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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 18)

AUGMENTED REALITY Minecraft Earth Wants to Be the Next Pokemon Go—Only Bigger Peter Rubin | Wired "It’s a massive undertaking that quite literally covers the entire globe in Minecraft—and is the biggest step yet taken toward the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 11)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE A New Way to Build Tiny Neural Networks Could Create Powerful AI on Your Phone Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review "If you can train a neural network locally on a device instead of in...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 4)

NANOTECHNOLOGY The Microbots Are on Their Way Kenneth Chang | The New York Times "Like Frankenstein, Marc Miskin’s robots initially lie motionless. Then their limbs jerk to life. But these robots are the size of a speck...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 20)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Open AI's Dota 2 AI Steamrolls World Champion e-Sports Team With Back-to-Back Victories Nick Statt | The Verge "... tells me there probably does not exist a video game out there right now that a...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 13)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Two Rival AI Approaches Combine to Let Machines Learn Like a Child Will Knight | MIT Technology Review "...the hybrid system addresses key limitations of both earlier approaches by combining them. It overcomes the scalability...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 6)

FUTURE OF FOOD Behold the 'Beefless Impossible Whopper' Nathaniel Popper | The New York Times "Burger King is introducing a Whopper made with a vegetarian patty from the start-up Impossible Foods. The deal is a big step...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 30)

GENE EDITING Genome Engineers Made More Than 13,000 Genome Edits in a Single Cell Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review "The group, led by gene technologist George Church, wants to rewrite genomes at a far larger scale...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 23)

COMPUTING Racing Against China, US Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer Don Clark | The New York Times "Lab officials predict it will be the first American machine to reach a milestone called 'exascale' performance, surpassing a...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DeepMind and Google: The Battle to Control Artificial Intelligence Hal Hodson | 1843 "Hassabis thought DeepMind would be a hybrid: it would have the drive of a startup, the brains of the greatest universities, and...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 9)

MEDICINE HIV Is Reported Cured in a Second Patient, a Milestone in the Global AIDs Epidemic Apoorva Mandavilli | The New York Times "Scientists have long tried to duplicate the procedure that led to the first long-term...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 2)

NEUROSCIENCE Doctors Plan to Test a Gene Therapy That Could Prevent Alzheimer's Disease Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review "Eventually, the hope is, middle-aged people with risky genes might undergo one-time genetic tune-ups. Even a small reduction...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 23)

GENETICS Doubling Our DNA Building Blocks Could Lead to New Life Forms Megan Molteni | Wired " could have immediate impacts on the nascent DNA data storage industry and NASA’s search for life elsewhere in the solar system. It...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Is Reinventing the Way We Invent David Rotman | MIT Technology Review "i'This is where the action is,' Alán Aspuru-Guzik says. 'AIs that drive cars, AIs that improve medical diagnostics, AIs for personal shopping—the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 9)

AUTOMATION The Rise of the Robot Reporter Jaclyn Paiser | The New York Times "In addition to covering company earnings for Bloomberg, robot reporters have been prolific producers of articles on minor league baseball for The Associated...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 2)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The World's Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record Tom Simonite | Wired "Summit, which occupies an area equivalent to two tennis courts, used more than 27,000 powerful graphics processors in the project. It tapped their...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 26)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DeepMind Beats Pros at Starcraft in Another Triumph for Bots Tom Simonite | Wired "DeepMind’s feat is the most complex yet in a long train of contests in which computers have beaten top humans at...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 19)

FUTURE The Most Powerful Person in Silicon Valley Katrina Brooker | Fast Company "Billionaire Masayoshi Son—not Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg—has the most audacious vision for an AI-powered utopia where machines control how we live....

Singularity Hub’s Top Articles of the Year

2018 was a big year for science and technology. The first gene-edited babies were born, as were the first cloned monkeys. SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy, and NASA's InSight lander placed a seismometer...

Breaking Out of the Corporate Bubble With Uncommon Partners

For big companies, success is a blessing and a curse. You don’t get big without doing something (or many things) very right. It might start with an invention or service the world didn’t know...

Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine Kicks Off Today in San Diego

Technology is enabling us to explore groundbreaking new ideas in medicine, and as a result the medical field is advancing more rapidly than ever before. AI is helping find faster, better ways of diagnosing,...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 27)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The AI Cold War That Could Doom Us All Nicholas Thompson | Wired "At the dawn of a new stage in the digital revolution, the world’s two most powerful nations are rapidly retreating into positions...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 20)

DIGITAL MEDIA Actors Are Digitally Preserving Themselves to Continue Their Careers Beyond the Grave Erin Winick | MIT Technology Review "Earlier this year Last Jedi visual-effects supervisor Ben Morris told Inverse that the Star Wars franchise is now scanning all its leads....

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 13)

ROBOTICS Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Shows Off Parkour Skills Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum "The remarkable evolution of Atlas, Boston Dynamics’ most agile robot, continues. In a video posted today, Atlas is seen jumping over a log and...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 6)

ROBOTICS The Demise of Rethink Robotics Shows How Hard It Is to Make Machines Truly Smart Will Knight | MIT Technology Review "There’s growing interest in using recent advances in AI to make industrial robots a lot smarter and more useful....

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 29)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE How Google's DeepMind Will Train Its AI Inside Unity's Video Game Worlds Sean Captain | Fast Company "DeepMind, part of Google parent company Alphabet, is going big on virtual world AI training through a deal...

