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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?...

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...

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