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Latest significant advancements in virtual reality. Reporting on the far-reaching impacts of improvements in VR on society and humanity.

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Ray Kurzweil Explains Why Radical Life Extension Will Be Better Than You Think

According to Ray Kurzweil, we’re approaching a time when humans will begin to radically extend their lifespans. This sounds good on the surface, but will we have enough resources to support everyone? And won’t...
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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:...

Why the Cost of Living Is Poised to Plummet in the Next 20 Years

People are concerned about how AI and robotics are taking jobs, destroying livelihoods, reducing our earning capacity, and subsequently destroying the economy. In anticipation, countries like Canada, India and Finland are running experiments to pilot...

Pokemon Go Is a Glimpse of Our Augmented Reality Future

As every child knows, the world is a place of wonder, magic and adventure. A walk through the forest becomes a journey into the lair of an ancient dragon or a hunt for ancient...

Elon Musk Says We’re Probably Living in a Computer Simulation — Here’s the Science

In a recent interview at the Code Conference in California, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk suggested we are living inside a computer simulation. On first hearing, this claim seems far-fetched. But could there be some...

This Is the Tech That Will Make Learning as Addictive as Video Games

The way we learn today is just wrong. Learning needs to be less like memorization, and more like…Angry Birds. Half of school dropouts name boredom as the number one reason they left. How do we get our kids to...
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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...

A Virtual Reality Manifesto: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

“I can’t wait to see the art that people make with this.” Those were the first words from my friend Ryan after spending ten minutes in virtual reality. He’d just tried Tilt Brush, an incredible...
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New Digital Face Manipulation Means You Can’t Trust Video Anymore

What if you could alter a video of anyone to emulate facial and mouth movements that never existed in the source video—by yourself, at home, using a cheap webcam? Meet Face2Face. Using RGB input...
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Mixed Reality Is How We’ll Escape the Tragic Future in Short Film ‘The Nostalgist’

Not too long ago, virtual reality was stuck in the lab, an elaborate, expensive rig that worked okay, sure, but was a far cry from anything dreamed up in the movies. Now, it’s no longer...

VR Developers Have High Hopes for This Year—But Are They Right?

As much as the headlines proclaim “virtual reality is here,” it has also only just arrived. Samsung Gear VR was released in November; this month is the initial launch of the HTC Vive and Oculus...

Augmented Reality, Not VR, Will Be the Big Winner for Business

Sometimes exponential technologies hide in plain sight. Their innovation speed, market size, and number of practical uses seem to be progressing linearly, until suddenly they tilt upwards and turn on the boosters. A case can...

How to Perfect VR Storytelling? Measure What People Watch

We go to the movies to immerse ourselves in film. Cinematic surround sound, huge high-definition screens, total darkness. But it’s not full immersion. To really step into a movie, you need virtual reality, and...

Virtual Reality’s Moment of Truth Is Finally Here

On March 28, 2016, three years, seven months and twenty six days will have passed since Oculus blew through their Kickstarter goal and reignited the dream of virtual reality for so many people around...

The Near Future of VR and AR: What You Need to Know

Unexpected convergent consequences…this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. This post (the third of seven) is a look at virtual and augmented reality. Future posts will look at...

When the World Is Wired: The Magic of the Internet of Everything

Unexpected convergent consequences: This is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. An expert might be reasonably good at predicting the growth of a single exponential technology (e.g.,...

Virtual Workplaces Will Liberate Talent, Dissolve Borders, and Rewrite the Source Code of Innovation

Innovation is the currency of the modern world. Naturally, we want to figure out how innovation happens and how to get more of it. The current recipe is to gather smart, passionate people together...

Greenlight VR Report: Consumers Are Surprisingly Unaware of Virtual Reality

After our latest US consumer research in October 2015, we wanted to find out if the trends we were seeing in the survey data held for a larger, more international pool. In December, we...
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How Amnesty International Aims to Bring Technology and Human Rights Together

Technologies will advance and take hold long before our governments and laws are ready for them. To keep up with the needs of billions of people around the world, it’s important to balance technical...

Why Digital Overload Is Now Central to the Human Condition

A mom pushes a stroller down the sidewalk while Skyping. A family of four sits at the dinner table plugged into their cell phones with the TV blaring in the background. You get through...

The Top Technology Stories You’ll Be Reading in 2016

For the past century, the price and performance of computing has been on an exponential curve.  And as futurist Ray Kurzweil observed, once any technology becomes an information technology, its development follows the same...

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...

The Internet Allowed Us to Learn Anything—VR Will Let Us Experience Everything

I have something to admit—to this day, I’m in awe of Wikipedia. Humanity has created a massive repository of our knowledge available for free to anyone with an Internet connection. All of our presidents...
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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...

Meet the Consumers That Will Make or Break Virtual Reality Next Year

In Greenlight VR’s last article for Singularity Hub we broke down the virtual reality landscape, including company growth, investment, and geographical trends. In this installment, we’ll look at the consumer market. As big players...

Science Fiction’s Greatest Power? Inspiring Us to Build the Future

Science fiction’s visions of the future can appear more fantasy than fact. Sometimes books and movies are unnerving, other times they’re way off. Although sci-fi isn’t always right, it does something else that’s more important...
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Future of Learning Series Wrap-Up: 8 Takes on How Tech Is Impacting Education

Over the past several weeks, we have been writing about how technology is impacting education as part of our 'Future of Learning' series. Our contributors explored the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly fast-paced digital...

