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What’s the Meaning of Life If Society Doesn’t Need You Any Longer?

If you have a job, odds are society benefits from your work, and theoretically, the compensation you receive is how the marketplace values your contribution. All other things being equal, the better you are at your job,...
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When the Toaster Shares Your Data With the Refrigerator, the Bathroom Scale, and Tech Firms

Your toaster will soon talk to your toothbrush and your bathroom scale. They will all have a direct line to your car and to the health sensors in your smartphone. I have no idea...

Human Vs. Robot: Bricklaying Robot Can Place 1,000 Bricks an Hour

Building houses of brick is almost as old as human civilization itself, and over the millennia, we’ve perfected the art. The fastest bricklayers can mortar and place over 700 bricks an hour. Pretty fast. But...
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Kurzweil Responds to ‘When Robots Are Everywhere, What Will Humans Be Good For?’ [Video]

Lately, media around the web has been bracing for robots — not time-traveling robots per se, but robot workers. Specifically, the increased sophistication of artificial intelligence and improved engineering of robotics has spurred a growing concern about what...

The Future of Transportation: Flying Cars, Hyperloop, and Virtual Worlds

Four revolutions in transportation are taking place this decade. This post is a look at how they will shape your life, your business and our world. In 2011, Peter Thiel famously said, "We wanted flying cars, instead...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jun 27)

SPACE: Why Send Humans to Space When We Can Send Robots? Daniel Oberhaus | Motherboard "The first marketable, personal computers in the late 70s came about after almost 40 years of research and development, which created...

This Touchable Midair 3D Laser Display Is Pretty Magical

If you’re a science fiction fan—you are well familiar with holographic displays floating in midair. Maybe it’s Princess Leia materializing above R2-D2 or Tony Stark designing his Iron Man suit with a few cinematic...

Smartphone-Sized Genetic Sequencer Transcribes Entire Bacterial Genome

Scientists first transcribed the genome—or complete genetic code—of a free living organism in 1995. Sequencing the bacterium H. Influenzae took a little over a year, cost about $1 million, and required a (then) significant...
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The Story Behind the First 3D Printed Wrench in Space [Video]

You may recall that late last year, a breakthrough in manufacturing occurred a few hundred miles above the Earth. After having sent a 3D printer to the International Space Station and printed its first object, a file for...

Announcing the Interactive Blog for the 2015 Graduate Studies Program

Every summer, Singularity University (SU) goes searching for ideas. Not any idea will do. It has to be a big, world-changing idea, and each of the 80 extremely bright entrepreneurs participating in the annual Graduate...

Welcome to the Dawn of the Age of Robots

Growing up, I believed that very soon we would all have robots like Rosie, from “The Jetsons,” cleaning up after us. For those out there who are too young to remember “The Jetsons,” Rosie...
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You don’t know the Dark Web and that’s probably a good thing [Video]

Discussing security and internet privacy on a panel with California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Singularity University CEO Rob Nail, Goodman nicely distinguishes the Surface, Deep, and Dark Webs. In all likelihood, you probably have never opened your browser and searched for...

How Computers Will Crack the Genetic Code and Improve Billions of Lives

Machine learning and data science will do more to improve healthcare than all the biological sciences combined. This post is about how we're going to gather that health data, mine it and improve the lives of...

These Robots Will 3D Print a Steel Bridge Over a Canal in Amsterdam

3D printing is stuck in a box. Most of the printers on the market are relatively small, and the scale of objects is limited by the print area. This is acceptable for parts, tools, or...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Google DeepMind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read arXiv | Technology Review "A revolution in artificial intelligence is currently sweeping through computer science. The technique is called deep learning and it’s affecting everything from facial and...

This Is What Happens When Machines Dream

When we let our minds wander, sleeping or waking, they begin mixing and remixing our experiences to create weird images, hallucinations, even epiphanies. These might be the result of idle daydreaming on the side of...

Watch This Open Source AI Learn to Dominate Super Mario World in Just 24 Hours

Recently, Google’s DeepMind—an artificial intelligence firm acquired for over $400 million in 2013—has been widely featured for demonstrations of an algorithm that teaches itself to play video games. In a paper, the DeepMind team said the...

Muhammad Yunus to GSP 2015: ‘Every Time I See a Problem, I Create a Business to Solve It’

Visiting Singularity University (SU) for the first time, social entrepreneur and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus said he wasn’t sure what to expect. But on meeting this year’s Graduate Studies Program (GSP) participants at the...

Are People in Silicon Valley Just Smarter?

Why is Silicon Valley better at innovating than most of the world? Why are the number of successful startups so high there? Where is the next Mecca of tech-startup success going to emerge? This post is about where...
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What sins of the future are you committing right now? [Video]

Odds are you're a decent, upstanding person. You abide by the laws, pay taxes, and don't rock the boat. You value security but not at the expense of privacy. Like the majority of people around you, you're...

