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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Let Artificial Intelligence Evolve Michael Chorost | Slate "For billions of years, aqueous information systems have had to contend with extremely complex environments...And the biochemistry going on in one cubic millimeter of dirt, or a...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Neural Networks: What Are They, and Why Is the Tech Industry Obsessed With Them? John Brownlee | Fast Company "Combine them with conversational interfaces, and neural networks can make true artificial intelligence finally possible—a revolution...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: What Will Destroy Us First: Superbabies or AI? Danielle Teller and Astro Teller | QUARTZ "Even if we could build an AI that is similar to humans but smarter, there’s no evidence that being smart...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 2)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: How Google Plans to Solve Artificial Intelligence Tom Simonite | MIT Technology Review  "It’s supposed to be just an early checkpoint in an effort Hassabis describes as the Apollo program of artificial intelligence, aimed at...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 26)

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: Scientists Synthesize Bacteria With Smallest Genome Yet Ewen Callaway | Scientific American "Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism. Functioning with 473 genes, the cell is a milestone...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 19)

ROBOTICS: How Emotion Research Is Pulling Robots Out of the Uncanny Valley and Into Our Lives Selena Larson | The Daily Dot "There are a number of reasons why the uncanny valley exists, ranging from media portrayal of anthropomorphic...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 12)

ROBOTICS: Deep Learning Helps Robots Perfect Skills KurzweilAI "Deep learning enables the robot to perceive its immediate environment, including the location and movement of its limbs. Reinforcement learning means improving  at a task by trial and error....

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jan 16)

ROBOTICS: Should We Outsource Emotional Labor to Robots? Slate "Even if social robots become more skilled at expressing a fuller range of human emotion (like “Nadine,” who uses Siri-like technology and can express anger as well as...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jan 9)

ROBOTICS: When Should a Robot Say No to Its Human Owner? Adam Elkus | Slate "Telling a robot to only obey wise choices from a human owner merely shifts the question to defining what is “unwise” in the first...

Technologies We’re Excited to See Bloom in 2016 and Beyond

An important component of being optimistic about the future is maintaining a healthy dose of skepticism. It’s a delicate balance we’re always exploring at Singularity Hub while covering emerging technology and its future implications. But...

Singularity Hub’s Most Viral Hits in Tech and Futurism From 2015

Here at Singularity Hub, we’re a group of nerds and curious technologists who are always peering over the horizon to see what startling technology is about to take the world by storm. We love...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 19)

ROBOTICS: Robots Don’t Just Want to Be Your Helper, They Want to Be Your Friend Patrick St. Michel | Motherboard "People lined up to get a chance to see it up close, and it hinted at the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 12)

ROBOTICS: China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots Will Knight | Technology Review "China is already the world’s largest producer of everything from clothes to electronics, but much of it depends on low-cost, low-skill labor....The Chinese government...

Singularity University Holiday Letter: 2015 Was Good, 2016 Will Be Great

Happy Holidays! As we reflect on 2015 and look forward to a New Year, I wanted to share updates on our progress here at Singularity University, our outlook for 2016, and to express our gratitude...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Dec 5)

ROBOTICS: 8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025 Paul Szoldra | Business Insider "These are just some of the interesting — and sometimes scary — predictions to come from a 300-page report released by Merrill Lynch...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Nov 21)

ROBOTICS: Google’s robot group struggles to fill leadership vacuum as it shoots for ambitious launch before 2020 Jillian D'Onfro | Business Insider "Nearly two years ago, Google announced a new robotics division that had secretly snapped up...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Nov 14)

ROBOTICS: How to Design a Robot You Can Swallow Emily Waltz | IEEE Spectrum "Vanderbilt engineers want to speed up the development of capsule robots. So they have created an open-source modular platform that people with limited experience...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Nov 7)

ROBOTICS: Service robots finally start to catch on Andra Keay | VentureBeat "What is becoming clear, as robotics catches up to computerization, is that we don’t just want faceless AI and automation. We already have robocallers, auto shopping...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 31)

ROBOTICS: Robots Can Now Teach Each Other New Tricks Will Knight | Technology Review "The work is part of an effort to figure out how robots might share information in useful ways. That could reduce the need...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 24)

ROBOTICS: Leeds could become the first ‘self-repairing city’ with a fleet of robotic civil servants Chloe Olewitz | Digital Trends "Would a fleet of robotic civil servant drones make Leeds safer and help the city run smoother? Or...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 17)

ROBOTICS: ​Humans Will Love Robots More When They’re Flawed Emiko Jozuka | Motherboard "'Humans forget names, things, and appointments so we were seeing if a robot with those kinds of traits would be more appealing to people,...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 10)

ROBOTICS: Honda Using Experimental New ASIMO for Disaster Response Research Evan Ackerman and Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum "During the Fukushima crisis in Japan, the lack of Japanese robots that were available to help out was notable. There was...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Oct 3)

ROBOTICS: The word ‘robot’ is meaningless. Why are we still saying it? Kevin Roose | Fusion "The word 'robot' may end up becoming little more than a rhetorical flourish for companies hoping to signal their interest in innovation. 'It’s...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Sep 26)

ROBOTICS: Rethink Robotics' Sawyer Goes on Sale, Rodney Brooks Says 'There May Be More Robots' Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum "Sawyer can perform tasks that require 0.1 millimeters of tolerance, much better than what Baxter can do. Both...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Sep 19)

ROBOTICS: Seek-and-destroy robot to stop starfish killing the Great Barrier Reef Michelle Starr | CNET “Called the COTSbot (Crown-of-Thorns Starfish robot), it's designed to autonomously patrol and monitor the reefs without a tether, using robotic vision to find...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Sep 5)

ROBOTICS: Let's Treat Robots Like Yo-Yo Ma's Cello -- as an Instrument for Human Intelligence Nicholas Agar | The World Post "Our own human complexity suggests that there is plenty of scope for humans assisted by digital...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 29)

ROBOTICS: Rise of the Robotic Workforce Melody Guan | Harvard Political Review "Human employability optimists also tend to view robotics as powerful but fundamentally inadequate tools that aid rather than replace humans. 'Humans are better than robots at abstraction,...

