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10 Breakthrough Technologies

The 2021 list marks 20 years since we began compiling an annual selection of the year’s most important technologies. Some, such as mRNA vaccines, are already changing our lives, while others are still a few years off. Taken together, we believe this list represents a glimpse into our collective future.

35 Innovators Under 35

The 35 Innovators Under 35 is our yearly opportunity to take a look at not just where technology is now, but where it’s going and who’s taking it there.

Artificial intelligence

What is AI? It’s the quest to build machines that can reason, learn, and act intelligently, and it has barely begun. We cover the latest advances in machine learning, neural networks, and robots.

Face recognition | Machine learning |  Robots | Voice assistants

The Big Story

The Big Story is a home for MIT Technology Review’s most important, ambitious reporting—stories that take a deep look at the technologies that are coming next and what they will mean for us and the world we live in.

Biotechnology

Biotechnology is the industry that uses the molecules of life (DNA, RNA, and proteins mostly) to treat and diagnose disease. We report on the latest biomedical science and technological research.

CRISPR | DNA testing |  Genetic engineering | Genomic medicine

Blockchain

What is a blockchain? Distributed ledger technology underlies cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and could be the future of money, security, and online privacy. But there’s also a ton of hype.

Bitcoin | Cryptocurrency | EthereumICOs | Smart contracts

Climate change

Climate change is making the Earth a warmer and weirder place, forcing researchers, companies and governments to understand, confront and adapt to rising dangers.

Battery technology | Carbon sequestration | Clean energy | Electric cars | Geoengineering

Computing

Computer technology news and in-depth analysis of computer tech, looking at the latest advances in computing being driven by innovations in everything from microchips to quantum computing.Cloud computing

Cybersecurity | Edge computing | Microchips | Quantum computing | Supercomputing

Coronavirus

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Humans and technology

A look at how technologies from AR/VR, brain-computer interfaces, and chip implants to health trackers, biometrics and social media are changing the most basic aspects of human life—work, friendship, love, aging, sickness, parenting, learning, and building community.

AR | Biohacking | Brain-computer interface | VR

Pandemic Technology Project

Covid-19 has altered our lives in countless ways. We’re tracking technology that’s responding to the pandemic, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation.

Silicon Valley

Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and other Silicon Valley Big Tech companies are built on innovation. But how are these corporate behemoths dealing with the ramifications of their power?

Amazon | Apple | Facebook | Google |

Smart cities

Governments around the world are trying to improve urban life by adopting digital technologies and creating Smart Cities filled with sensors. Who are these projects benefiting and how smart are they?

5G | IoT | Self-driving cars

Space

Humanity is pushing further outside of our atmosphere. We take a look at the space tech coming out of places like NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin that is powering the space exploration of tomorrow.

Astronomy | NASA news | Space exploration | SpaceX news | The Moon

Tech policy

Who’s responsible when technology causes harm? We look at how the world is dealing with problems like fake news and misinformation, AI bias, Big Tech’s power, genetic discrimination, privacy intrusions, mass surveillance, and more.

AI Ethics | Kids and tech | Privacy | Tech and health