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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 Jan 3)

It's a new year, one that promises significant strides in technology and major accomplishments along the frontier of science and medicine. While this year will likely be dominated by the rise of wearables and artificial intelligence along with the drama...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Dec 27)

Even though we're in the middle of the holidays, a number of great articles have been written in an effort to sum up the tech progress of 2014. Although we're awash in "Top 8" articles, the following articles...

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

As this is the last curation post of the year, I want to extend our team's thanks and appreciation to readers of Singularity Hub. Your support has allowed us to continue to grow and craft...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Dec 13)

Enjoy this week's stories on technological progress and the resulting tension caused! ROBOTS: Does the Halting Problem Mean No Moral Robots? Michael Byrne | Motherboard "The general idea under consideration is whether or not a robot can make an...
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Short Film “Memories 2.0” Envisions Reliving the Past Through Virtual Reality

One of the hard truths of human existence is that though we are able to move freely through space, we are mercilessly constrained by time. Each moment of life arrives then rapidly passes, seemingly lost forever. In an attempt to capture information...

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

It's a fairly universal truth that things can always get better. But gains in computing don't guarantee that technological advances immediately translate into lifestyle improvements. In time, problems introduced with technology tend to sort themselves out, but in an age when everything is accelerating, we...

Should scientists attempt to create artificial life?

The idea of creating life from scratch is deeply rooted in the imagination, from ancient mythology up to modern science fiction. Yet recent scientific advances in understanding what defines life at the molecular level has...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Nov 29)

News trends make sense when they can be traced back to specific events, developments, or monumental moments. Other times, the minds of journalists and writers seem to collectively coalesce around some idea that is difficult to point to. Over...
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Short Film “Doubles” Is a Humorous Take on the Nightmare of Parallel Universes Colliding

We've all wondered how our lives would be different if things had gone another way. Would we be the same person or someone we wouldn't even recognize? The truth may be that we don't really want to know. Each...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Nov 22)

We're getting closer to the end of 2014 and it's natural for writers to start reflecting on what this year has brought. Technology has advanced further than ever before, and we're more aware of both...

Does humankind’s progress depend upon the even distribution of technology?

"The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed." This quote, credited to sci-fi writer William Gibson, is popular among futurists and technologists because it dismantles the notion that certain technologies are out of...
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Short Film “SYNC” Imagines Robot Couriers As the Defense Against Cyberterrorism

Hacking and cyberterrorism are modern-day realities, and the more connected we become, the more vulnerable we are. While this is true for individuals, it's much more grim for corporations who have millions and even billions to lose....

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Nov. 15)

It was a busy week on Hub as we profiled Singularity University's Exponential Medicine conference in detail in the midst of historical landing of a spacecraft on a comet. But the Hub team still found...

Rosetta Successfully Lands Probe on Comet

After a 10-year mission, the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission has achieved a space first: landing a probe on a comet. The ESA confirmed that today that the probe has successfully landed. Launched in 2004,...

Can We Really Live to 1,000? CNBC Interviews Aubrey de Grey to Find Out

At this year's Exponential Medicine conference, CNBC was present to probe faculty about some of the exciting developments within accelerating technologies. One of the most eye-opening speakers is Aubrey de Grey, cofounder and Chief Science...

Will Quantum Computing Become an Everyday Reality? CNBC Interviews Brad Templeton to Learn More

At the 2014 Exponential Medicine conference, faculty from Singularity University were interviewed by CNBC about some of the most exciting advances in emerging technologies. When it comes to world of processors, there's probably no hotter topic right now than...

Would time travel be the most beneficial or most destructive force in the Universe?

Everything we experience indicates that time progresses in one irreversible direction. Anyone who has taken physics, read Einstein's work on relativity, or has an interest in black holes knows that the concept of time can get funky,...
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In the Future, Everyone Will Play Video Games

One needs only to look at how far videos games have come in a short period of time to appreciate how bright their future looks. Released this past summer and recently made available on Netflix, Video...

