In This Issue: Features
Technology and Inequality
The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe. Why?
China’s GMO Stockpile
With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population.
China’s Growing Bets on GMOs
New technology and large government research initiatives in genetically modified crops are giving China a storehouse for a more populous future.
Microsoft’s Quantum Mechanics
Can an aging corporation’s adventures in fundamental physics research open a new era of unimaginably powerful computers?
The Right Way to Fix the Internet
Letting go of an obsession with net neutrality could free technologists to make online services even better.
Cheap, Scratch-Resistant Displays
Ultrathin sapphire laminates could lead to new screen covers that are harder to break.
Technology Stalled in 1970
Peter Thiel says he’s trying to get entrepreneurs to go after bigger problems than the ones Silicon Valley is chasing.
In This Issue: Reviews
The Contrarian’s Guide to Changing the World
Investor Peter Thiel has inspiring advice for wanna-be entrepreneurs, but he is unrealistic about where technology really comes from.
Fun with Food
Playful new cooking based on traditional methods and weird ingredients will supplant the industrial techniques that dominate modernist cuisine.
Confessional in the Palm of Your Hand
Sure, people say some nasty things in anonymous apps, but the good far outweighs the bad.