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5 Sci-Fi Books Biotech Geeks Should Read Right Now

From space colonization to resurrection of dinosaurs to machine intelligence, the most awe-inspiring visions of humanity’s future are typically born from science fiction. But among an abundance of time travel, superheroes, space adventures, and so...

How to Leverage the Power of Science Fiction for Exponential Innovation

“The only constant is change, and the rate of change is increasing.” –Peter Diamandis Many of today’s biggest companies will no longer exist in 10 years. Why? Because rapidly emerging new technologies will make the...

How Big Is the Gap Between ‘Ready Player One’ and Current VR Tech?

Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Ready Player One depicts a future where VR technology can transport people into a completely realistic alternate universe. But how close is real-life tech to that vision? Much of the coverage of...

Darker Still: Black Mirror’s New Season Envisions Neurotech Gone Wrong

The key difference between science fiction and fantasy is that science fiction is entirely possible because of its grounding in scientific facts, while fantasy is not. This is where Black Mirror is both an...

What AI Can Now Do Is Remarkable—But How It’s Learning Is More Significant

Major websites all over the world use a system called CAPTCHA to verify that someone is indeed a human and not a bot when entering data or signing into an account. CAPTCHA stands for...

Could We Build a Blade Runner-Style ‘Replicant’?

The new Blade Runner sequel will return us to a world where sophisticated androids made with organic body parts can match the strength and emotions of their human creators. As someone who builds biologically...
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This Is What Happens When a Robot Assassin Goes to Therapy

Computers are getting good at a lot of things they didn’t used to be able to do at all. They can drive cars, diagnose patients, and understand speech. They’ve even started to be capable...

Recursor.TV Brings All the Best Indie Sci-Fi to One Place

If you love science and technology, chances are you love science fiction too. But sci-fi isn’t just for geeks anymore. Or maybe more accurately, more of us are geeks now than ever. Television shows Black...

Why XPRIZE Is Asking Writers to Take Us Through a Wormhole to 2037

In a world of accelerating change, educating the public about the implications of technological advancements is extremely important. We can continue to write informative articles and speculate about the kind of future that lies...

Tricorder XPRIZE Awards $2.5M for Device That Detects Illness Using Your Phone

In a few hundred years, doctors will scan their patient with a handheld device called a Tricorder to diagnose virtually any ailment. That’s according to Star Trek. Way back here in the 21st century,...

David Hasselhoff Stars in a New Short Film—and All His Lines Were Written by AI

Last year, an AI named Benjamin wrote a weird and entertaining science fiction short film called Sunspring. Now, Benjamin’s back in a new film titled It’s No Game. Like its predecessor, the short is...

New Technology Brings Star Wars-Style Desert Moisture Farming a Step Closer

Luke Skywalker wasn’t just a farmer. In the original 1977 Star Wars film, the lead character was desperate to leave his home planet of Tatooine, where his family farmed moisture from the atmosphere using...
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Is ‘Strange Beasts’ a Preview of the Sad (Augmented) Reality Ahead of Us?

Strange Beasts is a British short film reminiscent of the dystopian Netflix drama Black Mirror—and it packs an equally strong punch in about a fifth of the time. The film starts out with a game...
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Ghost in the Shell Thrills, But Ducks the Philosophical Questions Posed by a Cyborg Future

How closely will we live with the technology we use in the future? How will it change us? And how close is “close”? Ghost in the Shell imagines a futuristic, hi-tech but grimy and...

This Is What Happens When We Debate Ethics in Front of Superintelligent AI

Is there a uniform set of moral laws, and if so, can we teach artificial intelligence those laws to keep it from harming us? This is the question explored in an original short film...

Holograms Aren’t The Stuff of Science Fiction Anymore

The world seems to be full of illusions—and we’re not talking about fake news from Macedonia. Holograms appear to be all around us now. Long-dead rapper Tupac Shakur showed up at the 2012 edition of...

