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Navigating toward the best of all possible futures. Follow along as Singularity Hub discusses the future and latest trends in futurology.

In Depth With Jason Silva: Brain Games, Trance States, and The Abomination of Death

It’d been awhile, so we contacted Jason Silva to find out what gets him up in the morning these days. Though he’s added a mainstream audience, Silva seems eager as ever to chase the “adjacent possible” and leap over it into even dreamier domains. To learn why, among other things, he’s slightly disappointed Google Glass isn’t Scarlett Johansson, why privacy is malleable and mostly overrated, and how femto-scale computing at black hole densities accounts for the eery silence of the universe—read on.
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Jason Silva and Barry Ptolemy Collaborate on New Series, ‘The Future of Us’

Future of Us on AOL. Silva told us the new stuff will be recognizable to those who’ve seen Shots of Awe or his philosophical espresso shots. Sponsorship by Chevrolet came with creative freedom and the funds to improve the end product.

Jason Silva Discusses the Singularity in His New Web Series ‘Shots of Awe’

My favorite thing about Jason Silva? His ability to formulate, encapsulate, and prescribe, over the counter, the awe this particular epoch of human evolution can and should engender. Whatever pills he’s taking, I want some. A close second? His t-shirts. Check out his backlog here to see cosmological creation on cotton crewnecks.

Interview: Jason Silva Effs the Ineffable in Fresh Philosophical Espresso Shot

Filmmaker Jason Silva’s latest philosophical short, “The Mirroring Mind,” is a stream of consciousness—about consciousness itself. If you like brain yoga, Silva's your man. He likens the mind’s ability to mirror an external environment that includes the mind itself to “plugging a video camera into the TV and then aiming the camera at the TV—the recursive loop that is formed extends itself ad infinitum.”

After an Impressive 2012, Online Education to Go Global in 2013

A year after its 2012 launch, online education platform Coursera is booming. The startup recently added 29 partner universities, expanding their catalogue to 313 courses from 62 universities in 17 countries. To say the...
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Exclusive Interview With Doug Wolens, Director of “The Singularity”

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” If you watch Doug Wolens’ latest documentary, “The Singularity,” the quote from Arthur C. Clarke is the first thing you see. It aptly prepares you for the...

Jason Silva’s Latest Video Shows How The Social Function Of Our Brains Has Changed

Jason Silva, a 21st-century version of a beat poet (if that'a real thing), kicked off 2013 with a video titled "A Mind Made For Mating!" that's 90 seconds of pure "tech ftw" goodness. Rattling off connections between human sexuality, the brain, and internet technology, Jason delivers a stream-of-conscious epiphany about how the social function of the human brain has evolved from a courtship instrument intended to assist in the spreading of genes to a digitally connected device aimed at the propagation of memes.

Forecasting the Future: Ray Kurzweil, Nate Silver, and—the Market?

If you're a futurist, chances are you have a favorite oracle or uncanny prediction. Maybe it was John Paulson’s bet against the housing market in 2007-08, or Nate Silver’s spot on election call in...
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Filmmaker Jason Silva Brings You Kurzweil’s Six Epochs Of Evolution

When asked by his colleagues why he spent so much time talking about science instead of doing science, Carl Sagan answered, “When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.” I think Jason Silva...

19th Century French Artists Predicted The World Of The Future In This Series Of Postcards

If you've ever struggled to imagine how life will change over the next century thanks to technology, take comfort -- you're not alone. Over 100 year ago, some French artists tried to do the...

Singularity Hub Q&A — Jason Silva Shares His Motivations And Vision With Members

Jason Silva is a futurist and filmmaker, yet he is hard to categorize, so much so that he is often prone to nicknames. For instance, a recent CBS interview called him a "Wonder Junkie"....

Visions Of The Future: DR0NE, A Webseries About Autonomous Humanoid Soldiers

Consider, for a moment, the rising use of drone technology by the military. In light of how years of advances in robotics and artificial intelligence will transform drones, imagine how warfare will look in merely...

