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Printable Organs Are Closer Than Ever Thanks to Three Bioprinting Breakthroughs

Over the next few weeks, while browsing cuties on the dating app, Tinder, you may find an image of a celebrity with an ‘organ donor’ icon next to their photo. By swiping right (usually...

10 Most Exciting SciTech Advances of 2015

As we near the end of 2015, here are my top 10 picks for 2015 technology breakthroughs. These genius inventions are sending us careening into a world of abundance, bold visionaries and accelerating exponential change. My...

Wearables Are Turning Your Pets and Other Animals Into Big Data

Wearable and ingestible tech for animals is found on and in creatures such as bees and cows, and your dogs and cats. The amount of data generated by the devices is exploding, providing new...

The Internet Allowed Us to Learn Anything—VR Will Let Us Experience Everything

I have something to admit—to this day, I’m in awe of Wikipedia. Humanity has created a massive repository of our knowledge available for free to anyone with an Internet connection. All of our presidents...

A Big Year for Biotech: Bugs as Drugs, Precision Gene Editing, and Fake Food

Speculations around whether biotech stocks are in a bubble remain undecided for the second year in a row. But one thing stands as indisputable—the field made massive progress during 2015, and faster than anticipated. For...

Six Technologies That Hit Their Tipping Points in 2015

To the average person, it may seem that the biggest technology advances of 2015 were the larger smartphone screens and small app updates. But a lot more happened than that. A broad range of...

How Artificial Immune Systems May Be the Future of Cybersecurity

2015 was a year of jaw-dropping hacks. From CIA director John Brennan’s private email to Sony Inc, from the IRS to CVS, from Target to the notorious Ashley Madison, millions of people suffered from cybersecurity...

How NASA Monitors Climate Change in Two Infographics

We've all heard about climate change due to rising sea levels and increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. But the question is, how rapidly is the climate actually changing? The recently signed Paris Agreement, in which countries worldwide have committed...
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Sci-Fi Short Film ‘Uncanny Valley’ Paints a Dark Future for Virtual Reality

What’s the worst possible outcome of virtual reality technology going mainstream? A generation of burnt-out, washed-up VR junkies losing touch with reality and surviving only to sustain their virtual existence. That reality is where the haunting sci-fi...

Rumored Google-Ford Deal, Low-End Robocars, and Tesla’s Backslide

Yahoo Autos is reporting rumours that Google and Ford will announce a partnership at CES. Google has always said it doesn’t want to build the cars, and Ford makes sense as a partner —...

Singularity Hub’s Most Viral Hits in Tech and Futurism From 2015

Here at Singularity Hub, we’re a group of nerds and curious technologists who are always peering over the horizon to see what startling technology is about to take the world by storm. We love...

Bullseye! Watch SpaceX Rocket Fall From Space and Land on a Dime

I've been wanting to write this headline for awhile. When SpaceX first began launching, steering, and landing rockets a few years ago, the dream of reusable rockets began to seem less dreamlike. But those first tests...

Apple Pay Poised for Dominance and What That Means for the Future of Credit Cards

Apple Pay was launched last year, with lots of fanfare and support by the credit card industry. Partnering with the banks that issue credit cards overcame the resistance that early entrants in mobile payments...

On the Origin of Truly Innovative Ideas

Last week, I wrote about increasing innovation in your company. This week, in Part 2, we'll talk about how to create the right environment and incentives for innovation to flourish. Today's post outlines a few key ideas...

Secrets to Long Haul Creativity

About five years ago, I started thinking long and hard about a very specific type of creativity. Unlike most researchers, I was less interested in exploring the day-to-day puzzle of making something out of...

Inside OpenAI: Will Transparency Protect Us From Artificial Intelligence Run Amok?

Last Friday at the Neural Information and Processing Systems conference in Montreal, Canada, a team of artificial intelligence luminaries announced OpenAI, a non-profit company set to change the world of machine learning. Backed by Tesla...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 19)

ROBOTICS: Robots Don’t Just Want to Be Your Helper, They Want to Be Your Friend Patrick St. Michel | Motherboard "People lined up to get a chance to see it up close, and it hinted at the...
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Stay Tuned for the Technological Transformation of Governance

For a decade or more, many people have understood that educational technologies are likely to change how we teach and how our schools work. People can also see how medical technologies will impact the...

