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The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 29)

AUGMENTED REALITY $99 Headset Could Be Augmented Reality's First True Chance at a Mass Market Rachel Metz | MIT Technology Review “The headset, made by Mira, is like an AR version of Samsung’s Gear VR, which gives users...

The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 22)

BIOTECH Verily Robot Will Raise 20 Million Sterile Mosquitoes for Release in California Emily Mullin | MIT Technology Review “To help breed and release the mosquitoes, Verily has partnered with Kentucky-based Mosquito Mate and Fresno’s mosquito control...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 15)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DeepMind's AI Is Teaching Itself Parkour, and the Results Are Adorable James Vincent | The Verge "The research explores how reinforcement learning (or RL) can be used to teach a computer to navigate unfamiliar and...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 8)

DIGITAL MEDIA Make Hollywood-Quality Animations at Low-Budget Prices With This Motion Capture Suit Sarah Buhr | TechCrunch "You might be familiar with the industry-standard green man MoCap suit many Hollywood studios use to capture the movement of...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 1)

DRONES MIT Is Building Autonomous Drones That Can Both Drive and Fly April Glaser | Recode "The drones, which were built at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, also include route-planning software that can help calculate...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 24)

SPACE NASA Finds Evidence of 10 New Earth-Sized Planets in Our Corner of the Galaxy Sean O’Kane | The Verge "A total of 2,335 of those have been verified as exoplanets, 21 of which are Earth-sized and...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 17)

SILICON VALLEY NEWS Even Uber's Crisis Won't Kill Founder Worship in Tech Davey Alba | WIRED "Because of Uber's corporate structure, only Kalanick himself can really decide if he stays or goes. And the Valley has been...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 10)

ROBOTICS Alphabet Is Selling Its Terrifying Robots to SoftBank Mike Murphy | Quartz  "It’s unclear what SoftBank paid for Alphabet’s two robotics companies, but perhaps it sees a future where robots are as commonplace in our lives...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 3)

BIOTECH These Color-Changing Tattoos Monitor Your Health, No Wearable Needed Katharine Schwab | Fast Company "Researchers are getting closer to turning the skin into an interface, while designers imagine what these interfaces might look like. Do they...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 27)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Google's AlphaGo Continues Dominance With Second Win in China Cade Metz | WIRED "The last game of the series is set for Saturday. But before then, on Friday, the machine will play two others: one...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 20)

ROBOTICS San Francisco Considers Ban on Sidewalk Delivery Robots Steven Musil | CNET "San Francisco is considering legislation that would put the brakes on delivery robots rolling across the city's sidewalks. The robots, once confined to sci-fi...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 13)

TRANSPORTATION Have Scientists Discovered the Cure for Potholes? Angela Chen | The Verge "Self-healing asphalt has been tested on 12 different roads in the Netherlands, and one of these has been functioning and open to the...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 6)

AUTOMATION Veo Robotics Gives Industrial Robots a Sixth Sense for Safely Working Around People Devin Coldewey | TechCrunch "Veo’s system uses a set of four depth-sensing cameras placed around the work space so as to give complete...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 29)

BRAIN Facebook Launches "Moon Shot" Effort to Decode Speech Direct From the Brain Larry Greenemeier | Scientific American "If all goes according to plan—and that’s a big if—Building 8’s neural prosthetic would strap onto a person’s head,...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 22)

VIRTUAL REALITY Facebook's Bizarre VR App Is Exactly Why Zuck Bought Oculus  Peter Rubin | WIRED "When you launch Spaces from within your Oculus Rift headset, though, it logs into your Facebook account. The same one that...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 15)

TRANSPORTATION Zunum's Hybrid Jet Could Finally Make Electric Flight a Reality Eric Adams | WIRED "As crazy as it sounds, the aviation industry finds itself fascinated by electric airplanes, which require less fuel and make less noise...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 8)

SPACE SpaceX Releases Video of Its Historic Reused Rocket Landing Andrew Tarantola | Engadget "This marks the sixth successful landing by the Falcon 9 rocket...SpaceX has since promised to execute launches every two weeks and will reportedly...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 1)

ROBOTICS Meet Iorek, the Robot That Communicates in a Remarkable Way Matt Simon | WIRED "The big question now is: How do humans want to communicate with the machines? One idea is to use EEGs to actually...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 25)

ROBOTICS NASA's Origami Robots Can Squeeze Into Places Rovers Can't Mariella Moon | Engadget “Imagine a Martian rover that can send small robotic minions to crawl into crevices or climb steep slopes—everywhere a full-sized vehicle can't go...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 18)

DRONES Airbus Swears Its Pod/Car/Drone Is a Serious Idea Definitively Jack Stewart | WIRED "Airbus came up with a crazy idea to change all of that with Pop.Up, a conceptual two-passenger pod that clips to a set...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 11)

ROBOTICS Humans Can Now Scold a Robot With Their Minds Samantha Cole | Vice MOTHERBOARD "Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), with Boston University, developed a feedback system for humans to mentally change a...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 4th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Facebook Is Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Prevent Suicide Alex Kantrowitz | BuzzFeed "Today, Facebook is introducing an important piece of that technology—a suicide-prevention feature that uses AI to identify posts indicating suicidal or harmful thoughts....
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 25th)

MACHINE LEARNING Did You Hear That? Robots Are Learning the Subtle Sounds of Mechanical Breakdown Steven Melendez | Fast Company "'We’re developing an expert mechanic’s brain that identifies exactly what is happening to a machine by the way...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 18th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes? Annie Sneed | Scientific American "Along with more sophisticated computing, he and his team are trying something in the lab no one else has done before: They are feeding...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 11th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Understanding Agent Cooperation Joel Leibo, Vinicius Zambaldi, Marc Lanctot, Janusz Marecki, Thore Graepel | Google DeepMind Blog "Recent progress in artificial intelligence and specifically deep reinforcement learning provides us with the tools to look at the problem of...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 4th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk Backed 23 Principles to Ensure Humanity Benefits From AI Sam Shead | Business Intelligence  "The principles were developed off the back of the Beneficial AI conference that was held earlier...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 28)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds Jeremy Hsu | IEEE Spectrum "Crowd counts for politically-charged events such as protests or presidential inaugurations can sometimes spark controversy...Newer AI methods such as deep learning could soon boost the accuracy...