Next Gen To Bring Singularity: Foresight Gifts Thousands of Singularity Related Books To Students

To inspire a generation of tech entrepreneurs who can change the world, the Foresight Institute has come up with a simple but brilliant plan: give students an optimistic vision for the future. To do...
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“The Future Is Ours” Video Inspires Hope In Technology And Human Progress

In a recent TED talk titled "Abundance Is Our Future," Peter Diamandis points out that though the amygdala in our brains may continually draw our attention toward negative news stories -- and therefore help...
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Recorded Future Attempts To Unlock The Predictive Power Of The Web

What’s going to happen tomorrow? What about next week or next year? Recorded Future says they can tell you. No, they don’t claim to be psychics. In fact, they maintain that any one of...

While Average Lifespans Increase, 114 Remains A Stubborn And Mysterious Upper Bound. Why?

Ray Kurzweil predicts that in the coming decades the term “life expectancy” will become irrelevant. By then medical advances and nanotechnology will be such effective tools with which to repair our bodies as they...
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Q&A with Dutch Futurist Marcel Bullinga as His Latest Book Looks to 2025

If the global community of futurists were an ice cream shop, Marcel Bullinga would be the banana split: big, colorful, fun, and a little nutty. The Dutch author and public speaker has a presentation...

Help Accelerate Nanotechnology: Donate to the Foresight Institute With Matching Gifts Through Jan 15th

For twenty five years the Foresight Institute has been one of the leading proponents of nanotechnology, and 2011 was no exception. A 25th anniversary conference in June gathered visionary minds like Moon Express' Barney...
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Q&A with Filmmaker Jason Silva as He Preaches the Philosophy of the Singularity

There are many futurists and techno-optimists in the world, but there is only one Jason Silva. The former host of Current TV, and fledgling documentary filmmaker is a force of personality and energy that...

Singularity Summit 2011 Part III – Singularity And The Future

In this Part III of our Singularity Summit 2011 coverage, we'll highlight the speakers who talked about such topics as robotics, economics, and engaging the general public about the singularity. After reading this article, don’t...
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Albert Brooks’ 2030 Is a Funny, Age-Obsessed 1984

A good book can make you laugh or cry or think. A great book makes you do all three. 2030, the debut novel of famed comedian, screenwriter, director, and actor Albert Brooks, is an...
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Nanotechnology On The Internet – Videos of 25th Anniversary Foresight Reunion Now Online

Don't worry if you missed it, you can time travel and attend the Foresight Institute's 25th Anniversary Reunion through the magic of the internet. The conference, hosted on Google's campus in Silicon Valley, explored...
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Hilarious and Surprising Predictions of the Future…From the 1960s! (video)

Nothing should make a futurist more wary than looking at the history of the profession and seeing how hilarious its mistakes have been. Jetpacks, flying cars, death rays...the future isn't quite what the past...
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Exclusive Video of Q&A With Aubrey de Grey on How To Live Forever

If you're watching a movie and someone from the film suddenly appears before you in person, there are two likely explanations: 1) you're in the future or 2) you're at a Q&A. Last Friday...
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Come Watch How To Live Forever Movie With Me in San Francisco This Friday!

If you could take a pill that would let you live 500 more years, would you? That's one of the many questions director and star Mark Wexler asks in his latest documentary, How To...

After a Bumpy Ride China’s New High-Speed Rail Takes off at Almost 200mph

The world is poised for another railroad revolution, and China intends to lead the way. On July 1st China’s new CRH380 high-speed train began commercial service as it pushed off for the first time...

Foresight’s Nanotech Conference at Google June 25-26 ($50 OFF To Hub Readers!)

Back in 1986, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and shoulderpads were popular, forward minded scientists and friends gathered together to form the Foresight Institute - arguably the premiere futurist organization focused on nanotechnology. Now,...
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How To Live Forever….The Documentary (trailer)

Baby boomers are getting old quickly, and while all of them have to struggle to deal with that, at least one has made a movie about it. How To Live Forever is 54 year...

China Begins Construction of Megacity Four Times the Population of New York

Imagine a city larger than all of Switzerland, twice the size of New Jersey, or with four times the population of New York City. Such a city is being built in southern China. Construction began...

