Special Report: 2016 Top Tech to Watch
Spectrum’s annual special report on this year’s most intriguing technologies
Get Ready for the World’s First Cyborg Olympics
At the Zurich games, people with disabilities will use robotics to go for the gold18 Dec
Video: Paraplegic Man Trains for the Cyborg Olympics
He’ll compete in a bike race, thanks to nerve stimulators implanted in his legs18 Dec
Can HPE’s “The Machine” Deliver?
A 320-terabyte prototype, expected this year, will showcase the company’s bid to reinvent computing22 Dec
Will the U.S. Finally Get a Unified Power Grid?
The long-delayed Tres Amigas superstation would help move up to 20 gigawatts of electricity around the continent18 Dec
Armada of Martian Probes Will Study the Planet, Inside and Out
Five intrepid spacecraft will make their way to the Red Planet this year21 Dec
$100 Million SETI Initiative Starts Listening for E.T.
The Breakthrough Listen initiative will seek out radio and laser signals from other worlds18 Dec
Are Yahoo and Google Really Serious About E-mail Encryption?
Despite big promises, these tech giants probably won’t champion end-to-end encryption18 Dec
Seabed-Mining Robots Will Dig for Gold in Hydrothermal Vents
Nautilus Minerals will test its gear this year in the South Pacific22 Dec
Norway Pioneers the Digital Radio Future, Abandoning FM
The world watches as Norway makes the switch from analog to digital23 Dec
China’s Comac to Challenge Boeing and Airbus
The company’s C919 airliner is slated to begin flight tests soon21 Dec
Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Proposal Gains Momentum
Before building a vacuum train tube from L.A. to San Francisco, proponents must succeed with an 8-kilometer test track18 Dec
DNA Manufacturing Enters the Age of Mass Production
Synthetic-biology startups adopt technologies from the computer industry23 Dec
Virtual Reality’s Killer App: Taking Over Your Social Life
Meeting people, not playing games, will make VR popular22 Dec
Jibo Is as Good as Social Robots Get. But Is That Good Enough?
Cynthia Breazeal’s home robot wants to be your family’s new best friend23 Dec