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How Humans Can Live 100 Healthy Years

“Paradigm changes are so hard to come up with because they require thinking outside the box.” If there was ever an industry in need of a paradigm change, it's healthcare. The World Health Organization estimated...

Health Devices Are All Too Hackable—Here’s What You Need to Know

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to bring nearly fifty billion new devices online by 2020. This sounds great, until you read that an estimated 70% of IoT devices are hackable. That cute Google Nest...

What Is the Meaning of Life If Society Doesn’t Need You to Work Anymore?

From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It's usually a piece that was popular back then and we...

Taking the Pulse of Medtech With the Exponential Medicine MEDy Awards

While incredible technologies are being developed to treat various diseases, the wisest startups seem to focus on preventative measures, anticipating a world—and marketplace—where diseases are minimized or avoided entirely. Singularity University’s annual Exponential Medicine conference...

The Future of Surgery Is Robotic, Data-Driven, and Artificially Intelligent 

As far back as 3,500 years ago ancient Egyptian doctors were performing invasive surgeries. Even though our tools and knowledge have improved drastically over time, until very recently surgery was still a manual task...

Robotic Tissue-Slicing Microscopes and DIY Crowd Science to Accelerate Research

What does it mean when a robot can replace the need for pathologists to spend hours looking through a microscope to perform their job? Or when clinical studies no longer require participants to go to...

Writing the First Human Genome by 2026 Is Synthetic Biology’s Grand Challenge

A “top secret" meeting of scientists was held at the Langone Medical Center on Halloween 2015. Their aim? To kickstart a new Human Genome Project and build a functional human genome from the base...

Massive Disruption Is Coming With Quantum Computing

Next year, we may see the launch of the first true quantum computers. The implications will be staggering. This post aims to answer three questions: What are quantum computers? What are their implications? Who’s working on...

Bridging the Mental Healthcare Gap With Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is learning to take on an increasing number of sophisticated tasks. Google Deepmind’s AI is now able to imitate human speech, and just this past August IBM’s Watson successfully diagnosed a rare...

3 DNA Technologies That Will Forever Change Your Home Life

You’ve likely heard that the DNA revolution is here, but we’ve yet to see it manifest in our daily lives and homes. Speaking at this year’s Exponential Medicine conference, Raymond McCauley talked about how our...

“It’s a Powerful Time to Reshape Healthcare Across the Planet”

We are living in a world that is global and exponential. Technology is taking things that used to be scarce and making them abundant—and these forces are reshaping the fields of medicine and healthcare...

This Smart Vest Lets the Deaf ‘Hear’ With Their Skin

What are the limits of human perception? Take a second and concentrate on your surroundings: the subtle flickering of your laptop screen, the faint whiff of lingering coffee, the muffled sounds of traffic, the warm...

Tomorrow’s Healthcare Is Here Today: Exponential Medicine Begins in San Diego

Anyone who says fully digitized medicine is off on a 10-year horizon is wrong. The future of medicine and healthcare is here today. If you need proof, can you guess what Stanford University’s top gastroenterologist...

What Happens When You Create a Chatbot to Memorialize a Friend

Whenever we lose someone close to us, there's an inclination, a need even, to sort through our memories of that person. Memories not just in our minds, but our digital memories too—emails, texts, photos,...

How Transformative Tech Can Bring Out the Best in Us All

We now live in exponential times. Technological ability is accelerating. Communication is instant. Interconnection is global. Great change is coming hard and fast. To navigate these conditions, we need to be present, creative, brave,...

Why Are Millions of People Ditching Their Wearable Devices?

Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves. Others, meanwhile, measure their heartrate on their wrists. The latter group is growing exponentially, ushering in a multi-billion-dollar wearables market, from watches that count steps and heartbeats...

Now Is the Time to Ban Terminator-Like Robots

The United States has on its Aegis-class cruisers a defense system that can track and destroy anti-ship missiles and aircraft. Israel has developed a drone, the Harpy, that can detect and automatically destroy radar...

