Spoiler alert: Our annual Innovators Under 35 list isn’t really about what a small group of bright young people have been up to (although that’s certainly part of it). It’s really about where the world of technology is going.
Reading about the problems this year’s winners have set out to solve will also give you a glimpse into the near future of AI, biotech, materials, computers and the fight against climate change.
To tie the dots, we asked five experts—all judges or former winners—to write short essays about where they see the most promise and the biggest potential roadblocks in their respective fields. We hope the list inspires you and gives you an idea of what to expect in the coming years.
Read the full list here.
The urban planning issue
The modern city is a surveillance device. It can track your movements through your license plate, your mobile phone and your face. But go to any city or suburb in the United States and there’s a different kind of surveillance going on, one powered by networks of private doorbell cameras, wildlife cameras, and even security cameras from different types of gardens.
The latest print issue of MIT Technology Review examines why, independent of local governments, we’ve built our neighborhoods into panopticons: Everyone’s looking at everything all the time. Here’s a selection of some of the new stories in the edition, guaranteed to have you wondering if smart cities really are that smart:
– How groups of online neighborhood watchmen are taking the law into their own hands.
– Why Toronto wants you to forget everything you know about smart cities.
– Bicycle theft is a big problem. Specialized parking pods may be the answer.
– Public transport will cost money, but it won’t be as disruptive as you think.