Our annual list of 10 breakthrough technologies shows areas in which lots of progress has been made. But by many other measures, there’s still a long way to go.
In 2001, we picked our first annual set of 10 breakthrough technologies. Here’s what their fates tell us about progress over the last two decades.
New messenger RNA vaccines to fight the coronavirus are based on a technology that could transform medicine. Next up: sickle cell and HIV.
Open AI's language AI wowed the public with its apparent mastery of English – but is it all an illusion?
We can’t expect people to navigate the confusing world of data collection on their own. It’s time to join forces.
A new type of battery could finally make electric cars as convenient and cheap as gas ones.
Bitter enemies teamed up to build tools they hoped would help slow the virus’s spread.
Upgrades to satellites in orbit and systems down below will bring centimeter-level accuracy to the masses.
The pandemic was a stress test for many kinds of remote services. Which ones passed?
Human intelligence emerges from our combination of senses and language abilities. Maybe the same is true for artificial intelligence.
The app’s “For You” page regularly features new or unknown creators alongside those with millions of fans.
Hydrogen made using electricity generated from wind or solar power could provide a clean and carbon-neutral source of energy. Europe is leading the way.
Across the country, small towns have been left behind. Finding a way to turn things around is crucial if American democracy is to be saved.
After nearly three decades of proselytizing, Lee Hood believes the pandemic may finally enable his vision of personalized, precision medicine for all.
Many students fell behind as a result of remote learning. Now, educators are trying to figure out how to catch them up.
They have many reasons for modifying their bodies, but transhumanists are united in their belief that technology can unlock a new way of being.