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New Fast-Charging, Low-Cost Batteries Could Be a Game-Changer for Electric Cars

New Fast-Charging, Low-Cost Batteries Could Be a Game-Changer for Electric Cars

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Despite their growing popularity, electric vehicle s still lag behind gasoline cars, and one reason is the anxiety that comes from short ranges and slow refueling times—but researchImage Credit: fromGet Hub delivered to your inboxGet the latest news from Singularity Hub!Singularity University, Singularity Hub, Singularity Summit, SU Labs, Singularity Labs, Exponential Medicine, Exponential Finance and all associated logos and design elements are...

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No Trees Harmed: MIT Aims to One Day Grow Your Kitchen Table in a Lab

No Trees Harmed: MIT Aims to One Day Grow Your Kitchen Table in a Lab

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.You’ve likely heard the buzz around We can now take a few cells from a live animal and grow those cells into a piece of meat. The process is kinder to animals, consumes fewer resources, and has less environmental impact.MIT researchers will soon publish a paper , like wood and fiber, using a similar approach. The research is early, but it’s a big vision. The idea is to grow instead of build some products made of biomaterials.Consider your average...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 23)

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Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Will Knight | Wired“China produces as many artificial intelligence researchers as the US, but it lags in key fields like machine learning. The government hopes to make up ground. …It set AI researchers the goal of making ‘fundamental breakthroughs by 2025’ and called for the country to be ‘the world’s primary innovation center by 2030.’ BAAI opened a year later, in Zhongguancun, a neighborhood of Beijing designed to replicate US innovation hubs...

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Watch London's Cool, Quirky Augmented Reality Art Exhibit at Home

Watch London's Cool, Quirky Augmented Reality Art Exhibit at Home

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.It hasn’t been a great few months for museums, what with the pandemic shutting many of them down and forcing the rest to greatly limit visitors. But a new, well-timed art exhibit went on display last month in London, and no reservations or masks were required.was an art exhibit presented by and Dazed Media. It took place along the Southbank of the River Thames, featuring 36 different “sculptures” that visitors could only see through a smartphone...

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Earth Has Stayed Habitable for Billions of Years. Exactly How Lucky Did We Get?

Earth Has Stayed Habitable for Billions of Years. Exactly How Lucky Did We Get?

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.It took evolution to produce Homo sapiens. If the climate had completely failed just once in that time, then evolution would have come to a crashing halt and we would not be here now. So to understand how we came to exist on planet Earth, we’ll need to know how Earth managed to stay fit for life for billions of years.This is not a trivial problem. Current global warming shows us that the climate can change considerably over the course of even a...

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This Artificial Heart Will Soon Be on the Market in Europe

This Artificial Heart Will Soon Be on the Market in Europe

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the world, particularly in the US and Western Europe. Medical science has come up with some ingenious solutions to common heart problems, like pacemakers (which correct abnormal heart rhythms), stents (to hold clogged arteries open so blood can flow through), and bypass surgery (which implants a healthy blood vessel from another part of the body to redirect blood around a blocked artery in the...

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A Language AI Is Accurately Predicting Covid-19 'Escape' Mutations

A Language AI Is Accurately Predicting Covid-19 'Escape' Mutations

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.For all their simplicity, viruses are sneaky little life forces.Take SARS-Cov-2, the virus behind Covid-19. Challenged with the human immune system, the virus has gradually reshuffled parts of its genetic material, making it easier to spread among a human population. The new strain has already terrorized South Africa and shut down the UK, and recently popped up in the United States.The silver lining is that our existing vaccines and antibody...

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How Mirroring the Architecture of the Human Brain Is Speeding Up AI Learning

How Mirroring the Architecture of the Human Brain Is Speeding Up AI Learning

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.“Our model provides a biologically plausible way for artificial neural networks to learn new visual concepts from a small number of examples,” Maximilian Riesenhuber, Georgetown University Medical Center“We can get computers to learn much better from few examples by leveraging prior learning in a way that we think mirrors what the brain is doing.”““Image Credit: fromGet Hub delivered to your inboxGet the latest news from Singularity...

