News and Coverage

Articles and coverage of Singularity University, our companies, and community

Chris Hardwick to Host Science Series ‘The Awesome Show’ on NBC

April 4, 2017

Chris Hardwick will host and executive produce a new alternative series called “The Awesome Show” for NBC, the network announced Tuesday.

Chris Hardwick and NBC Partner on Another Series, 'The Awesome Show'

April 4, 2017

The host of 'The Wall' teams up with Mark Burnett for his second NBC show, a six-episode exploration of science and technology.

Here Are the Frontier Startups that Presented at Singularity University’s Third Demo Day

March 31, 2017

The nine startups participating in Singularity University’s accelerator program presented this afternoon at Moffett Federal Airfield just outside Mountain View, CA. Singularity University, founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, aims to make it more feasible for people to address hard science problems and those that require a global reach.

Google Makes AI Talent Play with Kaggle Buy

March 16, 2017

If you're a company entrenched in an arms race for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, you could do worse than tapping into a pool of thousands of data scientists to augment your digital products and services.

Why Taco Bell Killed the Secret Machine that Makes 900 Tacos per Hour

March 14, 2017

If the top floors of Taco Bell's international headquarters in Irvine, California, operate like Willy Wonka's whimsical factory and give rise to some of the world's most adventurous food creations, the basement is more like the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Think Twice Before You Hire a Chief AI Officer

March 7, 2017

AI will become so instrumental to corporate revenue growth that businesses should hire a chief artificial intelligence officer to spearhead AI initiatives, says Andrew Ng, who drives global AI strategy at Chinese search giant Baidu. Not so fast, says Neil Jacobstein, chair of artificial intelligence and robotics at Singularity University, who isn't a fan of companies centralizing leadership for AI functions.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything

March 6, 2017

Andrew Ng, Chief Scientist at Chinese Internet giant Baidu Inc. and co-founder of education startup Coursera, and Neil Jacobstein, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Faculty Chair at Singularity University, sat down with The Wall Street Journal’s Scott Austin to discuss AI’s opportunities and challenges.

Video: AI Is Getting Smarter, Says Singularity University’s Neil Jacobstein

Feb. 28, 2017

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Chair at Singularity University Neil Jacobstein talks about some recent achievements where AIs have been able to solve complex problems. He speaks with WSJ’s Scott Austin at the WSJ CIO Network event in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 27, 2017.

CIO Network: Will AI Take Your Job?

Feb. 27, 2017

Baidu Chief Scientist Andrew Ng and Singularity University's Neil Jacobstein talk about the types of jobs that could be replaced with AI in the near future. They speak with WSJ's Scott Austin at the CIO Network in San Francisco.

Creating Career Advice For The About-To-Be-Automated Worker

Feb. 13, 2017

If you work at FedEx—or really anywhere in the logistics industry—you might want to scan a recent story in the MIT Technology Review. Headlined "FedEx Bets on Automation as It Prepares to Fend Off Uber and Amazon," it describes how the company is investigating AI-enabled assistants, semi-autonomous trucks, and even "FedEx courier robots" that make their own deliveries (such machines already exist).