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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.

Welcome to Lab 2.0 Where Computers Replace Experimental Science

We spend our lives surrounded by high-tech materials and chemicals that make our batteries, solar cells and mobile phones work. But developing new technologies requires time-consuming, expensive and even dangerous experiments. Luckily we now have...

This Is the Olympics On Technology—When Enhancement Is the Norm

For the purpose of this post, I'd like to suspend moral and ethical considerations for a moment — let’s call this a fun thought experiment. As we enter Olympics season, I find myself thinking about what...

All You Need for Quantum Computing at Room Temperature Is Some Mothballs

Much of the current research on the development of a quantum computer involves work at very low temperatures. The challenge to make them more practical for everyday use is to make them work at...

Check Out This Dime-Sized Van Gogh Replica—It’s Made of DNA

DNA codes for life as we know it, but in recent years, scientists have discovered more uses for the molecule. Because DNA is foldable and “sticky,” they've begun making microscopic shapes called DNA origami. Over...

Be on the Winning Side of Disruption: SU Global Summit San Francisco

There’s never been a better opportunity to see the future first-hand. Join the most innovative minds in business and technology, along with Singularity University faculty and alumni at the first-ever SU Global Summit, August 28-30,...

Is Anything Ever ‘Forgotten’ Online?

When someone types your name into Google, suppose the first link points to a newspaper article about you going bankrupt 15 years ago, or to a YouTube video of you smoking cigarettes 20 years...

The Next Wearable Technology Could Be Your Skin

Technology can be awkward. Our pockets are weighed down with ever-larger smartphones that are a pain to pull out when we’re in a rush. And attempts to make our devices more easily accessible with...

Smart Dust Is Coming: New Camera Is the Size of a Grain of Salt

Miniaturization is one of the most world-shaking trends of the last several decades. Computer chips now have features measured in billionths of a meter. Sensors that once weighed kilograms fit inside your smartphone. But it...

How to Build a Mind? This Learning Theory May Hold the Answer

How do intelligent minds learn? Consider a toddler navigating her day, bombarded by a kaleidoscope of experiences. How does her mind discover what’s normal happenstance and begin building a model of the world? How does...

Long Promised Artificial Intelligence Is Looming—and It’s Going to Be Amazing

We have been hearing predictions for decades of a takeover of the world by artificial intelligence. In 1957, Herbert A. Simon predicted that within 10 years a digital computer would be the world’s chess...
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What You Need to Know About the Future of Money

If you don’t hate banks, they probably bore your socks off. That’s okay. The day-to-day machinations of the financial machine are either mundane or massively complicated. But what happens in finance should matter to...
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How Quantum Computing Can Make Finance More Scientific

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. Modern life is punctuated by market cycles. One year the gears of commerce are whirring along. Businesses are hiring and investing. People are...
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The World Will Be Continuously Upgradable When Everything Is Connected

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. One day in the future, we’ll look back in wonder at how our physical objects used to be singular, disconnected pieces of...
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Digital Currency Tech Will Be as Transformative as the Internet

Exponential Finance celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance. Watch live as hundreds of the world’s leading investors, entrepreneurs and innovators gather in New York to define the future of...

How Computing Power Can Help Us Look Deep Within Our Bodies, and Even the Earth

CAT scans, MRI, ultrasound. We are all pretty used to having machines — and doctors — peering into our bodies for a whole range of reasons. This equipment can help diagnose diseases, pinpoint injuries, or give...

AI Teaching Assistant Helped Students Online—and No One Knew the Difference

Meet Jill Watson, a first-time teaching assistant at Georgia Tech assigned to moderate an online forum for a computer science class. Jill was 1 of 9 TAs assigned to help answer questions about coursework...

Machines Won’t Replace Us, They’ll Force Us to Evolve

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” - John Culkin (based on Marshall McLuhan’s ideas) Something big is happening in design and engineering. For all of human history,...

