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When an aviation expert boasted that new gear makes it possible for any 12-year-old to fly a plane, TR couldn’t resist the challenge. Our correspondent put his own son at the controls.
New digital technologies designed to ensure safer and more user-friendly flying could turn us into a nation of pilots. It’s not the Jetsons, but you’ll be able to fly yourself to a community “smartport” in an idiotproof miniplane.
Drug designers will soon be able to tailor medications to the patient’s unique genetic makeup, doing more good and less harm.
Nanoscale machinery could deliver denser computer memories and faster heart attack diagnosis.
Michael Schrage reviews A Nation Transformed by Information edited by Alfred D. Chandler Jr. and James W. Cortada and Systems, Experts and Computers edited by Agatha C. Hughes and Thomas P. Hughes
“I resist the idea that there is a new economy-something that is separate and distinct from some other economy.”
New isn’t necessarily better. The attic of discarded technologies contains objects whose simplicity and elegance have never been replaced.
The dream of “ubiquitous computing” has been around for a while. Now it’s serious enough that a company like IBM is willing to throw $500 million at it.
Historical analysis from 2020 explains how computers emerged-and then disappeared.
Upstart Transmeta’s pioneering microprocessor chips are heralding a fundamental evolutionary step in the design of computing’s core technology.