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Monthly Archives: June 2016

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The Next Wearable Technology Could Be Your Skin

Technology can be awkward. Our pockets are weighed down with ever-larger smartphones that are a pain to pull out when we’re in a rush. And attempts to make our devices more easily accessible with...

Why Your Smartphone’s Battery Sucks Is Finally Revealed

When it comes to modern consumer electronics, we all seem to be obsessed with finding an electrical outlet to charge up. That’s because the lithium-ion batteries that power our smartphones, laptops, and other gadgets...

Smart Dust Is Coming: New Camera Is the Size of a Grain of Salt

Miniaturization is one of the most world-shaking trends of the last several decades. Computer chips now have features measured in billionths of a meter. Sensors that once weighed kilograms fit inside your smartphone. But it...

Why the World Is Better Than You Think in 10 Powerful Charts

When I published Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think in February 2012, I included about 80 charts in the back of the book showing very strong evidence that the world is getting...

CRISPR Targets Cancer in First Human Trial — What You Need to Know

It’s happening: as early as later this year, the gene-editing power tool CRISPR could be used in its first ever human trial. On Tuesday June 21, an advisory panel from the National Institute of Health...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 25th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Forget Doomsday AI—Google Is Worried About Housekeeping Bots Gone Bad Cade Metz | Fast Company "Machines can’t make the hard calls themselves yet, because they don’t understand morality. But Ken Forbus, an AI researcher at...
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The Robot Apocalypse Is Looking Pretty Damn Funky in New Boston Dynamics Video

In a new Boston Dynamics video, a four-legged robot ducks under tables and walks up stairs; it does the dishes with a giraffe neck and weird dinosaur head. It jogs down the hall and...

The Tools of Change Are Here: What Will You Do With Them?

Digital connectivity is a defining characteristic of the 21st century. And though it’s an often criticized aspect of modern society, it’s also making us more aware of our fellow human beings. News has never...

Elon Musk Says We’re Probably Living in a Computer Simulation — Here’s the Science

In a recent interview at the Code Conference in California, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk suggested we are living inside a computer simulation. On first hearing, this claim seems far-fetched. But could there be some...

Chisels to Genes: How We’ll Soon Grow What We Used to Build

“At the end of the day, as a society, we need to stop manufacturing everything and grow everything.”   — Jason Kelly, Founder of Gingko Bioworks Most people would agree we still have much...

Will the Future Be Hellish, Heavenly, or Simply Better Than Today?

What will the future look like? Imagine it for a second. Maybe you see a gleaming city cleaner than anything has a right to be. Personal flying machines zip overhead, like insects pollinating megatowers in...

This Is the Tech That Will Make Learning as Addictive as Video Games

The way we learn today is just wrong. Learning needs to be less like memorization, and more like…Angry Birds. Half of school dropouts name boredom as the number one reason they left. How do we get our kids to...

How to Build a Mind? This Learning Theory May Hold the Answer

How do intelligent minds learn? Consider a toddler navigating her day, bombarded by a kaleidoscope of experiences. How does her mind discover what’s normal happenstance and begin building a model of the world? How does...

Future Urban Cars Will Be Simple, Self-Driving, and Super Cheap

With Mobility on Demand, you don’t buy a car, you buy rides. That’s certainly Uber’s plan, and is a plan that makes sense for Google, Apple and other no-car companies. But even Daimler, with...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 18th)

FUTURE OF WORK: Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream David H. Freedman | MIT Technology Review "What’s not to like about free money? ...Well, there’s the fact that a universal basic income could add as...

Long Promised Artificial Intelligence Is Looming—and It’s Going to Be Amazing

We have been hearing predictions for decades of a takeover of the world by artificial intelligence. In 1957, Herbert A. Simon predicted that within 10 years a digital computer would be the world’s chess...

Staying Human in the Machine Age: An Interview With Douglas Rushkoff

At the dawn of the internet Douglas Rushkoff wrote the book Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace. A whirlwind tour through the lens of various web subcultures, Cyberia lay the philosophical foundation for...
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What You Need to Know About the Future of Money

If you don’t hate banks, they probably bore your socks off. That’s okay. The day-to-day machinations of the financial machine are either mundane or massively complicated. But what happens in finance should matter to...

Losing Control: The Dangers of Killer Robots

New technology could lead humans to relinquish control over decisions to use lethal force. As artificial intelligence advances, the possibility that machines could independently select and fire on targets is fast approaching. Fully autonomous...
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The Netflix of Finance Suggests Stocks Based on Where You Shop

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. We would all love to take better care of our finances. But the sad truth is, many of us don’t. In the...