The Solar System’s 9 Oceans Beyond Earth in One Remarkable Infographic

When scientists looked at Mars through early telescopes, they saw a fuzzy, rust-colored globe scored by mysterious dark gashes some believed were alien canals. Later, armed with sharper images, we scoffed at such naiveté. Mars is obviously dry as...

Hacking Our Senses Will Transform How We Experience the World

For millennia the human experience has been governed by five senses, but advances in neuroscience and technology may soon give us a far broader perspective. What counts as a sense in the first place is...

A Computer Can Now Translate Languages as Well as a Human

Have you ever been in a situation where knowing another language would have come in handy? I remember standing on the platform at Tokyo Station watching my train to Nagano — the last train of...

Designer Babies and the New Technology of Having Children

Recently, we looked at how exponential tech impacts sex and dating. In this post, we'll look at: Reproduction without sex Freezing your eggs to extend your reproductive timeline Designer babies Making babies without eggs Imagine a...

This Is Your Brain on Quantum Computers

Machines enrich and enhance our lives, whether it’s the smartphones that allow us to stay connected or the supercomputers that solve our toughest computational problems. Imagine how much more productive and innovative our world...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 1st)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Tech Titans Join Forces to Stop AI From Behaving Badly Will Knight | MIT Technology Review "A new organization called the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society will seek to foster public...
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This Huge Robot Will Drive Up and Build You a House [Video]

Bricklaying is a very old, traditional way to build a house—except now we have robots doing it faster than people. Hadrian X, a construction robot by Fastbrick Robotics, is a laser-guided, fully-automated bricklaying system....

If There’s Life on Europa, Robots Like These Will Find It

The exploration of Europa begins under the ice in Antarctica. That’s where a team of researchers, led by the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), has been testing a variety of robotic subs in recent...

No Technology Thrives Alone: Progress Is All About Convergence

15 years ago, Ray Kurzweil published one of the most significant essays in the history of futurism: “The Law of Accelerating Returns.” This piece showcased the immense power of exponential technology versus linear technology...

How ‘Robots’ of the Enlightenment Era Gave Us an Early Glimpse of Automation

The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey and his wife Heather are auctioning a selection of rare mechanical devices called automata in Edinburgh, Scotland. Automata are models of people or animals from previous centuries that...

A Simple Blood Test Helps Cure Cancer by Catching It Early

Today, it’s an unfortunate reality, but most people have either lost a loved one to cancer or know of someone who has. Miroculus, a precision medicine startup, wants to create widespread access to affordable early-stage...

Earthquakes Will Be as Predictable as Hurricanes Thanks to AI

In the fall of 2010, I traveled to New Zealand, and one of the places I visited was the small south island city of Christchurch. I was charmed by the tree-lined Avon River, the...

5 Tech Forces That Will Change Insurance for Good

Massive reductions in insurance costs are coming, along with a wave of disruption. Traditionally, insurance premiums are determined by actuaries, a function of big numbers, statistics and probabilities. That's what you have to do when you...

Surprising Embryo Study Pushes the Limits of How Life Begins

When sperm meets egg, life is ignited in a brilliant flash of light. If you were asked how babies are made in biology class, you’d probably answer with some version of the above dogma. Although...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 24th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Chat Bots Aren't a Fad. They're a Revolution. Chris Messina | Medium "It’s a rare moment when it becomes clear that a technological revolution is upon us, and I believe we’re in the midst of one such...

Genetic Studies Reveal Diversity of Early Human Populations — and Pin Down When We Left Africa

Humans are a success story like no other. We are now living in the Anthropocene age, meaning much of what we see around us has been made or influenced by people. Amazingly, all humans...
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Ray Kurzweil: We Can Control AI Before It Controls Us

Over time, technology offers solutions to old problems while creating new issues in the process. The more powerful the technology, the greater its potential to do good and harm. Artificial intelligence is no exception,...

