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Jason Dorrier

Jason Dorrier

Jason is managing editor of Singularity Hub. He did research and wrote about finance and economics before moving on to science, technology, and the future. He is curious about pretty much everything, and sad he'll only ever know a tiny fraction of it all.

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Writing the First Human Genome by 2026 Is Synthetic Biology’s Grand Challenge

A “top secret" meeting of scientists was held at the Langone Medical Center on Halloween 2015. Their aim? To kickstart a new Human Genome Project and build a functional human genome from the base...

The Solar System’s 9 Oceans Beyond Earth in One Remarkable Infographic

When scientists looked at Mars through early telescopes, they saw a fuzzy, rust-colored globe scored by mysterious dark gashes some believed were alien canals. Later, armed with sharper images, we scoffed at such naiveté. Mars is obviously dry as...

Finding Intelligent Alien Life Would Offer Hope For Our Own Future

Are we alone in the universe? We don’t know. But as Carl Sagan said, if we are, it seems like an awful waste of space. At Singularity University Global Summit, Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver...

Peter Diamandis: We’ll Radically Extend Our Lives With New Technologies

How long do you think you’ll live? You probably have some idea, and no doubt, you can easily imagine a maximum limit. We humans tend to make it to 70, 80, or 90. The...

The Doomsday Vault: An Insurance Policy For the World’s Food Supply

In Norway, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is buried deep permafrost well within the Arctic Circle. The vault was created as a means to preserve human agriculture for an uncertain future. We first wrote...

Check Out This Dime-Sized Van Gogh Replica—It’s Made of DNA

DNA codes for life as we know it, but in recent years, scientists have discovered more uses for the molecule. Because DNA is foldable and “sticky,” they've begun making microscopic shapes called DNA origami. Over...

Smart Dust Is Coming: New Camera Is the Size of a Grain of Salt

Miniaturization is one of the most world-shaking trends of the last several decades. Computer chips now have features measured in billionths of a meter. Sensors that once weighed kilograms fit inside your smartphone. But it...
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The Robot Apocalypse Is Looking Pretty Damn Funky in New Boston Dynamics Video

In a new Boston Dynamics video, a four-legged robot ducks under tables and walks up stairs; it does the dishes with a giraffe neck and weird dinosaur head. It jogs down the hall and...

Will the Future Be Hellish, Heavenly, or Simply Better Than Today?

What will the future look like? Imagine it for a second. Maybe you see a gleaming city cleaner than anything has a right to be. Personal flying machines zip overhead, like insects pollinating megatowers in...
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What You Need to Know About the Future of Money

If you don’t hate banks, they probably bore your socks off. That’s okay. The day-to-day machinations of the financial machine are either mundane or massively complicated. But what happens in finance should matter to...
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How Quantum Computing Can Make Finance More Scientific

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. Modern life is punctuated by market cycles. One year the gears of commerce are whirring along. Businesses are hiring and investing. People are...
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An AI Wrote This Short Film—and It’s Surprisingly Entertaining

“In a future with mass unemployment, young people are forced to sell blood.” This is the opening line of a short film entered in this year's Sci-Fi London Film Challenge. It's dark, enigmatic, contemporary…and written...

The Elderly May One Day Swap Their Motorized Scooters for Robotic Suits

Robotic exoskeletons, long a staple of sci-fi novels, comic books, and movies, are now part of the real world—and they’ve mostly followed the sci-fi model. That is, exoskeletons are wearable robots. All metal, all...
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A Big Shift Is Coming, and It Could Uber-ize Entire Industries

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.  Who will rule the future economy—entrepreneurs or mega corporations? Will the economy fracture...

How Scientists Are Hacking Biology to Build at the Molecular Scale

The long vision of nanotechnology suggests tiny robot “assemblers” will swarm unseen in the air, water, and even our bodies, building anything from the atoms up. It's a wild thought and still (mostly) a dream. But looked...
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Mixed Reality Is How We’ll Escape the Tragic Future in Short Film ‘The Nostalgist’

Not too long ago, virtual reality was stuck in the lab, an elaborate, expensive rig that worked okay, sure, but was a far cry from anything dreamed up in the movies. Now, it’s no longer...

