For our 13th annual celebration of people who are driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs, we’re presenting the stories in a new way. We’ve grouped them by categories that reflect the variety of approaches that people can take to big problems. The Inventors are building ingenious new technologies.
Vijay Balasubramaniyan, 33
Determining the origin of a phone call cuts fraud, including identity theft.
David Fattal, 34
A revolutionary type of 3-D display could provide a new look to moving images. (+video)
Christine Fleming, 30
Images of the beating heart could make it easier to detect and treat heart disease.
Hao Li, 32
Smarter animation bridges the gap between the physical and digital worlds. (+video)
Markus Persson, 34
After hitting the video-game jackpot, an independent game developer reflects on his success.
Morgan Quigley, 32
Open-source software is making it nearly as easy to program a robot as it is to write an app.
Kira Radinsky, 27
How good can computers get at predicting events?
Matt Rogers, 30
The cofounder of Nest, which invented a thermostat that learns people’s preferences, explains what’s next.