The future of education in a world of pervasive computing

Computers have become so pervasive in today’s world that preparing students to work and assume leadership roles in this shifting landscape requires giving...

The race to make a lab-grown steak

In 2013, the world’s first burger from a lab was cooked in butter and eaten at a glitzy press conference. The burger cost...

A simple blood test to predict premature births could save babies’ lives

Fifteen million babies are born pre­maturely each year. Stephen Quake’s daughter, Zoe, was one of them: she arrived via emergency C-section after Quake...

Bill Gates explains why we should all be optimists

There are a lot of worries today about technology’s harmful effects. How do you retain your famous optimism about it?This story is part...

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2019, curated by Bill Gates

I was honored when MIT Technology Review invited me to be the first guest curator of its 10 Breakthrough Technologies. Narrowing down the...

Why AI is a threat to democracy—and what we can do to stop it

Amy Webb, futurist, NYU professor, and award-winning author, has spent much of the last decade researching, discussing, and meeting with people and organizations...

China’s CRISPR twins might have had their brains inadvertently enhanced

The brains of two genetically edited girls born in China last year may have been changed in ways that enhance cognition and memory,...

The first privately funded trip to the moon is about to launch

Update: The SpaceIL lander was launched and deployed successfully on February 21, at 8:45 p.m. aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It's expected arrival...

The technology behind OpenAI’s fiction-writing, fake-news-spewing AI, explained

Last Thursday (Feb. 14), the nonprofit research firm OpenAI released a new language model capable of generating convincing passages of prose. So convincing, in...

AI is reinventing the way we invent

Regina Barzilay’s office at MIT affords a clear view of the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Amgen’s drug discovery group is a few...