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Alison E. Berman

Alison E. Berman

Alison tells the stories of purpose-driven leaders and is fascinated by various intersections of technology and society. When not keeping a finger on the pulse of all things Singularity University, you'll likely find Alison in the woods sipping coffee and reading philosophy (new book recommendations are welcome).

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: How to Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There Cade Metz | WIRED "Today, neural nets are quite good at recognizing faces and spoken words...but they do make mistakes...You can subtly alter an image...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: This Is the Robot Maid Elon Musk Is Funding Will Knight | MIT Technology Review "Abbeel’s robots learn tasks from scratch, using a neural network that receives sensor input and controls physical movement. The network adjusts...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The Humans Hiding Behind the Chatbots Ellen Huet | Bloomberg "The company advertises Amy as an AI personal assistant who can 'magically schedule meetings'...But the system isn’t yet ready to take the next step...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 9th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Exclusive: Why Microsoft Is Betting Its Future on AI Casey Newton | The Verge "Microsoft's historical instincts about where technology is going have been spot-on. But the company has a record of dropping the ball when...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 2nd)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem Kate Crawford | The New York Times "Like all technologies before it, artificial intelligence will reflect the values of its creators. So inclusivity matters—from who designs it to who sits...
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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...

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...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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”...

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...

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...

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...

The Last Frontiers of AI: Can Scientists Design Creativity and Self-Awareness?

Is creativity a uniquely human trait? What about self-awareness or intuition? Defining the line between human and machine is becoming blurrier by the day as startups, big companies, and research institutions all compete to build...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Neural Networks: What Are They, and Why Is the Tech Industry Obsessed With Them? John Brownlee | Fast Company "Combine them with conversational interfaces, and neural networks can make true artificial intelligence finally possible—a revolution...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: What Will Destroy Us First: Superbabies or AI? Danielle Teller and Astro Teller | QUARTZ "Even if we could build an AI that is similar to humans but smarter, there’s no evidence that being smart...

How to Think Exponentially and Better Predict the Future

This is the third in a four-part series looking at the big ideas in Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near. ​Be sure to read the other articles: Will the End of Moore’s Law Halt Computing’s...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 2)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: How Google Plans to Solve Artificial Intelligence Tom Simonite | MIT Technology Review  "It’s supposed to be just an early checkpoint in an effort Hassabis describes as the Apollo program of artificial intelligence, aimed at...

What Happens to Factories If You Can Manufacture in Your Home?

The story of “robots eating jobs” is pervasive in the manufacturing industry—but it doesn’t paint the whole picture. We’ve seen automation eat up jobs, but even as we lost roughly 22 million manufacturing jobs worldwide...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 26)

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: Scientists Synthesize Bacteria With Smallest Genome Yet Ewen Callaway | Scientific American "Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism. Functioning with 473 genes, the cell is a milestone...

Technology Feels Like It’s Accelerating — Because It Actually Is

This is the second in a four-part series looking at the big ideas in Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near. ​Be sure to read the other articles: Will the End of Moore’s Law Halt Computing’s...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 19)

ROBOTICS: How Emotion Research Is Pulling Robots Out of the Uncanny Valley and Into Our Lives Selena Larson | The Daily Dot "There are a number of reasons why the uncanny valley exists, ranging from media portrayal of anthropomorphic...

Google Beating Grandmaster Sedol Is Bigger Than IBM Beating Kasparov

It’s been an emotional week in the realm of game AI as the world watched the historic five-game showdown between legendary Go world champion Lee Sedol and Google DeepMind’s famed deep learning AI AlphaGo. All...

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

ROBOTICS: Deep Learning Helps Robots Perfect Skills KurzweilAI "Deep learning enables the robot to perceive its immediate environment, including the location and movement of its limbs. Reinforcement learning means improving  at a task by trial and error....

Archinaut, a 3D Printing Robot to Make Big Structures in Space

Historically, the only way to get anything into orbit has been by rocket; a process that is massively expensive, cumbersome, and presents a slew of constraints. So, when Made In Space created the first zero-gravity 3D printer,...

Five Startups to Watch From Singularity University’s 2015 Global Solutions Program

For 10 weeks each summer, a group of impact-driven individuals from around the world come to Singularity University’s Silicon Valley campus to embark on our flagship Global Solutions Program (GSP). Seven weeks into the program,...

