Each year, MIT Technology Review reporters and editors select 10 breakthrough technologies, all of which promise to fundamentally change the way we live and work. This year’s list covers everything from space science and telemedicine to advances in artificial intelligence and biotechnology. They represent the technologies we predict will have the greatest impact on our lives in the coming year.
these years TR10 This is our 22nd issue, and starting tomorrow, I’ll be highlighting an entry in Downloads every day for the next 10 days. We hope you enjoyed marveling at the advancements being made in areas such as gene editing, military drones, battery recycling, and computer chip design, just to name a few.
Our editor-in-chief, David Rotman, has written a fascinating introductory article on how legislation pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into industry and R&D is redefining our understanding of the government’s role in the economy view.you can read it here.
Finally, we want to hear from you! We’re giving you the chance to help pick the 11th bonus tech.you can vote in our poll Until March 1st, at which time I’ll announce the winner in the download.
TR10: Editors’ Thoughts Our Editor-in-Chief, Mat Honan, and our Operating Executive Editors, Amy Nordrum and David Rotman, will host a conversation on LinkedIn Live about this year’s list 2-2:30pm EST today. register here listen.
I combed the internet to find you the funniest/most important/scary/fascinating stories about technology today.
1 Rioters in Brazil’s Congress plotted attacks on social media
It eerily recalls the protests at the U.S. Capitol two years ago. (wettable powder $)
+ Mobs stormed numerous federal buildings in Brasilia. (sound)
+ Protesters communicate using coded messages on Telegram. (bbc)
+ Questions have been raised about the extent to which police tried to stop them. (economist $)
2 Nearly 90% of people in a major Chinese province infected with the new crown virus
More than 88 million people have been infected in Henan. (bbc)
+ South Korea says China’s “pride” prevents it from accepting foreign vaccines. (Financial Times $)
3 Man dies while working in Amazon warehouse
His colleagues were not notified and were directed to continue working as normal. (protector)
4 Elon Musk fed up with ‘negativity’ in San Francisco
He was asked to move the upcoming trial out of the city, complaining that local jurors would be biased against him. (edge)
+ The Musk cult is no longer as omnipotent as it used to be. (Financial Times $)
+ Some laid-off Twitter employees finally received paltry severance packages. (insider $)
+ Twitter is dangerously close to MySpace territory. (Bloomberg $)
5 Downed NASA satellite could be a threat to South Koreans
Authorities have issued a telephone alert warning civilians to beware of debris. (Bloomberg $)
+ NASA’s moon missions are picking up pace. (wettable powder $)
6 At least crypto journalists are having fun
The drama of the past few months has been catnip for journalists. (slate $)
+ The Winklevoss twins’ cryptocurrency deal is in trouble. (Information $)
+ Computer scientists looking for costly bugs in cryptographic codes. (MIT Technology Review)
7 Climate Change Is Shaking Up Archeology
At the same time that the drought is exposing artefacts, the storms are destroying research sites. (axiom)
+ A start-up says it has started releasing particulate matter into the atmosphere in an effort to change the climate. (MIT Technology Review)
8 Mexico City Is Doing All It Can To Support Digital Nomads
Gig workers said they were cooking less spicy food to appease foreign tourists. (rest of the world)
9 Why Silicon Valley loves horses so much 🐎
Equine Therapy encourages executives to open up and embrace the natural world. (Information $)
10 Outdated Avatars Turning You Into a Catfish?
Some professionals need to update theirs more frequently than others. (wired $)