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Helping 1 Billion People in Under Ten Years – Singularity U Completes Inaugural Year

Today marks the final day of the inaugural 9 week summer session of Singularity University, and what a finish it will be.  40 talented students with impressive academic and entrepreneurial backgrounds have spent the last nine...

The Hub Gets A Redesign

Today Singularity Hub is excited to roll out our newly designed website.  We hope you like it, because we can't go back!  The new website continues our previous tradition of clean and simple design,...

You Don’t Want To Miss These Amazing Robot Pictures

Remember a few months back when Boston.com's The Big Picture released an absolutely beautiful set of robot pictures from across the globe?  Well, now they have done it again with an equally impressive photo...

Nikon Unveils Camera With Built In Projector

Nikon has today announced what appears to be the world's first compact camera equipped with a built-in projector.  You can project photos from the camera on any flat surface up to two meters away. ...

The Robots Are The Chefs In This Japanese Restaurant

A restaurant has just opened in Nagoya, Japan that uses robots instead of humans as its chefs.  It may not seem that amazing at first, but once you see the video later in this...

Haptics Unleashes Virtual Reality and Telepresence Revolution

Prepare to be blown away with this post!  Here at the Hub one of the things that we are all about is the coming merger of the physical world with the virtual world.  Programmable...

Growing Mice From Stem Cells? The Real Story About The Stem Cell Breakthrough From Qi Zhou

Traditional media outlets have been tripping over each other this week with sensational titles such as "Chinese Scientists Reprogram Cells to Create Mice" to describe the work of Chinese stem cell researchers.  Indeed, the...
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Toyota Humanoid Robot Runs At 7 Km/hr

Props to the guys over at smart-machines for digging up an awesome video (see below) of the Toyota humanoid robot running at 7 Km/hr (4 mph), besting Asimo's 6Km/hr.  Making humanoid robots that can...

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

Prominent New York Times reporter John Markoff just came out with a story titled "Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man" that has raised some eyebrows.  Several friends that aren't even in the science/tech space...

Wolfram Alpha – A Force To Be Reckoned With

Two months ago Wolfram Alpha launched its question answering engine in one of the most eagerly anticipated product launches of the year.  Although sensationalists wanted to call Wolfram Alpha a Google killer, here at...

Singularity Summit 2009 In New York October 3-4

In a radical shift from previous years, the  fourth annual Singularity Summit is slated to take place October 3-4 in New York instead of technology hotbed Silicon Valley.  The Singularity Summit, hosted by the...

Singularity University First Three Weeks In Pictures

With the first three weeks of the Singularity University summer session complete the Hub is here to give you a summary of what has been happening.  My personal impression is that the school is...

Blue Zones – Places In the World Where People Live to 100 and Stay Healthy

They are called blue zones - places in the world where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else on earth. Several of these blue zones exist, and in each of these places people...

The Hub Goes To Scifoo 2009 – It Was Awesome! (scifoo09)

I just wrapped up an amazing weekend participating in the fourth annual scifoo gathering at Google headquarters (the Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA.  The 2009 scifoo camp boasted a fascinating and stimulating array of...

Solving Humanity’s Grand Challenges With Accelerating Technologies At Singularity University

Accelerating information technologies such as genetics and robotics may someday bring about a technological singularity, but long before this they may have a more immediate outcome: helping us to solve mankind's grand challenges.  Tonight...

Post Singularity World Envisioned In Upcoming Movie 9

If you haven't heard of the upcoming movie from Tim Burton, called 9, you gotta check it out (see trailers, pics at the end of this post).  I am still trying to fully grok...

Highlights From Day One At Singularity University

Yesterday was the first day of the Singularity University summer session.  I was at the NASA Ames campus throughout the day to witness and record the event on video for the Hub (see highlight...

Singularity University To Launch June 29 – Exclusive Interview With Executive Director Salim Ismail

With the official launch of the inaugural summer session of Singularity University just days away, the Hub sat down with the University's Executive Director Salim Ismail to get an inside look at this exciting...

Google, Papa Brin Step In For 23andme

Both Google and Sergey Brin have made an investment in personal genetics company 23andme in a series B funding round.  This comes on top of a previous investment from both Google and Brin in...

Awesome Robots With Guns [Video]

Previously we have covered the ongoing robotization (is that a word?) of the military.  Robotex Inc is one of the plethora of companies out there that are working to bring intelligent weapon wielding robots...

Woomba – A Robot Just For Women (Video)

A few years ago SNL did a commercial parody about the iRobot Roomba, promoting a women's robot called the Woomba.  Some will call it poor taste, but for the rest of us the video...

Just Like That, Sakhan Dosova No Longer World’s Oldest Person

Last month we wrote about Sakhan Dosova, a woman from Kazakhstan who created a sensation when it was revealed that she might be 130 years old, easily making her the world's oldest person.  Now,...

Excited About The Wolfram Alpha Launch? Watch It On A Webcast – Seriously!

With the relentless barrage of Wolfram Alpha media coverage all over the net these days (including plenty here at the Hub), it is easy to get “news fatigue” about the company.  You start wanting...

