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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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Beautiful Brain-Like Structures Form When Watercolors And Ferrofluids Mix

Fabian Oefner is a Swiss photographer who explores the interplay of science and art. Earlier this year, he watched a video of ferrofluids being used to create artistic sculptures. So he started experimenting with...

“Lettuce Bot” Rolls Through Crops, Terminates Weeds It Visually Identifies

If food was a superhero (called, I don't know...Captain Nutrient), one of its most dangerous archenemies would be The Vile Weed. Okay, perhaps that's a juvenile way of explaining how detrimental weeds are to crops, but it...

Smart Gloves Turn Sign Language Gestures Into Vocalized Speech

Giving a voice to the voiceless has been a cause that many have championed throughout history, but it's safe to say that none of those efforts involved packing a bunch of sensors into a...

2013 — The Dawn Of Wearable Computing?

Sooner rather than later you'll have a computer attached to your face, and for some, it'll happen as early as next year. Why? Because the era of wearable computing is dawning as startups and...

Spotted! Swarm Of Quadcopters Produce Eerie, Mesmerizing Lightshow In Night Sky

Colorful lights dancing in the night sky in synchronized motion would make any UFO enthusiast's heart skip a beat, but the fact that the crafts producing the mesmerizing lightshow are quadcopters doesn't make it...

Google’s Self-Driving Cars On The Road Toward Approval In California

Google's efforts toward getting more self-driving cars on the road just scored a big victory: the California Senate unanimously passed a bill favoring autonomous vehicle operation on the roads of the Golden State. Though the bill...

Visions Of The Future: DR0NE, A Webseries About Autonomous Humanoid Soldiers

Consider, for a moment, the rising use of drone technology by the military. In light of how years of advances in robotics and artificial intelligence will transform drones, imagine how warfare will look in merely...
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Control Computers With Plants? Disney Magic Makes It Happen

What if anything -- a surface, a plant, or even parts of your own body -- could become a touch interface that controls a computer? That's what the Disney Human-Computer Interaction Research Team has...
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It’s Time To Build A Space Elevator, Says LiftPort Group In Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Building a tower into the Heavens is a prospect that is likely as old as human civilization itself, and for the last 50 years or so, scientists have proposed that the best way to...
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Robot Vs. Human: Drum Cover Of Classic Punk Hit By The Ramones

Looking like the twin brother of Star Wars villain General Grievous but sporting a mohawk, this four-armed, drum-playing robot mysteriously showed up on YouTube a few days ago with little information provided, but all...

Singularity Summit 2012 Is Coming To San Francisco October 13-14

Now in it's sixth year, the Singularity Summit, which is hosted by the Singularity Institute, will be in San Francisco on October 13-14 to continue its tradition of bringing world class speakers to present the latest advances...

Artificial Intelligence Will Defeat CAPTCHA — How Will We Prove We’re Human Then?

If you use the web for more than just browsing (that's pretty much everyone), chances are you've had your fair share of "CAPTCHA rage," the frustration stemming from trying to discern a marginally legible...

Next Gen To Bring Singularity: Foresight Gifts Thousands of Singularity Related Books To Students

To inspire a generation of tech entrepreneurs who can change the world, the Foresight Institute has come up with a simple but brilliant plan: give students an optimistic vision for the future. To do...

Enthusiast Uses Valve’s Source Filmmaker To Remake Classic Scene From The Matrix

One of the top video game makers today, Valve, recently released a free tool that allows anyone to create their own awesome content without hiring actors, buying cameras, or worrying about distribution. The software...

Startup Aims To Install Pipelines With Helicopters…Really!

A major earthquake strikes a town leaving power plants damaged, water pipelines broken, and roads blocked. How will people get clean water? A new startup says it has the answer. TOHL, which stands for Tubing Operations...

Singularity U Launches 2012 Class: Bring On The Future!

Last Friday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Closing Ceremony of the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University (SU). This event is the pinnacle of a marathon-like 10-week program, in which 80...

Exclusive: 21 Proposals For A Better Future From Singularity U’s 2012 Class

This year's Graduate Studies Program (GSP) at Singularity University -- the learning institution focused on future-shaping technologies -- is wrapping up an intense 10-week summer. To celebrate, an expo event, including the Closing Ceremony, was...

