Subscribe to our newsletter

Monthly Archives: February 2015

Still looking for past Singularity Hub content? Find more on our Archive page.

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Feb 28)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: Will Robots Be Able to Help Us Die? Graham Templeton | Motherboard "From robo-assisted suicide to commercial drone use in urban areas, robots will create new ethical quandaries at precisely the same rate...

When Are New Technologies Ready For Business Development?

Exponentially advancing technologies (networks and sensors, infinite computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology, 3D printing, etc.) are producing disruptive growth and have begun transforming our world. However, the “expert only” nature of their interfaces and...

One Machine to Rule Them All: 3D Printing With German Precision

Why does 3D printing get all the love? Probably because it evokes visions of Star Trek’s famous replicator. Back here in the humble 21st century, however, it’s just one of the computerized manufacturing methods...

Why Silicon Valley Is Eager to Take on Detroit

We tend to think of cars as a mature technology. They’re good enough to be boring. But something weird is happening. Silicon Valley is eyeing the car business. First it was Tesla, Google—even Uber. Now,...

Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime

This blog is about the downside of exponential technology: digital crime. Normally, I choose to focus on the immensely positive impact technology has on humanity – the Abundance mindset. The truth is: exponential technologies also bring...

What Bitcoin Can Teach Us About Education

Bitcoin, the digital currency and network protocol, has commanded a great deal of attention lately. Investors have poured money into bitcoin related businesses. Many believe bitcoin has the same disruptive potential today as the...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Feb 21)

Rapid advances in emerging technologies are raising intriguing questions: How is computing opening new opportunities for all in manufacturing, education, and healthcare? What will the future of work look like when automation is significantly cheaper than human labor? ...

A Telepresence Robot with a Gripping Arm? ORIGIBOT Is a Dream Come True

Telepresence robots are awesome, but the experience can be frustrating at times. The reason? They lack arms. Whether you want to examine an object yourself, open a door, or pretend to be the Terminator with a Nerf gun, the lack of...

World’s Data Could Fit on a Teaspoon-Sized DNA Hard Drive and Survive Thousands of Years

The blueprint of every living thing on the planet is encoded in DNA. We know the stuff can hold a lot of information. But how much is a lot? We could theoretically encode the world's...

The Future of Crime: Our Digital Lives Are Hackable, But There’s Hope—If We Act Now

Last week, we posted the first half of an interview with Marc Goodman, author of the upcoming book Future Crimes. In that first installment, Goodman looked ahead to the weird world of future crime....

Lung Cancer ‘Breathalyzers’ to Boost Early Detection

There’s an old story that dogs can smell cancer. At first, it sounds like an urban legend. And while it isn’t untrue—there is evidence dogs can smell cancer—the research isn’t universally accepted, nor has...

In Driverless Cars, Champion Racing Skills Will Come Standard

An Audi TTS tears around a California racetrack hitting speeds of 120 miles an hour and finessing turns like an elite driver. And it is an elite driver. Just not a human one. Stanford Dynamic...

Hyperloop Is Coming

Have you heard of the Hyperloop? It's the concept described as "a cross between a Concorde, a railgun and a bullet train." Think: Los Angeles to Vegas in 20 minutes or LA to San Francisco...
video

As an Innovator, Steve Jobs Had an “Exquisite Sense of Market Timing”

Just over 8 years ago on January 9, 2007, the first iPhone was launched at MacWorld and the modern era of mobile computing was born. Steve Jobs began that historical announcement saying, "Every once and a while, a...

Is Silicon Valley Ageist Or Just Smart?

A few years back, at an event held at Stanford, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg told the audience: “I want to stress the importance of being young and technical. Young people are just smarter.” This quote got...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Feb 14)

If there's a theme running through the best tech stories this week, it's convergence. There's a tendency to track tech trends in isolation (for example, the iterative steps in smartphone technology). In isolation, trends tend to appear fairly predictable, until...

One State Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver’s License On Your Phone

There’s now a technology to replace almost everything in your wallet. Your cash, credit cards, and loyalty programs are all on their way to becoming obsolete. Money can now be sent via app, text,...

The Future of Crime: Smartphone Tracking, Neurohacking, and AI Assisted Murder

The world Marc Goodman outlines in exhaustive detail in his forthcoming book, Future Crimes, is as real, gritty, and frightening as life outside the Matrix. Indeed, Goodman opens his book by quoting the classic...

Might a ‘Gold Rush’ on the Moon Trigger the Next Epic Space Race?

As a kid, I devoured Star Trek: The Next Generation, and though it now appears nearly as campy as the original series did back then, I still love it. But Star Trek led me...

Under Armour, MyFitnessPal, And Why Brands Want To Know Everything About Your Body

It’s been said that when a technology is free to use, you are not the customer, you are the product. That remains true – but now with apparel company Under Armour’s acquisition of health tracking...

$34 Handheld Smartphone Device Diagnoses HIV and Syphilis in a Flash

Imagine never having to go to a lab for a blood test again. Never waiting days for results or paying through the nose for a single test. Instead, you attach a small device to...

Technology Gives Us the Power to Rewrite Nature

One of my old professors used to say calculus is the language of the universe. Now, every so often, I'll watch trees in the wind, cars on the road, or clouds rolling by, and see equations made...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Feb 7)

ROBOTS: The robot trade is booming in China Georgina Prodhan | Business Insider/Reuters "A race by carmakers to build plants in China along with wage inflation that has eroded the competitiveness of Chinese labor will push...

The Acceleration of Acceleration: How The Future Is Arriving Far Faster Than Expected

This article co-written with Ken Goffman. One of the things that happens when you write books about the future is you get to watch your predictions fail. This is nothing new, of course, but what’s...
video

Announcing SU Videos, a New Portal for an Inside Look of Singularity University

How will you positively impact billions of people? At Singularity University, this question is often posed to program participants packed into the classroom at the NASA Research Park in the heart of Silicon Valley. Since 2009, select groups of entrepreneurs and innovators have had...

Book Review: Peter Diamandis’s ‘Bold’ a reminder of how entrepreneurs will control the world’s fate

Just as an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs that ruled the Earth and made way for small furry mammals, a new wave of planetary disruptions is about to occur. The new asteroid is called...

What’s the Future of Chocolate? Tech, Innovation, and Human Connection

The path of consumer goods from production to consumption is mainly invisible to the general public. Where do the raw materials for our clothing come from? Who are the people who sew them? For...

In Our Hyperconnected Future, Regulation Will Be Instant and Irresistible

Last week, a man crash landed his drone on the White House lawn. Evidently, the individual, a member of a US intelligence agency, had been drinking and was showing off his drone to a...

“Organs-on-a-Chip” Aims to Eliminate Animal Testing from Drug Research

Imagine a future when promising drugs won't take a decade to develop, when early success more often translates to later adoption, and when we no longer need to rely on animal testing. After decades of snail-paced progress becoming the status...

First Super Bowl Lit by LEDs Saves 75% on Power

By now, you may know the advantages of LED lighting. They last much longer, consume less power, come in a variety of colors, and can even be controlled and programmed from a smartphone. Big cities,...

Singularity University, Singularity Hub, Singularity Summit, SU Labs, Singularity Labs, Exponential Medicine, Exponential Finance and all associated logos and design elements are trademarks and/or service marks of Singularity Education Group.

© 2018 Singularity Education Group. All Rights Reserved.

Singularity University is not a degree granting institution.