're thinking deeply about all the changes happening in the world, thanks to some great articles published this week wrestling with the implications of technology's progress. Just scan the headlines and you'll agree, we are...

Promising Method for Detecting Pancreatic Cancer Years Before Traditional Diagnosis

In cancer diagnosis, earlier is better—treatments are more effective and so survival is more likely too. Some forms, like skin or breast cancer, lend themselves to early detection with regular checkups as they can be...

Drones Portray Flying Lampshades in Cirque du Soleil’s Short Film “Sparked”

The Flying Machine Arena is a drone wonderland. Researchers have used the sensored space to make quadcopters build structures with ropes and bricks, perform balancing acts, synchronize with music—they’ve even run tests allowing humans to...

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