Governments get more user data from Internet companies every year. Here are the figures that prove it.
These innovations are poised to change our future in dramatic ways.
Here’s what we look for, and what we hope to avoid.
In 1977, a writer worried that people might lose control if cash went away and transactions went digital.
By experimenting, computers are figuring out how to do things that no programmer could teach them.
Availability: 1 to 2 years
The relentless push to add connectivity to home gadgets is creating dangerous side effects that figure to get even worse.
Biology’s next mega-project will find out what we’re really made of.
Availability: 5 years
Scientists have solved fundamental problems that were holding back cures for rare hereditary disorders. Next we’ll see if the same approach can take on cancer, heart disease, and other common illnesses.
By converting heat to focused beams of light, a new solar device could create cheap and continuous power.
Availability: 10 to 15 years
Inexpensive cameras that make spherical images are opening a new era in photography and changing the way people share stories.