Innovation Is on the Rise Worldwide. How Do You Measure It?

How do you measure innovation? Thanks to dropping costs, technology has become far more accessible than it used to be, and its proliferation has unleashed the creativity and resourcefulness of people around the world. We...

Technology and Compassion: A Conversation With the Dalai Lama

From how we get around to how we spend our time to how we manage our health, technology is changing our lives—not to mention economies, governments, and cities around the world. Tech has brought...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 22)

ROBOTICS Meet the Winner of Robotics' World Cup Editorial Staff | MIT Technology Review "If you are under the impression that the recent soccer World Cup was won by a fine French team that triumphed over Croatia...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 15)

GENETICS Plan to Build a Genetic Noah's Ark Includes a Staggering 66,000 Species George Dvorsky | Gizmodo "As its name implies, this group had initially planned to sequence the genomes of at least 10,000 vertebrate species,...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 8)

TECHNOLOGY Google Turns 20: How an Internet Search Engine Reshaped the World Editorial Staff | The Verge "No technology company is arguably more responsible for shaping the modern internet, and modern life, than Google. The company that...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 1)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help? Cade Metz | The New York Times "The consultants and planners who try to forecast threats think AI could be the next technological game...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 25)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE God Is in the Machine Carl Miller | The Times Literary Supplement "Algorithms have changed, from Really Simple to Ridiculously Complicated. They are capable of accomplishing tasks and tackling problems that they’ve never been able...

Singularity University’s Global Summit Kicks off Today in San Francisco

Singularity University’s (SU) third annual Global Summit begins today in San Francisco, running through Wednesday, August 22. The Singularity Hub team will be there to give you a look inside the event with articles...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 18)

FUTURE What the Year 2050 Has in Store for Humankind Yuval Noah Harari | Wired "Humankind is facing unprecedented revolutions, all our old stories are crumbling and no new story has so far emerged to replace them....

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 11)

MIXED REALITY I Tried Magic Leap and Saw a Flawed Glimpse of Mixed Reality's Amazing Potential Adi Robertson | The Verge "Whether or not it’s cooler than most people think, the Magic Leap One is cooler than...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 4)

TECHNOLOGY Apple Is Worth One Trillion Dollars Ian Bogost | The Atlantic "Tech magnates crow too often about 'changing the world,' but this is what it really looks like, for good and for ill. It’s what railroads...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 28)

ROBOTICS Can a Robot Be a Very Good Doggo? Boston Dynamics Hopes So Nick Lucchesi | Inverse "Boston Dynamics has plans to take its robotic helpers mainstream next year: By July 2019, it will be on pace...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 21)

FUTURE OF WORK This Is What Work Will Look Like in 2100 Jared Lindzon | Fast Company "Some futurists believe that automation will push future workers to tasks that are quintessentially human, and that things like standardized...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 14)

COMPUTING The US May Have Just Pulled Even With China in the Race to Build Supercomputing's Next Big Thing Martin Giles | MIT Technology Review "While there’s plenty of national pride wrapped up in the race to...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 23)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE What It's Like to Watch an IBM AI Successfully Debate Humans Dieter Bohn | The Verge "It looks like a huge leap beyond that other splashy demonstration we all remember from IBM when Watson mopped the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE This Wild, AI-Generated Film Is the Next Step in 'Whole-Movie Puppetry' Sam Machkovech | Ars Technica "Their plan required Benjamin to do the following: cobble together footage from public domain films, face-swap the duo's database...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 9)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The World's Most Powerful Supercomputer Is Tailor Made for the AI Era Martin Giles | MIT Technology Review "The team at Oak Ridge says Summit is the first supercomputer designed from the ground up to...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 2)

BIOTECH Gene Therapy Is Saving Children’s Lives—but Screening to Discover Who Needs It Is Lagging Behind Emily Mullin | MIT Technology Review “The company behind the drug, AveXis, is seeing the most dramatic results in children who...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 26)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE How the Enlightenment Ends Henry A. Kissinger | The Atlantic “Paradoxically, as the world becomes more transparent, it will also become increasingly mysterious. What will distinguish that new world from the one we have known?...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 19)

TRANSPORTATION Elon Musk Presents His Tunnel Vision to the People of LA Jack Stewart and Aarian Marshall | Wired “Now, Musk wants to build this new, 2.1-mile tunnel, near LA’s Sepulveda pass. It’s all part of his...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 12)

ROBOTICS Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini Robot Dog Goes on Sale in 2019 Stephen Shankland | CNET “The company has 10 SpotMini prototypes now and will work with manufacturing partners to build 100 this year, said company co-founder and...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 5)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue with Itself. Will Knight | MIT Technology Review “Having AI programs argue with one another requires more sophisticated technology than exists currently....

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 28)

CRYPTOCURRENCY Let's Destroy Bitcoin  Morgan Peck | MIT Technology Review "No one can copy an individual bitcoin, but anyone can copy the idea of Bitcoin. So how might a government, or a corporation, or even ordinary people,...

How Large Organizations Can Embrace Innovation in Digital Health

In an interview at Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine in San Diego, Eugene Borukhovich described how big companies like his can better embrace digital health technologies. Borukhovich is the global head for digital health incubation and innovation at Bayer,...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 21)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Pedro Domingos on the Arms Race in Artificial Intelligence Christoph Scheuermann and Bernhard Zand | Spiegel Online “AI lowers the cost of knowledge by orders of magnitude. One good, effective machine learning system can do...

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