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After a decade of hype, microscopic mechanical systems are poised to make major changes in the size of our cell phones, the reliability of our communications systems-even the way “Star Wars” is shown.
After a decade of calculations, the first wave of materials designed from scratch on the computer are ready to be made and tested. On the horizon: new substrates for optics and electronics.
After 20 years of plodding development, the Global Positioning System remains a novelty for niche markets. The system’s future hinges less on technology than on politics, economics and human nature.
Genetic engineering will be essential to feed the world’s billions. But could it unleash a race of “superweeds”? No one seems to know. And nobody’s in charge of finding out.
What’s the difference between Chanel No. 5 and Chanel No. 19? Ask Cyranose 2000, an artificial proboscis that’s sniffing out the market.
A few years ago, IBM’s vaunted Research division went through a stormy upheaval. But the labs have bounced back, and the future looks bright.
Artist David Rokeby builds machines that watch us, make music with us, speak to us and free-associate on our behalf.
Reviled in the ’80s and forgotten in the ’90s, the artificial heart is back and beating. TR readers get a rare glimpse inside the company that’s developing it.
Michael Dertouzos and Bill Gates ponder open-source software and the future of the computing industry.
Meet one of the creators of wearable computing and join him in his search for like-minded folks to live in an augmented reality.