In This Issue: Top 10 Technologies
With massive amounts of computational power, machines can now recognize objects and translate speech in real time. Artificial intelligence is finally getting smart.
Ultra-Efficient Solar Power
Doubling the efficiency of solar devices would completely change the economics of renewable energy. Here is a design that just might make it possible.
Big Data from Cheap Phones
Collecting and analyzing information from simple cell phones can provide surprising insights into how people move about and behave—and even help us understand the spread of diseases.
Temporary Social Media
Messages that quickly self-destruct could enhance the privacy of online communication and make people feel freer to be spontaneous.
The designers of the Pebble watch realized that a mobile phone is more useful if you don’t have to take it out of your pocket.
A maverick neuroscientist believes he has deciphered the code by which the brain forms long-term memories.
Baxter: The Blue-Collar Robot
Rethink Robotics’ new creation is easy to interact with, but the innovations behind the robot show just how hard it is to get along with people.
GE, the world’s largest manufacturer, is on the verge of using 3-D printing to make jet parts.
Prenatal DNA Sequencing
Reading the DNA of fetuses is the next frontier of the genome revolution. Do you really want to know the genetic destiny of your unborn child?