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How Computing Power Can Help Us Look Deep Within Our Bodies, and Even the Earth

CAT scans, MRI, ultrasound. We are all pretty used to having machines — and doctors — peering into our bodies for a whole range of reasons. This equipment can help diagnose diseases, pinpoint injuries, or give...

See the Future at Singularity University’s GSP 2016 Opening Ceremony June 20

Join the opening ceremonies for Singularity University’s annual Global Solutions Program, headlined by keynote speaker Dr. Dava Newman, deputy administrator of NASA, on Monday, June 20. Tickets sell out every year — get yours...

Can Tracking Our Hormones Make Us Smarter With Money?

Let’s face it: most of us suck at managing money. According to a National Bureau of Economics working paper published this March, roughly three quarters of all American households carry some form of debt. 40%...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 28th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: It’s Too Late—We’ve Already Taught AI to Be Racist and Sexist Jordan Pearson | Motherboard " 'To some extent, you can think about the AI as a human child,' Clune said. 'You don’t want a child...
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‘Hyper-Reality’ Is a Psychedelic Glimpse of Our Future on Digital Overload

If you could choose between a countless number of realities — would you choose this one? The visceral experience of hopping between and mixing digital and physical worlds is beautifully depicted in a new...

Machine Learning’s Next Trick Will Transform How Research Is Done

Though research is a slow moving and rigid process, one study shows that the rate of scientific study has exploded in the last 50 years. According to the paper, humanity’s scientific output now doubles...

Scientists Unearth Key Evolutionary Link in Proteins

Researchers recently made an important discovery in protein science that will advance our understanding of the inner workings of cells. In an article published in Scientific Reports, the team said they found a critical evolutionary link between a protein’s...

The Hyperloop Is One Step Closer to a Full Scale Test Later This Year

Would you like to have Hyperloop in your city? I'm proud to be a founding board member of Hyperloop One (the new name for what was formerly known as Hyperloop Technologies). Last week, I was in...

Is the World Ready for Synthetic Life? Scientists Plan to Create Whole Genomes

Last weekend, an invite-only group of about 150 experts convened privately at Harvard. Behind closed doors, they discussed the prospect of designing and building an entire human genome from scratch, using only a computer,...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 21st)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs Jason Tanz | WIRED "Whether you’re a member of the coding elite or someone who barely feels competent to futz with the settings on your...

How the Hidden Mathematics of Living Cells Could Help Us Decipher the Brain

Given how much they can actually do, computers have a surprisingly simple basis. Indeed, the logic they use has worked so well that we have even started to think of them as analogous to...

A Virtual Reality Manifesto: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

“I can’t wait to see the art that people make with this.” Those were the first words from my friend Ryan after spending ten minutes in virtual reality. He’d just tried Tilt Brush, an incredible...

We Are What We Make: Manufacturing’s Digital Revolution Is Here

Visit Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of manufacturing and technology as we bring you coverage of  Singularity University's Exponential Manufacturing Summit. Take a moment and look at the objects surrounding you. Maybe you’re...

Self-Driving Trucks Are Coming—Here’s Why They Make Sense

Today sees the un-stealthing of a new company called Otto which plans to build self-driving systems for long haul trucks. The company has been formed by a skilled team, including former members of Google’s...
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A Big Shift Is Coming, and It Could Uber-ize Entire Industries

Visit Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of manufacturing and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University's Exponential Manufacturing Summit.  Who will rule the future economy—entrepreneurs or mega corporations? Will the economy fracture...

MIT’s Sandy Pentland: Big Data Can Be a Profoundly Humanizing Force in Industry

Visit Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of manufacturing and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University's Exponential Manufacturing Summit.  How many times have you read or heard the term “big data”...

Nanorobots: Where We Are Today and Why Their Future Has Amazing Potential

This post is a status update on one of the most powerful tools humanity will ever create: nanotechnology (or nanotech). My goal here is to give you a quick overview of the work going on in...

See the Future of Finance Unfold at Exponential Finance 2016

From payment processing to corporate banking, the financial industry is being turned upside down by exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital currencies, robotics, nanotechnologies, crowdfunding, and computing systems. Startups are scheming ways to...

