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David J. Hill

I've been writing for Singularity Hub since 2011 and have been Editor-in-Chief since 2014. My interests cover digital education, publishing, and media, but I'll always be a chemist at heart.

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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...

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...
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7 Key Factors Driving the Artificial Intelligence Revolution

Under, behind and inside many of the apps we use every day, a revolution is underway. It's a revolution that started decades ago but today is empowering companies to deliver better, smarter services with greater ease...

These Amazing 19th Century French Postcards Predicted Our World—See How They Did

If you've ever struggled to imagine how life will change over the next century thanks to technology, take comfort -- you're not alone. Over 100 year ago, some French artists tried to do the...

Your Dinner Is Ready To Be 3D Printed

Over the last few decades, a new wave of science has been infused into the world of food in the form of molecular gastronomy. By definition, food preparation and cooking involve physical and chemical...

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...
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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...

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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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...

Scientists Unearth Key Evolutionary Link in Proteins

Researchers recently made an important discovery in protein science that will advance our understanding of the inner workings of cells. In an article published in Scientific Reports, the team said they found a critical evolutionary link between a protein’s...

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

ROBOTICS: This Silicon Valley Billionaire Wants to Give Us All Robot Bodies Mark Mann | Motherboard "It’s easy to envision Beam-like devices with more appendages and more sensors than just wheels and a camera, so workers could...
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How the National Science Foundation Is Catalyzing the Future of Manufacturing

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. Technological progress often results from the flow between institutions driving cutting edge...

AI Teaching Assistant Helped Students Online—and No One Knew the Difference

Meet Jill Watson, a first-time teaching assistant at Georgia Tech assigned to moderate an online forum for a computer science class. Jill was 1 of 9 TAs assigned to help answer questions about coursework...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free Cade Metz | WIRED "In the rarefied world of AI research, the brightest minds aren’t driven by—or at least not only by—the next product...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 23)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Let Artificial Intelligence Evolve Michael Chorost | Slate "For billions of years, aqueous information systems have had to contend with extremely complex environments...And the biochemistry going on in one cubic millimeter of dirt, or a...

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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Sci-Fi Short “Lost Memories 2.0” Weighs the Price of the Digital Life

"In your virtual world, everything is smooth." — from Lost Memories 2.0 In our Digital Age, we are experiencing the coming together of physical and digital worlds. Yet, it is still unclear whether this convergence will be more harmonious unification...
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Sci-Fi Short Imagines How Brain-Computer Interfaces Will Make Us “Connected”

Social life is defined by connections, and more than ever, the fabric of our social lives are woven digitally. Before the Internet picked up speed, local hubs like neighborhoods, churches, and community centers provided a variety of opportunities to develop...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jan 16)

ROBOTICS: Should We Outsource Emotional Labor to Robots? Slate "Even if social robots become more skilled at expressing a fuller range of human emotion (like “Nadine,” who uses Siri-like technology and can express anger as well as...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jan 9)

ROBOTICS: When Should a Robot Say No to Its Human Owner? Adam Elkus | Slate "Telling a robot to only obey wise choices from a human owner merely shifts the question to defining what is “unwise” in the first...

How NASA Monitors Climate Change in Two Infographics

We've all heard about climate change due to rising sea levels and increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. But the question is, how rapidly is the climate actually changing? The recently signed Paris Agreement, in which countries worldwide have committed...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 19)

ROBOTICS: Robots Don’t Just Want to Be Your Helper, They Want to Be Your Friend Patrick St. Michel | Motherboard "People lined up to get a chance to see it up close, and it hinted at the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 12)

ROBOTICS: China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots Will Knight | Technology Review "China is already the world’s largest producer of everything from clothes to electronics, but much of it depends on low-cost, low-skill labor....The Chinese government...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 5)

ROBOTICS: 8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025 Paul Szoldra | Business Insider "These are just some of the interesting — and sometimes scary — predictions to come from a 300-page report released by Merrill Lynch...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Nov 21)

ROBOTICS: Google’s robot group struggles to fill leadership vacuum as it shoots for ambitious launch before 2020 Jillian D'Onfro | Business Insider "Nearly two years ago, Google announced a new robotics division that had secretly snapped up...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Nov 14)

ROBOTICS: How to Design a Robot You Can Swallow Emily Waltz | IEEE Spectrum "Vanderbilt engineers want to speed up the development of capsule robots. So they have created an open-source modular platform that people with limited experience...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Nov 7)

ROBOTICS: Service robots finally start to catch on Andra Keay | VentureBeat "What is becoming clear, as robotics catches up to computerization, is that we don’t just want faceless AI and automation. We already have robocallers, auto shopping...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 31)

ROBOTICS: Robots Can Now Teach Each Other New Tricks Will Knight | Technology Review "The work is part of an effort to figure out how robots might share information in useful ways. That could reduce the need...
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Robots, Bioprinting, and the Future of Food [Video]

Emerging technologies are shaking up how we grow food, distribute it, and even what we're eating. We are seemingly on the cusp of a food revolution and undoubtedly, technologies including artificial intelligence will play a huge role in helping...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 24)

ROBOTICS: Leeds could become the first ‘self-repairing city’ with a fleet of robotic civil servants Chloe Olewitz | Digital Trends "Would a fleet of robotic civil servant drones make Leeds safer and help the city run smoother? Or...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 17)

