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Latest significant advancements in computing. Reporting on the far-reaching impacts of improvements within the realm of computing on society and humanity.

Kurzweil in the Lyons’ Den

Does the Transcendent Man just want to be a robot? That's part of the story coming out of Daniel Lyons' recent article in Newsweek about Singularity front man, Ray Kurzweil. The other part is...

New Manufacturing Technique Brings Bendable LCD Displays One Step Closer

Here at the hub, we’ve posted a little bit on bendable, flexible OLED (organic light emitting diode) displays.  Until recently, it was a cool and remarkably expensive gadget that was destined for a life...

Thirsty Plants Can Now Send Text Messages

In an effort to become more trim and efficient, everything in life has been given a miniature electronic brain.  The car knows when its is not burning at the perfect air to fuel ratio,...

Catch All the Baddies with a Keychain Spy Camera

There simply are not enough devices out there that pander to the tin-foil hat crowd.  You know, the paranoid delusional folks who think that there’s always something bad around the bend and somebody is...

The QB1 Computer: No Mouse, No Keyboard. Just Gestures

The mouse and keyboard are fast becoming obsolete.  There are quite a few contenders in the ring vying to make it happen.  There’s an onslaught of technology that reads directly from the brain, there...

Advancements in Brain Control: Wheelchairs that Move by Thought

The seventies gave the world “soul power” and now the new millennium is moving on to brain-power. There has been a flurry of postings here at Singularity Hub within the past few months...

Thirsty Plants Can Now Use Microchip To Send Text Messages

In an effort to become more trim and efficient, everything in life has been given a miniature electronic brain. The car knows when its is not burning at the perfect air to fuel ratio,...

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...
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Enter the AlloSphere: a 360° Audiovisual Research Dome

"Data analysis." Sounds exciting, right? Most of us would sooner put out an eye than crunch some numbers. But what if you could trade in that Excel spreadsheet for a giant, 360...

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...

Where No Augmented Reality Has Gone Before!

Last week,  Singularity Hub gave you the low-down on Total Immersion's Augmented Reality. Well, hold on to your phasers Star Trek fans, because AR has come to the starship Enterprise! That's right, Paramount has...

Biometrics Turns Your Ear Into Your Password

What is your mother's maiden name? What was your high school mascot? What town were you born in? Who cares! Pretty soon, your body could be the only password you'll ever...

Reality – Now With Augmentation

Somewhere between the harshness of reality and the fantasy of virtual reality lies the domain of Augmented Reality (AR). The...

Virtual Neurons Acting Like the Real Thing – The Blue Brain Project

Creating a virtual model of the human brain is one thing. I do it all the time, doodling little cerebrums while I talk on the phone. But getting your model to behave just like...

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...

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...

The Flying Microbot: Batteries Not Included

"We have developed a magnetically levitated micro-robot.” -Prof. Mir Behrad Khamesee Simplify, Man Recently, we've shown you robots that are complex enough to take care of living things, and robots that are advanced enough to respond...

Visible Body Takes You on an Incredible Voyage

Visible Body from Argosy, is a new, gorgeously rendered, 3D interactive model of the human body. Explore Your Body It used to be that any capable surgeon also had to be a capable grave robber. How...

FACETS: Making Computers Work Like Brains

How can you get a computer to solve problems like a brain? How does the brain even solve problems to begin with? Below is an indepth look into FACETS, a groundbreaking consortium of European...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

Monkey’s Thoughts Control Robot Halfway Across the World

The New York Times today reports on an awesome experiment in which thoughts were extracted from a monkey in the US and used to control a walking robot in Japan.  An electrode array implanted...

Star Trek Replicator? Barrier Between Physical and Digital Worlds Fading

You know that replicator from Star Trek that was able to make food and other items seemingly out of thin air?  Well, such a device does not disobey the laws of physics and is...

Amateurs Are Trying Genetic Engineering At Home

Marcus Wohlsen from the Associated Press came out with an article on December 26, 2008 describing the emergence of do it yourself genetic engineers (biohackers) working from their basements and garages.  Biohacker Meredith Patterson...

Kevin Kelly: Predicting The Next 5000 Days Of The Web

Kevin Kelly, cofounder of Wired, gave a thought provoking, concise, and easy to grasp 20 minute talk at the 2007 EG Conference on the future of the internet.  Below I have posted the video...

UK Company Creates Animated Humans That Look Like the Real Thing

Timesonline is reporting on a UK company called Image Metrics that has taken animation of human characters for games (Grand Theft Auto, Unreal Tournament) and films (Harry Potter, The Mummy) to an unprecedented level...

Robotic Surgery Taking the Industry by Storm

Intuitive Surgical introduced its Da Vinci robotic surgical system to the world in 1999, converting surgeons into "super surgeons" by giving them eyes with 3D HD vision and digital zoom and giving them hands...

Intel: Human and Computer Intelligence Will Merge in 40 Years

"...perhaps as early as 2012 we'll see the lines between human and machine intelligence begin to blur. Nanoscale chips or machines will move through our bodies, fixing deteriorating organs or unclogging arteries.  Sensors will...

Cloud Computing on the Rise – The World Mind is Upon Us

HP, Intel, and Yahoo announced today the creation of a global cloud computing infrastructure to be used by researchers across the world. Cloud computing is a computing model in which computing resources such as storage...

Chip for Eye Implants Could Run for a Year on Millimeter Sized Battery

An IEEE Spectrum report and University of Michigan report tell of a fascinating advance in the development of a tiny microchip that can be implanted into the eye or other parts of the human...

Videos From Singularity Summit 2007 Posted to SIAI Website

The SIAI (Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence) recently posted the videos from its Singularity Summit 2007 on their website. These videos offer an amazing perspective on the singularity from the biggest names in...

40 Years of Intel timeline

PC Magazine has released a nice compilation of major chip milestones that Intel has achieved during its last 40 years. My personal favorite - the pentium pro.

Birth of nanotechnology documented by this historic IBM photo

From the IEEE report on the singularity I found a cool reference to the birth of nanotechnology in the article titled "Rupturing The Nanotech Rapture" by Richard A.L. Jones: The birth of nanotechnology is...

IEEE special report on the singularity

IEEE produced a special report on the singularity in its June 2008 issue located here: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/singularity This is a comprehensive report, representing many diverse views about the singularity from a selection of tech luminaries and scholars...

25 nm breakthrough paves way for smaller, faster chips

Moore's law looks set to continue with recent research that paves the way for 25 nanometer etching of silicon chips. According to the article: Today the smallest features on most computer chips are about 65...

Intel says to prepare for ‘thousands of cores’

For many years now the computer processor industry has been moving away from simply making faster cpus and instead has been focusing on making them more parallel. Instead of having one super fast cpu you...

Add air hockey to the list of things that computers can do better than humans

The Short: The EE Times reports that a computer has been built that can beat the world's best humans at the game of air hockey.  Check out this video of the air hockey robot putting...

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