Why Hubble Still Blows Our Minds After a Quarter Century in Space

To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s 26th anniversary in space, NASA released a series of images, videos, and simulations of an object known as the Bubble Nebula. In the main image, a giant star is blowing...

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future

This is the last 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...
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The Coming Robot War Is Our Fault in Short Film ‘Rise’

Speculating what will cause our ultimate demise has been the stuff of science fiction for years—if it’s not aliens wiping out the human race, it’s probably robots. This is a proven trope that keeps moviegoers...

How Microfactories Can Bring Iterative Manufacturing to the Masses

Humans manufacture a mind-numbing amount of stuff each year—ever wonder how we do it? In the past 100 or more years, it’s been all about economies of scale. This means you should make a lot of...

Watch Google X Unleash an Awesome Two-Legged Robot on Tokyo

It’s been a little over two years since Google jumped into robotics with both feet. In 2013, the company (since reorganized as Alphabet) bought eight of the most interesting robotics companies in the world....

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...

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...

Will the End of Moore’s Law Halt Computing’s Exponential Rise?

This is the first 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: Technology Feels Like It’s Accelerating—Because It Actually...

Watch Monkeys Drive Wheelchairs With Just Their Thoughts

Duke University scientists have given a pair of monkeys the ability to drive a wheelchair with their thoughts alone. The work is described in a paper recently published in the journal Scientific Reports and...
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Atlas Robot Is More Capable (and Human) Than Ever in Latest Video

If you aren’t convinced the pace of robotics is accelerating, you need only check out the new video from robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics. The group's latest humanoid robot tramps through the snow, stacks boxes, and...

This Remarkable Robot Hand Is Worthy of Luke Skywalker

Most of today's robot hands can perform easy tasks. They’re uber-practical grippers, simple and useful. But is it really so much to ask for robotic masterworks as dextrous as Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand in Star Wars?...

Japanese Robotic Farm’s First Harvest Next Year—Half a Million Lettuces a Day in Five Years

In modern times, farming's gone from humanity's top job to a sliver of the economy—a trend that continues today as fewer young people choose to farm. For every farmer under 35 there are 6 over 65, and a quarter of...
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Future ‘Mad Men’ Will Buy Ad Space in Your Dreams

The smaller computers get, the more they invade our personal space (or from another perspective, the more we invite them into it). We've gone from lonely industrial age mainframes to pocket computers as essential and ever-present...

Why 3D Printing Will Be a Key Technology in the Next Space Race

NASA recently announced that they test fired a research rocket engine. Nothing special about that—other than the fact said engine was 75 percent 3D printed parts. As industrial 3D printing has moved from prototyping to...

Check Out This Gravity-Defying Robot That Zips Up Vertical Walls

When robots were still largely the domain of science fiction, their most common shape was human (more or less)—two legs, two arms, one head. Now that we’ve actually begun building them, robot-kind has been...

Bullseye! Watch SpaceX Rocket Fall From Space and Land on a Dime

I've been wanting to write this headline for awhile. When SpaceX first began launching, steering, and landing rockets a few years ago, the dream of reusable rockets began to seem less dreamlike. But those first tests...

Watch This Robot Solve a Rubik’s Cube in a World Record 2.39 Seconds

There are some tasks to which robots and AI are far inferior to humans. We focus on these skills because they separate us from the machines. And when a computer masters one of them,...

Let’s Be Thankful: Amazon’s Robot Hordes Have Doubled This Year

Can you believe it? The Earth has whirled around the sun yet again. Winter is coming, and sure as the seasons change and the geese go south, those glowing percentage signs on the screen are...

Exponential Medicine: The Most Detailed Snapshot of Human Health in History

Our bodies are extremely complex, interrelated, and ever-evolving patterns of information—from DNA to physiology to vital signs. But until modern times, most of that information was hidden from view. We didn’t know there was...

