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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...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 2nd)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem Kate Crawford | The New York Times "Like all technologies before it, artificial intelligence will reflect the values of its creators. So inclusivity matters—from who designs it to who sits...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 25th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Forget Doomsday AI—Google Is Worried About Housekeeping Bots Gone Bad Cade Metz | Fast Company "Machines can’t make the hard calls themselves yet, because they don’t understand morality. But Ken Forbus, an AI researcher at...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 18th)

FUTURE OF WORK: Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream David H. Freedman | MIT Technology Review "What’s not to like about free money? ...Well, there’s the fact that a universal basic income could add as...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 11th)

ROBOTICS: Vyo Is a Fascinating and Unique Take on Social Domestic Robots Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum "Vyo is 'a personal assistant serving as a centralized interface for smart home devices.' Nothing new there, but what sets Vyo apart...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 4th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: I Let a Robot Take Over My Social Media for 48 Hours Harvey Wilks | Motherboard "Imagine your own personal intern who knows you better than you know yourself, performing all the minutiae you’re loath...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 28th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: It’s Too Late—We’ve Already Taught AI to Be Racist and Sexist Jordan Pearson | Motherboard " 'To some extent, you can think about the AI as a human child,' Clune said. 'You don’t want a child...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 21st)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs Jason Tanz | WIRED "Whether you’re a member of the coding elite or someone who barely feels competent to futz with the settings on your...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 14th)

ROBOTICS: This Silicon Valley Billionaire Wants to Give Us All Robot Bodies Mark Mann | Motherboard "It’s easy to envision Beam-like devices with more appendages and more sensors than just wheels and a camera, so workers could...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Can Artificial Intelligence Create the Next Wonder Material? Nicola Nosengo | Nature "Instead of continuing to develop new materials the old-fashioned way — stumbling across them by luck, then painstakingly measuring their properties in the laboratory...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free Cade Metz | WIRED "In the rarefied world of AI research, the brightest minds aren’t driven by—or at least not only by—the next product...
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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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