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Monthly Archives: March 2015

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Signs Virtual Reality and Crowdfunding Are Going Mainstream

Three exciting developments — that I believe you should know about — happened in technology this week. In this blog, I want to share them with you and give you context. Pebble Time Crowdfunding > $20 million A few...

Why We Need Local Economies to Balance Technological Unemployment

Exponential technologies and digitization lure our focus to global markets, dangling the potential of massive profits and dizzying scale. Entrepreneurs and investors look for opportunities to create the next platform, which may be the innocuous...

The Growing Precariat: Why We Need a Universal Basic Income

There is an adage in economics known as ‘the lump of labor fallacy’. It is that technological change is destroying jobs and generating rising unemployment. It rests on an image of a finite number...
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When It Comes To Jobs, Automation Can Be a Force For Good

Advances in automation will create an enormous increase in productivity and wealth, and potentially, a world where that wealth is unavailable to the majority of the world’s population. However, properly applied, these same advances...

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

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: It's Time For Robot Pilots Jason Koebler | Motherboard "Flying a plane from the ground (or taking it over from the ground, in case of emergency) raises a host of other issues, namely...
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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Future of Work: We’ve Got To Out-Educate If We’re Going to Out-Compete

"How can we reconcile these sort of concerns that we all have around how quickly things are changing?" So asked California's Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom, in a recent interview at Singularity University. Newsom sat down with...

Putting America Gainfully Back to Work

Years ago, my brother, Matt, explained to me that there are three ways to push out the productivity curve: technology, capital, or people. When we increase productivity, we increase wealth. However, when we discuss how...

On-Demand Employment: How Today’s Workers Are Choosing Journeys Over Jobs

The American industrialist Henry Ford, regarding diminishing customer surveys on early cars, once famously quipped, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” What’s less widely known is...

Apple isn’t just satisfied reinventing health care, it’s targeting clinical trials as well​

When Apple announced, last year, that it was developing a watch that had the functions of a medical device, it became clear that the company was eyeing the $3 trillion health care industry; that...

Technology Doesn’t Just Erase Jobs—It Creates Them Too

Worries about the future often share a critical flaw. They sometimes assume nothing changes, or that change happens more slowly than it does—when instead, awareness of a problem drives people to find solutions to...

Interview: Neil Jacobstein Discusses Future of Jobs, Universal Basic Income and the Ethical Dangers of AI

As part of Singularity Hub's Future of Work series, I had a chance to sit down with Neil Jacobstein, the co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics track. Neil has worked on AI applications...

Future of Work Series Launches Today

Singularity Hub is devoting this week to exploring a topic on many of people’s minds recently: The Future of Work. Have we already entered an era where exponentially growing technologies, among them AI and robotics,...

The Feel-Good Switch: The Radical Future of Emotion

For most of the last century, the study of emotions was not considered serious science. The problem was subjectivity. Science is objective, rigorously objective. Emotions, though, are internal states, so the only way to...

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

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTICS: Sawyer: Rethink Robotics Unveils New Robot Evan Ackerman & Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum "According to Rethink, labor costs in Chinese factories are rising 15 to 20 percent every year, and it’s routine for...

Smart Cities Built on Emerging Tech is India’s Latest Initiative

Update: India's Global Impact Competition Announced Winning Entry Focused on Pollution Free Cities for India. 24-year-old Shubhojit Mallick won the contest for his innovative project in Bangalore that captures pollutants from automobiles using Nanocylinders...

Summit Spain: What Is The Greatest Challenge Humanity Faces Today?

“What is the greatest challenge humanity faces today?” This question was posed by Nick Haan, Director of Global Grand Challenges at Singularity University, to the audience gathered at this year’s Summit Spain in Seville. “It depends...

Disrupting Real Estate

How you buy real estate is changing. Forever. This post is about the two key exponential technologies converging to eliminate the middle-man (i.e. the real estate broker) and the headache of shopping for a home. If you’ve...

Summit Spain: A Highlight Reel of 3D Printing’s Exponential Rise

"Digital manufacturing is really the most important topic of this summit, because it's the notion of creating what I want, when I want, and where I want. It's basically information enabling our physical world." By now, you've likely...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Mar 14)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: China’s factories are building a robot nation Li Xuena, Wang Xinci & Zhang Boling | MarketWatch "'At first, robots replaced workers who had jobs that exposed them to pollution, such as painting, or required...

Summit Spain: We’re Going to Rewire the Way Your Brain Views the Future

There’s a story about Napoleon that goes something like this: At a state dinner, he gave his soldiers silver utensils and his court gold. But the guest of honor, the king of Siam, was...

Here’s Why Patents Are Innovation’s Worst Enemy

The Founding Fathers of the United States considered intellectual property so important that they gave it a special place in the Constitution: “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for...

Google’s New Headquarters to Be a Chrysalis of ‘Glass Fabric’ and Movable Office Space

We see a lot futuristic concept sketches from architects. Spiraling Japanese ocean cities; skylines like dinosaur eggs on golf tees; or a Paris of 2050 dotted with algae bioreactors and jellyfish-inspired bridges. But if there’s anything we...

Revolution in Fundraising

Over the last 30 years, I've raised hundreds of millions of dollars for my startups and XPRIZEs. This is a critical blog for any entrepreneur trying to raise money. As the saying goes, no bucks,...
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Virtual Reality Is Coming: But What Will Make It Worth Visiting?

Morpheus, Gear, Rift, Vive—the list of prospective virtual reality devices is growing longer. And although this latest chapter in virtual reality was born in Oculus founder Palmer Luckey’s garage a few years ago, now...

Can We Trust Robot Cars to Make Hard Choices?

The ethics of robot cars has been a hot topic recently. In particular, if a robot car encounters a situation where it is forced to hit one person or another—which should it choose and how does...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Mar 7)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: Why Robots Will Be The Biggest Job Creators In World History John Tamny | Forbes "Robots will ultimately be the biggest job creators simply because aggressive automation will free us up to do...

Poll: 1,000+ Business Leaders Weigh in on Disruption and the Future of Tech

Let’s say you buy this idea that an increasing number of technologies are on an exponential curve (that is, they’re advancing at an accelerating pace) and whereas you might once have had decades to...

Are We Hunting A Cure For Death In All The Wrong Places?

Death—that was so last century. Here in the early 21st, it’s all about life. More life. A lot more life. Right now, anti-aging medicine is booming. For certain, the size of the market is a...

What’s Wrong With Online Education—and How to Fix It

There are many things right with online education—like the plethora of free and easily accessible content developed by Udacity, Coursera and others. In particular, online education excels at teaching while using simulations and improving instruction...

Why we should all be thrilled about the FDA starting to embrace innovation

On Feb. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a huge step towards patient-centric medicine when it approved the marketing of genetics testing company 23andMe’s carrier test for Bloom Syndrome. This was a startling...

Disrupting Yourself

If you aren't disrupting yourself, someone else is. In this post, I want to teach you about a powerful tool you can use to disrupt yourself. Your survival as a company and as an entrepreneur depends...
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Sci-Fi Sunday: Deep Space Is a Weird and Lonely Place for Humans and AI Alike

The desolate reaches of deep space figure heavily in today’s sci-fi short film double feature. Space, as it turns out, is really big and empty. Until we get warp drive or discover a local...

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