Biotech Goes Wild
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.
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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.
Jeff Hawkins, creator of the PalmPilot, has other, much larger ambitions. He wants to figure out how the brain does its thing.
What´s the difference between Chanel No. 5 and Chanel No. 19? Ask Cyranose 2000, an artificial proboscis that´s sniffing out the market.
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.