The Myth of the Three Laws of Robotics – Why We Can’t Control Intelligence

Like many of you I grew up reading science fiction, and to me Isaac Asimov was a god of the genre. From 1929 until the mid 90s, the author created many lasting tropes and...

Masdar City: A Closer Look at the City of the Future

Modern metropolises are proliferating malignancies of ravenous urban sprawl. Alright, that sentence is definitely laden with a hefty dose of theatrics, but we can at least say that increasingly around the world, people are...

Masdar City Abandons Transportation System of the Future

O, vehicle of the future, why have you eluded us? While other industries such as communication make enormous strides every year, it seems that transportation technology can only inch along, lumbering to barely get...

BigThink’s Series on Longevity: A Fun Place To Start (video)

Thinking about living forever? You've got a lot of reading to do...or maybe you can just watch a few videos. The science surrounding longevity is a hive of interweaving studies and counterstudies that can...

How Was the Billionaire’s Singularity Dinner? We’ll Show You

Five minutes is not enough time to save the world, but it might be enough time to get people to help finance you saving the world. Last night, Peter Thiel and The Thiel Foundation's...

Time Presents 10 Questions for Kurzweil: Hello, Mainstream

Everybody thinks about the future, but not everyone makes it their life's work. Besides being an inventor and author, Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's premier futurists and he's the de facto frontman...

Cool Futuristic CityScape Sculpted Out of Nothing But Drill Bits

I spend a good portion of my waking hours contemplating the future, so I was a little amazed when I suddenly saw it crafted out of drill bits. Japanese artist Chu Enoki's sculpture, RPM...

Long Bets: Putting Money Where Your Predictions Are

Think you know what will happen in the future? Would you care to make a wager on that? Since 2002, Long Bets has served as an arena for prognosticators of all calibers to make...

The Law Of Futurology

In pretty much all walks of life, humans are prone to making their theories and ideas conform to their own personal hopes and dreams.  This especially applies to futurists! When building a theory that we...

Ericsson Asks 20 Innovative Thinkers About the Year 2020

Swedish telecomm giant Ericsson is building a picture of the future. Their 2020 project is seeking the opinion of twenty innovative thinkers on how the world will change in the next decade. People like...

Aubrey de Grey Fights Aging With Regenerative Medicine (Video)

Aubrey de Grey looks and speaks like a wizard, but don't dismiss him. He stands out as one of the most impassioned and well-reasoned advocates for longer, healthier life. His non-profit, the SENS Foundation...
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New Documentary on the End to Aging Premiers Feb 11th (Video)

I learned most of my philosophy from 70s rock ballads, so I know that all we are is dust in the wind. Still, film director Robert Kane Pappas dares to ask who wants to...

Kurzweil Defends Predictions for 2009, Says He is 102 for 108.

How accurately must you predict the future before you can call yourself a futurist? That's the central question in a bit of online controversy regarding Ray Kurzweil. The well known inventor and author has...

Andrew Hessel’s Singularity University Talk on Synthetic Biology (Video)

Have you ever wished life was more like a video game? Well, Andrew Hessel is here to tell you that your biology is already more like a computer than you know. At his recent...

Singularity University’s Executive Program In Full Swing

Where have all the forward thinking business executives gone? They're in school. We warned you it was coming, and now it's here: Singularity University's inaugural executive program began last week at the NASA Ames...
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Mprize: Your Children Could Be Immortal

If living forever isn't enough motivation to get scientists to study longevity, maybe $3.8 million will work instead. That's the current size of the Mprize, a special fund put forth by the Methuselah Foundation...

The Future of Sex: Androids, VR, and the Orgasm Button

Forget the Turing test. Imagine when a machine can not only convince us of their intelligence, but attract us with it. Bladerunner gave us a great glimpse in the eighties: sexy androids manipulating...

AT&T Predictions From 16 Years Ago Become Reality

Robots-Dreams has an excellent post about AT&T advertisements from 1993 (16 years ago!) in which predictions about the future turned out to be amazingly accurate.  Technology is changing our lives at an ever faster...

10 Forecasts for 2009 and Beyond

Each year since 1985, the editors of The Futurist have collected their most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts into an annual Outlook report.  The Outlook 2009 report was recently released and we have published it...

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