Exponential Medicine: The Most Advanced Nanotechnology Today Is Already Inside You

For me, the word nanotechnology evokes a specific image. Maybe you’re the same. It’s a machine. Perhaps a little futuristic. But something that wouldn’t seem out of place on the street or in a...

Exponential Medicine: Health Data Discomfort? Blockchain Is the Cure

In the not too distant future, your body may be reduced to a string of 1s and 0s. Your genome will be sequenced; the bacterial demography of your gut polled, your steps tracked, your calories...

Exponential Medicine: Deep Learning AI Better Than Your Doctor at Finding Cancer

Jeremy Howard opened his machine learning talk at Exponential Medicine by noting he would be presenting from his laptop. Something epic had just happened, and he had to include it. “My previously created talk...

Soon Countries Won’t Compete for Cheap Labor—But Robotics

You’ve heard the chatter: Robots and AI want your job. One famous study predicted 47% of today’s jobs may be automated by 2034. And if you want to know how likely it is you’ll...

See This Delicate Jellyfish 3D Printed in Self-Healing Gel

You can print wild designs using a 3D printer—shapes you couldn’t make any other way. But 3D printing is also still in thrall to the laws of physics. To date, 3D printed structures made in...
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A Helper Robot Reveals the Near Future in This Beautiful Short Film

In Courtney Marsh’s short film ZARI a bullet-shaped helper robot trundles about doing chores. Its smooth white-on-black design is vaguely Apple-inspired; its interactions are Siri plus a few years. The film’s pace is deliberate and...

Watch These Drones Build a Rope Bridge—and Intrepid Researchers Walk Over It

Earlier this year, we wrote about a project to 3D print a bridge in Amsterdam. Said printer will move along a set of (self-printed) tracks, leaving a fully formed bridge in its wake. Now, machine...
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Watch: What Is Consciousness? We Now Have the Tools to Find Out

The question of consciousness is as old as philosophy. And while the exact nature of human consciousness is exceedingly difficult to pin down—that doesn’t stop us from trying. It's a puzzle that's preoccupied the world’s greatest...

It’s On! Giant Robot Duel Kickstarted—Time to Build a Sweet Mecha

To call MegaBots audacious is a bit of an understatement. Not too long ago, the robotics company challenged Japan to a giant robot duel. Sure, it was cheeky to wear aviators and drape an American flag...

This Robotic Hand Wired to a Brain Implant Restored a Paralyzed Man’s Sense of Touch

In the last few years, experimental robotic limbs have made great advances, promising people who are paralyzed or have lost a limb the return of some sorely missed freedom. In 2012, a man with one...

We Can Rebuild Him: Patient Receives 3D Printed Titanium Ribs and Sternum

It’s a bit like a Marvel superhero comic or a 70s sci-fi TV show—only it actually just happened. After having his sternum and several ribs surgically removed, a Spanish cancer patient took delivery of...
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What Will ‘Drag and Drop’ Gene Editing Do for You? Find Out on Ask an Expert [Video]

Biotechnology is moving blindingly fast: From $1,000 human genome sequencing to CRISPR gene editing, we're approaching an era when scientists can edit and rewrite the source code of life. Physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson...

Watch MIT’s Breakthrough 3D Printer Pour Molten Glass Like Honey

Glass and visions of the future go hand in hand. Towering skylines of glass and steel evoke a sense of progress like nothing else. And yet, the technology itself is ancient, and how we work...

Is Technology Unnatural—Or Is It ‘What Makes Us Human’?

Beavers dam rivers; birds build nests; chimpanzees use sticks to fish for ants or termites. Nature at its best. But when humans build dams or use tools to feed ourselves, our creations, though admittedly...

Why This Neural Net Thinks the Starship Enterprise Is a Waffle Iron

Artificial neural networks have been all the rage lately. A neural net called DeepDream, built by Google and later released publicly, became an internet sensation for its trippy, dreamlike images. Google and Microsoft boast neural...

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