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5 Coming Breakthroughs in Energy and Transportation

The energy and transportation industries are being aggressively disrupted by converging exponential technologies. In just five days, the sun provides Earth with an energy supply...

Hyperloop and Flying Cars Are Battling It Out for the Future of Transportation

Tech titans are eager to reimagine how we will travel in the coming decades, but whose vision will win out? Last week Elon Musk and...

How Robots and Sensors Will Transform Transportation, Agriculture, and Elder Care

Sensors and robotics are two exponential technologies that will disrupt a multitude of billion-dollar industries. This post (part 3 of 4) is a quick look at...

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...

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Will Revolutionize Transportation, But That’s Only The Beginning Of The Change It’ll Bring

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this...

Masdar City Abandons Transportation System of the Future

O, vehicle of the future, why have you eluded us? While other industries such as communication make enormous strides every year, it seems that...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 10)

NEUROSCIENCE A Memory Prosthesis Could Restore Memory in People With Damaged Brains Jessica Hamzelou | MIT Technology Review "A unique form of brain stimulation appears to boost...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through Sept 3)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE An AI-generated Artwork’s State Fair Victory Fuels Arguments Over ‘What Art Is' James Vincent | The Verge "The rise of text-to-AI image generators has only...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 30)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DeepMind Has Predicted the Structure of Almost Every Protein Known to Science Melissa Heikkilä | MIT Technology Review "From today, the Alphabet-owned AI lab is...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 23)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OpenAI Is Ready to Sell DALL-E to its First Million Customers Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review "'We've seen much more interest than we...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Meet Plato, an AI That Gains Intuition Like a Human Baby Monisha Ravisetti | CNET "In collaboration with AI research laboratory DeepMind in the UK,...

Swiss Company to Build an Intercity Network of Tunnels for Robotic Cargo Pods

In the thick of the Covid-19 pandemic, economies around the world all but ground to a halt. Production scaled back, roads went quiet, airports...

Japan Proposes a Wild Concept for Making Artificial Gravity on the Moon

The list of challenges space explorers will face is formidable. They'll have to produce breathable air, clean water, and food in extremely hostile environments...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 25)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Yann LeCun Has a Bold New Vision for the Future of AI Melissa Heikkiläarchive page and Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review "In a...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE This AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pranshu Verma | The Washington Post "The model, called Ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg,...

Amazon Will Pilot Drone Delivery in California This Year

The number of packages people order—and the number of people ordering packages—isn’t likely to go down anytime in the foreseeable future, and companies are...

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

COMPUTING Photonic Chip Performs Image Recognition at the Speed of Light Charles Q. Choi | IEEE Spectrum "In a new study, researchers have developed a photonic deep...

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

COMPUTING Manipulating Photons for Microseconds Tops 9,000 Years on a Supercomputer John Timmer | Ars Technica "Thanks to some tweaks to the design it described a year...

30-Second Deliveries? This Startup Wants to Build a Hyperloop for Packages

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has long been trying to build underground tunnels for hyperloop transit, and reportedly finished digging said tunnels under the Las...

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

TRANSPORTATION Drones Are Turning Into Personal Flying Machines Clive Thompson | Wired "For eons, sci-fi illustrations depicted people zipping around cities in little flying vehicles. Now those...

Volvo and DHL Are Partnering on Hub-to-Hub Autonomous Trucking

You’ve probably heard the term “the Great Resignation” in the last year or so, as millions of people reportedly quit their jobs during the...

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

COMPUTING IBM’s Target: a 4,000-Qubit Processor by 2025 Edd Gent | IEEE Spectrum "The first iteration of road map topped out with the Condor processor...

The UK’s First Autonomous Passenger Bus Started Road Tests This Week

Driverless buses may beat driverless cars in becoming a commonplace mode of transportation. It would make sense; buses run on fixed routes, always stop...

The US Is Spending $6 Billion to Keep Its Aging Nuclear Reactors Running

For the last several decades, nuclear power has been viewed by many in the US and abroad as an energy source that’s too risky,...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 19)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 12 Graphs That Explain the State of AI in 2022 Eliza Strickland | IEEE Spectrum "The 2022 AI Index, which came out this week, is as...

The Electric Revolution: EV Sales Doubled in 2021 and Are Surging This Year Too

Electric vehicles (EVs) will play a crucial role in decarbonizing our transport systems and helping us avoid the worst effects of climate change. The...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 5)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Graphcore Unveils Next-Generation AI Chips and Plans for Powerful Supercomputer Kyle Wiggers | VentureBeat "Called the Good Supercomputer in honor of Jack Good, the first...