ROBOTICS: ​Humans Will Love Robots More When They’re Flawed Emiko Jozuka | Motherboard "'Humans forget names, things, and appointments so we were seeing if a robot with those kinds of traits would be more appealing to people,...
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Can technology solve the world’s rising food problems? [Video]

Emerging technologies like synthetic meat, GMOs, and robotic farms provide a glimpse of a coming era in which technology solves the world's food problems. But some sobering statistics from the World Food Programme frame the scope of the problem...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 10)

ROBOTICS: Honda Using Experimental New ASIMO for Disaster Response Research Evan Ackerman and Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum "During the Fukushima crisis in Japan, the lack of Japanese robots that were available to help out was notable. There was...
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Will Artificial Intelligence Transform How We Grow and Consume Food? [Video]

Today, agriculture is more efficient than ever, but it's also more dependent on environmental, technological, and social issues like never before. Climate change, drought and other disasters, shifting energy landscapes, population growth, urbanization, GMOs, changes in...
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How Should We Prepare for the AI Revolution? Ray Kurzweil Responds in This Q&A [Video]

On the cusp of a far-reaching revolution thanks to the advances in artificial intelligence and computing, it's easy to feel a bit...concerned. Well, maybe more than just a bit, especially if you consider societal attitudes about technology. Truth is that...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 3)

ROBOTICS: The word ‘robot’ is meaningless. Why are we still saying it? Kevin Roose | Fusion "The word 'robot' may end up becoming little more than a rhetorical flourish for companies hoping to signal their interest in innovation. 'It’s...
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Our Star Trek-like Future Awaits on This Week’s Episode of Ask an Expert [VIDEO]

If you consider how much of our world's systems revolve around scarcity — from basic needs like food and shelter to quality-of-life improving desirables — it's no wonder that the resource-abundant world of the Star Trek universe would...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Sep 26)

ROBOTICS: Rethink Robotics' Sawyer Goes on Sale, Rodney Brooks Says 'There May Be More Robots' Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum "Sawyer can perform tasks that require 0.1 millimeters of tolerance, much better than what Baxter can do. Both...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Sep 19)

ROBOTICS: Seek-and-destroy robot to stop starfish killing the Great Barrier Reef Michelle Starr | CNET “Called the COTSbot (Crown-of-Thorns Starfish robot), it's designed to autonomously patrol and monitor the reefs without a tether, using robotic vision to find...
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Take a Deep Dive into the Brain with This Week’s Episode of Ask an Expert [Video]

When will we understand the brain? In an era of scientific progress and emerging technologies, one would think that we were on the cusp of finally answering this age-old question. Not so fast. Understanding the anatomical structures and physiological functions...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Sep 5)

ROBOTICS: Let's Treat Robots Like Yo-Yo Ma's Cello -- as an Instrument for Human Intelligence Nicholas Agar | The World Post "Our own human complexity suggests that there is plenty of scope for humans assisted by digital...
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Would You Take a One-Way Trip to Space? Anousheh Ansari Responds on Ask an Expert [Video]

Watch just about any science fiction movie and the allure of space is mesmerizing. It's open, seemingly infinite, and full of unknowns. It is the final frontier. But would you be willing to venture off to explore space...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 29)

ROBOTICS: Rise of the Robotic Workforce Melody Guan | Harvard Political Review "Human employability optimists also tend to view robotics as powerful but fundamentally inadequate tools that aid rather than replace humans. 'Humans are better than robots at abstraction,...
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Philip Rosedale on the Future of Virtual Worlds on This Week’s Ask an Expert [Video]

"Virtual jobs are going to be a dominant part of our future...they'll probably be the biggest place that we work."  As the momentum of virtual reality builds, many claims about its future success have been made, some of which...
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Paul Saffo Forecasts the Future on This Week’s Episode of Ask an Expert [Video]

We're all excited about the future, but maybe you've had some of these lingering thoughts: Will increased longevity challenge people's religious beliefs? How will our lives change over the next decade due to virtual reality? Will...

Will Virtual Reality Headsets Transition from Gaming Accessories to Cybernetic Devices?

“A well designed game can even transcend reality and transplant the player into the world of the game, putting us into different bodies, different times, and different places.” — Dave Beaudoin It’s hard to discuss the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 8)

ROBOTICS: What you need to know about artificial intelligence, and the imminent robot future Luke Westaway | CNET "Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted in a 2005 book that a model of human intelligence would be achieved as soon...
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Is the Future of Drones Dastardly or Daring? This Week’s Ask an Expert Is Now Airborne [VIDEO]

Perusing the news, one might think the world of drones has quieted down. But hovering in the minds of those concerned about the impact of drones on society for better or worse are questions that that continue to arise. In this...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 1)

ROBOTICS: We Should Not Ban ‘Killer Robots,’ and Here’s Why Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum "The problem with this argument is that no letter, UN declaration, or even a formal ban ratified by multiple nations is going...
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Is Bitcoin the Largest Ponzi Scheme of All Time? Find Out in the Latest Ask an Expert [Video]

People sure are abuzz about bitcoin — after all, it's not every day that a new currency pops on the scene. But the buzz has more to do with what you can do with bitcoin then...

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