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  • We’ll Soon Be Able to Prosper and Save the Earth at the Same Time. Here’s How October 31, 2019
    Life is pretty different today than it was 20 or even 10 years ago. Smartphones and the internet have changed the way we do business, interact socially, and spend our free time. As tech continues to advance towards what some have dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution, economists, entrepreneurs, and historians are predicting that the degree […]
    Vanessa Bates Ramirez
  • The End of the Chinese Miracle Is in Sight. What’s Next? October 6, 2019
    Governments around the world are rushing to keep up with emerging technologies. No one wants to be left behind as more industries and facets of life are impacted by the transition from analogue to digital, manual to automated, and authentic to synthetic. One of the countries at the front of the pack is China. Its […]
    Vanessa Bates Ramirez
  • This Light-based Nervous System Helps Robots ‘Feel’ September 26, 2019
    Last night, way past midnight, I stumbled onto my porch blindly grasping for my keys after a hellish day of international travel. Lights were low, I was half-asleep, yet my hand grabbed the keychain, found the lock, and opened the door. If you’re rolling your eyes—yeah, it’s not exactly an epic feat for a human. […]
    Shelly Fan
  • Driverless and Electric, or Car-Free? The Cities Cutting Out Cars, and Why September 22, 2019
    It’s common consensus in the tech industry that the days of cars as we know them—powered by gas, driven by humans, and individually owned by all who want and can afford one—are numbered. Imminent is the age of autonomous, electric, and shared transportation, and we’re continuously taking small steps towards making it a reality. Self-driving […]
    Vanessa Bates Ramirez
  • The Internet Is a Force of Nature. It’s Our Job to Civilize It. August 25, 2019
    We’re a long way from the halcyon days of the early internet, when the promise of a decentralized digital communications network meant anyone could talk to anyone without appealing to the gatekeepers. Knowledge would be liberated from elite newsrooms and stodgy old encyclopedia sets. “Information wants to be free” was the slogan of the day. […]
    Jason Dorrier
  • Tech Is Fueling the Hong Kong Movement. Here’s How, and Why It’s a Huge Step for Freedom August 22, 2019
    Over the past two months, Hong Kong has roared into global headlines. Its seven million citizens have increasingly taken to the streets (and the capital building, and the airport) to protest China’s move to decrease the city-state’s autonomy, set off by a proposed bill that would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited […]
    Vanessa Bates Ramirez
  • These Are the Meta-Trends Shaping the Future (at Breakneck Speed) August 20, 2019
    Life is pretty different now than it was 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago. It’s sort of exciting, and sort of scary. And hold onto your hat, because it’s going to keep changing—even faster than it already has been. The good news is, maybe there won’t be too many big surprises, because the […]
    Vanessa Bates Ramirez
  • Driverless Electric Trucks Are Coming, and They’ll Affect You More Than You Think August 14, 2019
    Self-driving and electric cars just don’t stop making headlines lately. Amazon invested in self-driving startup Aurora earlier this year. Waymo, Daimler, GM, along with startups like Zoox, have all launched or are planning to launch driverless taxis, many of them all-electric. People are even yanking driverless cars from their timeless natural habitat—roads—to try to teach […]
    Vanessa Bates Ramirez
  • How Cheap Must Batteries Get for Renewables to Compete With Fossil Fuels? August 12, 2019
    While solar and wind power are rapidly becoming cost-competitive with fossil fuels in areas with lots of sun and wind, they still can’t provide the 24/7 power we’ve become used to. At present, that’s not big a problem because the grid still features plenty of fossil fuel plants that can provide constant baseload or ramp […]
    Edd Gent
  • Exploring the Great Mysteries of Consciousness and Free Will With Annaka Harris July 30, 2019
    For thousands of years, humankind has been plagued by to two essential questions: Why do I have this unique voice inside my head? And am I in control of it or am I simply a passenger? The concepts of consciousness and free will are fundamental to the human condition—perhaps the two most crucial operating principles […]
    Singularity Hub Staff
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