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Despite advance directive, dementia patient denied her last wish, says spouse

MEDFORD, Ore. — Bill Harris is blunt: For more than a year, he has been trying to help his wife die.<p>The 75-year-old retired tech worker says it’s his duty to Nora Harris, his spouse of nearly four decades, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2009.<p>“Let me be honest: Yes. It’s …

News (U.S.)

A top financial adviser says we should all expect to work until we're 105 — and that's not a bad thing

• <b>Thanks to technology, human lifespans are expected to increase in the near future.</b>• <b><br>To stay healthy, active, and financially secure, people will need to work well past the typical retirement age of 65.</b>• <b><br>In fact, they may eschew the notion of retirement altogether, in favor of mini-retirements that look</b> …

Retirement

At NYSE, floor traders cheer news of Bannon's White House exit

At the New York Stock Exchange Friday, floor traders cheered when Steve Bannon was dismissed.<p>Traders came to work in a nervous state Friday morning. …

Steve Bannon

Which of These Emerging Technologies Will Be the Next Big Thing?

We tend to think of tech visionaries as inventors with a brilliant idea that no one understands. Because the world isn’t quite ready, they have to …

Peter Diamandis

12 Companies Making the World a Better Place

The Singularity University Global Summit in San Francisco this week brought brilliant minds together from all over the world to share a passion for …

Singularity University

We all need to forget, even robots

We all know what it’s like to forget something. A loved one’s birthday. A childhood memory. Even people capable of extraordinary memory feats – say, …

Ray Kurzweil

Space Startups See a Future When Millions of People Live and Work in Space

“In a fight between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, who would win?” Peter Diamandis asked Blue Origin’s Erika Wagner to kick off a conversation with a …

Peter Diamandis

These 7 Forces Are Changing the World at an Extraordinary Rate

It was the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who first said, “The only thing that is constant is change.”<p>He was onto something. But even he would likely …

Peter Diamandis

Are Vertical Farms the Future of Farming?

The return of local farming<p>This is the sort of conversation explored in Peter Diamandis’s online community called Abundance 360 Digital (A360D). If …

Peter Diamandis

ICO Meets VC: Blockstack Raises $25 Million for Decentralized Internet Fund

While initial coin offerings (ICOs) have fast become the breakout method for blockchain fundraising, at least one industry startup thinks there's …

Peter Diamandis

Nanotechnology | Future of Everything With Jason Silva (Part 5)

In the latest installment of Singularity University’s new web series, Future of Everything With Jason Silva, Silva discusses how nanotechnology will …

Emerging Technology

Elon Musk Reminds Us of the Possible Dangers of Unregulated AI

“The Machines Will Win”<p>Late Friday night, Elon Musk tweeted a photo reigniting the debate over AI safety. The tongue-in-cheek post contained a …

Ray Kurzweil

Today's hottest tech companies were founded by men born between 1981 and 1984 — here's why

• <b>Men born between 1981 and 1984 are highly overrepresented at the top of the tech world.</b>• <b><br>There are a number of factors to explain the pattern, beginning with the introduction of the PC in the mid-1980s.</b>• <b><br>Sexism in the tech world has made it harder for women to advance and young girls to be …

Silicon Valley

Get a Live Look Inside Singularity University’s Global Summit This Week

Singularity University’s (SU) second annual Global Summit begins today in San Francisco, and the Singularity Hub team will be there to give you a …

Singularity University

Flo raises $5 million for its AI-powered period-tracking app

Flo, an app that tracks women’s health from periods to pregnancy, announced today funding of $5 million. The round was led by returning investor Flint Capital, with participation from model and activist Natalia Vodianova and other angel investors.<p>Women can download the app on both iOS and Android …

Max Levchin

Why online shopping may not save the cardboard box

The familiar swoop of the Amazon arrow floods doorsteps and mailrooms around the country. Once emptied, the boxes that bore purchases are tossed or …

Boston

Unity adds Max Levchin and Robynne Sisco to board as it readies for IPO

Unity Technologies has named tech veterans Max Levchin and Robynne Sisco as the company’s first independent directors. Unity CEO John Riccitiello said the move is necessary if Unity is to prepare itself for an initial public offering in the future. Riccitiello said in an exclusive interview with …

Max Levchin

Financial Institutions Bank on Change to Stay Competitive

Corporate transformation seen as the best way to counter digital disruption and address other key challenges.<p>A growing number of financial …

FinTech

Bitcoin: Buy or Buyer Beware?

The cryptocurrency has seen a dramatic rise in value this year, and many investors are curious. A look at the cases for and against Bitcoin.<p>Bitcoin – …

Cryptocurrency

Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

Should we fear artificial intelligence?<p>If you watch films and TV shows, in which AI has been exploited to create any number of apocalyptic scenarios, the answer might be yes. After watching <i>Blade Runner</i> or <i>The Matrix</i> or, as a more recent example, <i>Ex Machina</i>, it’s easier to understand why AI touches …

Ray Kurzweil

Invest or Pay Off Your Mortgage? How to Decide - NerdWallet

Should you invest extra cash or use it to pay off your mortgage?<p>It’s a heated debate that rivals French press versus pour-over coffee and “Star Wars” …

Mortgages

Recode Daily: Google’s brand-new head of diversity gets a quick trial by fire after an anti-diversity memo goes viral

Plus, Apple is untethering Apple Watch from the iPhone and inventor Ray Kurzweil is using AI to write your emails.<p><b>Google</b><b>’</b><b>s new head of diversity started just a few weeks ago, and was quickly faced with handling a controversial, sexist, anti-diversity internal memo</b> that went viral within and outside …

Ray Kurzweil

Don’t let ‘technoscenti’ rule world

Technologists need to take a long and hard look on fostering inclusivity in the conversation around digital transformation or risk widening the …

Singularity University

Why Millennials Are So Entitled (Parents Are Partly Blamed)

Here are five contributors that help explain the "entitled" behaviors of Millennial employees, consumers, and students.<p><i>Entitlement</i> is perhaps the top word associated with the Millennial generation. In fact, 71 percent of American adults think of Millennials as "selfish," and 65 percent think …

Ray Kurzweil

A Bridge to Abundance

When looking at the most pressing issue humanity will face in the next 100 years, I do not believe it will stem from those typically highlighted by the media: a scarcity of water, energy, or other resources. As described in my book <i>Abundance,</i> I believe in the next 30 years we truly are heading to a …

Singularity University

How to Trade Those Terrible Analyst Earnings Estimates

The prevailing view of earnings estimates is, to be blunt, dim. Many investors believe that companies and analysts conspire to keep estimates low to …

Markets

The Ambergris Factor

In the American whaling industry, which got underway during the eighteenth century, whalers slaughtered the giant Sperm whale for sperm oil, which …

Business

Why Stripe's billionaire Irish founder has a clock counting down how long he has to live

Limerick native Patrick Collison set up the US company with his brother John.

Max Levchin

Artificial Intelligence: Everything You Want to Know

<i>By the end of this 10-minute read, you will hopefully have a comprehensive overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI). What is Artificial Intelligence?</i> …

Machine Learning

The Secret Life of Pain

Five years ago, I still lived a double life.<p>I was 35, looking out over the Gulf of Thailand and a few weathered beach tenders. Inside, where dark suits filled the conference room, I could feel the eyes of my fellow diplomats.<p>No doubt they were wondering why I was sitting on my briefcase. I joked to …

Mayo Clinic