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The World's Oldest Story? Astronomers Say Global Myths About 'Seven Sisters' Stars May Reach Back 100,000 Years

The World's Oldest Story? Astronomers Say Global Myths About 'Seven Sisters' Stars May Reach Back 100,000 Years

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.In the northern sky in December is a beautiful cluster of stars known as the Pleiades, or the “seven sisters.” Look carefully and you will probably count six stars. So why do we say there are seven of them?Many cultures around the world refer to the Pleiades as “seven sisters,” and also tell quite similar stories about them. After studying the motion of the stars very closely, we believe these stories may date back 100,000 years to a time when the...

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China Wants to Be the World’s AI Superpower. Does It Have What It Takes?

China Wants to Be the World’s AI Superpower. Does It Have What It Takes?

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.China’s star has been steadily rising for decades. Besides slashing from 88 percent to under 2 percent in just 30 years, the country has become a global powerhouse in manufacturing and technology. Its pace of due to an aging population, but China is nonetheless one of the world’s biggest players in multiple cutting-edge tech fields.One of these fields, and perhaps the most significant, is artificial intelligence. The Chinese government announced a...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 16)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 16)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Nathaniel Popper | The New York Times“Stefan Thomas, a German-born programmer living in San Francisco, has two guesses left to figure out a password that is worth, as of this week, about $220 million. The password will let him unlock a small hard drive, known as an IronKey, which contains the private keys to a digital wallet that holds 7,002 Bitcoin.”Angela Watercutter | Wired“Dire wolves: First of their name, last of their kind. Yes, you read...

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How Many Galaxies Are in the Universe? A New Answer From the Darkest Sky Ever Observed

How Many Galaxies Are in the Universe? A New Answer From the Darkest Sky Ever Observed

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Ordinarily, we point telescopes at some object we want to see in greater detail. In the 1990s astronomers did the opposite. They pointed the most powerful telescope in history, the Hubble Space Telescope, at a dark patch of sky devoid of known stars, gas, or galaxies. But in that sliver of nothingness, Hubble revealed a breathtaking sight: The void was brimming with galaxies.Astronomers have long wondered how many galaxies there are in the...

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NASA Will Soon Choose One of These 3 Landers to Go Back to the Moon

NASA Will Soon Choose One of These 3 Landers to Go Back to the Moon

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.America’s going back to the moon. It’s been over 50 years since the Apollo missions, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the moon in 1969. Both NASA and the current administration have decided it’s high time people walked on the moon again—this time, importantly, those people won’t just be men.The timeline has shifted a few times—NASA initially set a target of 2028, which Vice President Pence asked the agency to...

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How Explainable Artificial Intelligence Can Help Humans Innovate

How Explainable Artificial Intelligence Can Help Humans Innovate

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.The field of artificial intelligence has created computers that can , , , and at a superhuman level.However, these AI algorithms cannot explain the thought processes behind their decisions. A computer that and also tells researchers more about the rules of biology is much more useful than a computer that folds proteins without explanation.Therefore, are now turning our efforts toward developing AI algorithms that can explain themselves in a manner...

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Meet Assembloids, Mini Human Brains With Muscles Attached

Meet Assembloids, Mini Human Brains With Muscles Attached

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.It’s not often that a twitching, snowman-shaped blob of 3D human tissue makes someone’s day.But when Dr. Sergiu Pasca at Stanford University , he knew his lab had achieved something special. You see, the blob was evolved from three lab-grown chunks of human tissue: a mini-brain, mini-spinal cord, and mini-muscle. Each individual component, churned to eerie humanoid perfection inside bubbling incubators, is already a work of scientific genius. But...

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New Research Could Enable Direct Data Transfer From Computers to Living Cells

New Research Could Enable Direct Data Transfer From Computers to Living Cells

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.“Imagine having cellular hard-drives that can compute and physically reconfigure in real time,” he wrote in an email to Singularity Hub. “We feel that the first step is to be able to directly encode binary data into cells, without having to do in vitro DNA synthesis.“This is perhaps the hardest part of all DNA storage approaches. If you can get the cells to directly talk to a computer, and interface its DNA-based memory system with a silicon-based...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 9)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 9)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review“OpenAI has extended GPT-3 with two new models that combine [natural language processing] with image recognition to give its AI a better understanding of everyday concepts. … ‘We live in a visual world,’ says Ilya Sutskever, chief scientist at OpenAI. ‘In the long run, you’re going to have models which understand both text and images. AI will be able to understand language better because it can see what...

