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

TRANSPORTATION Who's Ready to Put Their Kid on a Self-Driving School Bus? Aarian Marshall | Wired “The designers know the concept is provocative, but they think it points to a bigger truth: You’ll know autonomous vehicles are...
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Why the Customer Is the Center of Everything in the Membership Economy

In an interview with Lisa Kay Solomon, chair of Transformational Practices at Singularity University, at SU’s Global Summit in San Francisco, Robbie Baxter described the concept of the membership economy, a business model that’s...
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Einstein Was a Genius, But Was He Always Right?

Einstein was a genius, there’s no debating that. He was a Nobel Prize-winner who changed our understanding of nature more than anyone since Newton. Einstein is famous for his theory of relativity, his pioneering work...

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

INTERNET OF THINGS Amazon Key Is a New Service That Lets Couriers Unlock Your Front Door Ben Popper | The Verge “When a courier arrives with a package for in-home delivery, they scan the barcode, sending a...
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The Internet of Things Needs to Be Intelligent, Not Just Connected

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, Andreas Gal explained how his company is applying artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things (IoT). Gal is the former CTO of Mozilla and is...
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The Search to Find Another Earth Like Ours Is Heating Up

Are there other planets out there like our own? If so, could other forms of life, intelligence, or civilizations inhabit them? This age-old question is a key part of the study of exoplanetology, the scientific...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity George Dvorsky | Gizmodo “A new paper published in Nature today describes how the artificially intelligent system that defeated Go grandmaster Lee Sedol in 2016 got its digital...
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How Leaders Can Create Social Impact in a Complex World

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, Adene Sacks discussed how social impact leadership is evolving in today’s world. Sacks said, “No one can go do it alone anymore. The social sector is not...
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Should We Edit Human Genes? What You Need to Know

There’s a difference between editing genes in a person’s somatic cells and germline cells. Editing somatic cells, which are differentiated (e.g., skin cells) and non-reproductive, impacts them alone. In contrast, editing germline DNA means changes...
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What Gaming Giant EA Knows About Bridging Creativity and Profit

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, Andy Billings spoke to us about how he’s bridging the gap between the creative and business sides of Electronic Arts, one of the world’s leading video game...
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Here Are 3 Good Reasons Why It’s Time to Return to the Moon

Since 1962 when President John F. Kennedy declared, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade,”moon exploration has sparked the imagination. Today, Peter Diamandis says, moon exploration is as exciting as Alaska...
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The ‘Tesla of Ecovillages’ Is Building Self-Reliant Villages for the Coming Billions

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, James Ehrlich shared insights on how combining lessons from nature with new technology is pushing sustainable housing into new frontiers. Ehrlich is the founder...
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The Most Powerful Solutions Are Born When Uncommon Partners Unite

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, SU associate founder and CEO Rob Nail discussed the power of bringing diverse groups of people together to address the world’s biggest problems. Nail is a...
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Now That Anyone Can Hack Biology—Should We Be Afraid?

Biohacking is a relatively new field of amateur and professional scientists conducting “do-it-yourself” biology experiments. The word “hacking”may bring up images of cybercrime, but the majority of biohacking projects are focused on helping society as...
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Why Doing What You Love Matters More Than Getting Top Marks

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, Esther Wojcicki discussed the future of learning and how to give students the skills they most need. Wojcicki founded the Palo Alto High Media Arts Center and is...
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This Is What Happens to Your Body in Space

Living in space sounds pretty cool. Unfortunately, our bodies haven’t evolved to live in space without suffering harm. You may wonder, “How bad could it really be?” In space, changes in gravity cause blood to...
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Abundance Is Possible, But Only If Everyone’s Along for the Ride

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, Mark Brand suggested abundance won’t happen on its own—we’ve all got to pitch in to bring everyone along for the ride. Brand is a social entrepreneur and restaurateur...
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Online Dating Pioneer: Algorithmic Insights Can Help Us Become Better People

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, J. Galen Buckwalter said the quantitative study of personality is finding new tech applications. Buckwalter developed the matching algorithm at eHarmony and is now chief technology officer at...
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Why Quantum Computers Will Be Exponentially Faster Than Digital Computers

Classical computers (like the one you may be reading this on) calculate using bits, or binary digits, which can have only one of two values, either 1 or 0. Quantum computers, however, calculate using...
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Why Improvisation Is a Crucial Skill for Great Leadership and Innovation

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, Stanford’s Dan Klein explained how he’s taking improvisational theater beyond the stage and into business, leadership, and life. Klein is faculty in Stanford’s Drama Department and the...
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We Need Space’s Endless Resources to Expand as a Species

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, space entrepreneur Bob Richards gave us a rundown of current efforts to explore, mine, and even settle the moon. Richards is co-founder, president, and...
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Do We Have the Right to Edit the Genes of an Entire Species?

Scientists can now more cheaply and efficiently edit animal and human DNA using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system. But should we edit species, and if so, to what extent? An interesting way to consider this question...
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How We Can Filter Fake News and Make Media More Trustworthy

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, web pioneer Craig Newmark talked entrepreneurship and his work to make journalism more trustworthy. Newmark founded Craigslist in 1995 and has since focused on technology...
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There’s Hope for the Planet: The ‘Greatest Era of Exploration Is Just Beginning’

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle said we live in a remarkable time when “the greatest era of exploration is just beginning.” Earle is a National...
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When Will We Have the Technology to Reach the Stars?

