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The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention
Technology trends and developments that will make news in 2022
Deep learning has built a brave new world—but now the cracks are showing
Here are some of the technologies you’ll be reading about this year
The trend toward all-electric is accelerating
COVID-19 has galvanized tech communities. The tens of billions we’re spending on vaccines, antivirals, tests, robots, and devices are transforming how we’ll respond to future outbreaks of infectious disease.
The greatest gadgets of the past 50 years
The stories of the greatest and most influential microchips in history—and the people who built them
Humans are preparing to build the first permanent settlement in space
IEEE Spectrum traveled across East Africa to capture new perspectives on the growing drone industry
Can technology slow emissions of greenhouse gases enough to halt climate change? IEEE Spectrum reporters fanned out across the globe to find out
Electricity may be fully restored—but the hard work of hurricane-proofing the grid remains
When Bitcoin was unleashed on the world, it filled a specific need. But it wasn’t long before people realized the technology behind Bitcoin—the blockchain—could do much more than record monetary transactions.
Intensive efforts to re-create human cognition will transform the way we work, learn, and play
A project to identify and quantify the full-system cost of electric power generation and delivery—from the power plant to the wall socket
Robots will soon have the power of life and death over human beings. Are they ready? Are we?
Here’s what we’ll need to walk around on Mars
Medicine has always sought to understand the human body’s operating system. Now, with biometric sensors and big data analytics, we’re learning how to fix the bugs.
The glorious history and inevitable decline of one of technology’s greatest winning streaks
Turns out, there are plenty of extraordinary engineers. You just need to look for them.
Bright scenarios for eight of today’s hottest technologies. Plus: What could possibly go wrong?
All the tech tricks and politics that will make driverless cars common place
Bitcoin has gone from being an experiment in anarchy to becoming a billion dollar online currency
There is indeed a STEM crisis—just not the one everyone’s been talking about
Smart technology and better management policies will let us feed the hungry hordes to midcentury and beyond
Exploring the achievements that are ushering in the era of personalized genetic medicine
To explore what’s fastest on earth we’ve roamed the globe to check out speedy things on wheels, tracks, legs or wings, and in the water
The last days of cash: How e-money technology is plugging us into the digital economy
What really happened at Fukushima, and what it means for nuclear power
Google, Facebook, and the struggle for the future of the web
Meet some of the world’s most creative minds in robotics to find out how their robots will transform our lives—for real
Our thirst for water competes with our hunger for energy. Only radical new ideas will get us out of this mess.
It’s been 40 years since Apollo astronauts took humanity’s first baby step into the cosmos. Now it’s time to take the next one.
A list of some of the most innovative, intriguing, and inspiring integrated circuits
How technology is driving the country’s economic boom and what that means for the World
One day a machine will blink into consciousness
Urban living has its advantages, but the challenges are formidable. Here’s a how-to manual of technology solutions.
Humanoid robots, self-driving cars, smart wearables—are they the stuff of science fiction? Or are they more likely than we think?
IEEE Spectrum contributing editor Robert N. Charette examines the root causes of the current crisis in weapons acquisitions
As organizations waste tens of billions of dollars annually on failed software projects, the key to consistently creating large, reliable, and efficient IT systems remains elusive