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These Futuristic Flying Ambulances May Soon Be Zooming Around New York

These Futuristic Flying Ambulances May Soon Be Zooming Around New York

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Ambulance use surged in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, even as emergency medical service due to the revenue hit they took from delayed and canceled elective procedures. While we’re fervently hoping that far fewer people will need ambulances this year, there may soon be a whole new means of emergency transportation, at least in New York: flying ambulances.Israeli aerospace company this week that it sold its first four vertical takeoff and...

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SETI: New Signal Excites Alien Hunters—Here's How We Could Find Out if It's Real

SETI: New Signal Excites Alien Hunters—Here's How We Could Find Out if It's Real

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.The $100 million , founded by Russian billionaire, technology and science investor Yuri Milner and his wife Julia, has identified a mysterious radio signal that seems to come from the nearest star to the sun, Proxima Centauri. This has generated a flood of excitement in the press and among scientists themselves. The discovery, which was but has yet to be published in a scientific journal, may be the search for extraterrestrial intelligence’s...

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Start the New Year Right: By Watching These Robots' Awesome Dance Moves

Start the New Year Right: By Watching These Robots' Awesome Dance Moves

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.I don’t need to tell you that 2020 was a tough year. There was almost nothing good about it, and we saw it off with a “good riddance” and hopes for a better 2021. But company took a different approach to closing out the year: when all else fails, why not dance?The company released a video last week that I dare you to watch without laughing—or at the very least, cracking a pretty big smile. Because, well, dancing robots are funny. And it’s not just...

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2021 Could Be a Banner Year for AI—If We Solve These 4 Problems

2021 Could Be a Banner Year for AI—If We Solve These 4 Problems

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.If AI has anything to say to 2020, it’s “you can’t touch this.”Last year may have severed our connections with the physical world, but in the digital realm, AI thrived. Take , the crown jewel of AI conferences. While lacking the usual backdrop of the dazzling mountains of British Columbia or the beaches of Barcelona, the annual AI extravaganza highlighted a slew of “big picture” problems—bias, robustness, generalization—that will encompass the...

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'The Secret History of the Moon': The Epic Story of How the Moon Was Made

'The Secret History of the Moon': The Epic Story of How the Moon Was Made

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Where did the moon come from?The leading theory suggests the moon was formed after a massive collision between a Mars-sized planet Theia and Earth in the early days of the solar system. Theia was smashed apart and reformed in Earth’s orbit as the moon. Called the giant impact theory, the general idea is solid but the exact details remain a . In recent years, scientists have proposed new ideas to further sharpen science’s best lunar creation...

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Scientists Just Created a Catalyst That Turns CO2 Into Jet Fuel

Scientists Just Created a Catalyst That Turns CO2 Into Jet Fuel

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.“Image Credit: fromGet Hub delivered to your inboxGet the latest news from Singularity Hub!Singularity University, Singularity Hub, Singularity Summit, SU Labs, Singularity Labs, Exponential Medicine, Exponential Finance and all associated logos and design elements are trademarks and/or service marks of Singularity Education Group.© 2021 Singularity Education Group. All Rights Reserved.Singularity University is not a degree granting institution.

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Forget Your Five-Year Plan: What If We Visualized Humanity’s Future in Centuries, Millennia, and Beyond?

Forget Your Five-Year Plan: What If We Visualized Humanity’s Future in Centuries, Millennia, and Beyond?

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to 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 think is still relevant now. This is one of those articles. It was originally published .“Where do you see yourself in five years?” It’s a classic job interview question, designed to probe your level of ambition and aspiration. And it probes about as far ahead as many of...

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'WTF?': Newly Discovered Ghostly Circles in the Sky Can't Be Explained by Current Theories, and Astronomers Are Excited

'WTF?': Newly Discovered Ghostly Circles in the Sky Can't Be Explained by Current Theories, and Astronomers Are Excited

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.In September 2019, my colleague Anna Kapinska gave a presentation showing interesting objects she’d found while browsing our new radio astronomical data. She had started noticing very weird shapes she couldn’t fit easily to any known type of object.Among them, labeled by Anna as WTF?, was a picture of a ghostly circle of radio emission, hanging out in like a cosmic smoke-ring. None of us had ever seen anything like it before, and we had no idea...

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