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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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Our Solar System’s 9 Extraterrestrial Oceans in One Surprising 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...

Pilots Need Not Apply: Matternet Launches Autonomous Drone Delivery System

We’ve covered drone delivery startup, Matternet, for a few years now. Before Amazon’s Jeff Bezos talked drone delivery on “60 Minutes,” Matternet was already working the problem. But their vision didn’t begin with retail and e-commerce—it began with...

Summit Spain: We’re Going to Rewire the Way Your Brain Views the Future

There’s a story about Napoleon that goes something like this: At a state dinner, he gave his soldiers silver utensils and his court gold. But the guest of honor, the king of Siam, was...

Google’s New Headquarters to Be a Chrysalis of ‘Glass Fabric’ and Movable Office Space

We see a lot futuristic concept sketches from architects. Spiraling Japanese ocean cities; skylines like dinosaur eggs on golf tees; or a Paris of 2050 dotted with algae bioreactors and jellyfish-inspired bridges. But if there’s anything we...
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Virtual Reality Is Coming: But What Will Make It Worth Visiting?

Morpheus, Gear, Rift, Vive—the list of prospective virtual reality devices is growing longer. And although this latest chapter in virtual reality was born in Oculus founder Palmer Luckey’s garage a few years ago, now...

Poll: 1,000+ Business Leaders Weigh in on Disruption and the Future of Tech

Let’s say you buy this idea that an increasing number of technologies are on an exponential curve (that is, they’re advancing at an accelerating pace) and whereas you might once have had decades to...
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Sci-Fi Sunday: Deep Space Is a Weird and Lonely Place for Humans and AI Alike

The desolate reaches of deep space figure heavily in today’s sci-fi short film double feature. Space, as it turns out, is really big and empty. Until we get warp drive or discover a local...

One Machine to Rule Them All: 3D Printing With German Precision

Why does 3D printing get all the love? Probably because it evokes visions of Star Trek’s famous replicator. Back here in the humble 21st century, however, it’s just one of the computerized manufacturing methods...

Why Silicon Valley Is Eager to Take on Detroit

We tend to think of cars as a mature technology. They’re good enough to be boring. But something weird is happening. Silicon Valley is eyeing the car business. First it was Tesla, Google—even Uber. Now,...

World’s Data Could Fit on a Teaspoon-Sized DNA Hard Drive and Survive Thousands of Years

The blueprint of every living thing on the planet is encoded in DNA. We know the stuff can hold a lot of information. But how much is a lot? We could theoretically encode the world's...

The Future of Crime: Our Digital Lives Are Hackable, But There’s Hope—If We Act Now

Last week, we posted the first half of an interview with Marc Goodman, author of the upcoming book Future Crimes. In that first installment, Goodman looked ahead to the weird world of future crime....

Lung Cancer ‘Breathalyzers’ to Boost Early Detection

There’s an old story that dogs can smell cancer. At first, it sounds like an urban legend. And while it isn’t untrue—there is evidence dogs can smell cancer—the research isn’t universally accepted, nor has...

In Driverless Cars, Champion Racing Skills Will Come Standard

An Audi TTS tears around a California racetrack hitting speeds of 120 miles an hour and finessing turns like an elite driver. And it is an elite driver. Just not a human one. Stanford Dynamic...

The Future of Crime: Smartphone Tracking, Neurohacking, and AI Assisted Murder

The world Marc Goodman outlines in exhaustive detail in his forthcoming book, Future Crimes, is as real, gritty, and frightening as life outside the Matrix. Indeed, Goodman opens his book by quoting the classic...

Might a ‘Gold Rush’ on the Moon Trigger the Next Epic Space Race?

As a kid, I devoured Star Trek: The Next Generation, and though it now appears nearly as campy as the original series did back then, I still love it. But Star Trek led me...

$34 Handheld Smartphone Device Diagnoses HIV and Syphilis in a Flash

Imagine never having to go to a lab for a blood test again. Never waiting days for results or paying through the nose for a single test. Instead, you attach a small device to...

