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  • How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect the Risk of Nuclear War?
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    How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect the Risk of Nuclear War?

    As technology has progressed, humans have become ever more powerful. With this power comes great opportunity and great risk. Nowhere is this clearer than in the potential of artificial intelligence. But a new report from the RAND corporation suggests that our misconceptions about what the technology can do may be as dangerous as the technology… More

  • Is It Moral to Seek Immortality? A Discussion at the Vatican
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    Is It Moral to Seek Immortality? A Discussion at the Vatican

    Earlier this month, I participated in a discussion/debate at the Vatican on the topic of “The Morality of Immortality.” The discussion was moderated by CNN medical anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and included Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman, Elder Dale Renlund, Reverend Father Dr. Nicancor Austriaco and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins. Here are a few compelling… More

  • Holograms Can Now Program Brain Activity—Are Fake Experiences Next?
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    Holograms Can Now Program Brain Activity—Are Fake Experiences Next?

    Optogenetics, neuroscience’s hottest mind-control tool, just got a major update. Projecting 3D-light holograms—yes, holograms!—directly onto a mouse’s cortex, engineers at UC Berkeley instantaneously gained control of dozens of neurons at once. That’s not the impressive part. What’s incredible is that those neurons belonged to different networks, spread out over 50 different spots on a chunk… More

  • Stuff 3.0: The Era of Programmable Matter
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    Stuff 3.0: The Era of Programmable Matter

    It’s the end of a long day in your apartment in the early 2040s. You decide your work is done for the day, stand up from your desk, and yawn. “Time for a film!” you say. The house responds to your cues. The desk splits into hundreds of tiny pieces, which flow behind you and… More

  • Tech Optimists See a Golden Future—Let’s Talk About How We’ll Get There
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    Tech Optimists See a Golden Future—Let’s Talk About How We’ll Get There

    Technology evangelists dream about a future where we’re all liberated from the more mundane aspects of our jobs by artificial intelligence. Other futurists go further, imagining AI will enable us to become superhuman, enhancing our intelligence, abandoning our mortal bodies, and uploading ourselves to the cloud. Paradise is all very well, although your mileage may… More

  • Robot Cities: Three Urban Prototypes for Future Living
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    Robot Cities: Three Urban Prototypes for Future Living

    Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn’t so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fueling our imagination about artificial humans and autonomous machines. Real-world robots remain surprisingly dysfunctional, although they are steadily infiltrating… More

  • How Will Merging Minds and Machines Change Our Conscious Experience?
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    How Will Merging Minds and Machines Change Our Conscious Experience?

    One of the most exciting and frightening outcomes of technological advancement is the potential to merge our minds with machines. If achieved, this would profoundly boost our cognitive capabilities. More importantly, however, it could be a revolution in human identity, emotion, spirituality, and self-awareness. Brain-machine interface technology is already being developed by pioneers and researchers… More

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

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    How 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

  • 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

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