Could Predictive Policing Lead to a Real-Life Minority Report?

Everyone knows prevention is better than a cure, and that’s as true for law enforcement as it is for medicine. But there’s little evidence that a growing trend towards “predictive policing” is the answer,...

‘New York 2140’ Is a Sci-Fi Vision of the World Reshaped by Climate Change

If a trip to Venice is your ideal holiday, then you’re going to love the future. Most of us, however, will be quite sobered by Kim Stanley Robinson’s upcoming novel, New York 2140, a near-future...

Is Virtual Reality the Surprising Solution to the Fermi Paradox?

“If the transcension hypothesis is correct, inner space, not outer space, is the final frontier for universal intelligence. Our destiny is density.” –John Smart Only decades into our “age of cosmology” — the moment when we...

Fear of the Dark: Why Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ Is Great Science Fiction

Legendary science fiction author Isaac Asimov once said, “The core of science fiction, its essence, has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all.” With its aim to predict and...

Is Choosing Your Own Reality All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

As rapid improvements in virtual reality technology make it possible to create and live in worlds perfectly tailored to our needs, are humans nearing utopia? The idea of a VR utopia was introduced to the...

This Is How to Invent Radical Solutions to Huge Problems

If you force a grasshopper into a jar and fasten the lid, the grasshopper eventually shortens its jump after hitting the lid enough times.  After a while, even if you take the lid off the...
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If You Upload Your Mind to the Cloud—Would You Still Be You?

From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It's usually a piece that was popular back then and we...

Elon Musk Is Right: We Can Insure Against Extinction by Colonizing Space

Why blow billions of dollars on space exploration when billions of people are living in poverty here on Earth? You’ve likely heard the justifications. The space program brings us useful innovations and inventions. Space exploration...

“It’s a Powerful Time to Reshape Healthcare Across the Planet”

We are living in a world that is global and exponential. Technology is taking things that used to be scarce and making them abundant—and these forces are reshaping the fields of medicine and healthcare...

Now Is the Time to Ban Terminator-Like Robots

The United States has on its Aegis-class cruisers a defense system that can track and destroy anti-ship missiles and aircraft. Israel has developed a drone, the Harpy, that can detect and automatically destroy radar...

The Robots We’ve Long Imagined Are Finally Here

They are wise-cracking companions, able to communicate in more than six million languages. Others are bent on enslaving or destroying humanity, deeming themselves better, more rational caretakers of the Earth in light of our...

The 21st Century Is a Wild Time to Be Alive

Last week in San Francisco, Singularity University hosted its first-ever Global Summit. In three days, we heard over 100 science and technology experts give talks in more categories than one human mind can fully...

Finding Intelligent Alien Life Would Offer Hope For Our Own Future

Are we alone in the universe? We don’t know. But as Carl Sagan said, if we are, it seems like an awful waste of space. At Singularity University Global Summit, Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver...

Are There Other Intelligent Civilizations Out There? Two Views on the Fermi Paradox

Scientists have now discovered a few thousand planets orbiting other stars and, based on these observations, believe there may be as many as 8.8 billion potentially habitable Earth-sized planets in the Milky Way alone....
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Why No Aliens? They Live in Video Game Universes Like a Future ‘No Man’s Sky’

Evidence suggesting that our universe is tailor-made for habitable planets — ones that could reasonably support life — continues to pile up. And as humanity flings cosmos-observing technologies further into the sky, we’re developing...
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5 Future Visions to Fuel Your Imagination of What’s Possible

Through the lens of imagination, humankind has the ability to see far beyond the present. The strongest of these guiding visions tend to coalesce and together steer the trajectory of where we’re headed—even if...

