10 Emerging Technologies 2007
This year, as every year, we present our list of the 10 technologies we find most exciting—and most likely to alter industries, fields of research, and even the way we live. The list comprises projects in a broad range of fields.
The Internet is about to drown in digital video. Hui Zhang thinks peer-to-peer networks could come to the rescue.
Arthur Nozik believes quantum-dot solar power could boost output in cheap photovoltaics.
Artificially structured metamaterials could transform telecommunications, data storage, and even solar energy, says David R. Smith.
John Guttag says using computers to automate some diagnostics could make medicine more personal.
Norman Dovichi believes that detecting minute differences between individual cells could improve medical tests and treatments.
Kenneth Crozier and Federico Capasso have created light-focusing optical antennas that could lead to DVDs that hold hundreds of movies.
Karl Deisseroth's genetically engineered "light switch," which lets scientists turn selected parts of the brain on and off, may help improve treatments for depression and other disorders.
Tiny fibers will save lives by stopping bleeding and aiding recovery from brain injury, says Rutledge Ellis-Behnke.
Richard Baraniuk and Kevin Kelly believe compressive sensing could help devices such as cameras and medical scanners capture images more efficiently.
Markus Kähäri wants to superimpose digital information on the real world.