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Google's Self-Driving Car Passes 300,000 Miles

XPRIZE | Posted 10.16.2012 | Technology

The collective odometer of Google's self-driving cars has just passed 300,000 miles. The engineering team celebrated with an announcement that they now feel the car has been proven safe enough for team members to ride the car in on their daily commutes.

Men Are From Mars, So Are Women

XPRIZE | Posted 10.15.2012 | Science

By Naveen Jain This post written by entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain.   Naveen is a trustee of Singularity Un...

Why I Believe That This Will Be The Most Innovative Decade In History

XPRIZE | Posted 10.13.2012 | Technology

Why am I so optimistic? Because of the wide assortment of technologies that are advancing at exponential rates and converging. They are enabling small teams to do what was once only possible for governments and large corporations.

The Real Secret Behind Silicon Valley's Success

XPRIZE | Posted 10.09.2012 | Business

By Brad Templeton Director of the Electonic Frontier Foundation, and Chair of the Networks and Computing Systems Track at Singularity University. Aro...

No More Skipping Your Medicine -- FDA Approves First Digital Pill

XPRIZE | Posted 10.09.2012 | Health News

By Peter Murray Contributing Writer, Singularity University. The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a device that is integrated into pill...

Billboards and TVs Detect Your Face: Advertisers Salivate

XPRIZE | Posted 10.08.2012 | Technology

Facial detection technology is making it feasible to do real-time measurement and analysis of advertisements in the physical world and predict the products you will want to buy, based on who you are or what you look like.

Singularity & Women@TheFrontier Kick Off Designing the Future

Renee Blodgett | Posted 10.07.2012 | Women
Renee Blodgett

The program "Designing the Future 2012", brought together some of today's female game-changers who are designing the future and disrupting the status quo.

Curiosity's Successful, Glorious Triumph on Mars

XPRIZE | Posted 10.09.2012 | Technology

Historically, only 33% of Mars lander missions have succeeded, and this landing was particularly complicated. It was no wonder, then, that stress was high and many were predicting the potential for a big crash.

A Giant Leap for Curiosity, a Small Step for Robot-Kind

XPRIZE | Posted 10.06.2012 | Technology

Curiosity is the most advanced mobile robotic science lab to ever explore another planet and thus this is an exciting moment for NASA and the world. But robotics and artificial intelligence continue to advance at an exponential rate.

DARPA's New Challenge: Increase Robotic Power Efficiency By 2,000 Percent

XPRIZE | Posted 10.03.2012 | Technology

Just as DARPA and other humanoid robot developers have drawn on biology for design inspiration, the agency hopes that robotic actuation can approach the efficiency of human and animal actuation where muscles, tendons, and bones cooperate in highly efficient ways.

Real-Time Language Translation With UK Developer's Own Google-esque Augmented Reality Glasses

XPRIZE | Posted 10.02.2012 | Technology

Think that only a tech giant like Google can make next generation augmented-reality glasses? Think again.

Non-Human Consciousness Exists, Say Experts. Now What?

XPRIZE | Posted 09.30.2012 | Technology

Have you ever considered the consciousness, or unconsciousness, of your dog? Well, a group of neuroscientists have been thinking on the subject pretty seriously, and it was announced last week that "humans are not the only conscious beings in the universe."

Europe Takes The Lead Toward Approval Of First Gene Therapy Drug

XPRIZE | Posted 09.29.2012 | Technology

A watershed moment in gene therapy has finally come to pass. This month, a committee from the European Medicines Agency recommended the approval of a gene therapy drug, named Glybera (alipogene tiparvovec), for the treatment of a rare inherited genetic disorder.

Entrepreneurs Conquer Space In New Era Of DIY Exploration

XPRIZE | Posted 09.26.2012 | Technology

By Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom is the VP of Operations for Singularity University. She spent two decades in the private space sector...

Sophisticated Robotic Hand Doubles as a Human Exoskeleton

XPRIZE | Posted 09.25.2012 | Technology

The German robotics company Festo recently unveiled the ExoHand, a sophisticated robotic hand that is capable of the fine motor skills that allows the human hand to have a delicate touch or perform complex manipulations.

Storage, Not Generation, Is the Challenge to Renewable Energy

XPRIZE | Posted 09.24.2012 | Green

If you read newspapers, blogs and other popular reports on renewable energy, you are very likely hearing almost exclusively about power generation advances in solar cell or wind turbine efficiency or ways to reduce production costs.

Now Your Smartphone Can Be Used to Diagnose Ear Infections at Home

XPRIZE | Posted 09.23.2012 | Technology

Cameras in smartphones will inevitably replace nearly all portable cameras and camcorders, but could they also make basic medical instruments obsolete?

The End of Chinese Manufacturing and Rebirth of U.S. Industry

XPRIZE | Posted 09.22.2012 | Technology

There is great concern about China's real-estate and infrastructure bubbles. But these are just short-term challenges that China may be able to spend its way out of. The real threat to China's economy is bigger and longer term: its manufacturing bubble.

Education Is Undergoing a Startling Revolution -- Let's support it!

XPRIZE | Posted 09.15.2012 | Technology

If we want to hasten the transformation of education, we should not only acknowledge that we are in the awkward early-growth stage, but fully embrace it. We should be trying out every new concept and technology and helping the education innovators evolve.

Arthur C. Clarke Inspired MeThen; Peter Diamandis Inspires Me Now: Lessons in Abundance and Exponential Thinking

Kay Koplovitz | Posted 06.23.2012 | Science
Kay Koplovitz

Arthur C. Clarke inspired me to envision a world fully connected. Peter Diamandis inspires me to understand a world ripe with abundance, and to imagine wondrous improvements for mankind.

From Tribalism To World Citizenship

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.26.2012 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

There is only one way to lower the danger of nuclear terrorism and conflicts like that between Iran and Israel: the next generation needs to be educated within an ethics of global cooperation from earliest childhood onward.

Think You Know Your Competition? Think Again

Naveen Jain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Naveen Jain

You may not see the stealth innovators who are quietly harnessing technologies to displace your business.

Will Robotics Take the Art Out of Artificial Intelligence?

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Will robotics strip the potential for creating art from artificial intelligence? Although Plug and Pray has some genuinely creepy moments, it's a film that is definitely worth your attention.

Our Food Supply: The Next Frontier

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Francine Hardaway

The gating factor for huge sustainable change in the food production system, I conclude, isn't the availability of better food production and processing technology, but the perverse subsidies of the agriculture industry.

Can Religion Rediscover Itself? Taking a Cue from the Singularity University

Paul Lamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Lamb

Why aren't religious organizations imbued with the same spirit of wide open discovery we find in a place like Singularity University? Is it because religions hold that nothing beyond what is written in the sacred texts is worth discovering?