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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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This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jul 25)

ROBOTICS: Mother Robots Build Children Robots to Experiment With Artificial Evolution Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum "Overall, 'a fitness increase of more than 40 percent over 10 generations was observed in all experiments,' which is pretty good,...
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Episode 3 of Ask an Expert Now Online: Will Robots Take Our Jobs? [Video]

Ready or not, another episode Ask an Expert is already here...about as fast as robots are showing up in the workplace. This episode, in fact, is all about robots and how they will affect humans. Walking us through the implications of the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jul 18)

ROBOTICS: Forces of nature: Biomimicry in robotics Stuart Nathan | The Engineer "For example, the processes – the combination of systems of sensors, muscles and brain – that allow a squid to control its tentacles are still...
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Episode 2 of Ask an Expert is Out: Is the Age of Robocars Upon Us? [Video]

It's Thursday, which means it's time for another episode of Ask an Expert. In this video, we dive into the subject of autonomous vehicles and their impact on the future of transportation. Brad Templeton, Singularity...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jul 11)

ROBOTICS: Robots Can’t Kill You—and Claiming They Can is Dangerous Ron Chrisley | Gizmodo "Since robots don’t have responsibility, humans are the ones responsible for what robots do. However, as robots become more prevalent, it will increasingly appear as...
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Watch Episode 1 of Ask an Expert, the New Web Series from Singularity University

Last week, we told you about a new web series called Ask an Expert. Well, Episode 1 is finally here and it's all about ENERGY! In its debut, questions about energy that were tweeted to @singularityu with...
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How Will We Meet the Energy Demands of the Coming Megacities?

Odds are you live in a city. In fact, more than half the world today lives in cities and by 2050, it's expected that two-thirds of the world will be residing in cities. While smaller cities struggle to modernize to...
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Digitizing Surgery: How New Technologies Will Transform Old Medical Practices [Video]

From one point of view, surgery is a fairly barbaric means of improving your health. After all, your body is cut open, organs are moved around or removed, and doctors probe with their fingers and use instruments...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jul 4)

ROBOTICS: Our Robot Overlords Aren’t Quite Ready For Us — Yet Caroline O'Donovan | BuzzFeed "The issue is that robots are really good at doing the same thing over and over again, but when a task calls...
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Ask an Expert, a New Web Series from Singularity University with Answers about the Future of Tech

Do you have a burning question about emerging technologies and how they're shaping the world? Maybe you're curious about when bitcoin will be accepted everywhere or when nanobots will be repairing your body from the inside out. Or...
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What’s the Meaning of Life If Society Doesn’t Need You Any Longer?

If you have a job, odds are society benefits from your work, and theoretically, the compensation you receive is how the marketplace values your contribution. All other things being equal, the better you are at your job,...
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Kurzweil Responds to ‘When Robots Are Everywhere, What Will Humans Be Good For?’ [Video]

Lately, media around the web has been bracing for robots — not time-traveling robots per se, but robot workers. Specifically, the increased sophistication of artificial intelligence and improved engineering of robotics has spurred a growing concern about what...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jun 27)

SPACE: Why Send Humans to Space When We Can Send Robots? Daniel Oberhaus | Motherboard "The first marketable, personal computers in the late 70s came about after almost 40 years of research and development, which created...
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The Story Behind the First 3D Printed Wrench in Space [Video]

You may recall that late last year, a breakthrough in manufacturing occurred a few hundred miles above the Earth. After having sent a 3D printer to the International Space Station and printed its first object, a file for...
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You don’t know the Dark Web and that’s probably a good thing [Video]

Discussing security and internet privacy on a panel with California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Singularity University CEO Rob Nail, Goodman nicely distinguishes the Surface, Deep, and Dark Webs. In all likelihood, you probably have never opened your browser and searched for...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jun 20)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Google DeepMind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read arXiv | Technology Review "A revolution in artificial intelligence is currently sweeping through computer science. The technique is called deep learning and it’s affecting everything from facial and...
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What sins of the future are you committing right now? [Video]

Odds are you're a decent, upstanding person. You abide by the laws, pay taxes, and don't rock the boat. You value security but not at the expense of privacy. Like the majority of people around you, you're...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jun 13)

ROBOTICS: China’s Troubling Robot Revolution Martin Ford | The New York Times "Automation has already had a substantial impact on Chinese factory employment: Between 1995 and 2002 about 16 million factory jobs disappeared, roughly 15 percent of...
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A Primer on Computing’s Exponential Growth and Where Tech Is Headed [Video]

We live in a time when our news feeds are packed with stories about technological advancements, scientific discoveries, and breakthrough innovations, so much so that it can be overwhelming to keep up with it all. Progress is moving so...

What Happens When a Samurai Trains a Sword-Wielding Robot?

Here's a story about how humanity is seemingly hellbent on creating sword-wielding robots. Shocking? Yes, but the video evidence chronicles our repeated efforts to do just that. Like a father trying to teach his child to...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jun 6)

ROBOTS: Meet the New Generation of Robots for Manufacturing James Hagerty | Wall Street Journal "Another big trend at work: The Renault robots are 'collaborative,' designed to work in proximity to people. Older types of factory robots swing...

Exponential Finance: Ray Kurzweil Stresses Humanity’s ‘Moral Imperative’ in Developing Artificial Intelligence

Come to Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of finance and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance Summit. “Technology is a double-edged sword...every technology has had its promise...

Exponential Finance: New Breed of Organizations Re-Ranks the Fortune 100

Come to Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of finance and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance Summit. Yesterday, an alarming statistic was thrown down on CNBC's Squawk...

