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Extreme Life Extension This Tuesday On Oprah

Who knew that Oprah was a Sigularitarian :-)  Huge thanks to our reader FrankGW for informing us that Oprah will be hosting a show this Tuesday, March 24, 2009 titled "Extreme Life Extension".  Here...

Body 2.0 – Continuous Monitoring Of The Human Body

Did you ever stop to think how silly and also how dangerous it is to live our lives with absolutely no monitoring of our body's medical status?  Years from now people will look back...

Microsoft Multitouch Screen Gets Upgrade

Previously we have not been much of a fan of Microsoft's surface technology, but perhaps we were wrong.  Recently Microsoft enhanced its Surface product with a second projector in an upgrade dubbed 'Secondlight' and...

Did You See That Woman…Wait…She’s A Robot!

Check out the HRP-4C robot, one of the first humanoid robots to boldly sidestep the typical transformer look, instead posing as an attractive manga style woman.  Is anyone else having flashbacks of the movie...

Despite Setback, March Toward Designer Babies Inevitable

About a month ago we wrote a story about the Fertility Institutes, the first company to offer parents the choice of screening their embryos for eye color, hair color, and complexion.  The announcement from...

Truth Machine To Be Used For Court Evidence?

In 1996, James Halperin published a book called The Truth Machine describing a future where man had created a device that could tell whether or not a person was lying with 100% accuracy.  Today...

Simple Keepon Robot Wows Humans

Ever heard of the Keepon robot?  Originally created as a therapeutic tool to interact with children with autism and other social disorders, this cute, dancing, and addictive social robot has gained worldwide adoration and...

23andMe Declares War On Parkinson’s – Army Of 10,000 To Give DNA

Genetic analysis company 23andMe today announced a bold initiative to gather DNA samples from at least 10,000 people as part of a massive effort to identify genes that may be at the root of...

AT&T Predictions From 16 Years Ago Become Reality

Robots-Dreams has an excellent post about AT&T advertisements from 1993 (16 years ago!) in which predictions about the future turned out to be amazingly accurate.  Technology is changing our lives at an ever faster...

A Computer That Can Answer Any Question – Wolfram Alpha

Imagine typing almost any question into a webpage or even voicing your question into a handheld device and instantly getting an accurate answer.  In a stunning development that has literally shaken the industry of...

The Justin Humanoid Robot

Today we introduce the robot Justin, the latest example of the relentless pace of robot advancement.  The Justin robot is impressive for its ability to dynamically and delicately grab and manipulate objects, performing actions...
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Eyeborg – Video Enabled Prosthetic Eye Fuels Privacy Debate

When he was a child Rob Spence lost one of his eyes in a shotgun accident.  Now as an adult, Rob is a filmmaker working on a documentary called Eyeborg: a thrilling effort to...

Bionic Eye Makes Steady Progress

The BBC just ran a story about a bionic eye, or retinal implant, that has partially restored vision to a blind man in London.  Readers may recall that Singularity Hub reported on this technology,...

Fantastic Collection of Robot Pictures From The Big Picture

The Boston Globe's project to report news stories in photographs, known as The Big Picture, just released a fantastic collection of robot pictures.  Just by looking at these pictures compelling story of the progress...

The Next Generation in Human Computer Interfaces

For decades our options for interacting with the digital world have been limited to keyboards, mice, and joysticks. Now with a new generation of exciting new interfaces in the pipeline our interaction with the...

Crohn’s Disease Cured By Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell transplant therapy has successfully cured patients suffering from Crohn's disease, a terrible disease that afflicts an estimated 600,000 people in North America and millions more worldwide.  Success in treating Crohn's disease is...

Breakout Year for 3D Movies In 2009 – Convergence of Physical and Digital World Continues

After a long history of false starts, 2009 looks to be the breakout year when 3D movies for the masses finally come of age.  The exciting move to 3D movies is just one example...

Kurzweil in Rolling Stone – We Have the PDF

As many of our readers may have heard, Rolling Stone recently did a major story on Ray Kurzweil in their latest issue titled "The World's Scariest Techno Prophet".  Originally Singularity Hub did not report...

Designer Babies – Like It Or Not, Here They Come

Long before Watson and Crick famously uncovered the structure of DNA in 1953, people envisioned with both horror and hope a day when babies could be custom designed -- free of inherited disease, yet...
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Robot Wrestling Video – Awesome!

Props to Robots-Dreams for discovering this fantastic video of robots wrestling WWF style, including a championship belt and even a hot girl ringmaster:
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Trailer For Upcoming Kurzweil Movie On The Singularity: Transcendent Man

Check out this trailer for the upcoming movie showcasing Ray Kurzweil's ideas about the singularity, called "Transcendent Man". Our verdict: awesome!
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Electronic Screens As Thin As Paper Are Coming Soon

In Part II of our showcase of flat screen technology innovation, we focus on efforts at Arizona State University's Flexible Display Center to create a truly flexible, paper thin, durable, energy efficient flat screen...
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Flat Screen Technology Heats Up – Part I

The race to create ever thinner, more durable, and even flexible flat screen technology has really been heating up in the last year.  Most applications thus far are for e-book readers, but what we...

Augmented Human Reality Unveiled by MIT Researchers

Imagine looking at a someone and instantly being fed a visual and auditory stream of information about them, such as their email address, education, marital status, interests,  ethnicity, and so on.  Imagine using hand...

Stem Cell Therapy Must Continue In Spite of Cancer Setback

The first known report of a brain tumor resulting directly from neural stem cell therapy was published yesterday.  The report is a fresh reality check against worldwide hopes for life saving stem cell therapies...