California DMV Regulations May Kill the State’s Robocar Lead

Be careful what you wish for — yesterday the California DMV released its proposed regulations for the operation of robocars in California. All of this sprang from Google’s request to states that they start...

How Long Until We Can Build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

The Star Wars universe is full of droids. Everywhere you turn, there are medical droids, exploration droids, labor droids, pilot droids, even battle droids. They carry out clearly defined tasks, often with a degree...

Meet the Consumers That Will Make or Break Virtual Reality Next Year

In Greenlight VR’s last article for Singularity Hub we broke down the virtual reality landscape, including company growth, investment, and geographical trends. In this installment, we’ll look at the consumer market. As big players...

Want a Life of Purpose? Find a Career Dedicated to a Cause Beyond Yourself

Isaac Castro: Biomedical Technology, Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Bogotá, Colombia True passion is tough to fake. Name it a calling or a career, when your life’s work is dedicated to a cause beyond yourself; your...

Smartphones to Bionic Body Parts: Our Tech Can (and Will) Be Used Against Us

What might a crime headline look like in 2025? According to Marc Goodman, author of Future Crimes, it may read something like this: “Man arrested for shooting his wife, acquitted on all charges after forensic evidence...

How a Robot in the Garden Might Save a Trip to Whole Foods

This summer, I started wondering what you might do to build a small farming robot to manage a home garden. I then discovered the interesting FarmBot project, which has been working on this for...

The Recipe for Generating Crazy, Innovative Ideas in Companies

Where do you get your most innovative ideas? How do you increase the rate of innovation in your company? It's probably the most important question a CEO or entrepreneur can ask. Today's post (part 1 of 2) outlines...

Science Fiction’s Greatest Power? Inspiring Us to Build the Future

Science fiction’s visions of the future can appear more fantasy than fact. Sometimes books and movies are unnerving, other times they’re way off. Although sci-fi isn’t always right, it does something else that’s more important...

Designing Robots That Learn as Effortlessly as Babies

A wide-eyed, rosy-cheeked, babbling human baby hardly looks like the ultimate learning machine. But under the hood, an 18-month-old can outlearn any state-of-the-art artificial intelligence algorithm. Their secret sauce? They watch; they imitate; and they extrapolate. Artificial intelligence...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 12)

ROBOTICS: China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots Will Knight | Technology Review "China is already the world’s largest producer of everything from clothes to electronics, but much of it depends on low-cost, low-skill labor....The Chinese government...
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Cybersecurity Wake-Up Call: When Kids’ Toys Get Hacked

It was not an auspicious beginning to the holiday season. On Black Friday, we learned that a hacker had broken into the servers of Chinese toymaker VTech and lifted the personal information of nearly five...

Singularity University Holiday Letter: 2015 Was Good, 2016 Will Be Great

Happy Holidays! As we reflect on 2015 and look forward to a New Year, I wanted to share updates on our progress here at Singularity University, our outlook for 2016, and to express our gratitude...

Can You Own Part of an Asteroid? How Asteroid Mining Is Changing Space Law

Coal miners mine coal; diamond miners mine diamonds; gold miners mine gold; space miners (will) mine space—and anything in it that has precious metals or compounds that can be whisked into rocket fuel. But,...
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As Technology Shakes Social Foundations, It Might Also Build New Ones [Video]

Dr. Guy Standing is a distinguished political philosopher and one of the world’s foremost experts on basic income, which he has researched and promoted since the 1980s—long before it began trending in the media. We...

The New Space Race Is Heating Up: Asteroid Mining, Reusable Rockets, and Water on Mars

Entrepreneurial space is looking up, way up. It's almost time to start drinking Tang again… This post is about three exciting developments and what they mean: The Asteroid Resource Law: President signs Asteroid Resource Law ...

