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

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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 time to gather this collection of interesting reads.

Enjoy this week’s selection from across the web!


ROBOTS: Robots Are Coming for Your Job, But Only If You’re Poor
Victoria Turk | Motherboard
“The reason that the number of jobs at risk in London is relatively low [is] because a large proportion of the work force is already in high-skill roles that technology cannot easily replace.”

SPACE: Elon Musk’s Next Mission: Internet Satellites
Rolfe Winkler & Andy Pasztor | The Wall Street Journal
“Messrs. Musk and Wyler have discussed launching around 700 satellites, each weighing less than 250 pounds, the people said. That is about half the size of the smallest communications satellites now in commercial use. The satellite constellation would be 10 times the size of the largest current fleet.”

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Google Lifts the Turing Award Into Nobel Territory
Steve Lohr | The New York Times
“’Some people invent the foundations on which others can build,’ he said, ‘and others — some of them dropouts — are those that make these technologies massively available to people and society.’”

HEALTH: Ebola In 3-D: A Video Game To Guide Health Care Workers Through A Ward
Nsikan Akpan | NPR
“A big taboo is touching your hands to your face. One team at the hackathon added a feature that works with Microsoft Kinect, the motion-detecting game platform, says Choong Ng, who helped recruit developers to the event. An alarm sounds if a player reaches for his or her face in real life to help wean them off the ‘bad’ habit.”

VIRTUAL REALITY: Virtual reality movies are coming—and they’re going to be crazy
Salvador Rodriguez | Quartz
“The whole experience felt like teleportation. In real life, my head was turned toward a crew member, but through the Rift, I saw confetti blasting into a crowd of music ravers. It was impressive but still raw.”

BRAIN: How Your Brain Decides Without You
Tom Vanderbilt | Nautilus
“We form our beliefs based on what comes to us from the world through the window of perception, but then those beliefs act like a lens, focusing on what they want to see…We live in a world where ‘in some sense, almost everything we see can be construed in multiple ways.'”

FILM: What Happened To All the Fantasy Movies?
James Whitbrook | io9
“We’re arguably at the height of that Sci-Fi bubble right now – the future is currently in, be it TV, in games or at the Box Office.”

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I've been writing for Singularity Hub since 2011 and have been Editor-in-Chief since 2014. My interests cover digital education, publishing, and media, but I'll always be a chemist at heart.

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