These are the 10 most important technological milestones reached over the previous 12 months. To compile the list, the editors of MIT Technology Review select the technologies we believe will have the greatest impact on the shape of innovation in years to come. This impact can take very different forms, but in all cases, these are breakthroughs with the potential to transform the world.
A recent discovery could increase older women’s chances of having babies.
Under the right circumstances, solar cells from Semprius could produce power more cheaply than fossil fuels.
Lytro reinvented the camera so that it can evolve faster.
Village-scale DC grids provide power for lighting and cell phones.
Intel creates faster and more energy-efficient processors.
A mathematical upgrade promises a speedier digital world.
Simple and direct analysis of DNA will make genetic testing routine in more situations.
Kickstarter is funding the commercialization of new technologies.
A new way to identify battery materials suitable for mass production could revolutionize energy storage.
The social-networking company is collecting and analyzing consumer data on an unprecedented scale.