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10 Emerging Technologies 2008

Cambridge, MA | Posted on February 20th, 2008

Modeling Surprise
Combining massive quantities of data, insights into human psychology, and machine learning can help humans manage surprising events, says Eric Horvitz.

Much of modern life depends on forecasts: where the next hurricane will make landfall, how the stock market will react to falling home prices, who will win the next primary. While existing computer models predict many things fairly accurately, surprises still crop up, and we probably can't eliminate them.

Probabilistic Chips
Krishna Palem thinks introducing a little uncertainty into computer chips could extend battery life in mobile devices--and maybe the duration of Moore's Law, too.

NanoRadio
Alex Zettl's tiny radios, built from nanotubes, could improve everything from cell phones to medical diagnostics.

Wireless Power
Physicist Marin Soljacic is working toward a world of wireless electricity.

Atomic Magnetometers
John Kitching's tiny magnetic-field sensors will take MRI where it's never gone before.

Offline Web Applications
Kevin Lynch believes that computing applications will become more powerful when they take advantage of both the browser and the desktop.

Graphene Transistors
A new form of carbon being pioneered by Walter de Heer could lead to speedy, compact computer processors.

Connectomics
Jeff Lichtman hopes to elucidate brain development and disease with new technologies that illuminate the tangled web of neural circuits.

Reality Mining
Sandy Pentland is using data gathered by cell phones to learn more about human behavior and social interactions.

Cellulolytic Enzymes
Frances Arnold is designing better enzymes for making biofuels from cellulose.

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