We Might Live in a Virtual Universe — But It Doesn’t Really Matter

You might have heard the news: Our world could be a clever computer simulation that creates the impression of living in a real world. Elon Musk brought up this topic a few weeks ago....
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This Beautiful Demo Shows How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come

Elon Musk recently explained at Code Conference why he believes we're all living in a simulation. His argument that such a simulation is possible is based on the exponential developments in video game graphics:...
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See What Happens When Killer Robots Are Born in a Car Factory

Could you imagine a robot takeover beginning anywhere other than a major automobile factory? It only makes sense—car plants are already some of the most automated, robot-packed spots on the planet. "ANA" is a recent...
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An AI Wrote This Short Film—and It’s Surprisingly Entertaining

“In a future with mass unemployment, young people are forced to sell blood.” This is the opening line of a short film entered in this year's Sci-Fi London Film Challenge. It's dark, enigmatic, contemporary…and written...
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‘Hyper-Reality’ Is a Psychedelic Glimpse of Our Future on Digital Overload

If you could choose between a countless number of realities — would you choose this one? The visceral experience of hopping between and mixing digital and physical worlds is beautifully depicted in a new...

‘Ultracool’ Dwarf Star Hosts Three Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Planets Just 40 Light-Years Away

The search for Earth-like planets — and life — beyond the solar system has long been the stuff of science fiction and fantasy. But today’s ground and space telescopes, high-precision instruments and advanced analysis techniques have...
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The Coming Robot War Is Our Fault in Short Film ‘Rise’

Speculating what will cause our ultimate demise has been the stuff of science fiction for years—if it’s not aliens wiping out the human race, it’s probably robots. This is a proven trope that keeps moviegoers...
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Human-Like Robot Interviewed at SXSW—It’s Here to Help and Destroy [Video]

Meet Sophia, a new human-like robot exhibited by Hanson Robotics at the SXSW festival. Sophia has a variety of features that make interactions with a human appear ordinary. Employing a number of facial expressions and...
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See a Vision of the Jobless Future in This Beautiful Short Film

What would a fully automated future without jobs look like? The Guardian recently released an animated short set in a time when machines dominate the workforce. The story follows the last human worker going...
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Space and Technology: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Does life exist beyond Earth? Scientists have a few reasons to be optimistic. For one, there are an estimated 100 billion billion Earth-like planets in our universe. That should get most people’s hopes up. Further, we're...
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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...

This Remarkable Robot Hand Is Worthy of Luke Skywalker

Most of today's robot hands can perform easy tasks. They’re uber-practical grippers, simple and useful. But is it really so much to ask for robotic masterworks as dextrous as Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand in Star Wars?...
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Sci-Fi Short Imagines How Brain-Computer Interfaces Will Make Us “Connected”

Social life is defined by connections, and more than ever, the fabric of our social lives are woven digitally. Before the Internet picked up speed, local hubs like neighborhoods, churches, and community centers provided a variety of opportunities to develop...
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Future ‘Mad Men’ Will Buy Ad Space in Your Dreams

The smaller computers get, the more they invade our personal space (or from another perspective, the more we invite them into it). We've gone from lonely industrial age mainframes to pocket computers as essential and ever-present...

‘Wait But Why’: Elon Musk’s Favorite Blog Makes Good Ideas Available to Everyone, With Cartoons

“The more 1000% authentic you are, the more you have monopoly over what you’re doing. Just be your weird self, and just be all of that. Either the world loves it, and there is...
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Sci-Fi Short Film ‘Uncanny Valley’ Paints a Dark Future for Virtual Reality

What’s the worst possible outcome of virtual reality technology going mainstream? A generation of burnt-out, washed-up VR junkies losing touch with reality and surviving only to sustain their virtual existence. That reality is where the haunting sci-fi...

Secrets to Long Haul Creativity

About five years ago, I started thinking long and hard about a very specific type of creativity. Unlike most researchers, I was less interested in exploring the day-to-day puzzle of making something out of...

How Long Until We Can Build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

The Star Wars universe is full of droids. Everywhere you turn, there are medical droids, exploration droids, labor droids, pilot droids, even battle droids. They carry out clearly defined tasks, often with a degree...

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