Technology Gives Us the Power to Rewrite Nature

One of my old professors used to say calculus is the language of the universe. Now, every so often, I'll watch trees in the wind, cars on the road, or clouds rolling by, and see equations made...

In Our Hyperconnected Future, Regulation Will Be Instant and Irresistible

Last week, a man crash landed his drone on the White House lawn. Evidently, the individual, a member of a US intelligence agency, had been drinking and was showing off his drone to a...

“Organs-on-a-Chip” Aims to Eliminate Animal Testing from Drug Research

Imagine a future when promising drugs won't take a decade to develop, when early success more often translates to later adoption, and when we no longer need to rely on animal testing. After decades of snail-paced progress becoming the status...

First Super Bowl Lit by LEDs Saves 75% on Power

By now, you may know the advantages of LED lighting. They last much longer, consume less power, come in a variety of colors, and can even be controlled and programmed from a smartphone. Big cities,...
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As the Powerful Argue AI Ethics, Might Superintelligence Arise on the Fringes?

Last year, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking admitted they were concerned about artificial intelligence. While undeniably brilliant, neither are AI researchers. Then this week Bill Gates leapt into the fray, also voicing concern—even as a chief of...

Drones Will Be Everywhere Watching, Listening, and…Planting Millions of Trees?

More and more people are getting to know drones, and not just the military kind. Drones were one of the hottest gifts over the holidays because they’re not only getting easier to fly (though not...
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If You Upload Your Mind to a Computer—Are You Still You?

One of the most mind-bending far future predictions you'll hear from some futurists is this: Eventually, the technology will exist to copy your brain (every bit of data that makes you, you) onto a computer. Technical details and...

Overhauled Atlas Robot Ready to Square Off Against World’s Elite Robots This Summer

For two days this summer, the world’s elite robots will be gathered in one place. Darpa, the advanced technology and innovation wing of the US military, is hosting a $3.5 million competition to see...

Quiet Seagoing Cuttlefish Robot Is Highly Maneuverable and Propeller Free

We’ve covered all manner of biologically inspired robots over the years. Turns out nature has had a bit of a jump on us in the engineering department. So, why not steal a few designs?...

What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need to Succeed?

Yesterday marked the end of Google’s Glass Explorer Program. First released with much fanfare in 2013, Google marketed Glass to developers and early adopters. For $1,500, they would get the device and a chance to...

Working Lab-Grown Human Muscles to Serve as ‘Clinical Trials in a Dish’

A team of researchers out of Duke University recently announced they’ve grown human skeletal muscle in a dish. The muscle responds to electrical impulses, biochemical signals, and drugs just like muscle tissue in our...
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Top 5 Videos in Elon Musk and SpaceX’s Quest For Reusable Rockets

A week ago, in the open ocean off the Florida coast, the first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket nearly made history. SpaceX is attempting to recover, refurbish, and reuse its rockets to...
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Tour a Century of Sci-Fi Film in Just Four Minutes

I just watched over a hundred years of sci-fi crunched into four minutes. (See below.) And beyond a fun trip down memory lane, I noticed a few things. The effects have radically improved, but the themes...

3D Printed Electronic Devices Are Coming

The handheld computers we carry in our pockets represent almost unimaginable complexity. Batteries, sensors, chips, circuits, and touch displays in a space age shell, all painstakingly assembled by thousands of workers and shipped globally. Smartphones have disrupted...
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If We Made ‘Back to the Future II’ Today: What Would 2045 Look Like?

It’s officially 2015, the year Marty McFly and Doc Brown visited in their souped up DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future Part II. There’s been a flurry of press comparing the iconic...

Sand Art Robot Rakes Giant Beach Sketches

San Francisco artist Andres Amador makes monumental designs on the beach with naught but a rake and some wet sand. He’s mindblowingly good at sand art—but he’s got competition. A small, orange Disney robot...

