Dyllan Furness, Singularity Hub

Dyllan Furness

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Mountain View, CA, United States

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Past articles by Dyllan:

Biotechnology Could Change the Cattle Industry. Will It Succeed?

Scientists are using cutting-edge technologies to improve safety and efficiency within the $385 billion global cattle meat industry. → Read More

How an Artificial Leaf Could Provide Clean, Renewable Energy for the Future

As demand for renewable energy sources increases, researchers have turned to leaves to develop a technology that replicates photosynthesis: the process plants use to convert sunlight, water, and CO2 into energy → Read More

How A.I. Can Help Us Envision and Address the Climate Crisis

Researchers are using machine learning to help the public visualize the impact of climate change and inform policymakers on what to do. → Read More

Expert Argues that Fears of Automation are Overblown

Paul Daughtery, chief technology an innovation officer at Accenture, thinks it’s neither inevitable nor likely that machines will ultimately replace humans in the workforce → Read More

No soil? No problem. H2Grow can cultivate crops practically anywhere

Through tailor-made hydroponic systems, H2Grow aims to solve hunger in arid regions and help vulnerable communities become more self-reliant by securing food resources. H2Grow, a project from the United Nations World Food Programme, is helping crops flourish in unexpected places. → Read More

Inside the World’s Biggest Hurricane Simulation Tank

With their state-of-the-art hurricane simulators, researchers like Brian Haus hope to gain critical insights that help improve forecasting and fortify our coastal cities before the next big one hits. → Read More

Autonomous Ships? Container Ship Companies Are Betting Big On Autonomy

Cars may dominate today’s discussion about the future of autonomous transportation, but some of the world’s largest maritime companies are betting big on autonomous shipping → Read More

Will GPS ever become obsolete? Meet the ant-inspired tech that could replace it

GPS is today’s go-to navigational system and it’s great until it doesn’t work. Researchers at universities and some of the world’s top tech companies are developing advanced navigational techniques designed to fill in the gaps when GPS fails. → Read More

Is There Science to Support Nutrient IV Therapy? DT Investigates

Nutrient IV therapy is a hot new trend. It involves pumping vitamins, minerals, and fluids directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract for what is meant to be a rush of wellness to the veins. But is there science to support it? DT Investigates → Read More

Climeworks wants to clean the atmosphere with a fleet of truck-sized vacuums

Using machines that resemble jet engines, Climeworks wants to fight climate change by extracting CO2 from thin air. The gas can then be sold to carbonated drink and agriculture companies, or sequestered underground. → Read More

An Interview with Boyan Slat, the Ambitious Founder of the Ocean Cleanup Project

In 2013, Boyan Slat crowdfunded $2.2 million to fund the Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization that builds big, floating trash collectors and sets them out to sea, where they’re designed to autonomously gobble up garbage. The organization has since raised over $35 million and a lot of questions from incredulous experts. → Read More

There is no spoon: An MIT computer scientist discusses the simulation hypothesis

The simulation hypothesis, which was famously probed in the 1999 film The Matrix, is the subject of a new book by Rizwan Virk, a computer scientist and video game developer who leads Play Labs at MIT. In his book, Virk endeavors to unpack the heady arguments that call our physical world into question. → Read More

Winners of NASA's Mars Home Challenge are Out of This World

NASA has selected three finalists in its 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, an ongoing competition to design sustainable shelters for the moon or Mars. The goal is to build the structures out of recourses found on-site so that missions won’t have to carry excess resources with them. → Read More

Brown thumb? Bloomengine takes the guesswork out of growing delicate plants

Bloomengine is a plant-growing chamber designed to take the guesswork out of growing delicate plants indoors. It features an LED light, automatic water, fan for ventilation, and even a camera to record progress. The device is expected to launch in July. → Read More

Microbes survive outside the International Space Station, might do same on Mars

A new study from researchers at the German Aerospace Center shows that some microbes (in particular, the “extremophiles,” or ones that live in extreme conditions) can inhabit the inhospitable environment of space outside the International Space Station (ISS). The study raises hope for life on Mars. → Read More

A.I. analyzes video to detect signs of cerebral palsy in infants

An artificial intelligence algorithm capable of signaling early signs of neurodevelopment disorders in infants has been created by researchers in Finland and Italy. The research could improve early detection of neurodevelopment disorders such as cerebral palsy, so doctors can provide treatments sooner. → Read More

NASA scientists want to send a cave-diving rover to the moon

NASA is considering a plan to send rover to the moon in the mid-2020s. It would touch down a few hundred feet from one of the moon’s deep pits and deploy a smaller rover, Axel, to rappel hundreds of feet into the caverns that pockmark the moon’s surface. → Read More

VR tool lets you see the world through the eyes of an endangered primate

Researchers at Dartmouth College have developed a virtual reality system that gives it wearers a sense of what it’s like to see the world through highly specialized eyes of an endangered tarsier. The goal is to give students an immersive experience of the natural world. → Read More

Scientists use drone to map Icelandic cave in preparation for Mars exploration

Researchers from the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute and Astrobotic Technology have demonstrated a way that astronauts may be able to map Martian caves using a Lidar-equipped drone that can travel autonomously without GPS. The first field test was successful. → Read More

Cheese tastes different when it listens to Led Zeppelin, Swiss study finds

A funky new study says that exposing cheese to music changes its aroma and flavor. What’s more, the genre of music matters. Researchers from the Bern University of Arts played music to nine, 22-pound wheels of Emmental cheese, a semi-firm variety of Swiss cheese popular in Europe. → Read More