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

MEDICINE Researchers Push for Mass Blood Tests as a Covid-19 Strategy Gregory Barber | Wired "...a simple blood test, like the kind Zaaijer’s team will perform on the donated blood, can tell whether it carries antibodies to...

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

MEDICINE America Is Finally Testing for Coronavirus in Significant Volumes Timothy B. Lee | Ars Technica "On Thursday, the total number of coronavirus tests conducted in America topped 100,000, according to the COVID tracking project. That's a...

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

MEDICINE Flattening the Coronavirus Curve Siobhan Roberts | The New York Times "The ideal goal in fighting an epidemic or pandemic is to completely halt the spread. But merely slowing it—mitigation—is critical. This reduces the number of...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 7)

SPACE Inside Elon Musk's Plan to Build One Starship a Week—and Settle Mars Eric Berger | Ars Technica "Musk always wants to go fast. He will not live forever, and the money may eventually run dry. He...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The Messy, Secretive Reality Behind OpenAI's Bid to Save the World Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review "The AI moonshot was founded in the spirit of transparency. This is the inside story of how competitive...

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

3D PRINTING 3D Printers Are Finally Starting to Work More Like Star Trek's Replicators Andrew Liszewski | Gizmodo "...researchers from EPFL’s Laboratory of Applied Photonics Devices have developed a new method allowing stereolithography printers to create tiny but...

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

GENE EDITING CRISPR'd Cells Show Promise in First US Human Safety Trial Megan Molteni | Wired "The highly anticipated results showed that the procedure is both safe and feasible; the CRISPR’d cells went where they were supposed...

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

COMPUTING Alphabet Has a Second Secretive Quantum Computing Team Tom Simonite | Wired " small group of quantum researchers is not building its own quantum computing hardware. The group’s leader is more interested in creating new algorithms and...

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

NEUROSCIENCE The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome' Gregory Barber | Wired "Researchers like Rubin believe a physical blueprint of the brain could become a foundational resource for neuroscientists—doing for brain science what...

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

BIOTECH Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism Matt Simon | Wired "A xenobot is a one-of-a-kind organism: It’s both a living thing made of living cells and a machine that the researchers can program...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Can an AI Be an Inventor? Not Yet. Angela Chen | MIT Technology Review " believes there will be more and more cases where AI should be considered a genuine inventor and that the law...

The Year’s Most Fascinating Tech Stories From Around the Web

Last Saturday we took a look at some of the most-read Singularity Hub articles from 2019. This week, we're featuring some of our favorite articles from the last year. As opposed to short pieces...

These Were Singularity Hub’s Top 10 Articles in 2019

Most Saturdays we post a curated collection of notable news and awesome articles from the week. But with the year nearing its end, this Saturday and next we'll curate 2019 as a whole. First,...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Computer Is Set to Complete Beethoven's Unfinished Symphony Justin Huggler | The Guardian "In the most ambitious project of its type ever attempted, a computer has been set to work to complete Beethoven’s unfinished 10th...

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

ROBOTICS Sarcos Demonstrates Exosuit That Gives Workers Super Strength Evan Ackerman | IEEE SPectrum "The Sarcos Guardian XO is a 24-degrees-of-freedom full-body robotic exoskeleton. While wearing it, a human can lift  200 pounds (90 kilograms) while feeling...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 7)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Former Go Champion Beaten by DeepMind Retires After Declaring AI Invincible James Vincent | The Verge "'With the debut of AI in Go games, I’ve realized that I’m not at the top even if I...

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

COMPUTING A Giant Superfast AI Chip Is Being Used to Find Better Cancer Drugs Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review "Thus far, Cerebras’s computer has checked all the boxes. Thanks to its chip size—it is larger than...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence Matthew Hutson | Quanta "In a recent paper, Clune argues that open-ended discovery is likely the fastest path toward artificial general intelligence—machines with nearly all the capabilities of...

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

ROBOTICS It's That Time of Year Again—Fall Is Here and Packs of Robot Dogs Are Frolicking in the Leaves James Vincent | The Verge "There’s nothing I like more on bright and cold autumnal days than heading...

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

Tech is changing almost every aspect of modern life, and medicine and healthcare are no exception. New technologies are bringing quick advancement to areas that need them, and enabling rapid progress in everything from...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DeepMind Has Finally Thrashed Humans at StarCraft for Real Alex Lee | Wired "...after 44 days training the neural network, DeepMind was not only successful in trouncing its human opponents under similar human-level constraints, but...

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

GENETICS A New CRISPR Technique Could Fix Almost All Genetic Diseases Megan Molteni | Wired "The system, which Liu’s lab has dubbed 'prime editing,' can for the first time make virtually any alteration—additions, deletions, swapping any single...

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

AUTOMATION Alphabet's Wing Starts Drone Deliveries to US Homes Kris Holt | Engadget "Alphabet's Wing has started making deliveries by drone to homes in the US for the first time. During a pilot program in Christiansburg, Virginia, drones...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE How to Stop Superhuman AI Before It Stops Us Stuart Russell | The New York Times "Once the focus shifts from building machines that are 'intelligent' to ones that are 'beneficial,' controlling them will become...

