10 Breakthrough Technologies

MIT Technology Review's annual selection of the year’s most significant technologies, looking at emerging areas of innovation, that will change the world.

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Your deep dive into the tech

Beyond GPS: Hyper-accurate Positioning
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
5:00 PM
Judith Olson - ColdQuanta

New hyper-accurate positioning technologies have brought the world into dramatically sharper focus than GPS with accuracies within a few millimeters, which opens new opportunities in the way we farm, transport goods, and navigate our world. As featured in the 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021.

New Advances in Multi-Skilled AI
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
12:45 PM
Ani Kembhavi - Allen Institute for AI

AI robotics still struggle to match the skill level of a child. Human intelligence emerges from our combination of senses and language abilities; the same might be true for artificial intelligence. Is combining vision, audio, and language processing into a single AI system possible—and will it solve the problem? Explore the implications for AI and its potential use cases. As featured in the 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021.

Transforming Clean Energy with Green Hydrogen
Thursday, September 30, 2021
12:45 PM
Christoph Noeres - thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers

Hydrogen is energy-dense and burns cleanly, emitting no carbon dioxide. But until now, most hydrogen has been made from natural gas using a polluting and energy-intensive process. Get an early look at a transformational clean approach to producing hydrogen that has the potential to revolutionize the global energy sector. As featured in the 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021.

About the 10 Breakthrough Technologies

Since 2001, MIT Technology Review has compiled an annual list of technological advances that will make a real difference in solving important problems, the technologies with staying power, and those breakthroughs that will truly change how we live and work. 

MIT Technology Review showcases the list in the March/April issue and online.

For a look at what technologies made the 10 Breakthrough Technologies lists in previous years, learn more at this page, which starts with 2020's list.

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