Stories From Around The Web: The Challenges Facing Virtual Reality

For all the enthusiasm about virtual reality, there are still plenty of unsolved challenges — technical issues, cultural worries, and questions about market fit and timing. The articles below tackle these issues and ask: Does today's...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 8)

ROBOTICS: What you need to know about artificial intelligence, and the imminent robot future Luke Westaway | CNET "Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted in a 2005 book that a model of human intelligence would be achieved as soon...
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Experience These Four Cutting-Edge VR Demos For Yourself

As part of our month-long Future of Virtual Reality series, we want to highlight the most interesting, innovative work in VR today; and we want you to try it for yourself. Chris Milk’s content company VRSE...
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Stories From Around the Web: Virtual Reality Is the Ultimate Empathy Machine

From the earliest plays and novels, artists have created mediated experiences for their audiences to entertain, teach and expand perspectives. The best of these have catapulted audiences into magical worlds and deep into the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 1)

ROBOTICS: We Should Not Ban ‘Killer Robots,’ and Here’s Why Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum "The problem with this argument is that no letter, UN declaration, or even a formal ban ratified by multiple nations is going...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jul 25)

ROBOTICS: Mother Robots Build Children Robots to Experiment With Artificial Evolution Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum "Overall, 'a fitness increase of more than 40 percent over 10 generations was observed in all experiments,' which is pretty good,...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jul 18)

ROBOTICS: Forces of nature: Biomimicry in robotics Stuart Nathan | The Engineer "For example, the processes – the combination of systems of sensors, muscles and brain – that allow a squid to control its tentacles are still...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jul 11)

ROBOTICS: Robots Can’t Kill You—and Claiming They Can is Dangerous Ron Chrisley | Gizmodo "Since robots don’t have responsibility, humans are the ones responsible for what robots do. However, as robots become more prevalent, it will increasingly appear as...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jul 4)

ROBOTICS: Our Robot Overlords Aren’t Quite Ready For Us — Yet Caroline O'Donovan | BuzzFeed "The issue is that robots are really good at doing the same thing over and over again, but when a task calls...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jun 27)

SPACE: Why Send Humans to Space When We Can Send Robots? Daniel Oberhaus | Motherboard "The first marketable, personal computers in the late 70s came about after almost 40 years of research and development, which created...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jun 20)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Google DeepMind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read arXiv | Technology Review "A revolution in artificial intelligence is currently sweeping through computer science. The technique is called deep learning and it’s affecting everything from facial and...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jun 13)

ROBOTICS: China’s Troubling Robot Revolution Martin Ford | The New York Times "Automation has already had a substantial impact on Chinese factory employment: Between 1995 and 2002 about 16 million factory jobs disappeared, roughly 15 percent of...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jun 6)

ROBOTS: Meet the New Generation of Robots for Manufacturing James Hagerty | Wall Street Journal "Another big trend at work: The Renault robots are 'collaborative,' designed to work in proximity to people. Older types of factory robots swing...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through May 30)

ROBOTS: Damage Recovery Algorithm Could Make All Robots Unstoppable Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum "But instead of having to figure out which leg is broken and how, or doing any sort of self-analysis at all, the robot...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through May 23)

ROBOTICS: MIT'S Humanoid Robot Goes to Robot Boot Camp Emily Dreyfuss | WIRED "If the humans were controlling Atlas directly from the command center, this would be no big deal, but the MIT team designed for autonomy....

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through May 16)

ROBOTICS: Robots Might Be the Necessary Future of Urban Pet Ownership Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum "'If artificial pets can replicate the human benefits obtained from live pets, does that mean that the human–animal emotional bond is...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through May 9)

ROBOTICS: Foxconn’s Robot Army Yet to Prove Match for Humans Lorraine Luk | The Wall Street Journal "While the company has automated more manufacturing processes for components and established some lights-out, or workerless, factories, replacing dexterous human hands...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through May 2)

ROBOTICS: The Future of "Killer" Robots: Helping People Ciara Byrne | Fast Company "Robots are already moving out of the research lab, off the factory floor, and into our everyday lives. But how will those robots evolve—and how...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Apr 25)

COMPUTING: HP's Audacious Idea for Reinventing Computers Tom Simonite | Technology Review "Nearly three-quarters of the people in HP’s research division are now dedicated to a single project: a powerful new kind of computer known as...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Apr 18)

Enjoy this week's stories! COMPUTING: Moore’s Law Shows Its Age Don Clark | Wall Street Journal "At first, Moore’s Law was largely a yardstick for chip engineers. It gradually became a competitive imperative, spurring companies to relentlessly innovate." ARTIFICIAL...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Apr 11)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTICS: Human Laws Can't Control Killer Robots, New Report Says Kari Paul | Motherboard "​When a human being is killed by an autonomous machine, who takes the blame? Human rights non-governmental organization Human Rights...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Apr 4)

Surviving another April Fool's on the web requires effort and some just ignore the Internet for the day. Fortunately, we've filtered through all the excessive nonsense to find some true gems in the midst of the silliness. Enjoy this...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Mar 28)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: It's Time For Robot Pilots Jason Koebler | Motherboard "Flying a plane from the ground (or taking it over from the ground, in case of emergency) raises a host of other issues, namely...

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