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MIT Technology Review Announces 10 Breakthrough Technologies

February 19, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- MIT Technology Review publishes its annual 10 Breakthrough Technologies list. The list identifies the milestones from the past year that solve difficult problems or create powerful new ways of using technology. These are the breakthroughs that will matter for years to come.

Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, states, "Each year, our editors search the globe to compile this important list. From Hong Kong, where new blood tests are being developed to catch cancer early; to Tel Aviv, where a water desalinization program is providing 20% of the country's water, The 10 Breakthrough Technologies represent the advancements we feel have the greatest potential to impact our lives for years to come."

Magic Leap

A device that can make virtual objects appear in real life.


Materials whose structures can be precisely tailored so they are strong yet flexible and extremely light.

Car-to-Car Communication

Cars that can talk to each other to avoid crashes.

Project Loon

A reliable and cost-effective way to beam Internet service from the sky to places lacking it.

The Liquid Biopsy

A blood test to catch cancer early.

Megascale Desalinization

Demonstrating that seawater desalination can cost-effectively provide a substantial portion of a nation's water supply.

Apple Pay

A service that makes it practical to use your smartphone as a wallet in everyday situations.

Brain Organoids

Three-dimensional clusters of living neurons that can be grown in a lab from human stem cells.

Supercharged Photosynthesis

Engineering rice plants to extract energy from sunlight far more efficiently than they do now.

Internet of DNA

Technical standards that let DNA databases communicate.

The stories behind the 2015 list are live on, and are featured in the March/April magazine which hits newsstands March 3.

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