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Online Dating Pioneer: Algorithmic Insights Can Help Us Become Better People

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, J. Galen Buckwalter said the quantitative study of personality is finding new tech applications. Buckwalter developed the matching algorithm at eHarmony and is now chief technology officer at psyML. Show More Summary

Machines Are Getting Smarter—Now They Should Explain Themselves

Neural networks’ powers of prediction have fueled the recent AI boom, but it can be hard to explain how they reach their decisions. A new technique aimed at uncovering the inner workings of language processing networks is just the latest effort to shed some light on these “black boxes.” It’s probably not surprising that we […]

Why Quantum Computers Will Be Exponentially Faster Than Digital Computers

Classical computers (like the one you may be reading this on) calculate using bits, or binary digits, which can have only one of two values, either 1 or 0. Quantum computers, however, calculate using quantum bits, known as qubits. Qubits can be both 1 and 0 simultaneously—meaning they can perform two calculations at once. This […]

Interfaces Are Killing Us: It’s Time Technology Gets Out of the Way

You have superpowers; cybernetic superpowers that allow you to do all kinds of things. Think about it: at some point today you Googled a fact you didn’t know, or your calendar reminded you to be somewhere. The other day, I watched a YouTube video on how to tie a bowtie—while tying my husband’s. I felt […]

I Saw Her Face, Now I’m a Believer—Facial Recognition Tech Goes Mainstream

Apple describes the iPhone X as being “so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience, and so intelligent it can respond to a tap, your voice, and even a glance.” The phone boasts features like a 5.8-inch all-display OLED interface with a 1,000,000-1 contrast ratio, wireless charging, simplified navigation, and facial recognition software. The […]

This Year’s Awesome Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories From Around the Web (Through Sept 16)

Each week we scour the web for great articles and fascinating advances across our core topics, from robots to biotech and AI. We pay special attention to and are excited to see new ways of interfacing with the digital world. So, this week, we looked back at 2017 and selected a few of our favorite […]

A Look Back at Cassini’s Incredible Mission to Saturn for Its Final Plunge Into the Planet

The Cassini space probe mission ended today when the probe made its final destructive plunge into Saturn. It’s spent the past 13 years studying the planet, its rings, and moons in unprecedented detail. Cassini wasn’t the first NASA probe to study Saturn close-up. Pioneer 11 (1979), Voyager 1 (1980), and Voyager 2 (1981) had flown […]

Solar Power Is Getting Cheaper—But How Do We Overcome Its Limits?

The price of silicon-based solar cells has been falling off a cliff for years now. In 1977, each watt of capacity for a silicon solar panel would cost you around $76. By 1987, that had dropped to $10. In 2017, according to EnergyTrend, it was $0.22. This has been reflected in falling prices for the […]

Why Improvisation Is a Crucial Skill for Great Leadership and Innovation

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, Stanford’s Dan Klein explained how he’s taking improvisational theater beyond the stage and into business, leadership, and life. Klein is faculty in Stanford’s...Show More Summary

FDA Breaks New Ground With First Approved Gene Therapy for Cancer

When oncologist Dr. Carl June heard the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to bring the first gene therapy to market in the US, he pinched himself, hard. “It was so improbable that this would ever be a commercially approved therapy,” he said, voice breaking with emotion. June was referring to a revolutionary cancer therapy that […]

How to Supercharge Problem Solving With Simple Pictures

Dan Roam believes we are all capable of using visual thinking to solve complex problems. His first book, The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas With Pictures, helped ignite a movement of visual innovators and problem solvers. Since then, Dan has written four more books about visual thinking and even launched an […]

Controversial Study Predicts What People Look Like From Their DNA

As the cost of sequencing DNA goes down more and more, people’s genome data is being collected for research and personalized medicine. This data is often anonymized by decoupling it from other identifying information, but a biotech company says its algorithms can use your genome to build a computer-generated image of your face. The claims […]

We Need Space’s Endless Resources to Expand as a Species

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, space entrepreneur Bob Richards gave us a rundown of current efforts to explore, mine, and even settle the moon. Richards is co-founder, president, and CEO of Moon Express, a space transportation and lunar resources company at Cape Canaveral. Moon Express is a finalist in […]

5 Mindsets to Bring Positive Change Across Society

To contribute to human progress, it is not enough to be intelligent, resourceful, or well-connected. Those are all factors that play a significant role but aren’t the true driving forces of disruptive innovation. Stimulating positive change at civilization level also requires certain mindsets and ways of thinking. Here are five mindsets that will allow us […]

Do We Have the Right to Edit the Genes of an Entire Species?

Scientists can now more cheaply and efficiently edit animal and human DNA using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system. But should we edit species, and if so, to what extent? An interesting way to consider this question is by looking at mosquitoes. A few specific species of mosquito carry and transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue, yellow […]

How the Intelligent Home of the Future Will Care For You

As Dorothy famously said in The Wizard of Oz, there’s no place like home. Home is where we go to rest and recharge. It’s familiar, comfortable, and our own. We take care of our homes by cleaning and maintaining them, and fixing things that break or go wrong. What if our homes, on top of […]

This Year’s Awesome Robot Stories From Around the Web (Through Sept 9)

Each week we scour the web for great articles and fascinating advances across our core topics, from AI to biotech and the brain. But robots have a special place in our hearts. This week, we took a look back at 2017 so far and unearthed a few favorite robots for your reading and viewing pleasure. […]

How to Make Your First Chatbot With the Help of Game of Thrones

You’re probably wondering what Game of Thrones has to do with chatbots and artificial intelligence. Before I explain this weird connection, I need to warn you that this article may contain some serious spoilers. Continue with your reading only if you are a passionate GoT follower, who watches new episodes immediately after they come out. […]

Never Walk: 12 Essential Rules for Life and Entrepreneurship

This is one of the most inspired moments in the history of athletics: Roger Bannister crossing the finish line on 6 May 1954 during a meet between British AAA and Oxford University at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, United Kingdom, where he became the first human to run the mile in less than four minutes. […]

Craig Newmark: A Trustworthy Press Is the Immune System of Democracy

In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, web pioneer Craig Newmark talked entrepreneurship and his work to make journalism more trustworthy. Newmark founded Craigslist in 1995 and has since focused on technology for good. Show More Summary

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