This Droplet of DNA Could Store 600 Smartphones Worth of Retrievable Data

To most of us, DNA stores the code of all living things. But according to computer scientists, DNA may one day become the preferential storage medium for all things. Earlier this month, a team of scientists...

Twisted Light Could Dramatically Boost Internet Speeds

Fiber optics allow for the communication of data at the speed of light. But the amount of data that can be sent along any optic fiber is limited by how much information you can encode...

This Amazing Computer Chip Is Made of Live Brain Cells

A few years ago, researchers from Germany and Japan were able to simulate one percent of human brain activity for a single second. It took the processing power of one of the world’s most...

Will the End of Moore’s Law Halt Computing’s Exponential Rise?

This is the first in a four-part series looking at the big ideas in Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near. ​Be sure to read the other articles: Technology Feels Like It’s Accelerating — Because...

Have We Finally Achieved Information Immortality?

The way information is stored and shared may now be forever changed thanks to a recent major five-dimensional (5D) digital data recording and retrieval announcement. Scientists from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre...
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Sci-Fi Short “Lost Memories 2.0” Weighs the Price of the Digital Life

"In your virtual world, everything is smooth." — from Lost Memories 2.0 In our Digital Age, we are experiencing the coming together of physical and digital worlds. Yet, it is still unclear whether this convergence will be more harmonious unification...

Where Artificial Intelligence Is Now and What’s Just Around the Corner

Unexpected convergent consequences…this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. This post (the second of seven) is a look at artificial intelligence. Future posts will look at other tech...

Inside SU’s First Salon: Lab-Grown Organs, Cybersecurity, and AI Music Apps

“We will find new things everywhere we look.” –Hunter S. Thompson At the rate of 21st century technological innovation, each year brings new breakthroughs across industries. Advances in quantum computers, human genome sequencing for under...

When the World Is Wired: The Magic of the Internet of Everything

Unexpected convergent consequences: This is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. An expert might be reasonably good at predicting the growth of a single exponential technology (e.g.,...

Ready to Change the World? Apply Now for Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program

I’m putting out the call for brilliant entrepreneurs who want to enroll in Singularity University’s GSP (Global Solutions Program). The GSP is where you’ll take your existing startup idea, or a new one you create,...

Why Edward Snowden Showed Up to CES as a Robot, and What He Had to Say

While technologies such as smartphones, the internet, and social networks offer opportunities for more direct social action than ever before—they also amplify the power and impact of governmental institutions, political organizations and even terrorist...

Bitcoin Is Damaged Beyond Repair, and We Badly Need a Replacement

Not long ago, venture capitalists were talking about how Bitcoin was going to transform the global currency system and render governments powerless to police monetary transactions. Now the cryptocurrency is fighting for survival. The...

The Top Technology Stories You’ll Be Reading in 2016

For the past century, the price and performance of computing has been on an exponential curve.  And as futurist Ray Kurzweil observed, once any technology becomes an information technology, its development follows the same...

Facebook’s First Effort at Free Internet Is Just Another Walled Garden

Mark Zuckerberg is taking intense fire in India over an initiative that his organization Internet.org launched, to provide limited Internet access to the masses. He seems genuine in his desire to bring digital equality...

10 Most Exciting SciTech Advances of 2015

As we near the end of 2015, here are my top 10 picks for 2015 technology breakthroughs. These genius inventions are sending us careening into a world of abundance, bold visionaries and accelerating exponential change. My...

Six Technologies That Hit Their Tipping Points in 2015

To the average person, it may seem that the biggest technology advances of 2015 were the larger smartphone screens and small app updates. But a lot more happened than that. A broad range of...

How Artificial Immune Systems May Be the Future of Cybersecurity

2015 was a year of jaw-dropping hacks. From CIA director John Brennan’s private email to Sony Inc, from the IRS to CVS, from Target to the notorious Ashley Madison, millions of people suffered from cybersecurity...

Apple Pay Poised for Dominance and What That Means for the Future of Credit Cards

Apple Pay was launched last year, with lots of fanfare and support by the credit card industry. Partnering with the banks that issue credit cards overcame the resistance that early entrants in mobile payments...

