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High-quality carbon nanotubes made from carbon dioxide in the air break the manufacturing cost barrier

“The most valuable material ever sold”
May 24, 2018

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Self-healing material mimics the resilience of soft biological tissue

Imagine first-responder robots that instantly heal themselves when damaged, or wires that continue to conduct electricity when cut
May 21, 2018

A self-healing material that spontaneously repairs itself in real time from extreme mechanical damage, such as holes cut in it multiple times. New pathways are formed instantly and autonomously to keep this circuit functioning and the device moving. (credit: Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering)

Revolutionary 3D nanohybrid lithium-ion battery could allow for charging in just seconds [UPDATED]

Design also prevents fires in mobile devices
May 21, 2018

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MIT’s modular plug-and-play blocks allow for building medical diagnostic devices

Small labs around the world will be able to cheaply and easily detect diabetes, cancer, and infectious diseases such as Zika virus
May 16, 2018

Tiny 1/2-inch low-cost “Ampli blocks” can be assembled to create diagnostic devices. The blocks, which simply consist of a tiny sheet of paper or glass fiber sandwiched between a plastic or metal block and a glass cover, snap together to form a diagnostic procedure. Some of the blocks contain channels for samples to flow straight through, some have turns, and some can receive a sample from a pipette, or mix multiple reagents (chemicals) together. The blocks are color-coded by function, making it easier to assemble pre-designed devices using instructions that the researchers plan to put online. (credit: MIT Little Devices Lab)

Brain-computer-interface training helps tetraplegics win avatar race

When humans actively participate with AI in improving performance
May 14, 2018

Pilot and avatar at Cybathlon (credit: Cybathlon)

Two major advances in autonomous technologies that rival human abilities

Google Duplex voice technology and Boston Dynamics' robot advances push the boundaries
May 12, 2018

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FAA to team with local, state, and tribal governments and companies to develop safe drone operations

But could this ambitious program have unintended consequences when criminals and terrorists get involved?
May 9, 2018

Future autonomous drones as portrayed in “Call of Duty Black Ops 2” (credit: Activision Publishing)

Three dramatic new ways to visualize brain tissue and neuron circuits

May lead to breakthroughs in tracking brain disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's
May 7, 2018

The "dentate gyrus" section of a transgenic mouse,  imaged and colored-coded to reveal the distribution of the nerve cells. (credit: The University of Hong Kong)

round-up | Hawking’s radical instant-universe-as-hologram theory and the scary future of information warfare

Plus molecular movies of RNA for drug discovery, an atomically thin memory breakthrough, and a Magna Carta for the AI age
May 4, 2018

Timeline of the Universe, based on cosmic inflation theory (credit: WMAP science team/NASA)

round-up | New high-resolution virtual-reality and augmented-reality headsets

Promise amazing new consumer experiences, including VR/AR displays in 2020 with four times higher resolution than today’s 4K TVs
May 2, 2018

Oculus Go (credit: Oculus)

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C • NBC | How music legend Stevie Wonder and inventor Ray Kurzweil made history

A video on their partnership in innovation.
May 18, 2018

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featured | Ray Kurzweil feat. in progessive hip hop song by Ceschi Ramos

About searching for balance in the fast moving world.
May 7, 2018

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featured | Virgin • Richard Branson’s blog: The pace of innovation

World renowned innovator Richard Branson explores Singularity University.
May 7, 2018

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featured | Wired: Ray Kurzweil honors pioneer Robert Moog PhD

Remembering his lifetime of music synthesis innovation.
May 7, 2018

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on stage | Ray Kurzweil interview at South by Southwest event

Enjoy the video presentation w. host Douglas Caballero.
May 1, 2018

featured | Post Modem short film + song inspired by Ray Kurzweil

Award winning film-maker + artist Jillian Mayer explores singularity.
April 1, 2018

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featured | Paul Dempsey song Ramona Was a Waitress inspired by Ray Kurzweil

A catchy melody lined w. high tech beats.
April 1, 2018

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on stage | Ray Kurzweil highlights University Innovation Fellows event at Google

January 15, 2018

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on air | Ray Kurzweil featured on the Dream Big podcast

Celebrated talk show for kids created by mom & daughter team.
January 1, 2018

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on stage | Future of artificial intelligence and its impact on society

Ray Kurzweil presentation at Council on Foreign Relations event.
November 7, 2017

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