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MIT Technology Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2013

April 26th, 2013 / in resources / by Kenneth Hines

10 Breakthrough Technologies Each year MIT’s magazine, MIT Technology Review, publishes a list 10 of breakthrough technologies that are most likely to change the world by fixing intractable problems. These technologies are defined as “an advance that gives people powerful new ways to use technology.” View the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2013 below:

Deep Learning 

With massive amounts of computational power, machines can now recognize objects and translate speech in real time. Artificial intelligence is finally getting smart.


Ultra-Efficient Solar Power 

Doubling the efficiency of solar devices would completely change the economics of renewable energy. Here is a design that just might make it possible.


Big Data from Cheap Phones 

Collecting and analyzing information from simple cell phones can provide surprising insights into how people move about and behave—and even help us understand the spread of diseases.


Temporary Social Media 

Messages that quickly self-destruct could enhance the privacy of online communication and make people feel freer to be spontaneous.


Smart Watches 

The designers of the Pebble watch realized that a mobile phone is more useful if you don’t have to take it out of your pocket.


Memory Implants 

A maverick neuroscientist believes he has deciphered the code by which the brain forms long-term memories.


Baxter: The Blue-Collar Robot 

Rethink Robotics’ new creation is easy to interact with, but the innovations behind the robot show just how hard it is to get along with people.


Additive Manufacturing 

GE, the world’s largest manufacturer, is on the verge of using 3-D printing to make jet parts.


Prenatal DNA Sequencing 

Reading the DNA of fetuses is the next frontier of the genome revolution. Do you really want to know the genetic destiny of your unborn child?



A high-power circuit breaker could finally make DC power grids practical.

“Gee, a lot of these seem like the fruits of computing research.”

MIT Technology Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2013

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