Smartphones to Bionic Body Parts: Our Tech Can (and Will) Be Used Against Us

What might a crime headline look like in 2025? According to Marc Goodman, author of Future Crimes, it may read something like this: “Man arrested for shooting his wife, acquitted on all charges after forensic evidence...
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Cybersecurity Wake-Up Call: When Kids’ Toys Get Hacked

It was not an auspicious beginning to the holiday season. On Black Friday, we learned that a hacker had broken into the servers of Chinese toymaker VTech and lifted the personal information of nearly five...

Why We Need Government to Evolve as Fast as Technology

From deep learning to gene editing, the world of technology is moving fast. But at Singularity University, we believe amazing tech is only half the equation. Equally important is how we use technology. The...

Exponential Medicine: Health Data Discomfort? Blockchain Is the Cure

In the not too distant future, your body may be reduced to a string of 1s and 0s. Your genome will be sequenced; the bacterial demography of your gut polled, your steps tracked, your calories...

Exponential Medicine: Healthcare Is Broken, Here’s How We’re Going Fix It

This week in San Diego, Singularity University is holding its Exponential Medicine Conference, a look at how technologists are redesigning and rebuilding today's broken healthcare system. (Editor's note: Singularity Hub will be covering Exponential Medicine...
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LIVESTREAM: ‘Future of Learning’ Event Live Tonight at 6pm PST

If you can't join us in person for our Future of Learning event this evening at Singularity University, don't worry. You can watch the livestream from the comfort of your own home or office. During this fun evening...

Wells Fargo Wants to Let You Make Million-Dollar Wire Transactions With Your Face and Voice

“My voice gives me access to proceed, please verify me,” I announced to the phone in my hand. It scanned my face to see if my lips were moving.  I then read aloud series of numbers....

Resurrecting the Dead—Bringing Back the Dearly Departed Digitally

Progress in photorealistic 3D avatar technology, voice synthesis, augmented reality and artificial intelligence, at large, should make it possible within 30 years to bring the dearly departed back to life. Let’s first agree on the...

3D Mapping the World’s Reefs With Sly Lee (Interview)

Sly Lee: Marine Scientist, Science Communicator, Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Alumni Honolulu, Hawaii and San Francisco, CA If Silicon Valley had a mind of its own, which it may one day, its dreams would be comprised of...

12 Industries Disrupted by Tech Companies Expanding Into New Markets

Can a company actually disrupt itself? I often say that businesses must disrupt themselves (before someone else does) to survive. The fact of the matter is: very few companies have actually successfully disrupted themselves. Instead, most successful...
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Can technology solve the world’s rising food problems? [Video]

Emerging technologies like synthetic meat, GMOs, and robotic farms provide a glimpse of a coming era in which technology solves the world's food problems. But some sobering statistics from the World Food Programme frame the scope of the problem...

Forget Humans vs. Machines: It’s a Humans + Machines Future

Forget humans versus machines: humans plus machines is what will drive society forward. This was the central message conveyed by Dr. John Kelly, senior vice president of IBM Research, at the Augmenting Human Intelligence...

These Technologies Will Shift the Global Balance of Power in the Next 20 Years

Governments, businesses, and economists have all been caught off guard by the geopolitical shifts that happened with the crash of oil prices and the slowdown of China’s economy. Most believe that the price of...

The 3 Major Industries AI and Big Data Will Reshape This Decade

We live in an age of disruption — and that's a good thing. Industries will be transformed. Major companies will fall. Old systems will collapse as entrepreneurs figure out how to optimize and reinvent inefficient businesses, products,...

How We’re Battling Virtual Reality’s Dreaded Simulator Sickness

Like many other eager early adopters, my first encounter with virtual reality headsets began with heart-pounding excitement, and ended in nightmarish nausea. To an unfortunate subpopulation of people, virtual reality’s side effects are no joke....

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