Scientific American and the World Economic Forum sifted through more than 75 nominations for the most innovative and potentially game-changing technologies in 2020. The final top 10 span the fields of medicine, engineering, environmental sciences and chemistry. And to win the nod, the technologies must have the potential to spur progress in societies and economies by outperforming established ways of doing things...
Many vital public institutions such as hospitals and fire stations lack cybersecurity to ward off popular malware
Strange as it might seem, a 2,500-square-kilometer zone south of one tiny Pacific island could supply four substances that are crucial to modern electronics for centuries
Microchannels strategically carved in chips could help meet demand for ever-smaller devices and cut energy use
A new sensor printed on an ordinary piece of paper can send a wireless alert
Technology is blurring the lines between consumers and producers, amateurs and professionals, and laypeople and experts. We’re just starting to understand the implications
Using electronic ink and stencils, researchers created a cheap heart monitor and other health-detecting devices
The system works like noise-cancelling headphones but fits over an open window. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Originally published in July 1964
Think how much time we’d save if voice assistants always understood commands or questions the first time
A flying robot reveals how birds stay aloft and could inspire next-generation drones
Hackers could trick voice assistants to make calls or compromise texts
AR headsets are still bulky and expensive, but smartphone-based apps are filling the gap
Originally published in August 1866
An electronic device increases their speed, and later versions could control their direction as well
Originally published in April 1895
New machine-learning technique can distinguish living bodies from deceased ones
The device uses lasers to accelerate electrons along an etched channel
The fiber-optic cables that connect the global Internet could potentially be used as seismic sensors. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The process could lead to the creation of tougher, more biocompatible electronic devices