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  • The Wild New Materials of the Future Will Be Discovered With AI
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    The Wild New Materials of the Future Will Be Discovered With AI

    How materials for computer chips, solar panels, and batteries are developed looks to be in the early stages of a radical change. The same goes for research related to areas like superconductors and thermoelectrics. The reason? The new possibilities created by machine learning in materials science. “This is something that is set to explode in… More

  • Republish Our Content—Singularity Hub Launches Creative Commons
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    Republish Our Content—Singularity Hub Launches Creative Commons

    It’s been a long time coming, but we’re excited to finally announce we have officially launched a new way for publishers to easily (and legally) republish our articles on their sites. We believe an important component of the future of learning is the free flow of information. So we’ve made some of our content immediately republishable… More

  • If Energy Becomes Free in the Future, How Will That Affect Our Lives?
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    If Energy Becomes Free in the Future, How Will That Affect Our Lives?

    Technology is making the cost of many things trend towards zero. Things we used to have to pay a lot for are now cheap or even free—think about how much it costs to buy a computer, make long-distance calls, take pictures, watch movies, listen to music, or even travel to another state or country. Down… More

  • How We Can ‘Robot-Proof’ Education to Better Adapt to Automation
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    How We Can ‘Robot-Proof’ Education to Better Adapt to Automation

    Like millions of other individuals in the workforce, you’re probably wondering if you will one day be replaced by a machine. If you’re a student, you’re probably wondering if your chosen profession will even exist by the time you’ve graduated. From driving to legal research, there isn’t much that technology hasn’t already automated (or begun… More

  • What Roboticists Are Learning From Early Generations of Lifelike Humanoid Robots
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    What Roboticists Are Learning From Early Generations of Lifelike Humanoid Robots

    You might not have heard of Hanson Robotics, but if you’re reading this, you’ve probably seen their work. They were the company behind Sophia, the lifelike humanoid avatar that’s made dozens of high-profile media appearances. Before that, they were the company behind that strange-looking robot that seemed a bit like Asimo with Albert Einstein’s head—or… More

  • The Power to Upgrade Our Own Biology Is in Sight—But Is Society Ready for Human Enhancement?
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    The Power to Upgrade Our Own Biology Is in Sight—But Is Society Ready for Human Enhancement?

    Upgrading our biology may sound like science fiction, but attempts to improve humanity actually date back thousands of years. Every day, we enhance ourselves through seemingly mundane activities such as exercising, meditating, or consuming performance-enhancing drugs, such as caffeine or adderall. However, the tools with which we upgrade our biology are improving at an accelerating… More

  • Why the Rise of Self-Driving Vehicles Will Actually Increase Car Ownership
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    Why the Rise of Self-Driving Vehicles Will Actually Increase Car Ownership

    It’s been a long time coming. For years Waymo (formerly known as Google Chauffeur) has been diligently developing, driving, testing and refining its fleets of various models of self-driving cars. Now Waymo is going big. The company recently placed an order for several thousand new Chrysler Pacifica minivans and next year plans to launch driverless… More

  • You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird: Check out Entangled Time
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    You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird: Check out Entangled Time

    In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence about the implications of the new theory of quantum mechanics. The focus of their worry was what Schrödinger later dubbed entanglement: the inability to describe two quantum systems or particles independently, after they have… More

  • Why Quantum Computers Will Be an Amazing Tool for Social Innovators
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    Why Quantum Computers Will Be an Amazing Tool for Social Innovators

    While most people think quantum computing is still a few years off, your next taxi ride in Bangkok may be attached to a quantum computer. Toyota Tsusho and Denso recently announced plans to use a cloud-based D-Wave quantum computer to optimize live traffic data from 130,000 trucks and taxis in Bangkok. While the quantum computer… More

  • These Are the Most Exciting Industries and Jobs of the Future
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    These Are the Most Exciting Industries and Jobs of the Future

    We’ve all read the headlines: the robots are coming, and they will take our jobs. In fact, up to 45 percent of tasks workers perform can be automated using current technology, let alone future forecasts. However, there is a side of this story that is often overlooked: while emerging technologies will destroy many jobs, they will… More

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