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Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Women Working on the Frontiers of Technology

Are women starting companies in the most cutting edge fields and keeping pace with the future? Although many are now learning coding and engineering in school, working for global internet companies and building their...

Singularity University’s Top Six of 2014

From launching hardware to the International Space Station to hosting events in San Diego, New York City, and Amsterdam—it was a big year for Singularity University. The summer's Graduate Studies Program inspired 21 team projects,...

Global Citizenship: Technology Is Rapidly Dissolving National Borders

Besides your passport, what really defines your nationality these days? Is it where you were live? Where you work? The language you speak? The currency you use? If it is, then we may see the idea...

Future of Work: Why Teaching Everyone to Code Is Delusional

Since 2005, I’ve been grappling with the issue of what to teach young people. I’ve written curricula for junior high students in the US, for a UNICEF program reaching students in a dozen countries,...

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Will Revolutionize Transportation, But That’s Only The Beginning Of The Change It’ll Bring

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream a 60 page white paper. The paper caused a...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Dec 27)

Even though we're in the middle of the holidays, a number of great articles have been written in an effort to sum up the tech progress of 2014. Although we're awash in "Top 8" articles, the following articles...

These Thought-Controlled Robotic Arms Are Beating Paralysis and Amputation

In 2012, University of Pittsburgh researchers released a video of Jan Scheuermann feeding herself a bite of chocolate. This, of course, wouldn't be noteworthy but for one thing: Scheuermann is paralyzed from the neck...

Coming Data Deluge Means You’ll Know Anything You Want, Anytime, Anywhere

We're heading towards a world of perfect knowledge. Soon you'll be able to know anything you want, anytime, anywhere, and query that data for answers and insights. Why is this happening? And what are the implications?...

Cyborg Superpower: Man Can Hear the Internet

Television, cellphones, radio, WiFi—modern civilization converses in radio waves. Most of us need some kind of device to translate the signals into something we can consume on a screen or through a speaker. But in...

A 3D Printed Moon Base: Science Fiction or Science Fact?

One day everything in space will be made in space, and this will radically increase the potential for human space exploration. I recently read a novella that explores this very idea (see below for an...

One Small Experiment in Learning and Memory, One Giant Leap for Mankind

Benjamin Storm, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz , recently ran an interesting experiment in memory and technology. Storm took twenty college students and gave them a pair of computer files, call...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 20)

As this is the last curation post of the year, I want to extend our team's thanks and appreciation to readers of Singularity Hub. Your support has allowed us to continue to grow and craft...

Future of Work: What Skills Will Help Us Keep Pace?

From Elon Musk’s tweet that artificial intelligence may be more dangerous than nuclear weapons to the growing clamor of voices warning robots will take away our jobs, it is clear we are focusing more...

How Technology Brought Us Closer to the Future in 2014

As the year draws to a close, it’s worth glancing over our shoulder. What technologies and themes were brightest in 2014? Read on. (And keep in mind, attempting such a summation is ambitious to the extreme—let us...

Mobile, the Metatrend of the Decade

Four billion people are buying new smartphones every two years, massively outpacing the PC industry (where we buy 1.6 billion PCs every five years). Our desire for the most powerful, newest tech in our pocket...

Worm ‘Brain’ Uploaded Into Lego Robot

Can a digitally simulated brain on a computer perform tasks just like the real thing? For simple commands, the answer, it would seem, is yes it can. Researchers at the OpenWorm project recently hooked a...

Humans 2.0: Seeing Ourselves Anew in ‘Algorithmic Cascades of Data’

Sensors are cheap and abundant. They’re already in our devices, and soon enough, many of us may elect to carry sensors in and on our bodies, and embed them in our homes, offices, and...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Dec 13)

Enjoy this week's stories on technological progress and the resulting tension caused! ROBOTS: Does the Halting Problem Mean No Moral Robots? Michael Byrne | Motherboard "The general idea under consideration is whether or not a robot can make an...

Disney’s Exquisite Digital Eyes Bring Avatars to Life

When you meet someone, where does your gaze first fall? Usually, you’ll find you look for their eyes. And maybe this is partly why some digital characters can seem alien—their eyes are approximations of...

Artificial Enzymes from Artificial DNA Challenge Life As We Know It

In the decade or so since the Human Genome Project was completed, synthetic biology has grown rapidly. Impressive advances include the first bacteria to use a chemically-synthesized genome and creation of a synthetic yeast chromosome. Recently,...

Can AI save us from AI?

Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence might just be the most debated technology book of the year. Since its release, big names in tech and science, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have warned of the...

Detecting Alien Planets With Your ‘Run-of-the-Mill’ Digital Camera

Astronomy is no stranger to citizen scientists. Amateur stargazers are credited with the discovery of comets, asteroids, and even planets. That said, while amateurs don’t use multi-million dollar observatories, it’s still an expensive hobby....

What Google Glass Has in Common With an Iconic Apple Fail

Not long ago, I attended two tech conferences. AI, robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology—both were future focused. But the most curious thing I saw there wasn’t on stage. It was more subtle, more about negative...
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Short Film “Memories 2.0” Envisions Reliving the Past Through Virtual Reality

One of the hard truths of human existence is that though we are able to move freely through space, we are mercilessly constrained by time. Each moment of life arrives then rapidly passes, seemingly lost forever. In an attempt to capture information...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 6)

It's a fairly universal truth that things can always get better. But gains in computing don't guarantee that technological advances immediately translate into lifestyle improvements. In time, problems introduced with technology tend to sort themselves out, but in an age when everything is accelerating, we...

Graphene Armor Would Be Light, Flexible and Far Stronger Than Steel

Who needs science fiction? Nature is a wealth of imaginative plot twists. Take carbon. Carbon is common. It’s the fourth most abundant element in the universe. And yet, carbon is also exceptional. It’s the elemental...
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Short Space Film “Wanderers” Reminds Us We Are All Explorers 

Wanderers is an inspiring vision of humanity’s expansion beyond planet earth, showing digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from photos and maps that we might find if we remember that we...

Should scientists attempt to create artificial life?

The idea of creating life from scratch is deeply rooted in the imagination, from ancient mythology up to modern science fiction. Yet recent scientific advances in understanding what defines life at the molecular level has...

The Day You’ll Prefer Robots to Humans

Finally, the robot revolution is arriving. There's a Cambrian explosion in robotics, with species of all sizes, shapes and modes of mobility crawling out of the muck of the lab and onto the terra firma...

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