The Biggest Guaranteed Income Trial in the US Is Launching in Chicago

The idea of universal basic income has been gaining steam for several years, with proponents like Andrew Yang touting such programs as a possible...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through February 26)

NEUROSCIENCE Does Life Flash Before Your Eyes? Brain Scan of Dying Man Suggests It's Possible Nicola Davis | The Guardian "The team says analysis of recordings of...

Startup Will Drill 12 Miles Into Earth’s Crust to Tap the Boundless Energy Below

When it comes to renewable energy, almost all the love goes to solar and wind. Which isn't surprising, given the tear both technologies have...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through February 12)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Computer Scientists Prove Why Bigger Neural Networks Do Better Mordechai Rorvig | Quanta "Fundamental mathematical results had suggested that networks should only need to be...

Drones as Big as 747s Will Fly Cargo Around the World With Low Emissions, Startup Says

The global supply chain is currently experiencing all kinds of glitches, from material shortages to labor shortages and beyond. Moving goods from point A...

A UK Startup Is Building 200 Flying Taxi Hubs Around the World

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas two years ago, Hyundai and Uber unveiled an air taxi concept they’d partnered on, claiming people would...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 15)

BIOTECH In a First, Man Receives a Heart From a Genetically Altered Pig Roni Caryn Rabin | The New York Times "A 57-year-old man with life-threatening heart...

A Chinese Company Says It Will Be Selling Driverless Cars by 2024

As recently as 2015, auto industry insiders predicted fully self-driving cars would be on the road by 2020. As you know, that didn’t come...

These Were the Most-Read Singularity Hub Stories of 2021

If 2020 was all about the pandemic, 2021 was supposed to be about things getting back on track. Let's just say it was a...

These Maps Reveal the Profound Progress and Peril of Modern Civilization

Today's mega-threats are systemic and interconnected. The growing demand for energy and meat helps explain the steady rise in carbon and methane emissions. Coal-belching...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 27)

NEUROSCIENCE Can Digital Reality Be Jacked Directly Into Your Brain? Adam Rogers | Wired "The idea of uploading a synthetic experience into a mind has been a...

Your Holiday Gifts Could Be Shipped by Robot Semi, Courtesy of UPS and Waymo

Between a supply chain full of holes, labor shortages across various sectors of the economy, and rising inflation, it’s shaping up to be a...

Rolls-Royce Says Its Electric Plane Just Smashed the World Record for Speed

The first electric plane took flight in 1973. There was just one person on board and the plane only stayed in the air for...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 20)

COMPUTING This New Startup Has Created a Record-Breaking 256-Qubit Quantum Computer Siobhan Roberts | MIT Technology Review "The QuEra machine is the latest leap in scaling up...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 6)

COMPUTING Hologram-in-a-Box Can Teleport You Anywhere John Boyd | IEEE Spectrum "ARHT Media, based in Toronto, Canada, and PORTL Inc., a start-up in Los Angeles, have begun shipping...

GE’s New Autonomous Electric Pods Have No Steering Wheel, Pedals, or Cab

Self-driving cars are taking longer to become a reality than many experts predicted. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t steady progress being made; on...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 23)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE How AI Is Reinventing What Computers Are Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review " smaller and faster, but they’re still boxes with processors that...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Facebook Is Researching AI Systems That See, Hear, and Remember Everything You Do James Vincent | The Verge " imagines AI systems that are constantly...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 9)

NEUROSCIENCE How the World's Biggest Brain Maps Could Transform Neuroscience Alison Abbott | Nature "To truly understand how the brain works, neuroscientists also need to know how...

This Google-Funded Project Is Tracking Global Carbon Emissions in Real Time

It’s crunch time on climate change. The IPCC’s latest report told the world just how bad it is, and...it’s bad. Companies, NGOs, and governments...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 18)

BIOTECH A New Company With a Wild Mission: Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth Carl Zimmer | The New York Times "A team of scientists and entrepreneurs announced...

Walmart Is Launching an Autonomous Delivery Service in Three US Cities

Walmart has been America’s biggest retailer since the 1990s, its focus on low costs and ultra-efficient logistics helping it edge out competitors and keep...

Electrifying the Future: Toyota Puts Over $13 Billion Into Battery Technology

The world’s largest car manufacturer by volume has been sluggish in its efforts to electrify compared to competitors. But Toyota has just announced a...
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