Positively Impacting the World With Tech? Apply for Singularity University’s GGC Awards

On August 28-30 at the Singularity University Global Summit, we will be showcasing the world’s most promising social impact technology companies. If your organization is focused on building technology to directly impact our 11...
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What Happens If Society Is Too Slow to Absorb Technological Change?

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. It’s tempting to dub 2016 the "Year of Artificial Intelligence." This is the year AI has hit the public consciousness hard. Whether calls for...
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How Quantum Computing Can Make Finance More Scientific

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. Modern life is punctuated by market cycles. One year the gears of commerce are whirring along. Businesses are hiring and investing. People are...

Can Growing Human Organs in Pigs Solve the Organ Shortage?

Back in the 90s, a deeply disturbing image surfaced on the nascent Internet: a lab mouse with something looking like a human ear grown on its back. Although the “ear” was later proven to be...

Watch a Robot Show How Much You Suck at Foosball

The day foosball changes forever may be right around the corner. Students and faculty at Brigham Young University just created an AI-assisted robotic foosball table. Initially intended to keep up with human players, the machine...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 11th)

ROBOTICS: Vyo Is a Fascinating and Unique Take on Social Domestic Robots Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum "Vyo is 'a personal assistant serving as a centralized interface for smart home devices.' Nothing new there, but what sets Vyo apart...
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The World Will Be Continuously Upgradable When Everything Is Connected

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. One day in the future, we’ll look back in wonder at how our physical objects used to be singular, disconnected pieces of...
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An AI Wrote This Short Film—and It’s Surprisingly Entertaining

“In a future with mass unemployment, young people are forced to sell blood.” This is the opening line of a short film entered in this year's Sci-Fi London Film Challenge. It's dark, enigmatic, contemporary…and written...

Ray Kurzweil’s Four Big Insights for Predicting the Future

Self-driving cars, virtual reality games, bioprinting human organs, human gene editing, AI personalities, 3D printing in space, three billion people connected to the Internet…. These incredible technological feats are all part of our world today....
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Solar Energy Is Now as Cheap as Fossil Fuels

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. “We are now hitting a crossover point where solar, without subsidies, is starting to beat out all other sources of energy.” So said...

The Elderly May One Day Swap Their Motorized Scooters for Robotic Suits

Robotic exoskeletons, long a staple of sci-fi novels, comic books, and movies, are now part of the real world—and they’ve mostly followed the sci-fi model. That is, exoskeletons are wearable robots. All metal, all...
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Digital Currency Tech Will Be as Transformative as the Internet

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. Watch live as hundreds of the world’s leading investors, entrepreneurs and innovators gather in New York to define the future of...

From Living Computers to Nano-Robots: How We’re Taking DNA Beyond Genetics

DNA is one of the most amazing molecules in nature, providing a way to carry the instructions needed to create almost any life form on Earth in a microscopic package. Now scientists are finding...

Exponential Finance 2016: How Tech Is Transforming Finance as We Know It

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. Watch live as hundreds of the world’s leading investors, entrepreneurs and innovators gather in New York to define the future of...

Vital Lessons on Disruption From the Demise of Corporate Giants

This post is about how to not to be disrupted and, perhaps more importantly, how to disrupt yourself before someone else does. I had the chance to sit down with Ed McNierney, who came out of...

How Your Brain Picks and Sticks With Winning Decisions

If you’re like me, you’ve spent countless hours scrolling through Netflix, trying to find the perfect show to watch. According to one estimate, adults make as many as 35,000 decisions in a day. Most —...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 4th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: I Let a Robot Take Over My Social Media for 48 Hours Harvey Wilks | Motherboard "Imagine your own personal intern who knows you better than you know yourself, performing all the minutiae you’re loath...

Facial Recognition Tech Will Soon End Your Anonymity in Public

Nearly 250 million video surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the world, and chances are you’ve been seen by several of them today. Most people barely notice their presence anymore — on the streets,...

Multicolored Artificial Meteor Showers Launched From a Satellite Are Coming Soon

High above Earth, a satellite traveling 7.8 kilometers a second opens on one side and launches 1,000 spherical pellets. Though this might sound like the opening scene of a science fiction movie or a...

Are High Stress Decisions Best Made by Bots?

If someone asked you to define ‘intelligence,’ how would you respond? The question elicits significantly different answers based on whom you ask. Ask people to define ‘artificial intelligence’ and the conflicting answers only multiply. Not...

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