Recent advances in rocket technology are incredible. From NASA’s Space Launch System to Blue Origin and SpaceX’s reusable rockets, space is getting more accessible.  However, no rocket can get us to neighboring stars. The...
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Peter Diamandis: How to Find the Mindset and Energy to Go Big

In a recent interview at Singularity University's Global Summit in San Francisco, Peter Diamandis said he's at his best whenever he taps into his passion and lets it shine through. "Anything I do has got...
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Machine Learning Is Everywhere, But What Is It Exactly?

From Google’s language translation app to autonomous cars, machine learning has become a key ingredient in multiple areas of our lives—but what exactly is it? In the simplest sense, machine learning is a method of...
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Tech-X-Planations | Introducing a New Original Weekly Video Series

We’ve all name-dropped a new technology that sounds awesome—like CRISPR/Cas9—without really knowing the basics. This is why we’ve created Tech-x-planations, Singularity Hub’s new weekly video series that explores fundamental ideas in science, technology, and the...
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Ray Kurzweil: A Strategy for Keeping the World Safe From AI

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil discusses AI ethics and risk. Films and books have...

Welcome to a More Discoverable Singularity Hub

This week we’ve rolled out our first major round of improvements to Singularity Hub since our ground-up redesign last December. If we did it right, you’ll find that discovering the technological goodies you come here...
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Ray Kurzweil: What Is the Future of Capitalism?

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil suggests there is more consensus about what kind of...
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Ray Kurzweil: Our Brain Is a Blueprint for the Master Algorithm

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil suggests the blueprint for the master algorithm—or a single,...

This Augmented Reality Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke to Save Lives

Sam Cossman was hit by a big idea next to a lava lake. With his sight obscured by fumes and vapors, he couldn’t be confident of his next step. Traditional thermal imaging was a...
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Ray Kurzweil: Here’s What Will Happen When We Connect Our Brains to the Cloud

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil looks ahead to a time in the not-too-distant future...
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Ray Kurzweil: Will Technology End the Nation State​​?

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil takes a look at the elementary particle of the...
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​​Ray Kurzweil: Our Health Is About to Be Radically Transformed

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil dives into the exciting and quick-moving field of biotechnology. Ever...
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Watch: Ray Kurzweil Predicts When We’ll Be Able to Program Matter

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil predicts when he thinks we’ll get programmable matter—or the...

Editorial Note From the Singularity Hub Team

The Trump administration’s executive order on immigration has affected many in tech, and our site is no exception. Our team is privileged to work with bright and talented individuals from all over the world,...

Welcome to the New Singularity Hub

Around these parts we know the future comes at you fast. Welcome to the new Singularity Hub. Whether you’re looking at us on a desktop or mobile device, you’ve probably already noticed things look different....

LIVESTREAM: Watch Exponential Medicine 2015 Live From San Diego

Each year, Singularity University descends on San Diego's Hotel Del Coronado for Exponential Medicine, a four-day conference exploring how technology is driving monumental change in health and medicine. (Go here for a great introduction to Exponential Medicine from Singularity University...

Announcing the Interactive Blog for the 2015 Graduate Studies Program

Every summer, Singularity University (SU) goes searching for ideas. Not any idea will do. It has to be a big, world-changing idea, and each of the 80 extremely bright entrepreneurs participating in the annual Graduate...
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Announcing SU Videos, a New Portal for an Inside Look of Singularity University

How will you positively impact billions of people? At Singularity University, this question is often posed to program participants packed into the classroom at the NASA Research Park in the heart of Silicon Valley. Since 2009, select groups of entrepreneurs and innovators have had...
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Google Pledges $3 Million to Singularity University to Make Graduate Studies Program Free of Charge

Google, a long-time supporter of Singularity University (SU), has agreed to a two-year, $3 million contribution to SU's flagship Graduate Studies Program (GSP). Google will become the program's title sponsor and ensure all successful direct applicants get...

Last Chance to Contribute to Singularity University Documentary Crowdfunding Campaign

Time is running out to help make the upcoming Singularity University documentary, The University, as good as it can be. Last month, director Matt Rutherford announced a $30,000 Indiegogo campaign to fund the film’s...
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Chris Wicher of IBM Watson at the 2013 Graduate Studies Program

Chris Wicher of IBM Watson explains the artificial intelligence behind the computer that competed on Jeopardy and is now tackling some of the world's greatest problems.
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Steve Jurvetson on the Future of Design

Steve Jurveston -- the Managing Director of Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson -- offers insight into design, specifically calling out the errors of focusing on products rather than process. This 15-minute...
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Space Panel at the 2013 Graduate Studies Program

Recorded during the 2013 Graduate Studies Program, a panel discussion about the future of space exploration and the role of government and commercial interests in the return to space. The participants include: Dan Barry -...
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Global Grand Challenge Framing — 2013 Graduate Studies Program

This video filmed during the 2013 Graduate Studies Program presents Singularity University's efforts in tackling eight initiates dubbed Global Grand Challenges. A variety of speakers present the current state of each area offering insights...
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Larry Brilliant — Fireside Chat At The Night Of Impact

Larry Brilliant, CEO of the Skoll Global Treats Fund and former Google VP and Executive Director of Google.org, chatted with Peter Diamandis is a fireside-like discussion in which they assessed the state of the world,...
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GSP 101 — Introduction To Exponentials

Singularity University produced a series of “101″ videos for the Graduate Studies Program to help acclimate the participants of the 2013 class to the emergent technologies that are shaping the world today. In this video,...

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