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

AUTOMATION UPS Gets FAA Clearance to Roll Out a Fleet of Delivery Drones Allison Matyus | Digital Trends "The move essentially will allow UPS to create its own drone airline. The company’s UPS Flight Forward program now has full...

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

FUTURE Protesting Climate Change, Young People Take to Streets in a Global Strike Somini Sengupta | The New York Times "Anxious about their future on a hotter planet and angry at world leaders for failing to arrest...

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

BIOTECH Meet the 'Artificial Embryos' Being Called Uncanny and Spectacular Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review "...scientists believe that it might not be long before they can synthesize embryos in the lab that are almost indistinguishable from...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 7)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE A Molecule Designed by AI Exhibits 'Druglike' Qualities Gregory Barber | Wired "Lots of people are designing machine learning pipelines to produce virtual molecules, but relatively few have published research validating the work in the...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 31)

COMPUTING A Carbon Nanotube Microprocessor Mature Enough to Say Hello Samuel K. Moore | IEEE Spectrum "It’s the most complex integration of carbon nanotube-based CMOS logic so far, with nearly 15,000 transistors, and it was done using...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 24)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE To Power AI, This Startup Built a Really, Really Big Chip Tom Simonite | Wired "The silicon monster is almost 22 centimeters—roughly 9 inches—on each side, making it likely the largest computer chip ever, and a monument...

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

Singularity University’s (SU) annual Global Summit begins today in San Francisco, running through Wednesday, August 21. The Singularity Hub team is on the ground to bring you inside access to the event with articles...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 17)

AUGMENTED REALITY This Is the Computer You'll Wear on Your Face in 10 Years Mark Sullivan | Fast Company " foreshadow a device that many of us may wear as our primary personal computing device in about...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 10)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Inside DeepMind's Epic Mission to Solve Science's Trickiest Problem Greg Williams | Wired UK "For Hassabis, Suleyman and Legg, if the first nine years of DeepMind have been defined by proving its research into reinforcement...

Where Death Ends and Cyborgs Begin, With Futurist Zoltan Istvan

Transhumanism is a growing movement but also one of the most controversial. Though there are many varying offshoots within the movement, the general core idea is the same: evolve and enhance human beings by...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 3)

NEUROSCIENCE Facebook Is Funding Brain Experiments to Create a Device That Reads Your Mind Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review "The research is important because it could help show whether a wearable brain-control device is feasible and...

Exploring the Great Mysteries of Consciousness and Free Will With Annaka Harris

For thousands of years, humankind has been plagued by to two essential questions: Why do I have this unique voice inside my head? And am I in control of it or am I simply...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Microsoft Invests $1 Billion in OpenAI to Pursue Holy Grail of Artificial Intelligence James Vincent | The Verge "i'The creation of AGI will be the most important technological development in human history, with the potential...

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

ROBOTICS Boston Dynamics' Robots Are Preparing to Leave the Lab—Is the World Ready? James Vincent | The Verge "After decades of kicking machines in parking lots, the company is set to launch its first ever commercial bot...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 'Superhuman' AI Crushes Pros at Six-Player Texas Hold'em George Dvorsky | Gizmodo " said, 'Poker in particular has been an early sandbox for AI, and to show such a level of dominance in an unrestricted...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Machine Learning Has Been Used to Automatically Translate Long-Lost Languages Emerging Technology from the arXiv | MIT Technology Review "Some languages that have never been deciphered could be the next ones to get the machine...

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

MINIATURIZATION Self-Assembling Microrobots Can Be Programmed to Form a Tiny Steerable Car Luke Dormehl | Digital Trends "Remember the way that different 'Zords' in Power Rangers joined to together to form a larger Megazord? It’s basically that—only...

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

ROBOTICS This Freaky Robotic Fish Is Powered by 'Blood' George Dvorsky | Gizmodo "In an effort to create more autonomous, life-like robots, scientists have developed a soft robotic lionfish with a multi-functional circulatory system. A blood-like compound...

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

HEALTH Laser Destroys Cancer Cells Circulating in the Blood Emily Waltz | IEEE Spectrum "Tumor cells that spread cancer via the bloodstream face a new foe: a laser beam, shined from outside the skin, that finds and...

Why Big Organizations Need to Hack Their Cultures to Become More Innovative

Big established companies know they must innovate to survive, but often fail to do so. Startups, meanwhile, are born innovating. While it's tempting to apply the startup model to legacy corporations, the truth is...

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

ROBOTICS Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One Matt Simon | Wired "Seen from above, the scale of the system is dizzying. My robot, a little orange slab known as a 'drive' (or more...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DeepMind Can Now Beat Us at Multiplayer Games Too Cade Metz | The New York Times "DeepMind’s project is part of a broad effort to build artificial intelligence that can play enormously complex, three-dimensional video...

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

GENETICS Gene Therapy Might Have Its First Blockbuster Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review "...drug giant Novartis expects to win approval to launch what it says will be the first 'blockbuster' gene-replacement treatment. A blockbuster is any...

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...

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