Watch NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Buzz Dwarf Planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt

This March, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft became the first explorer to visit a dwarf planet. Primarily a science mission, Dawn will map the surface of the asteroid belt’s largest citizen, Ceres, to learn more about what...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jun 13)

ROBOTICS: China’s Troubling Robot Revolution Martin Ford | The New York Times "Automation has already had a substantial impact on Chinese factory employment: Between 1995 and 2002 about 16 million factory jobs disappeared, roughly 15 percent of...
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A Primer on Computing’s Exponential Growth and Where Tech Is Headed [Video]

We live in a time when our news feeds are packed with stories about technological advancements, scientific discoveries, and breakthrough innovations, so much so that it can be overwhelming to keep up with it all. Progress is moving so...

This Injectable Brain Implant Can Record and Stimulate Individual Neurons

For those who need them most, brain implants have made inspiring strides in recent years. One implant eases the involuntary tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease. Another allows completely paralyzed patients to manipulate robotic arms. This...

On Robocars and Ultracapacitors (and other energy sources)

I was recently asked about the synergies between autonomous vehicles or robocars and ultracapacitors/supercapacitors. It turns out they are not what you would expect, and it teaches some of the surprising lessons of robocars. Ultracapacitors are...

When It Comes to Robots, Slow and Clumsy Can Still Be Captivating

For fans of flesh-and-blood feats of strength and agility, last weekend was heaven. Added to the NHL playoffs and NBA finals, race horse American Pharoah took the Triple Crown for the first time in 37...

The End of Big Banks Is Nigh

The bank of the future will be in our pockets or on our wrists, not on street corners or housed in high-rise towers. Mobile banking is going viral, and the first adopters are the "millennials"...

What Happens When a Samurai Trains a Sword-Wielding Robot?

Here's a story about how humanity is seemingly hellbent on creating sword-wielding robots. Shocking? Yes, but the video evidence chronicles our repeated efforts to do just that. Like a father trying to teach his child to...

How to Disrupt Yourself With Moonshot Thinking and Unholy Alliances

I often consult for Fortune 500 companies who are looking for ways to innovate (quickly). Perhaps they've heard the stat that 40 percent of today's Fortune 500 companies will no longer exist in 10 years. Earlier...

How Mobile Technology Can Bring Trauma Relief After Ebola

This article was co-written by Elie Calhoun. Nathaniel Calhoun focuses on the intersection of last mile development work challenges, mobile education for poverty alleviation and ecological design. Follow Nathaniel on Twitter @codeinnovation. The promise of mobile technology...

Exponential Finance: Who Will Be the Instagram or Uber of Finance?

Come to Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of finance and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance Summit. I spent the week in New York City, attending Exponential...

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

ROBOTS: Meet the New Generation of Robots for Manufacturing James Hagerty | Wall Street Journal "Another big trend at work: The Renault robots are 'collaborative,' designed to work in proximity to people. Older types of factory robots swing...

Exponential Finance: This Startup Lets Anyone Send Digital Cash Without a Bank

Come to Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of finance and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance Summit. Today there are 6.8 billion cell phone subscriptions—almost as many...

Exponential Finance: Ray Kurzweil Stresses Humanity’s ‘Moral Imperative’ in Developing Artificial Intelligence

Come to Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of finance and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance Summit. “Technology is a double-edged sword...every technology has had its promise...

Exponential Finance: Financial Advice In the Age of AI and Long Life

Ric Edelman is one the top financial advisors in the US. His firm, Edelman Financial Services, has 41 offices across the country. And he thinks, all things constant, most financial advisors as we’ve known...

Beyond Bitcoin: The Real Power Is In the Blockchain

The Bitcoin saga is worthy of Homer. Heroes, priests, and prophesies. From humble origins on the fringes, the cryptocurrency has reached stratospheric highs and been knocked down a peg for its hubris. But there’s another...

Exponential Finance: New Breed of Organizations Re-Ranks the Fortune 100

Come to Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of finance and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance Summit. Yesterday, an alarming statistic was thrown down on CNBC's Squawk...

Exponential Finance: Cost of Living in the Future Will Be Substantially Reduced

Come to Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of finance and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance Summit. It's not every day that someone goes on a morning TV...

Exponential Finance: Our Children Won’t Know a Bank Teller from a Chimney Sweep

We're in New York this week to bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance summits. Bitcoin, blockchain, mobile banking, peer-to-peer lending, AI financial advisors, insurance and driverless cars, and more: The financial world will...

Why the Millennials Are the Most Important Generation Yet

Millennials are those born between 1980-2000, today between the ages of 15-35. This post is about millennials – why they are changing the game, how to hire them, and how to keep them motivated. The data presented...

Mobile is eating the business world, but where are all the great business apps?

Every 15 years or so, the world witnesses a profound shift in computing platforms. In the 1980s the advent of the PC heralded a shift away from mainframe computing. Then along came the Internet...
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Four Superb Robot Videos to Kick Off Your Week

Last week was packed with robot videos. It was a diverse bunch: Robot cheetahs jumping hurdles, an origami bot moved by magnetic fields, another teaching itself to walk after losing a leg, and an odd...

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