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Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Technology Is the Beauty and Terror of the Human Mind Turned Inside Out

In a recent video, Jason Silva says the goal of humanity is to turn our minds inside out, to actualize our imaginations in the real world through technology. He terms humankind’s unique ability to...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Nov 29)

News trends make sense when they can be traced back to specific events, developments, or monumental moments. Other times, the minds of journalists and writers seem to collectively coalesce around some idea that is difficult to point to. Over...

Two Crowdfunded Machines Make Biotechnology Accessible to All

“I predict that the domestication of biotechnology will dominate our lives during the next fifty years at least as much as the domestication of computers has dominated our lives during the previous fifty years.” Freeman...

Made In Space Transports and Replicates First 3D Printed Object on Space Station

In September, Made In Space and NASA partnered to deliver the first 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS). And now this week, another first. The ISS astronauts fired up the printer to...
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Groundbreaking Microscope Makes 3D Video of Living Cells in Real Time

The saying goes, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice.” But what's in a saying? Dr. Eric Betzig recently showed creating one revolutionary new microscope doesn’t mean he can’t create another. Betzig, a physicist and engineer...

Summit Europe: Chip Implants Easy as Piercings

“I am bleeding just a little bit,” said Raymond McCauley. “Might I ask for a little assistance?” McCauley, chair of Singularity University’s biotechnology and bioinformatics track and a biohacker, had just implanted a microchip...
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Short Film “Doubles” Is a Humorous Take on the Nightmare of Parallel Universes Colliding

We've all wondered how our lives would be different if things had gone another way. Would we be the same person or someone we wouldn't even recognize? The truth may be that we don't really want to know. Each...

Summit Europe: To Anticipate the Future Is to Abandon Intuition

In the evolution of information technology, acceleration is the rule—and this fact isn’t easy for the human brain to grasp. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t at least intuitively aware of the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Nov 22)

We're getting closer to the end of 2014 and it's natural for writers to start reflecting on what this year has brought. Technology has advanced further than ever before, and we're more aware of both...

Summit Europe: Robots Are Still Toddlers—But They’re Growing Up Fast

You've probably read somewhere recently that robots are coming to take your job. It's true, they probably are. But they’ve got some growing up to do first, says Rob Nail, CEO and associate founder...

Summit Europe: Art Meets Tech in Glowing Roads and a Smog Eating Machine

There’s a stretch of Dutch highway that glows like Tron; a path of radiant tiles swirling like Van Gogh’s "Starry Night"; a lotus dome of a hundred unfurling smart flowers; a jungle of genetically...

Summit Europe: Artificial Intelligence Evolving From Disappointing to Disruptive

Neil Jacobstein, Singularity University’s co-chair in AI and Robotics, has been thinking about artificial intelligence for a long time, and at a recent talk at Summit Europe, he wanted to get a few things...

Summit Europe: When Will We Let Go and Let Google Drive Us?

What technology has the most world-changing potential in the next decade or two? Brad Templeton, Singularity University’s networks and computing chair, thinks it's driverless cars. Then again, he would. Templeton has worked with Google on...

Summit Europe 2014: Tech’s Pace Is Like a Dozen Gutenberg Moments Happening at the Same Time

From sunny San Diego last week for the Exponential Medicine conference to the rainy and overcast Netherlands for Summit Europe this week—I’m on the road with Singularity University. At the DeLaMar theater in central...

Does humankind’s progress depend upon the even distribution of technology?

"The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed." This quote, credited to sci-fi writer William Gibson, is popular among futurists and technologists because it dismantles the notion that certain technologies are out of...

Aeromobil’s Flying Car Is a Sci-fi Dream Getting Closer to Reality

Since the invention of the automobile and powered flight in the early 1900s, the idea of a flying car has inspired dreams in tech enthusiasts, gear heads, and those who just wish to beat...

Exponential Medicine: Data Deluge to Disrupt Healthcare This Decade

You can’t really boil down four days, 59 speakers, and a few lovely musical interludes into a single word—but here goes. If there was an overriding theme to this year’s Exponential Medicine it was,...
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Short Film “SYNC” Imagines Robot Couriers As the Defense Against Cyberterrorism

Hacking and cyberterrorism are modern-day realities, and the more connected we become, the more vulnerable we are. While this is true for individuals, it's much more grim for corporations who have millions and even billions to lose....

Optics Matter: New Vision Research Suggests Peak Performance Is Only A Jump To Warp Speed Away

Scientists from Scripps Research Institute just discovered that optic flow—the technical term for the temporal rate at which objects move past the eye—helps us map our world. And their discovery sheds new light on...

Exponential Medicine: Braingear Moves Beyond Electrode Swim Caps

If the last few decades in information technology have been characterized by cheaper, faster, and smaller computer chips, the next few decades will add cheaper, faster, and smaller sensors. Chips are the brains. Now...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Nov. 15)

It was a busy week on Hub as we profiled Singularity University's Exponential Medicine conference in detail in the midst of historical landing of a spacecraft on a comet. But the Hub team still found...

Will Lyft And Uber’s Shared-Ride Service Put Public Transit Out Of Business?

More than three-quarters of people commuting to work each day are driving by themselves. That’s a lot of empty seats on the road – and all that traffic and congestion has a large financial, environmental,...

Can Fusion Energy Be Obtained Without the Death Star?

The National Ignition Facility, located in Livermore, CA, is a spectacular, ultramodern facility the size of a football stadium. Housed within are 192 laser beams, which can be focused onto a one-centimeter glass sphere...
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Exponential Medicine: This Is Your Brain on Prescription-Strength Video Games

Video games encourage violent behavior. They’re a symptom of our culture’s collective obsessions and neuroses, a sign we have too much time on our hands. You’ve likely heard a rant like this—video games can’t...