Thanksgiving 2025: Technology Will Redefine What ‘Togetherness’ Is All About

This might be a controversial post. My Thanksgiving was one filled with texting, Snapchat, Skyping, Facetime, Beam robots and ringing phones. Some people HATE the way technology impacts their family at gatherings — people on digital devices...
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3 Ways Exponential Technologies Are Impacting the Future of Learning

“Simply put, we can’t keep preparing children for a world that doesn’t exist.” -Cathy N. Davidson Exponential technologies have a tendency to move from a deceptively slow pace of development to a disruptively fast pace. We...

The Virtual Reality Renaissance: How Learning in VR Will Inspire Action Like Never Before

Humanity is standing on a precipice. We have never been closer to achieving a world where everyone has the ability to live and thrive. Biotech, nanotech and AI promise to reshape the world and...

Future of Learning Series Launches Today

Join us at Singularity University on Thursday, November 5 for an interactive panel and workshop on the Future of Learning.   In a study released in 2003, the Berkeley School of Information found that in the...

Resurrecting the Dead—Bringing Back the Dearly Departed Digitally

Progress in photorealistic 3D avatar technology, voice synthesis, augmented reality and artificial intelligence, at large, should make it possible within 30 years to bring the dearly departed back to life. Let’s first agree on the...

Are Movie Theaters About to Disappear? How VR Will Remake Hollywood

Since the first public movie theater opened in the U.S. in 1905, movies have evolved significantly—sound, color, computer effects, high definition. However, one thing hasn’t changed. We still go to the theater to see...

3D Mapping the World’s Reefs With Sly Lee (Interview)

Sly Lee: Marine Scientist, Science Communicator, Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Alumni Honolulu, Hawaii and San Francisco, CA If Silicon Valley had a mind of its own, which it may one day, its dreams would be comprised of...

How Future Cities Will Reconnect Humans and Nature (Interview)

Ana Cecilia Benatuil: Architect, Urbanist, Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Venezuela and Miami, FL Born and raised in Venezuela, Ana Cecilia Benatuil grew up in close contact with the diverse natural environments of her country before moving...

Get Ready: Virtual Reality Is Arriving Well Ahead of Star Trek’s Far Future Forecast

In the television series Star Trek, virtual reality-chambers called “holodecks” take humans into computer-generated worlds where they interact with avatars — and with each other. Imagine being able to visit a distant planet or...

The Technologies ‘Back to the Future’ Got Right, Wrong, and Left Out Entirely

26 years ago, Marty McFly and Doc Brown climbed into their time-traveling flying DeLorean and set the controls to the distant future — October 21, 2015 — which happens to be this week. This is a fun...

Ray Kurzweil’s Wildest Prediction: Nanobots Will Plug Our Brains Into the Web by the 2030s

I consider Ray Kurzweil a very close friend and a very smart person. Ray is a brilliant technologist, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google focused on AI and language processing. He has also made...

How VR and AR Will Reinvent Consumer Electronics, Education, and Retail

We live in an age of disruption — industries will be transformed. This post (part 2 of 3) is a quick look at three multibillion-dollar industries (consumer electronics, education, retail) that are ripe for disruption this decade...
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Would You Take a One-Way Trip to Space? Anousheh Ansari Responds on Ask an Expert [Video]

Watch just about any science fiction movie and the allure of space is mesmerizing. It's open, seemingly infinite, and full of unknowns. It is the final frontier. But would you be willing to venture off to explore space...

Put Down the Textbook: How VR Is Reimagining Classroom Education

We’ve spent the last month investigating many angles within virtual reality—from its implications on the web, to how VR can create peak emotional experiences on demand, to discussing whether it is okay if we...
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Philip Rosedale on the Future of Virtual Worlds on This Week’s Ask an Expert [Video]

"Virtual jobs are going to be a dominant part of our future...they'll probably be the biggest place that we work."  As the momentum of virtual reality builds, many claims about its future success have been made, some of which...

A Maker’s Guide to the Metaverse

The virtual reality renaissance that is now underway is creating much excitement surrounding the potential arrival of the “metaverse.” As I write, four great technology titans are competing to bring affordable head-mounted displays to...
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Beyond Games: Why VR Will Soon Be Vitally Important to Healthcare

Virtual reality (VR) is the new buzzword , capturing the imagination of a new generation of early adopters, technologists and gamers. With its early roots in the 1950s simulation community, there have been...

How We’re Battling Virtual Reality’s Dreaded Simulator Sickness

Like many other eager early adopters, my first encounter with virtual reality headsets began with heart-pounding excitement, and ended in nightmarish nausea. To an unfortunate subpopulation of people, virtual reality’s side effects are no joke....

We Can’t Find Any Alien Neighbors and Virtual Reality Might Be to Blame

“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...

How You Watch Sports Is About to Change Forever With Virtual Reality

We live in an era of unprecedented global interest in live sports. The 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter final between India and Pakistan drew an estimated TV audience of 1 billion people, or 14% of...
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Interview: Nonny de la Peña “Godmother of VR” on How VR Will Transform News and Journalism

Nonny de la Peña has been called "The Godmother of Virtual Reality." Facebook's acquisition of Oculus may have spawned a VR goldrush among tech giants and start-ups alike, but Nonny de la Peña was in the...

Why Email Is Broken—and What Will Replace It

If you need to communicate something important to a friend, do you call? Visit? Email? Text? Skype? WhatsApp? Snap? Tweet? Message on Facebook or LinkedIn? How we communicate in exponential times is changing. This post is about...

Step Inside the Virtual Universe—How VR Will Transform the Web

A little over a year ago, a small team was formed within Mozilla's research arm with a mandate to explore the intersection of virtual reality and the open web. What would the combination of...

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