Make Sense of the Future With This Winter Reading List

It’s always jarring to society when we move from one way of doing things to another. Today’s rapid changes can leave us feeling like we’re confronting unprecedented madness, but change is one of the...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 21)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game Cade Metz | WIRED "For Microsoft, winning the game of conversation means winning an enormous market. Natural language could streamline practically any computer...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 14th)

QUANTUM COMPUTING Quantum Computing Is Real, and D-Wave Just Open-Sourced It Klint Finley | WIRED "Qbsolv is designed to help developers program D-Wave machines without needing a background in quantum physics... today the company released Qbsolv as...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 7th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Google's AlphaGo AI Secretively Won More Than 50 Straight Games Against the World's Top Go Players Zheping Huang | QUARTZ "On Jan. 4, after winning more than 50 games against several of the world’s best Go...

7 of Our Most Viral Hits on Tech and the Future in 2016

Everyone wants to know what’s coming. At Singularity University, faculty are constantly bombarded with questions about what’s next. At Singularity Hub, we’re trying to keep our wits about us as our staff, editors, contributors, faculty,...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 24th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE  Big Tech's AI Predictions for 2017 Lolita Taub | The Huffington Post "For the final Cognitive Business post of the year, I asked artificial intelligence centric Fortune 500 leaders for their 2017 enterprise AI predictions. Microsoft,...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 17th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The Great A.I. Awakening Gideon Lewis-Kraus | The New York Times Magazine "Google’s decision to reorganize itself around A.I. was the first major manifestation of what has become an industrywide machine-learning delirium. Over the past four...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 10th)

ROBOTICS: MIT's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be Evan Ackerman | IEEEE Spectrum "If you can get all of the communication and coordination figured out, though, a modular system offers tons of advantages: robots that...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 3rd)

A biomedical engineer is building a brain implant to serve as a memory prosthesis. The UK's new Investigatory Powers Act may cause problems at Apple. And Google's AI songsmith is writing catchy tunes. Meanwhile, others question whether robots...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through November 26)

A new computer-brain interface is allowing "locked-in" woman to communicate from her home, Silicon Valley tech giants are reorganizing to embed AI throughout their companies, and Thanksgiving is looking increasingly futuristic with test-tube turkeys on...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through November 19)

China makes history using CRISPR-modified cells in a human, while SpaceX makes a pitch to launch 4,425 satellites into orbit. AltspaceVR's new feature lets you play back your time spent in VR, and DeepMind's...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through November 12)

Revisiting the first self-driving car in 1986 gives us an idea of how long this tech has been in the works, paving the way for today's machine learning of books and video games and,...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through November 5th)

Cosmologists are evaluating the proof behind gravitational waves, journalists are investigating how to understand "truth" in the era of information overload, and roboticists are building crash-proof drones equipped with roll cages—these are some of our favorite stories this week from...
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Halloween Edition: This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web

Halloween has never been my holiday of choice. Why? Because scary things, well, actually scare me. But here in the Bay Area, adults go nuts for Halloween. This year, technology companies are showing some serious commitment...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 22nd)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Conscious Exotica Murray Shanahan | Aeon "In what follows I attempt to... the structure of the space of possible minds, in two dimensions: the capacity for consciousness and the human-likeness of behavior. Implicit in...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 1st)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Tech Titans Join Forces to Stop AI From Behaving Badly Will Knight | MIT Technology Review "A new organization called the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society will seek to foster public...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 24th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Chat Bots Aren't a Fad. They're a Revolution. Chris Messina | Medium "It’s a rare moment when it becomes clear that a technological revolution is upon us, and I believe we’re in the midst of one such...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 17th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Video Games Are So Realistic That They Can Teach AI What the World Looks Like Jordan Pearson | Motherboard "Games these days are so realistic, in fact, that artificial intelligence researchers are using them...

6 Perspectives on How Tech Is Transforming the Economy

In early 2015, Singularity Hub ran a series of articles on the Future of Work. Sveta McShane kicked the series off by asking (and answering) the following question: "Have we already entered an era where exponentially growing technologies, among them...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 30th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: How to Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There Cade Metz | WIRED "Today, neural nets are quite good at recognizing faces and spoken words...but they do make mistakes...You can subtly alter an image...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 23rd)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: This Is the Robot Maid Elon Musk Is Funding Will Knight | MIT Technology Review "Abbeel’s robots learn tasks from scratch, using a neural network that receives sensor input and controls physical movement. The network adjusts...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 16th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The Humans Hiding Behind the Chatbots Ellen Huet | Bloomberg "The company advertises Amy as an AI personal assistant who can 'magically schedule meetings'...But the system isn’t yet ready to take the next step...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 9th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Exclusive: Why Microsoft Is Betting Its Future on AI Casey Newton | The Verge "Microsoft's historical instincts about where technology is going have been spot-on. But the company has a record of dropping the ball when...

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