Innovators Under 352015
There’s more than one way to read these stories. Sure, the subjects are inspiring and creative people. But these are not merely personality profiles. They also illustrate the most important emerging technologies of the moment. In biomedicine, for example, we feature several people who are figuring out in detail how the brain works and how we might stave off mental disorders. Others are unearthing knowledge about cancer that might open new avenues for treatment. Meanwhile, as robotics and artificial intelligence make astonishing progress, innovators in those fields are showcased here. So are people who are cleverly taking advantage of the falling cost of sensors and bandwidth.The selection process for this package begins with hundreds of nominations from the public, MIT Technology Review editors, and our international partners who publish Innovators Under 35 lists in their regions. Our editors pare the list to about 80 people, who submit descriptions of their work and letters of reference. Then outside judges rate the finalists on the originality and impact of their work; that feedback helps the editors choose this group.
Improvements in artificial intelligence call out for new hardware.
A master of flexible sensors and batteries sees opportunities for a new class of medical devices.
Lisa Seacat DeLuca
A software engineer makes a habit of going after everyday problems.
He has built robots that can be powered wirelessly and ones that can bring people medication. Now Google has him trying to use technology to improve health care.
Making invisible solar cells for electronic devices requires some exceptional creativity.
To create an affordable obstacle detection system for blind people, he began by simply asking them what they needed.
He gives computers new ways to see the world.
A synthetic sense of touch could help both people and machines.
This robotics researcher might have something in just your size.
He and his brother started Stripe to make money flow easily online.
A stint helping the government altered her view of her health-care business.
Her startup bets it can track cancer from an early stage, without any biopsies.
Hardware that buzzes the brain at the right moments could help treat debilitating mental disorders.
The cofounder of a live-streaming video app explains what makes it tick.
Instagram’s cofounder maintains his sharp focus.
Affordable robots for the warehouse and beyond.
Would space travel flourish if we could reuse the rockets?
Artificial intelligence could make the Internet more useful to the millions of people coming online for the first time.
A computer scientist sees a way to improve online security.
A major vulnerability of certain kinds of cancer is becoming clear.
Why one form of machine learning will be particularly powerful.
A software tool conceived for blind people could offer an intuitive way for anyone to listen to online material.
What her parents did for her, she hopes to do for many other blind people.
This engineer from India returned home after graduate school with a new approach to helping premature babies.
Voice and gestural interfaces could make digital technologies available to the world’s poorest people.
Big data could cut through the fog of war.
A creative scientist sees new ways to record and stimulate brain activity.
It’s amazing what you can learn about a cell when you levitate it.
Single-neuron genome sequencing is revealing clues about what goes wrong in the brain.
A chance discovery sparked a quest for plastics that are both strong and recyclable.
Why we might use tiny flowers, trees, and spindles to create the pharmaceuticals of the future.
Diabetics are tired of sticking themselves with needles. Someday they may not have to.
A telltale protein seen in people’s brains before they have Alzheimer’s could offer a clue about possible treatments.
Understanding a tricky kind of single-cell creature could help reduce the cost of biofuels.
Your next air-conditioning system might save energy by beaming heat into outer space.