Wolfram Alpha Official Launch May 18 – Check Out Their Datacenter (Video)

Is the new question answering service from Wolfram Alpha a big stud or a big dud?  According to a recent post from the Wolfram Alpha blog, we will all get to decide for ourselves...

Robots Take To The Stairs – This Is Just The Beginning

Robots can climb stairs, and they are doing it everywhere you look.  "No big deal" you say, but it really is a big deal.  Five to ten years ago almost nobody was doing it. ...

Exponential Trends – What Are Your Favorites?

Over at Hacker News there was a discussion about our ebay genome story that I thought was cool enough to post below.  In the first part of the thread user davidmathers is talking about...

Company Uses Nanobots To Fight Cancer…But Its Not At All What You Thought It Would Be

Nanobots the size of living cells swimming around our bodies, doing our bidding to fight disease, make repairs, and augment our abilities?  Futurists and sci-fi books have cooked up this fantasy for years, but...

Boom! Question Answering Engines Take Off. IBM Sets Sights On Jeopardy, Wolfram Alpha

Boom!  That is the sound skittering across the information industry landscape this week as IBM has suddenly stepped into the ring, proposing that its Watson question answering engine will be able to best humans...

Hub Exclusive – Interview With Transcendent Man Producer Barry Ptolemy (video)

This week Transcendent Man, a documentary about the life and vision of singularity evangelist Ray Kurzweil, is enjoying its world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival.  The movie offers the most comprehensive look ever...

Ugolog Creates Surveillance Website To Watch Anyone, Anywhere

What if people all over the world randomly decided to setup motion detection webcams and then send feeds from these webcams to a single website that would centralize the video data for anyone to...

Wolfram Alpha Sneak Preview At Harvard On Tuesday

Is Wolfram Alpha a game changer that will open an exciting new paradigm in our information society or will it be a big flop?  In our previous posts we have highlighted our fascination with...

Tweetbomb – A Tweet To Shake The World

A simple message, less than 140 characters, is sent out to followers around the world and within hours, perhaps minutes,  more than 100 million people have been mobilized to act.  The message might instruct...

Company Body Slams Prostate Cancer – Stock Goes Through the Roof

Imagine the huge smiles on the faces of executives and scientists at Dendreon Corp as their stock soared more than 130% yesterday!  What's all the excitement about?  In a unique approach that may have...

3D Printing and Self Replicating Machines In Your Living Room – Seriously!

Imagine having a machine for $500 in your living room that can take your computer based specification for a 3D object and print out a plastic replica of the object in a matter of...

Stephen Wolfram Speaks About His New Question Answering Engine

On March 5, 2009 computer scientist and theorist Stephen Wolfram struck a nerve with the search and information industry as he announced to the world the imminent launch of his new question answering service,...

A Look At Singularity Hub’s Best Stories For The Quarter

With the first three months of 2009 behind us, it is time to look back at the best stories of the quarter.  These last three months have brought a fantastic stream of innovations and...

Stem Cell Treatment Heals Damaged Heart Tissue In Trials

When it comes to health and longevity in most developed countries, heart attacks are public enemy number one.  In 2009 alone, more than half a million Americans will have their first heart attack. According...

Is Sakhan Dosova The Oldest Person In The World?

A census in Kazakhstan has reportedly uncovered a woman named Sakhan Dosova who has just turned 130 years old!  If confirmed, Dosova would be an incredible 15 years older than Gertrude Baines, an American...

Bankruptcy Imminent For Personal Genetics Pioneer Decodeme

Genetics blogger Daniel MacArthur points out that personal genetics pioneer deCODEme is in serious financial straits.  The company is going to run out of money within the next quarter or two unless it can...

The Real Scoop on Honda’s Brain Controlled Asimo Robot

Many of our readers may have seen the announcement yesterday that Honda has enabled its famous Asimo robot to be controlled by the thoughts of a nearby human.  The story certainly creates a sensational...

Peter Diamandis – Exclusive Video Interview At Singularity University CPM2

Singularity Hub is proud to present an exclusive video interview with Xprize founder and Singularity University Vice Chancellor Peter Diamandis that we took during Singularity University's CPM2.  As many of our readers know, Singularity...

Up Close With the Telepresence Robot From Anybots

Can't make it to a meeting thousands of miles away, but wish you could?  Need to be two places at once?  Perhaps you need the telepresence robot from Anybots.  This weekend while attending Singularity...

Life Extension Revealed

Didn't have the time or the interest to watch Oprah's Extreme Life Extension Show that aired on TV yesterday?  Luckily for you Singularity Hub is here with a review of the show that you...

Cyborg Insects Take Flight

Insects that can be remote controlled to spy on others?  A completely robotic fly smaller than a penny?  These are just some examples of what is in the pipeline in the world of insect...

Tissue Regenerating Foams and Gels Under Development

Imagine healing from a serious tissue wound after only a few days or weeks simply by injecting it with tissue regenerating foam or gel.  Singularity Hub has learned that the tissue regeneration industry, including...
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Video: Juan Enriquez Explains The Biology Revolution At TED 2009

Below we have posted a video of Juan Enriquez at the 2009 TED conference explaining the convergence of engineering in genetics, organs, and robotics.  Think you don't have time for a 9 minute video? ...

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...

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