Longer Life in a Pill May Already Be Available at Your Local Drug Store

To most of the scientific community, “anti-aging” is a dirty word. A medical field historically associated with charlatans and quacks, scientists have strictly restricted the quest for a “longevity pill” to basic research. The paradigm...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 5)

ROBOTICS: 8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025 Paul Szoldra | Business Insider "These are just some of the interesting — and sometimes scary — predictions to come from a 300-page report released by Merrill Lynch...
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Future of Learning Series Wrap-Up: 8 Takes on How Tech Is Impacting Education

Over the past several weeks, we have been writing about how technology is impacting education as part of our 'Future of Learning' series. Our contributors explored the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly fast-paced digital...

Why We Need Government to Evolve as Fast as Technology

From deep learning to gene editing, the world of technology is moving fast. But at Singularity University, we believe amazing tech is only half the equation. Equally important is how we use technology. The...

Adaptability: The Entrepreneur’s Way

Einstein Ntim: Entrepreneur  Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Ghana, United Kingdom “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ―Søren Kierkegaard Great leaders and entrepreneurs are not born overnight—our lives are ever-unfolding, a welding together...

Watch This Robot Solve a Rubik’s Cube in a World Record 2.39 Seconds

There are some tasks to which robots and AI are far inferior to humans. We focus on these skills because they separate us from the machines. And when a computer masters one of them,...
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Argentina’s Plan to Grow a Culture of Innovation From the Classroom Up

Last week, the people of Argentina elected a new president. Mauricio Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires, billed himself as the candidate of change during his presidential run, even naming the alliance of parties supporting...

Thanksgiving 2025: Technology Will Redefine What ‘Togetherness’ Is All About

This might be a controversial post. My Thanksgiving was one filled with texting, Snapchat, Skyping, Facetime, Beam robots and ringing phones. Some people HATE the way technology impacts their family at gatherings — people on digital devices...

Gene Drives Could Wipe Out Insect-Borne Disease — But What’s the Price?

In 2014, a few days after Christmas, Dr. Valentino Gantz walked into his lab at the University of California, San Diego to check on some newly hatched fruit flies. With a single look, he knew...

Let’s Be Thankful: Amazon’s Robot Hordes Have Doubled This Year

Can you believe it? The Earth has whirled around the sun yet again. Winter is coming, and sure as the seasons change and the geese go south, those glowing percentage signs on the screen are...

Russia and Europe Want a Moon Colony—Why Is NASA So Focused on Mars?

Only 12 people—all Americans—have put their boots on the Moon. Today, however, NASA has no plans to send humans back to our pockmarked satellite. Instead, its space pioneers will shoot straight to Mars (and...

How Recent Tech Success Stories Are Disrupting Disruption Theory

For a generation of CEOs, Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma was a guiding light on how to survive industry disruptions. His book educated business executives on where competition would emerge from and how to respond...

Higher Ed Has Failed Students—Here’s How We Plan to Fix It

Higher education, in general, fails students in three ways. It does not prepare students to succeed in life after college. The cost is significant and students often go into debt or work to put...

Hacking the Brain — Restoring Lost Abilities With the Latest Neurotechnologies

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Ray Kurzweil's wild prediction that in the 2030s, nanobots will connect our brains to the cloud, merging biology with the digital world. Let's talk about what's happening today. Over...

Bugs as Drugs: Seeking the Microbial Secret to Health

Our body is, in essence, more ecosystem than organism. The human body teems with trillions of microbes — bacteria, viruses and fungi — and at any moment, we may be carrying between one and three...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Nov 21)

ROBOTICS: Google’s robot group struggles to fill leadership vacuum as it shoots for ambitious launch before 2020 Jillian D'Onfro | Business Insider "Nearly two years ago, Google announced a new robotics division that had secretly snapped up...

Building the Maker Movement in Baghdad

Ali M. Ismail, Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Baghdad, Iraq Ali Ismail had been patiently waiting in Baghdad for the arrival of a visa the US embassy was mailing him. However, as the first week of Singularity...

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