Gabor Forgacs: We live in a time when it is really difficult to say “This is impossible!”

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The first time I saw Dr. Gabor Forgacs was at last year’s fantastic Idea City conference in Toronto and, after his passionate presentation on bio-printed suffering-free leather, I knew that I will have to find a way to get him on my Singularity 1 on 1 podcast. Dr. Forgacs is a theoretical physicist turned tissue-engineer turned entrepreneur. His companies are pioneering 3D bio-printing technologies that will produce tissues for medical and pharmaceutical uses, as well as for consumption, in the form of meat and leather. During […]

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Steve Omohundro on Singularity 1 on 1: It’s Time To Envision Who We Are And Where We Want To Go

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Steve Omohundro is a scientist, professor, author, and entrepreneur who has a Ph.D. in physics but has spent decades studying intelligent systems and artificial intelligence. His research into the basic “AI Drives” was featured in James Barrat’s recent book Our Final Invention and has been generating international interest. And so I was very happy to get Dr. Omohundro on my Singularity 1 on 1 podcast. During our 1 hour conversation we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: his personal path starting with a PhD […]

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TrackingPoint’s Robo Rifle: The Gun That Aims Itself [Documentary]

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In spring of 2013, Texas-based start up TrackingPoint Solutions released the first ever precision-guided firearm, which is essentially a long-range, laser-guided robo rifle. Call it the gun of tomorrow: The technology is so advanced that it can allow total beginners to kill at extreme distances with single-shot accuracy in mere minutes. The PGF’s closed-loop system is based off jetfighter lock and launch technology, something TrackingPoint CEO Jason Schauble says not only marks the next great paradigm shift in the evolution of firearms—it helps users make ethical kill […]

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Graphene: Where Science Fiction Meets Science Fact

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Researchers at Britain’s University of Manchester believe their work on graphene, a material they call ‘the wonder material of the 21st Century’, will change the way we live. Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel but extremely lightweight and can conduct heat and electricity more efficiently than any other comparable material. Original story for Reuters by Ivor Bennett:

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Will Work For Free: A Doc About Technological Unemployment

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In theory, every time a new technology is invented the opportunities for new jobs are equal to or greater than the ones made obsolete. At least this has been the case since the Industrial Revolution onwards. But is this going to remain the case?! Will Work For Free is a Scottish documentary about technological unemployment. Check it out and consider its arguments as part of the information needed to make your own judgement. Synopsis: What’s the biggest threat to humanity you can think of? Pollution, disease, […]

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Constructing the Conversational Computer: A Discussion with Google Search’s Amit Singhal

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During Amit Singhal’s 13 years at Google, the company has been evolving the iconic search bar into a voice-controlled search engine that allows for a more natural, conversational search – à la Star Trek’s LCARS computer. They aren’t there yet. If you ask Google – using voice – who Bill Clinton is, and then ask who his (using the pronoun instead of his name) daughter is – Google can tell you. You can even follow that up by asking what her job is, and again, Google […]

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Ramez Naam on Singularity 1 on 1: The Future Isn’t Set In Stone!

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This is the first out of a series of 3 sci fi round-table interviews with Ramez Naam, William Hertling and Greg Bear that I did last November in Seattle. It was produced by Richard and Tatyana Sundvall and generously hosted by Greg and Astrid Bear. [Special thanks to our cinematographer Ian Sun for both recording and editing.] After two previous low tech interviews, it was about time to give Ramez Naam the proper video quality that his work deserves. Ramez is a public speaker, futurist and […]

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