Gene Therapy Trial To Fight HIV Shows Promise

A trial to test the safety and effectiveness of gene therapy to cure or alleviate HIV in patients has seen promising results according to a paper published yesterday in the journal Nature Medicine....

Can They Really Transplant An Entire Hand? Yes Indeed!

Did you know that for ten years now it has been possible to transplant a donated hand (or a pair of them) to a person who has lost one or both of their hands? ...
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Bionic Arm Controlled By Patient’s Own Thoughts

Last year we reported about the latest efforts to create the next generation in prosthetic arms.  Without a doubt the most exciting feature being developed for this new generation of arms is their ability...

The Quest For Human Level Artificial Intelligence: AGI-09 and Ben Goertzel

The second conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is set to convene in Arlington, Virginia on March 6-9, 2009.  The conference stands uniquely as one of the few (only?) conferences that focuses solely on...

First FDA Cardiac Adult Stem Cell Trial Underway, Rest of World Already Doing It!

Today we learn that a team of University of Louisville doctors at Jewish Hospital will soon perform the first phase one FDA-approved clinical trial using adult cardiac stem cells to treat heart disease. Amazing...yes,...

Researchers Develop “Brain-Controlled” Wheelchair Robotic Arm

Researchers at USF have created a wheelchair with a robotic arm that is operated by capturing the user's brain waves and converting them into actions, such as typing.  This is just another example of...

Immaculate: The Prosthetic Arm With Style

   From Endgaget and Playmedesign we learn that Masters student at AHO Hans Alexander Huseklepp, has a novel design, dubbed the Immaculate that opens our minds to a world in which prosthetic devices are fashionable,...

Complete Genomics – New Information About the Hottest Company in Genetic Sequencing

Daniel MacArthur has once again delivered some of the best information on the net about Complete Genomics, the company that is lighting a fire in the genomics community with its claim that it will...

A Few Awesome Humanoid Robot Videos

We recently came across several awesome humanoid robot videos that we have brought together into this one single post.  Most of these videos are more than a year old, but still amazing if you...

Gene Therapy Cures Fatal Bubble Boy Disease

Gene therapy marked another successful milestone last week when it was used to completely cure eight of 10 children who had potentially fatal "bubble boy disease," according to a study that followed their progress...

Complete Genomics Stuns Genomics Community, Confirms Industry Shattering Capability

Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future has just completed his post covering the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) conference, where an intense battle is taking place as genetic sequencing companies seek to position themselves...

Videos Reveal the Technology of Invisibility

There has been a great deal of talk lately about cloaks and coatings that can make things invisible: Scientific American: Light Bent the Wrong Way Scientific American: Object Invisible to Microwaves Techon: Invisibility Cloak We haven't reported on...

Singularity University Officially Launches At NASA Ames

A shockwave passed through the singularity community today with the public launch of Singularity University at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley.  Singularity University aims to assemble a world class community of thought...

Genetically Modified Humans: Children With Three Parents

Nick Lane from New Scientest wrote an interesting article about genetically modified humans that opens as follows: "CHILDREN with three parents might sound like monstrous chimeras, but they are among us already. In the late...

Who’s Who in the Singularity

As part of its special report on the singularity last year, IEEE Spectrum published a Who's Who in the Singularity poster documenting the major players in the singularity space.  No sign of the Hub's...

Army’s Cyborg Beetle Takes Flight

Technology review has one of the better reports about the army's success in creating a remote controlled cyborg beetle in collaboration with the University of California - Berkeley.  From the article: "The beetle's payload consists...

Stanford Creates World’s Smallest Writing, Less Than a Nanometer

"Stanford researchers have reclaimed bragging rights for creating the world's smallest writing, a distinction the University first gained in 1985 and lost in 1990." Thus begins an article from Stanford that chronicles the history of...

Fracture Putty – Bioactive Nano Scaffold Could Revolutionize Bone Healing

In June 2008 DARPA solicited proposals from interested institutions to participate in a project to develop fracture putty: A dynamic putty which, when packed in/around a compound bone fracture, provides full load-bearing capabilities within hours,...

Geron CEO Speaks About the Promise of Stem Cell Therapy, Great Damage Done By Bush Presidency

We just uncovered this awesome 3 minute video of Geron CEO Thomas Okarma explaining the promise of stem cell therapy as well as the damage that has been done by the Bush administration over...

FDA OKs 1st Embryonic Stem Cell Trial for Geron, Stock Skyrockets

The first clinical human trial using embryonic stem cells as a medical treatment in the United States has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Roughly ten patients will be treated about...

Wired For War: The Rise of Robotic Armies

P.W. Singer just launched his latest book titled Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. This looks to be a must read book for those that are interested in...

The Onion: Are We Giving Robots Too Much Power?

Need a good laugh?  The onion has a funny spoof about computers taking over the world below:

10 Forecasts for 2009 and Beyond

Each year since 1985, the editors of The Futurist have collected their most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts into an annual Outlook report.  The Outlook 2009 report was recently released and we have published it...
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Mind Reading Revisited

Just recently we posted about a story in which researchers from Carnegie Mellon were able to read people's actual thoughts with a machine.  The machine uses a technique called fMRI to noninvasively monitor a...

Motorized Nanobot To Swim Through Human Arteries?

The media is abuzz with the announcement of a 250 micrometer motor that could someday be used to power tiny robots that swim through human blood vessels.  Will tiny nanobots or man-made molecular structures...

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