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The Era of Human Gene Editing Is Here—What Happens Next Is Critical

Scientists in Portland, Ore., just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology Review. A team led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health & Science University is reported to “have...

The World’s First Autonomous Ship Will Set Sail In 2018

What A Norwegian container ship called the Yara Birkeland will be the world’s first electric, autonomous, zero-emissions ship. With a capacity of up to 150 shipping containers, the battery-powered ship will be small compared to...
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The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 29)

AUGMENTED REALITY $99 Headset Could Be Augmented Reality's First True Chance at a Mass Market Rachel Metz | MIT Technology Review “The headset, made by Mira, is like an AR version of Samsung’s Gear VR, which gives users...

The Biggest Facial Recognition System in the World Is Rolling Out in China

Facial recognition is set to have a significant impact on our society as a whole. While many consumers are familiar with the concept because of the many smartphone apps that let them add various filters,...

These Pizza Robots Assemble Perfect Pies in Minutes

Oh pizza, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. Your golden, flaky crust. Your salty-sweet tomato sauce. Your gooey, stretchy cheese. Your predictive algorithms and efficiently automated production line… Wait, what? Sounds like a...

How Robots Are Getting Better at Making Sense of the World

The multiverse of science fiction is populated by robots that are indistinguishable from humans. They are usually smarter, faster, and stronger than us. They seem capable of doing any job imaginable, from piloting a...
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Organizations | Future of Everything With Jason Silva (Part 2)

In the latest installment of Singularity University's new web series, the Future of Everything With Jason Silva, Silva discusses the relationship between organizations and disruptive technology. "Organizations tend to be innovative at the beginning," he says. The problem...

When Will AI Be Better Than Humans at Everything? 352 AI Experts Answer

Predictions of when machines will make us obsolete seem to come either from AI evangelists or doom-mongers with little practical experience of the field. Now though, researchers have carried out the largest-ever survey of...

This Is Tesla’s Greatest Competitive Advantage

Tesla’s stock price recently took a hit because of concerns about its delivery capabilities and about increasing competition from carmakers who are switching their product lines to electric. With a market cap still exceeding...

All Great Artists Share This One Quality—Can AI Learn It Too?

Think about your favorite work of art. Why do you like it so much? What does it do for you? Be it painting, sculpture, music, or writing, we love art not just for its beauty,...

The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 22)

BIOTECH Verily Robot Will Raise 20 Million Sterile Mosquitoes for Release in California Emily Mullin | MIT Technology Review “To help breed and release the mosquitoes, Verily has partnered with Kentucky-based Mosquito Mate and Fresno’s mosquito control...

Teaching Machines to Understand, and Summarize, Text

We humans are swamped with text. It’s not just news and other timely information: Regular people are drowning in legal documents. The problem is so bad we mostly ignore it. Every time a person...

Why XPRIZE Is Asking Writers to Take Us Through a Wormhole to 2037

In a world of accelerating change, educating the public about the implications of technological advancements is extremely important. We can continue to write informative articles and speculate about the kind of future that lies...
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Legacy | Future of Everything With Jason Silva (Part 1)

Introducing our new web series, Future of Everything with Jason Silva. In this video, he discusses how futurists and entrepreneurs Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil created Singularity University to communicate the implications of exponential technological progress. Humans...

New Film ‘Food Evolution’ Takes on One of the Most Polarizing Scientific Topics

One Tuesday morning, as his family bustled around the house getting ready for the day, Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s phone lit up with a text message from his neighbor. “Can I borrow some organic milk?”...
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This Is What Liberated the Power of the Internet, and Why It Matters

The earliest internet was built by the military, designed to help scientists around the nation gain access to those rare room-sized computers located at MIT, Stanford, and a few key institutions. Use of the early...

We Worked Out What It Would Take to Wipe Out All Life on a Planet—and It’s Good News for Alien Hunters

The first exoplanet was spotted in 1988. Since then more than 3,000 planets have been found outside our solar system, and it’s thought that around 20% of Sun-like stars have an Earth-like planet in...

A Living Hard Drive: This GIF Was Stored in the DNA of Bacteria

DNA is a hugely promising medium for storing data. Consider that a cell nucleus can hold the instructions for an organism as complex as a human. So far efforts to store non-genetic data in...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 15)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DeepMind's AI Is Teaching Itself Parkour, and the Results Are Adorable James Vincent | The Verge "The research explores how reinforcement learning (or RL) can be used to teach a computer to navigate unfamiliar and...
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Ray Kurzweil: A Strategy for Keeping the World Safe From AI

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil discusses AI ethics and risk. Films and books have...

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Europe’s Huge New Vertical Farm

The Eindhoven High Tech Campus, a 90-minute train ride south of Amsterdam, consists of two rows of nondescript mid-rise office buildings on either side of a wide, tree-lined road. In typical Dutch fashion, there’s...

Welcome to a More Discoverable Singularity Hub

This week we’ve rolled out our first major round of improvements to Singularity Hub since our ground-up redesign last December. If we did it right, you’ll find that discovering the technological goodies you come here...

Why Every Leader Needs to Be Obsessed With Technology

In the 1990s, Tower Records was the place to get new music. Successful and popular, the California chain spread far and wide, and in 1998, they took on $110 million in debt to fund...

Should Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions Like We Do?

An enduring problem with self-driving cars has been how to program them to make ethical decisions in unavoidable crashes. A new study has found it’s actually surprisingly easy to model how humans make them,...

This Mini Wind Turbine Can Power Your Home in a Gentle Breeze

The first time you see a Nemoi wind turbine, you may not realize it’s a turbine at all. A white and silver metallic structure about the size of a garden shrub, Nemoi has three...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 8)

DIGITAL MEDIA Make Hollywood-Quality Animations at Low-Budget Prices With This Motion Capture Suit Sarah Buhr | TechCrunch "You might be familiar with the industry-standard green man MoCap suit many Hollywood studios use to capture the movement of...
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Ray Kurzweil: What Is the Future of Capitalism?

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil suggests there is more consensus about what kind of...

Machine Reasoning Gets a Boost With This Simple New Algorithm

There’s a classic scene in almost every police procedural: a weathered detective stands staring at a collection of photos pinned to a wall. Thin, red yarn traces the connections between the different players. Something’s...

What These Lifelike Androids Can Teach Us About Being Human

For Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of the most interesting things about androids is the changing questions they pose us, their creators, as they evolve. Does it, for example, do something to the concept of...

7 Critical Skills for the Jobs of the Future

We live in a world of accelerating change. New industries are constantly being born and old ones are becoming obsolete. A report by the World Economic Forum reveals that almost 65 percent of the...

Understanding the Real Innovation Behind the iPhone

When the iPhone emerged in 2007, it came with all the promise and pomp of a major Steve Jobs announcement, highlighting its user interface and slick design as key selling points. We know now...

Forget Flying Cars, the Future Is Driving Drones

Flying car concepts have been around nearly as long as their earthbound cousins, but no one has yet made them a commercial success. MIT engineers think we've been coming at the problem from the...

Canada Is Building a 7 Megawatt-Hour Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant

Green energy is a popular topic right now, with many countries signing on to the Paris Climate Accord and planning to move away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy. While most countries are working toward...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 1)

DRONES MIT Is Building Autonomous Drones That Can Both Drive and Fly April Glaser | Recode "The drones, which were built at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, also include route-planning software that can help calculate...

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