Exponential Finance: Cost of Living in the Future Will Be Substantially Reduced

Come to Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of finance and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance Summit. It's not every day that someone goes on a morning TV...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through May 30)

ROBOTS: Damage Recovery Algorithm Could Make All Robots Unstoppable Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum "But instead of having to figure out which leg is broken and how, or doing any sort of self-analysis at all, the robot...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through May 23)

ROBOTICS: MIT'S Humanoid Robot Goes to Robot Boot Camp Emily Dreyfuss | WIRED "If the humans were controlling Atlas directly from the command center, this would be no big deal, but the MIT team designed for autonomy....

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

ROBOTICS: Robots Might Be the Necessary Future of Urban Pet Ownership Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum "'If artificial pets can replicate the human benefits obtained from live pets, does that mean that the human–animal emotional bond is...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through May 9)

ROBOTICS: Foxconn’s Robot Army Yet to Prove Match for Humans Lorraine Luk | The Wall Street Journal "While the company has automated more manufacturing processes for components and established some lights-out, or workerless, factories, replacing dexterous human hands...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through May 2)

ROBOTICS: The Future of "Killer" Robots: Helping People Ciara Byrne | Fast Company "Robots are already moving out of the research lab, off the factory floor, and into our everyday lives. But how will those robots evolve—and how...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Apr 25)

COMPUTING: HP's Audacious Idea for Reinventing Computers Tom Simonite | Technology Review "Nearly three-quarters of the people in HP’s research division are now dedicated to a single project: a powerful new kind of computer known as...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Apr 18)

Enjoy this week's stories! COMPUTING: Moore’s Law Shows Its Age Don Clark | Wall Street Journal "At first, Moore’s Law was largely a yardstick for chip engineers. It gradually became a competitive imperative, spurring companies to relentlessly innovate." ARTIFICIAL...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Apr 11)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTICS: Human Laws Can't Control Killer Robots, New Report Says Kari Paul | Motherboard "​When a human being is killed by an autonomous machine, who takes the blame? Human rights non-governmental organization Human Rights...

Finland’s Latest Educational Move Will Produce a Generation of Entrepreneurs

Last Friday marked the fifth anniversary of the iPad, a device heralded for triggering the broad adoption of tablet computers and for further spurring our always-connected, digital lives. Like the iPod and iPhone before it, the iPad significantly impacted a number...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Apr 4)

Surviving another April Fool's on the web requires effort and some just ignore the Internet for the day. Fortunately, we've filtered through all the excessive nonsense to find some true gems in the midst of the silliness. Enjoy this...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Mar 28)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: It's Time For Robot Pilots Jason Koebler | Motherboard "Flying a plane from the ground (or taking it over from the ground, in case of emergency) raises a host of other issues, namely...
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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Future of Work: We’ve Got To Out-Educate If We’re Going to Out-Compete

"How can we reconcile these sort of concerns that we all have around how quickly things are changing?" So asked California's Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom, in a recent interview at Singularity University. Newsom sat down with...

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

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTICS: Sawyer: Rethink Robotics Unveils New Robot Evan Ackerman & Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum "According to Rethink, labor costs in Chinese factories are rising 15 to 20 percent every year, and it’s routine for...

Summit Spain: A Highlight Reel of 3D Printing’s Exponential Rise

"Digital manufacturing is really the most important topic of this summit, because it's the notion of creating what I want, when I want, and where I want. It's basically information enabling our physical world." By now, you've likely...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Mar 14)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: China’s factories are building a robot nation Li Xuena, Wang Xinci & Zhang Boling | MarketWatch "'At first, robots replaced workers who had jobs that exposed them to pollution, such as painting, or required...

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

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: Why Robots Will Be The Biggest Job Creators In World History John Tamny | Forbes "Robots will ultimately be the biggest job creators simply because aggressive automation will free us up to do...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Feb 28)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: Will Robots Be Able to Help Us Die? Graham Templeton | Motherboard "From robo-assisted suicide to commercial drone use in urban areas, robots will create new ethical quandaries at precisely the same rate...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Feb 21)

Rapid advances in emerging technologies are raising intriguing questions: How is computing opening new opportunities for all in manufacturing, education, and healthcare? What will the future of work look like when automation is significantly cheaper than human labor? ...

A Telepresence Robot with a Gripping Arm? ORIGIBOT Is a Dream Come True

Telepresence robots are awesome, but the experience can be frustrating at times. The reason? They lack arms. Whether you want to examine an object yourself, open a door, or pretend to be the Terminator with a Nerf gun, the lack of...
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As an Innovator, Steve Jobs Had an “Exquisite Sense of Market Timing”

Just over 8 years ago on January 9, 2007, the first iPhone was launched at MacWorld and the modern era of mobile computing was born. Steve Jobs began that historical announcement saying, "Every once and a while, a...

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

If there's a theme running through the best tech stories this week, it's convergence. There's a tendency to track tech trends in isolation (for example, the iterative steps in smartphone technology). In isolation, trends tend to appear fairly predictable, until...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Feb 7)

ROBOTS: The robot trade is booming in China Georgina Prodhan | Business Insider/Reuters "A race by carmakers to build plants in China along with wage inflation that has eroded the competitiveness of Chinese labor will push...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jan 30)

Some news stories are about iterative steps, others about significant strides. Then there's this week's batch of stories that, one way or another, are all about moonshots. We know that the future will be radically different but to...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Jan 24)

Enjoy this week's stories! COMPUTING: A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing Katia Moskvitch | Scientific American "I call it 'materials on demand' because, depending on your application and what you want to achieve, you can...

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

This week saw a slew of stories about how well computers are getting to know us and how that will be good for everyone...depending on your point of view, of course. Enjoy this week's stories! FACIAL RECOGNITION: Computers are...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Jan 10)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: The Robotification of Society is Coming Rhett Allain | WIRED "The best plan is to educate in a way that is perpendicular to the direction of robotification....at first robots will take over simple...

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