Can Dead Brains Be Brought Back to Life? First Human Study to Find Out

Last month, a Philadelphia-based biotech company kicked off a clinical trial that pushes the envelope of what it means to be dead. Armed with ethical approval from the IRB at the Anupam Hospital in India,...
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5 Great Lessons on Scrappy Innovation for Big Companies Like GE

Kevin Nolan, CTO of GE Appliances, spent 28 years at General Electric, “trying to do innovation,” as he puts it, before giving up. He finally accepted he couldn’t do it, internally at least. At one...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 14th)

ROBOTICS: This Silicon Valley Billionaire Wants to Give Us All Robot Bodies Mark Mann | Motherboard "It’s easy to envision Beam-like devices with more appendages and more sensors than just wheels and a camera, so workers could...
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How the National Science Foundation Is Catalyzing the Future of Manufacturing

Visit Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of manufacturing and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University's Exponential Manufacturing Summit. Technological progress often results from the flow between institutions driving cutting edge...
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New Digital Face Manipulation Means You Can’t Trust Video Anymore

What if you could alter a video of anyone to emulate facial and mouth movements that never existed in the source video—by yourself, at home, using a cheap webcam? Meet Face2Face. Using RGB input...
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The Personal Factory Is Here—and It Will Bring a Wild New Era of Invention

Visit Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of manufacturing and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University's Exponential Manufacturing summit. The software startup launching out of a garage or a dorm room...

Fighting Developing World Disease With AI, Robotics, and Biotech

While CRISPR, nanobots and head transplants are making headlines as medical breakthroughs, a number of new technologies are also making progress tackling some of the toughest age-old diseases still plaguing millions of people in...

AI Teaching Assistant Helped Students Online—and No One Knew the Difference

Meet Jill Watson, a first-time teaching assistant at Georgia Tech assigned to moderate an online forum for a computer science class. Jill was 1 of 9 TAs assigned to help answer questions about coursework...

These Five Exponential Trends Are Accelerating Robotics

Visit Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of manufacturing and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University's Exponential Manufacturing summit. ​ If you've been staying on top of artificial intelligence news lately, you...

How Scientists Are Hacking Biology to Build at the Molecular Scale

The long vision of nanotechnology suggests tiny robot “assemblers” will swarm unseen in the air, water, and even our bodies, building anything from the atoms up. It's a wild thought and still (mostly) a dream. But looked...

Exponential Manufacturing 2016 Kicks Off in Boston This Week

This week Singularity Hub is on the ground in Boston bringing you inside coverage of Singularity University’s first ever Exponential Manufacturing conference at the Westin Waterfront May 10th and 11th. The conference is gathering industry...

Solar Power Is Ready to Dominate Energy Thanks to New Tech

In the next 20 years, between 50 percent to 100 percent of the world's energy production could come from solar. Today, the global oil and natural gas industry is about a $4 trillion business. It's big...
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Mixed Reality Is How We’ll Escape the Tragic Future in Short Film ‘The Nostalgist’

Not too long ago, virtual reality was stuck in the lab, an elaborate, expensive rig that worked okay, sure, but was a far cry from anything dreamed up in the movies. Now, it’s no longer...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 7th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Can Artificial Intelligence Create the Next Wonder Material? Nicola Nosengo | Nature "Instead of continuing to develop new materials the old-fashioned way — stumbling across them by luck, then painstakingly measuring their properties in the laboratory...

Disruption’s Dark Side: Lessons From the Misadventures of a Tech-Savvy NBA Executive

“Negative advice is vastly more important than positive advice.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb Sam Hinkie, an NBA executive known for his love of advanced sports technologies, just quit his job — ending one of...

Machines Won’t Replace Us, They’ll Force Us to Evolve

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” - John Culkin (based on Marshall McLuhan’s ideas) Something big is happening in design and engineering. For all of human history,...

Meet Your New Industrial Robot Coworkers

“Meet Bob who is joining the team today. Charlie and Theresa, you are in charge of the one-hour introduction. After that, he should be ready to do whatever you want him to.” On the surface,...

‘Ultracool’ Dwarf Star Hosts Three Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Planets Just 40 Light-Years Away

The search for Earth-like planets — and life — beyond the solar system has long been the stuff of science fiction and fantasy. But today’s ground and space telescopes, high-precision instruments and advanced analysis techniques have...

Design Sprints — the Secret to Rapidly Developing Products Customers Actually Want

This post will teach you the process of running a design sprint — a method developed by Jake Knapp, a partner at Google Ventures — to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five...

Forget Flying Cars—Last Century’s Artists Wanted Whale Buses (and More)

We are seldom more creative than when imagining the future. We like to dream, we like to dream big—and sometimes engineering and science makes those dreams come true. Take Leonardo da Vinci for example. Often...

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