Big data and artificial intelligence are producing ultra-accurate forecasts that will make it feasible to integrate much more renewable energy into the grid.
Computer scientists have created machines that have the balance and agility to walk and run across rough and uneven terrain, making them far more useful in navigating human environments.
Thirty years after virtual-reality goggles and immersive virtual worlds made their debut, the technology finally seems poised for widespread use.
The smartphone era is finally getting the productivity software it needs.
Inks made from different types of materials, precisely applied, are greatly expanding the kinds of things that can be printed.
The ability to create primates with intentional mutations could provide powerful new ways to study complex and genetically baffling brain disorders.
Microprocessors configured more like brains than traditional chips could soon make computers far more astute about what’s going on around them.
A new map, a decade in the works, shows structures of the brain in far greater detail than ever before, providing neuroscientists with a guide to its immense complexity.
New models built with security and privacy in mind reflect the Zeitgeist of the Snowden era.
Relatively cheap drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage.
in this issue of the magazine, Brian Bergstein, MIT Technology Review’s deputy editor, interviewed Sarah Lewis, a curator, about the “accomplishments that come from seemingly improbable circumstances and the connections between art and science” (see “Q&A: Sarah Lewis”). Asked about Samuel Morse, who invented the telegraph after years of struggling as a painter, Lewis says:
A 2001 essay warned advocates of free expression not to delude themselves into thinking the Internet can never be controlled.
Excerpted from “Taming the Web,” by Charles C. Mann, first published in the September 2001 issue of Technology Review.
We should think sensibly about nuclear energy’s risks.
climate scientists have consistently demonstrated how important it will be to drastically reduce human-generated carbon emissions. Yet almost no progress has been made. Hydroelectric power is reliable and cheap, but there aren’t enough suitable sites to satisfy our energy demands. Wind and solar energy don’t provide consistent output, and battery technology would have to improve significantly to solve that problem. Today, renewables are just an expensive supplement to an electricity system based on coal and natural gas.
It is difficult to protect your privacy even if you know how.
I am a privacy researcher with a confession to make. I’m not any better at protecting my privacy than you are. For 17 years I’ve been interviewing people about their privacy concerns, studying how companies collect and use personal information, and researching the latest surveillance techniques. I attend privacy conferences, read privacy books, and have written a couple myself. But when friends ask me how to protect their privacy, I don’t have much to tell them. Like most people, I want more privacy but find it difficult to get: few products allow us such control (see “Ultraprivate Smartphones”).
It’s too easy to be led astray by the lure of big data.
Google flu trends has long been the go-to example for anyone asserting the revolutionary potential of big data. Since 2008 the company has claimed it could use counts of flu-related Web searches to forecast flu outbreaks weeks ahead of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.