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...

Never mind killer robots—here are six real AI dangers to watch out for in...

Once it was fashionable to fret about the prospect of super-intelligent machines taking over the world. The past year showed that AI may...

Seven New Year’s resolutions for Big Tech in 2019

Every January, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, likes to go public with a resolution for the year ahead. His 2018 one to “fix Facebook”...

All the reasons 2018 was a breakout year for DNA data

Genetic IQ tests. DNA detective work. Virtual drug trials. These were some of the surprising new uses of DNA information that emerged over...