Why Design Is Key to Unlocking the Genius Behind Innovation

What is learning? Tony Robbins asked this question in a talk he gave on strategies for learning quickly. His answer is quite interesting: “Whenever you learn something all you are really doing is creating a...

New Smart Tattoos Let You Control Your Phone Using Your Skin

In a recent post about biohacking, I wrote about people who have implanted chips into their bodies to benefit their health, simplify their lives, or connect themselves to an external network. Though some have...

The Robots We’ve Long Imagined Are Finally Here

They are wise-cracking companions, able to communicate in more than six million languages. Others are bent on enslaving or destroying humanity, deeming themselves better, more rational caretakers of the Earth in light of our...

How Private Spaceflight Went From Impossible Dream to Epic Space Race

Elon Musk’s rocket-building company SpaceX and Jeffrey P. Bezos’s similar Blue Origins have grabbed the headlines in the space race. But there is a fascinating backstory about how the private space industry came into being. It...

The Future of Sex, Dating, and Finding a Mate

Sex is one of the most powerful, fundamental human drives. It's caused wars… built and destroyed kingdoms. It occupies a significant percentage of most people's thoughts. As such, it's worth a conversation about how exponential technologies will...

4 Reasons Why You Should Experience Exponential Medicine 2016

Are you looking to address challenges, understand the cutting edge, and contribute to the future of health and medicine? Join Singularity University and 500 selected participants from across the healthcare and technology spectrum this...

Mind-Controlled Nanobots Used to Release Chemicals in Living Cockroaches

This is wild: a team of Israeli scientists developed a contraption that uses a person’s brain waves to remotely control DNA-based nanorobots  — while the nanobots were inside a living cockroach. When prompted by...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 17th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Video Games Are So Realistic That They Can Teach AI What the World Looks Like Jordan Pearson | Motherboard "Games these days are so realistic, in fact, that artificial intelligence researchers are using them...

Cultured Meat Will Remain a Distant Dream Unless We Do These 4 Things

In 2013 the world’s first cell-cultured hamburger was cooked and tasted live on air. Following that event, there have been many mentions of cultured meat in the media. With all this discussion and publicity, it’s easy...
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Kurzweil Says Passion Projects Are the Best Way to Learn

According to Ray Kurzweil, learning by doing will become the means by which the next generation of children learns to participate in the world. Technology has already revolutionized education by changing how humans access,...
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Peter Diamandis Explains the Potential of Exponential Medicine

As technology progresses in medicine, humans are increasingly gaining more sovereignty over their health. Soon, instead of visiting doctors infrequently to fix health issues as they arise, we’ll more pre-emptively monitor and improve our...

Living Eye Implant Uses Lab-Grown Cells to Restore Sight

Our eyes are one of our most complex body parts, made up of numerous delicate cell structures that work together seamlessly to allow us to see. Conditions like far-sightedness, glaucoma, and cataracts are widespread,...

Why Drones Are Finding a Home on the Farm

When I hear the word 'drone', the first thing I think of is a top-secret mission: spying, rescues, clandestine deliveries, and other James Bond-worthy uses of a seemingly mysterious technology. Maybe I've just seen...

Here’s How to Convince the Brain That Prosthetic Legs Are Real

The carbon fiber legs or “blades” used by lower limb amputee runners have arguably become one of the most iconic symbols of the Paralympic Games. Although different lower-limb sports prostheses are used for running,...

Will Letting AI Make Our Decisions Be the Best Decision We Make?

I confess: while writing this, I was intermittently procrastinating by browsing the overwhelming number of wireless headphone options on the market. As you may have heard, Apple just killed the headphone jack on their new...

This Cute Robot Just Wants to Play With Pooh Bear

People are often surprised to learn that many of the most capable and high-tech robots are kept in cages away from humans. This isn't because the machines are out to get us. Many machines are dangerous because they...

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