Inside SU’s First Salon: Lab-Grown Organs, Cybersecurity, and AI Music Apps

“We will find new things everywhere we look.” –Hunter S. Thompson At the rate of 21st century technological innovation, each year brings new breakthroughs across industries. Advances in quantum computers, human genome sequencing for under...

How Google’s AI Beat a Human at ‘Go’ a Decade Earlier Than Expected

Last week, news broke that the holy grail of game-playing AI—the ancient and complex Chinese game Go—was cracked by AI system AlphaGo. AlphaGo was created by Google’s DeepMind, a UK group led by David Silver...

Why We Should Use Behavioral Economics to Design Technology That Doesn’t Kill Us

One hundred years ago, bad decision making accounted for less than ten percent of human deaths. Nowadays, it represents a little over 44%. What has changed? Behavioral economist, Dan Ariely, offered one explanation during his...

Why Digital Overload Is Now Central to the Human Condition

A mom pushes a stroller down the sidewalk while Skyping. A family of four sits at the dinner table plugged into their cell phones with the TV blaring in the background. You get through...

Blind Woman Receives Bionic Eye, Reads a Clock With Elation

Recently, the BBC broadcast the reaction of Rhian Lewis, a 49-year-old blind mother of two, as she read a clock correctly using her right eye for the first time in 16 years. Lewis was understandably...

Technologies We’re Excited to See Bloom in 2016 and Beyond

An important component of being optimistic about the future is maintaining a healthy dose of skepticism. It’s a delicate balance we’re always exploring at Singularity Hub while covering emerging technology and its future implications. But...

A Big Year for Biotech: Bugs as Drugs, Precision Gene Editing, and Fake Food

Speculations around whether biotech stocks are in a bubble remain undecided for the second year in a row. But one thing stands as indisputable—the field made massive progress during 2015, and faster than anticipated. For...

Want a Life of Purpose? Find a Career Dedicated to a Cause Beyond Yourself

Isaac Castro: Biomedical Technology, Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Bogotá, Colombia True passion is tough to fake. Name it a calling or a career, when your life’s work is dedicated to a cause beyond yourself; your...

Smartphones to Bionic Body Parts: Our Tech Can (and Will) Be Used Against Us

What might a crime headline look like in 2025? According to Marc Goodman, author of Future Crimes, it may read something like this: “Man arrested for shooting his wife, acquitted on all charges after forensic evidence...

Science Fiction’s Greatest Power? Inspiring Us to Build the Future

Science fiction’s visions of the future can appear more fantasy than fact. Sometimes books and movies are unnerving, other times they’re way off. Although sci-fi isn’t always right, it does something else that’s more important...

Adaptability: The Entrepreneur’s Way

Einstein Ntim: Entrepreneur  Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Ghana, United Kingdom “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ―Søren Kierkegaard Great leaders and entrepreneurs are not born overnight—our lives are ever-unfolding, a welding together...

Building the Maker Movement in Baghdad

Ali M. Ismail, Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Baghdad, Iraq Ali Ismail had been patiently waiting in Baghdad for the arrival of a visa the US embassy was mailing him. However, as the first week of Singularity...

Automation Is Eating Jobs, But These Skills Will Always Be Valued In the Workplace

If you’d asked farmers a few hundred years ago what skills their kids would need to thrive, it wouldn’t have taken long to answer. They’d need to know how to milk a cow or plant...

Exponential Medicine: From Drones to Heartbeat Detecting Devices—Tech Can Aid Disaster Response

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” –Martin Luther King Jr. In 2013, 51.2 million refugees were forced to flee their homes due to persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights...

Exponential Medicine: The Future of the Quantified Brain

For decades it was believed the brain was a black box—the elusive central node of our operating system which we simply didn’t understand. And it’s true, scientific knowledge of the brain has been hard...

Technology Is the Great Amplifier of Our Humanity

Emilia Lahti: M.Sc., MAPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology), Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Finland and the US When faced with extreme adversity, why do some people persevere and grow from the challenge, while others call it...

Exponential Medicine: What to Expect When You’re Expecting Designer Babies

Anywhere you look in the modern world, you’ll see humans translating science fiction into science fact. We make predictions about a far off future, and then our curiosity drives us to make it reality—whether...

Exponential Medicine: This Virtual Assistant Tells You When To Put Down the Bacon

Last year in the US, 84% of total healthcare spending—a whopping one trillion dollars—went to managing and preventing chronic disease. But chronic conditions and diseases—such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and stroke—aren’t only...

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