Exponential Medicine: Meet Bionic Amputee, Nigel Ackland

In 2006, Nigel Ackland had an accident. Working as a metal smelter a the time, his right hand was crushed in an industrial mixer. The hand was so severely damaged that six months later...

Exponential Medicine: Paul Stamets Unravels the Link Between Mushrooms and Cancer Treatment

The largest living organism on the planet is a mushroom. You can make a hat out of a boiled mushroom called Amadou, or as our ancestors once did, you can use it as tinder...

Rosetta Successfully Lands Probe on Comet

After a 10-year mission, the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission has achieved a space first: landing a probe on a comet. The ESA confirmed that today that the probe has successfully landed. Launched in 2004,...

Can We Really Live to 1,000? CNBC Interviews Aubrey de Grey to Find Out

At this year's Exponential Medicine conference, CNBC was present to probe faculty about some of the exciting developments within accelerating technologies. One of the most eye-opening speakers is Aubrey de Grey, cofounder and Chief Science...

Will Quantum Computing Become an Everyday Reality? CNBC Interviews Brad Templeton to Learn More

At the 2014 Exponential Medicine conference, faculty from Singularity University were interviewed by CNBC about some of the most exciting advances in emerging technologies. When it comes to world of processors, there's probably no hotter topic right now than...

Exponential Medicine: Crowd Science Will Accelerate Scientific Progress to the ‘Speed of the Internet’

Scientific research of the body is broken, says Jessica Richman, cofounder and CEO of uBiome. Our data is narrowly focused on a subset of humans—western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic (WEIRD) people. Sample sizes are small...

Exponential Medicine: Craig Venter Estimates 5 Million Complete Human Genomes Sequenced by 2020

Researchers finished the first draft of the human genome in the year 2000. Although the decreasing cost of the technology has far outpaced Moore’s Law since then, we have yet to fully leverage all...

Would time travel be the most beneficial or most destructive force in the Universe?

Everything we experience indicates that time progresses in one irreversible direction. Anyone who has taken physics, read Einstein's work on relativity, or has an interest in black holes knows that the concept of time can get funky,...

Latest XPRIZE Winner Unleashes the Health Data in Your Blood

Today the XPRIZE Foundation announced the winner of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, the global competition aimed at accelerating the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology as a means to smarter digital health solutions. The winning...
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Exponential Medicine 2014 Conference Kicks Off in San Diego

The weather is fine and the future on display. I'm in San Diego covering Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine conference through Wednesday. The four-day event kicked off yesterday at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego,...
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In the Future, Everyone Will Play Video Games

One needs only to look at how far videos games have come in a short period of time to appreciate how bright their future looks. Released this past summer and recently made available on Netflix, Video...

Computers Are Writing Novels, But Do You Really Want To Read Them?

It’s 10pm, November 30th, 2013. An author, aiming to finish a novel in November, takes up his laptop and begins typing furiously. By midnight, he’s completed I Got a Alligator for a Pet. A world...
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Ex Machina Brims With Robot Fun and Mind Games

In upcoming sci-fi film, Ex Machina, writer and director Alex Garland gets ambitious. All we’ve got is a trailer so far. But it’s a tantalizing clip that manages to run through a range of cinematic...

Neuroscientists Discover ESP — But Is That A Good Thing?

In The Peripheral, the new stunner by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson, the reader is treated to a look at the future. It’s inexact, this future. The author, delightfully, gives it no date. Maybe it’s...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Nov 8)

In light of Halloween, a tragic failure for the space industry, and another voting cycle in the U.S., this week saw a proliferation of articles all about different kinds of fear. Here at Hub, we avoid fearmongering as a...
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Students Link Brains to Fire Video Game Cannon

You know how Professor X wears that funny helmet to amplify his brainwaves whenever he uses Cerebro to find mutants in X Men? Of course you do. (And if not—go here.) Turns out, that...

Prehistoric DNA: 45,000-Year-Old Modern Human Genome the Oldest Yet Sequenced

An international consortium of scientists report sequencing the full genome of a man who lived 45,000 years ago. The DNA was isolated from a thighbone found in 2008 in a Siberian town called Ust’-Ishim. Published in Nature,...

Which emerging technology will most redefine what it means to be human?

Neil Harbisson, who dons an electronic eye that enables him to hear color and is the world's first government-recognized cyborg, has famously said, "I don’t feel that I’m using technology. I don’t feel that I’m wearing technology....

The Internet of Things Should ‘Rattle the Imagination’

We’ve often written about the “Internet of Things.” This is the idea that as chips get smaller, more energy efficient, and more connected, we’ll embed them in everything around us to enliven inanimate objects and...

Why Fabrics May Soon Yield More Health Data Than Devices

Imagine a world where your outfit makes more than a fashion statement. Thanks to miniaturization and state-of-the-art integration of electronics, smart clothing is a burgeoning new space in which sensors are now fixed, woven, and...

Welcome to the New Singularity Hub!

We're excited today to officially announce the new direction of our site! Singularity Hub, published by Singularity University, has operated since 2008 as a scitech blog offering daily news coverage, feature articles, analysis, and insights on...

Which New Technology Will Win the Race to Repair and Replace Our Organs?

An extraordinary competition is underway—one that could be more impactful to the human species than any other technological rivalry to come before it. Soon, the radical concept of substantially improving or outright replacing our...

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Lost Over Mojave Desert

The European Space Agency recently made a short film to celebrate the Rosetta mission to visit and land on a comet. The film is aptly titled, “Ambition." What is space exploration if not ambitious?...

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