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Each year, Technology Review selects what it believes are the 10 most important emerging technologies. The winners are chosen based on the editors’ coverage of key fields. The question that we ask is simple: is the technology likely to change the world? Some of these changes are on the largest scale possible: better biofuels, more efficient solar cells, and green concrete all aim at tackling global warming in the years ahead. Other changes will be more local and involve how we use technology: for example, 3-D screens on mobile devices, new applications for cloud computing, and social television. And new ways to implant medical electronics and develop drugs for diseases will affect us on the most intimate level of all, with the promise of making our lives healthier.


Real-Time Search

Social networking is changing the way we find information.

Mobile 3-D

Smart phones will take 3-D mainstream.

Engineered Stem Cells

Mimicking human disease in a dish.

Solar Fuel

Designing the perfect renewable fuel.

Light-Trapping Photovoltaics

Nanoparticles boost solar power’s prospects.

Social TV

Relying on relationships to rebuild TV audiences.

Green Concrete

Storing carbon dioxide in cement.

Implantable Electronics­

Dissolvable devices make better medical implants.

Dual-Action Antibodies

Fighting cancer more efficiently.

Cloud Programming

A new language will improve online applications.

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