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35 Innovators Under 35

Technology Review presents its ninth annual list of leading young innovators.
August 18, 2009

Creating our annual list of Young Innovators, which recognizes 35 exceptional leaders in technology who are under the age of 35, is an exhaustive–­and exhausting–process. We start by scouring the world to find outstanding candidates and recruiting a panel of expert judges; we end with a concerted effort to create profiles that precisely and clearly explain the winners’ accomplishments and why they matter. But every year, there is a moment for each of us, as we talk to these amazing technological trendsetters and hear about their work firsthand, when the excitement that TR35 members feel about their work becomes contagious.

Though they work in disparate fields and places–from clean rooms and labs to factories and slums, from New England to Nicaragua–this year’s winners are united in their urgent desire to improve what we do and get it done sooner, to help us accomplish more and live better. They’re building safer, simpler, speedier electronics and software; better, more resilient medical tests and treatments; cheaper, cleaner energy sources. The 2009 TR35 are out to change our world. We hope you enjoy learning about them as much as we did.

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Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

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As organizations navigate a new world of hybrid work, tech innovation will be crucial for employee connection and collaboration.

lucid dreaming concept
lucid dreaming concept

I taught myself to lucid dream. You can too.

We still don’t know much about the experience of being aware that you’re dreaming—but a few researchers think it could help us find out more about how the brain works.

panpsychism concept
panpsychism concept

Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?

The idea that consciousness is widespread is attractive to many for intellectual and, perhaps, also emotional
reasons. But can it be tested? Surprisingly, perhaps it can.

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