ReadySet Solar Charger Successful In Africa Now Headed To US

Want renewable energy in a small, portable package? Then the ReadySet solar charger by Fenix International may be the closest thing to a perfect on-the-go kit for anyone excited about solar power. The charger was initially...

StethoCloud – The $20 Stethoscope Attachment For Smartphones To Diagnose Pneumonia

What do you get when you combine smartphones, cloud computing, and digital medicine? A new era of healthcare that is bringing powerful technological innovations rapidly to the world. For example, take StethoCloud, a cloud-based service...

Android-Based Game Console Closing Out Record-Breaking Kickstarter Campaign

Tired of feeling boxed in by your game console? Then rush over to Kickstarter and get ready to throw your money at the screen. Ouya (pronounced "ooo-yah!"), the widely publicized new platform, is an...
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That’s Right, Japan Has Created A Real Life 4 Ton Mech Robot

Its name is Kuratas, and it's a dream come true for mech robot fans. That's right -- it's your very own mecha to zoom around in and target your enemies...sort of. The Japanese firm Suidobashi...

Maker Of NAO Robots Releases Mashed-Up Video Highlighting Our Robot Future

Aldebaran Robotics, maker of the NAO robot, has released a recruiting video seeking "Europe's best engineering talents" to help it build the next phase of the NAO dream team. The video titled "Shape the...

Kurzweil Talks About Achievable Immortality On PBS NewsHour

Economists are known for investing enormous time making predictions about the near future, usually by following predictable cycles and extrapolating from trends of the recent past. But emerging exponential and convergent technologies seem to...

4-Year-Old’s Missing Gene Discovered Through Crowdfunded Sequencing

Crowdfunding is starting to accomplish some pretty impressive feats beyond video game reboots and smartphone-linked watches on Kickstarter. In mid-July, the nonprofit organization Rare Genomics Institute (RGI), which sequences genomes of children with rare...
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Real-Time Language Translation With UK Developer’s Own Google-esque Augmented Reality Glasses

Think that only the giant Google can make next generation augmented-reality glasses? Think again. A UK developer who has been hacking together his own Project Glass has now expanded its functionality to make a...

Europe Takes The Lead Toward Approval Of First Gene Therapy Drug

A watershed moment in gene therapy has finally come to pass. This month, a committee from the European Medicines Agency recommended the approval of a gene therapy drug, named Glybera (alipogene tiparvovec), for the treatment...

Will It Matter If We Speak Different Languages In The Future?

The notion of 'foreign' languages is beginning to disappear, thanks to ongoing developments by the likes of Google and Facebook that help the thousands of languages across the world be less foreign and more...

Learn Science While Playing Video Games? Video Game Maker Valve Makes Dreams Comes True

For decades, video games and education have gone together like oil and water. No matter what attempts were made to merge the two, it seems students and teachers had to pick between one or...

First HIV Prevention Drug Approved By The FDA

Right on the heels of a new at-home HIV test receiving FDA approval comes word that the first HIV prevention pill has also been approved. Produced by Gilead Sciences, the dual-drug Truvada has been...

Japanese Robot Can Beat Humans At Rock-Paper-Scissors Every Time

What good is a 1-millisecond advantage? For humans, not much, but for a Japanese robot, it's means victory every time...at least when it comes to the game of rock-paper-scissors. Researchers at the University of...
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“The Future Is Ours” Video Inspires Hope In Technology And Human Progress

In a recent TED talk titled "Abundance Is Our Future," Peter Diamandis points out that though the amygdala in our brains may continually draw our attention toward negative news stories -- and therefore help...

Next Up For Robotic Automation: Serving Pizza Untouched By Human Hands

Anyone squeamish during the Seinfeld episode when Poppy is kneading pizza dough after failing to wash his hands in the restroom finally has a convenient place they can buy fresh pizza "untouched by human...

Now Your Smartphone Can Be Used To Diagnose Ear Infections At Home

Cameras in smartphones will inevitably replace nearly all portable cameras and camcorders, but could they also make basic medical instruments obsolete? A startup called CellScope plans to do just that by turning smartphones into...