Can DNA Nanobots Successfully Treat Cancer Patients? First Human Trial Soon

“No, no it’s not science fiction; it’s already happening,” said Ido Bachelet to a somewhat incredulous audience member at a London event late last year. Bachelet, previously of Harvard’s Wyss Institute and faculty member...
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Robot ‘Iron Chef’ Sharpens Skills With YouTube Cooking Videos

If robots and AI are our technological children (and of course they are!), what's the best way to teach them about the world? Why, the internet, of course. Using the popular deep learning programming technique, computer...

How Our Inventions Reinvent Us

In two recent videos, Jason Silva visits the idea of ontological design—that as we design our tools, so our tools design us in return. We devise and engineer computers and the internet, and now computers...

These Thought-Controlled Robotic Arms Are Beating Paralysis and Amputation

In 2012, University of Pittsburgh researchers released a video of Jan Scheuermann feeding herself a bite of chocolate. This, of course, wouldn't be noteworthy but for one thing: Scheuermann is paralyzed from the neck...

Cyborg Superpower: Man Can Hear the Internet

Television, cellphones, radio, WiFi—modern civilization converses in radio waves. Most of us need some kind of device to translate the signals into something we can consume on a screen or through a speaker. But in...

How Technology Brought Us Closer to the Future in 2014

As the year draws to a close, it’s worth glancing over our shoulder. What technologies and themes were brightest in 2014? Read on. (And keep in mind, attempting such a summation is ambitious to the extreme—let us...

Worm ‘Brain’ Uploaded Into Lego Robot

Can a digitally simulated brain on a computer perform tasks just like the real thing? For simple commands, the answer, it would seem, is yes it can. Researchers at the OpenWorm project recently hooked a...

Humans 2.0: Seeing Ourselves Anew in ‘Algorithmic Cascades of Data’

Sensors are cheap and abundant. They’re already in our devices, and soon enough, many of us may elect to carry sensors in and on our bodies, and embed them in our homes, offices, and...

Disney’s Exquisite Digital Eyes Bring Avatars to Life

When you meet someone, where does your gaze first fall? Usually, you’ll find you look for their eyes. And maybe this is partly why some digital characters can seem alien—their eyes are approximations of...

Can AI save us from AI?

Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence might just be the most debated technology book of the year. Since its release, big names in tech and science, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have warned of the...

Detecting Alien Planets With Your ‘Run-of-the-Mill’ Digital Camera

Astronomy is no stranger to citizen scientists. Amateur stargazers are credited with the discovery of comets, asteroids, and even planets. That said, while amateurs don’t use multi-million dollar observatories, it’s still an expensive hobby....

What Google Glass Has in Common With an Iconic Apple Fail

Not long ago, I attended two tech conferences. AI, robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology—both were future focused. But the most curious thing I saw there wasn’t on stage. It was more subtle, more about negative...

Graphene Armor Would Be Light, Flexible and Far Stronger Than Steel

Who needs science fiction? Nature is a wealth of imaginative plot twists. Take carbon. Carbon is common. It’s the fourth most abundant element in the universe. And yet, carbon is also exceptional. It’s the elemental...

Technology Is the Beauty and Terror of the Human Mind Turned Inside Out

In a recent video, Jason Silva says the goal of humanity is to turn our minds inside out, to actualize our imaginations in the real world through technology. He terms humankind’s unique ability to...

Made In Space Transports and Replicates First 3D Printed Object on Space Station

In September, Made In Space and NASA partnered to deliver the first 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS). And now this week, another first. The ISS astronauts fired up the printer to...

Summit Europe: Chip Implants Easy as Piercings

“I am bleeding just a little bit,” said Raymond McCauley. “Might I ask for a little assistance?” McCauley, chair of Singularity University’s biotechnology and bioinformatics track and a biohacker, had just implanted a microchip...

Summit Europe: To Anticipate the Future Is to Abandon Intuition

In the evolution of information technology, acceleration is the rule—and this fact isn’t easy for the human brain to grasp. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t at least intuitively aware of the...

Summit Europe: Robots Are Still Toddlers—But They’re Growing Up Fast

You've probably read somewhere recently that robots are coming to take your job. It's true, they probably are. But they’ve got some growing up to do first, says Rob Nail, CEO and associate founder...

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