What Internet vernacular reveals about the evolution of language
Three big trends that could shape the future of high-tech manufacturing—and the middle class
A device that reminds doctors and nurses to wash their hands
Four predictions about how brain stimulation will make us smarter
Will autocorrect save the apostrophe, and slow language’s evolution?
Four glimpses of a future without information overload
A very short book excerpt
Five predictions about the future of reproduction
How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age
Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate and former secretary of energy, and Yi Cui, a celebrated battery researcher who works with Chu at Stanford, describe how an overhaul of the unglamorous battery will jump-start a shift to renewable energy.
The healthcare reformer David Blumenthal explains why the medical system can’t move into the digital age.
A rogue designer tries to replace an old standard
Alexis Madrigal talks with Walmart’s Gibu Thomas about why a smartphone is the perfect shopping companion.
A conversation with the biogeneticist Eric S. Lander about how genetic advances are transforming medical treatment
How one of the most notorious alleged hustlers in the history of e-commerce made a fortune on the Web
Balloons, though they fly low, inspire dangerous dreams of escape.
It's round, it bounces, and it snaps pictures every half second.
The Weather Company’s Vikram Somaya talks about why marketers are clamoring for weather data.
In 1961, when President Kennedy declared that America would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, critics complained about the cost. In response, two scientists argued that the endeavor shouldn't be thought of in terms of budgets or even science, but rather in terms of pursuing a "great adventure" on behalf of mankind.
We rely on computers to fly our planes, find our cancers, design our buildings, audit our businesses. That's all well and good. But what happens when the computer fails?
Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, thinks we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means. His stubborn quest to replicate the human mind.
We asked leading figures in technology, science, medicine, and design for nominations. Here's what they said.
Why did it take so long to invent the wheelbarrow? Have we hit peak innovation? What our list reveals about imagination, optimism, and the nature of progress.