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

In light of Halloween, a tragic failure for the space industry, and another voting cycle in the U.S., this week saw a proliferation of articles all about different kinds of fear. Here at Hub, we avoid fearmongering as a...

Which emerging technology will most redefine what it means to be human?

Neil Harbisson, who dons an electronic eye that enables him to hear color and is the world's first government-recognized cyborg, has famously said, "I don’t feel that I’m using technology. I don’t feel that I’m wearing technology....

Welcome to the New Singularity Hub!

We're excited today to officially announce the new direction of our site! Singularity Hub, published by Singularity University, has operated since 2008 as a scitech blog offering daily news coverage, feature articles, analysis, and insights on...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Nov 1, 2014)

We increasingly live in an ethically murky world where the very technologies that are empowering us to achieve greater and greater milestones are also creating constraints that challenge how we define ourselves as humans. The...

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

Sometimes, we need to take a look at technologies, their trends, and their consequences from alternative points of view. This week, a slew of stories popped up around the web showing just how much things are changing but...

What We’re Reading Across the Web This Week (Through Oct 18, 2014)

While we kept our eye on the next iteration of devices rolling out of Apple this week, the Hub team was also getting a steady dose of great articles challenging some of the very pillars of how...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from around the Web (Through Oct 11)

What’s the most fascinating, intriguing story you’ve read recently? The Hub team has put together our list of what we're reading from around the web this week. Did we miss anything? If so, add it to the...
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Cute Robot Searches Post-Apocalyptic Paris for Friends in Short Film “L3.0”

Dystopian visions of the future often explore post-apocalyptic scenarios where life on the surface is rare or extinct. If robots are commonplace when life were to disappear, what would their existence be like? Would they continue to carry out their...

What We’re Reading This Week (Through Oct 4, 2014)

Here at Hub, we're thinking deeply about all the changes happening in the world, thanks to some great articles published this week wrestling with the implications of technology's progress. Just scan the headlines and you'll agree, we are...
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Short Film “Envoy” Showcases Amazing Visual Effects at the Cost of a Recycled Storyline

In Stephen King's story Low Men in Yellow Coats, an older man offers some advice to a boy about reading books: "Read sometimes for the story...read sometimes for the words--the language...but when you find a book that...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Sept 27, 2014)

This week, we saw history in the making as the first 3D printer arrived at the International Space Station. The stories we've been passing around cover a range of topics, from robots in seminaries to open...
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What We’re Reading and Watching This Week (Through Sept 20, 2014)

In the midst of all the technological progress being made globally on a daily basis, sometimes it's tough to appreciate how we're changing as humans. This week, we've been exploring articles and videos from around...

Know What Chemical Elements Are Inside Your Smartphone? A Good Chunk of the Periodic Table

Ever wonder what that mini monolithic-shaped computer you carry around in your pocket is made of? Gallium? Check. Arsenic? Check. Lead and tin? Check and check. Good thing all that is safely housed inside and you're not...

Predicting and Preventing the Spread of Infectious Disease with Google Earth

In the film Minority Report, PreCrime police combine psychic premonitions with search and surveillance technology to prevent murders before they occur, resulting in a homicide-free society. Could a similar approach ultimately eradicate infectious diseases like malaria? A recent project at UC San Francisco to leverage Google Earth is aiming to do...

This Week’s Best Stories from Around the Web (Through Sept 13, 2014)

While much of the media this week was obsessing over the latest gadget rollout from Apple, a handful of great stories made their way through the noise and showcase how technology is shifting the cultural fabric in surprising ways. Enjoy our favorites from this week. Gig Economy...

When Do We Get Catbots? We Have the Technology

We can all use an animal companion from time to time—a comforting presence that’s relatively low maintenance, warm, and furry. Pets offers no-drama company that’s hard to find in humans. Still, they come with a...

