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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018

MIT’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s a reasonable question—some of our picks haven’t yet reached widespread use, while others may be on the cusp of becoming commercially available. What we’re really looking for is a technology, or perhaps even a collection of technologies, that will have a profound effect on our lives.

For this year, a new technique in artificial intelligence called GANs is giving machines imagination; artificial embryos, despite some thorny ethical constraints, are redefining how life can be created and are opening a research window into the early moments of a human life; and a pilot plant in the heart of Texas’s petrochemical industry is attempting to create completely clean power from natural gas—probably a major energy source for the foreseeable future. These and the rest of our list will be worth keeping an eye on. —The Editors

  • 3-D Metal Printing
  • Artificial Embryos
  • Sensing City
  • AI for Everybody
  • Dueling Neural Networks
  • Babel-Fish Earbuds
  • Zero-Carbon Natural Gas
  • Perfect Online Privacy
  • Genetic Fortune-Telling
  • Materials’ Quantum Leap

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