10 Emerging Technologies 2008
Technology Review presents 10 technologies that we think are most likely to change the way we live.
Much of modern life depends on forecasts: where the next hurricane will make landfall, how the stock market will react to falling home prices, who will win the next primary. While existing computer models predict many things fairly accurately, surprises still crop up, and we probably can't eliminate them.
Krishna Palem thinks a little uncertainty in chips could extend battery life in mobile devices--and maybe the duration of Moore's Law, too.
Alex Zettl's tiny radios, built from nanotubes, could improve everything from cell phones to medical diagnostics.
Physicist Marin Soljacic is working toward a world of wireless electricity.
John Kitching's tiny magnetic-field sensors will take MRI where it's never gone before.
Adobe's Kevin Lynch believes that computing applications will become more powerful when they take advantage of the browser and the desktop.
A new form of carbon being pioneered by Walter de Heer of Georgia Tech could lead to speedy, compact computer processors.
Jeff Lichtman hopes to elucidate brain development and disease with new technologies that illuminate the web of neural circuits.
Sandy Pentland is using data gathered by cell phones to learn about human behavior.
Frances Arnold is designing better enzymes for making biofuels from cellulose.