Test Tube Babies Reach Major Milestone: 5 Million Born Since 1978

It's time to applaud fertility specialists for all their baby making efforts: an estimated 5 million "test tube babies" have been born worldwide since the first successful in-vitro fertilization (IVF) birth in 1978. Delegates of the non-profit organization...

Tapping Your Smartphone On A Surface Can Now Initiate Actions With Samsung’s TecTiles

When it comes to making smartphones even easier and more powerful to use, Apple’s voice recognition app Siri has been stealing the spotlight lately. After all, commanding your phone to call someone is easier...

Sophisticated Robotic Hand Also Doubles As A Human Exoskeleton

It may be time to jettison the notion that robots in the future will have grippers or claws for hands. The German robotics company Festo recently unveiled the ExoHand, a sophisticated robotic hand that...
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Physicists At CERN Believe They Have Found Elusive Higgs Boson

The world of physics is electrified today with the news that a new particle has been detected that is consistent with the elusive Higgs boson, the long-sought after particle responsible for the forces in...

New Software Can Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease Simply By Listening To Your Voice

Software like Apple's Siri that responds to your voice is convenient and incredibly cool, but what if a similar kind of voice analysis could diagnose disease? A new initiative aims to make detection of Parkinson's disease...

Transcribe Videos And Make Them Searchable With Koemei

Wouldn't it be great to be able to search videos for what people are actually saying instead of relying on tags or descriptions? Koemei (pronounced "co-may") aims to do just that through their cloud-based...

Stop Using Petroleum: Propel Opens First Alternative Fuel Center, Installs Pumps At Dozens Of Gas Stations

There's nothing that says 'squandered potential' like a treadmill in the corner of a room being used as a clothes hanger...well, until now. A recent Business Week article stated that more than one-third of...
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Machinima Scores $35 Million In Team Play With Google

If you've ever stumbled around on YouTube and landed on videogame footage with a snarky voiceover talking about ex-girlfriends, best snacks, and references to shows on Comedy Central, you might have been rather shocked...

Mobile Payment Startup Square Growing Strong And Transforming Small Business

Some ideas are just too good to be true, and accepting credit card payments with a mobile device is one of them. Square, the mobile payment startup conceived by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, quickly...

CEO Of Russian Email Company Fuels Robotics Revolution With $25 Million

You want a robotics revolution? Then get ready to drop $25 million. That is, of course, if you are Dmitry Grishin, the co-founder of the Mail.ru Group and CEO of Russia's #1 email service,...

Ten-Year-Old Girl Receives Major Vein Grown From Her Own Stem Cells

A 10-year-old Swedish girl has had a potentially life-threatening condition alleviated by receiving a vein grown from her own stem cells. Her condition, called extrahepatic portal vein obstruction, blocks the bloodflow between the intestines and...

Personal Assistant Catfight Is Brewing As Evi Tries To Keep Pace With Apple’s Siri

It seems that Apple rivals are everywhere these days, and the world of personal assistant apps is no different. Since October of last year when the iPhone 4S was unveiled, Siri has become an incredibly...
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Awesome Video Explains Synthetic Biology

A succinct, yet powerful animation titled "Synthetic Biology Explained" shows the incredible potential of this emergent field and how engineering will transform the field of genetics to produce some truly amazing technology. With the...

London Crackdown Continues — Police Using Mobile Fingerprint Scanners To Nab Criminals On The Spot

Sherlock Holmes would likely be uncharacteristically doling out high praise to Scotland Yard for employing the latest technology for the Olympics. In preparation for this year's summer Games, the London Metropolitan Police are going to great...

Paralyzed Man Regains Use Of Hands After Having Nerves Rewired

A quadriplegic man has regained partial control of his hands after doctors rewired the nerves in his arm. The 71-year-old patient suffered a spinal cord injury after a car accident four years ago that left him partially...

Canon Camera Factory To Go Fully Automated, Phase Out Human Workers

In the second Star Wars prequel, Attack Of The Clones, C3PO walks into a droid factory and exclaims, "Machines building machines? How perverse!" Although it may be an abomination to a fictional robot, for the...

3D Printing Is The Future Of Manufacturing And Neri Oxman Shows How Beautiful It Can Be

To be on forefront of a cutting edge field like 3D printing, the skill set required is pretty stacked. You need to be a designer, engineer, researcher, innovator, and technologist. You should be a...

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