What We’re Reading Across the Web This Week (Through Sept 6, 2014)

It's September and that means we're on the cusp of seasonal change. So as you take time to reflect on the changes happening in the physical world, here's a list of excellent articles around the...

Google Glass App Uses Facial Recognition to Read People’s Emotions

It's no secret that in the digital age, social relationships are changing. The rise of social media has forced us to rely on the ability to read between the lines more than ever as tweets and Facebook posts...

Bacteria from New Residents Populate Homes Within One Day, According to Study

Worried about leaving a digital footprint behind? Your bacterial footprint could be much worse and even incriminating. Recently, researchers traced the microbes that live on and around people within their homes. Findings from the study showed that the composition of...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 30, 2014)

What's the most gripping, mind-bending story you've read this week? The Hub team has put together the week's most intriguing stories from around the web. Did we miss anything? If so, add it to the comments. Singularity or...

What We’re Reading This Week (Through Aug 23, 2014)

It's Friday and that means it's time to share stories and tech that we've been reading, thinking about, and passing round within the Singularity Hub team this week: Omote: Real-time Face Tracking and Projection Mapping | Vimeo "Project Omote is a...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 17, 2014)

Since last week's reading list was well received, we're serving up another round of the most intriguing articles in science and technology this week. And if you see one that we missed, feel free to...
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Short Film “The Trail’s End” Entices with Bonnie-and-Clyde Android Couple

For nearly a century, filmmakers have explored the convergence of humans and machines in the form of androids. Whether as soulless servants or heartless killbots , movies often depict a future full of androids wrought with perilous pathways that will require all human ingenuity...

Stories We’re Reading This Week (Through Aug 9, 2014)

Here at Singularity Hub, we're suckers for well-written, thought-provoking stories. They inspire us to think about the future, shift our perspectives, and improve our craft. Instead of just passing these articles back and forth, we thought it's...

Spaceport America Ramping Up For Projected Space Tourism Boom

It was just over a century ago that the Wright brothers developed a flying machine that lifted them into the air, which would evolve into today's safer-than-ever airline industry that saw 37.5 million business...

What Will Happen 5 Days Before The Singularity? “I’s” Feature Film Aims To Find Out

Sci-fi films have a long history of speculating what the future might be like, seeking to understand what remnants of humanity will continue on when the world may undergo drastic change. More realistic projections...
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Boston Dynamics’ Humanoid Robot, ATLAS, In Latest Video

Boston Dynamics, the robotics design company, has been demonstrating to the world that we're knee deep in the robot revolution. It was only back in April when the company released a series of videos...

Medical Tricorder Startup Scanadu Scout Raises Over $1.3M With Two Weeks Left

Over the years, it has become increasingly evident that Star Trek is a highly influential -- if not the most influential -- work in science fiction that has inspired generations of people to pursue...

Miniature, Freaky Fast Quadruped Robots

One of the longstanding goals in robotics is the mastery of motion, such that balance, precision, and control provide the same kind of  all-terrain navigation seen in biological quadruped counterparts. Another goal? Make robots fast...like...

What The Future Of Global Energy Consumption Looks Like With LEGOs

Sometimes it's the simplest of explanations that can change your whole perspective...at least, that's what statistics guru Hans Rosling hopes to achieve in a new video. Rosling, who is a professor of global health at the...
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Steve Aoki Music Video ‘Singularity’ Imagines Cybernetic Future, Features Ray Kurzweil

"Hi Steve. This is Ray Kurzweil. I want to tell you about our future." With an opening like that, you know that the latest music video 'Singularity' from electro house musician Steve Aoki is going...

Smartphone App Lets You Carry Human Experts Around In Your Pocket

Imagine if you could bring a slew of virtual experts around with you and ask them for advice whenever the need arose. Although that sounds like futuristic technology, a new app from Esquire magazine shows that it's a world right around the corner. The aim is to create the impression of holding a conversation with the virtual experts through the combination of speech recognition, artificial intelligence, and lots of video.

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