Gate’s view of technologies that will change the world

For the first time in its 18-year history, MIT Tech Review’s 2019 breakthrough list has been picked by a contributing editor, Microsoft founder, and former CEO Bill Gates.

Gates correctly predicted the rise of the home computer, the graphical desktop operating system, and the internet, so he seems like a natural choice for the esteemed publication’s first guest editor.

Here’s the full 2019 selection, as picked by Gates – a comprehensive exploration of each idea will be published in the March/ April edition of MIT Technology Review, released on March 5.

  1. Robot dexterity—robot hands that can learn to manipulate unfamiliar objects on their own.
  2. New-wave nuclear power—both fission and fusion reactor designs that could help bring down carbon emissions.
  3. Predicting preemies—a simple blood test to warn of a preterm birth, potentially saving many children’s lives.
  4. Gut probe in a pill—a swallowable device that can image the digestive tract and even perform biopsies.
  5. Custom cancer vaccines—a treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to target only tumor cells.
  6. The cow-free burger—both plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives that could drastically cut emissions from the food industry.
  7. Carbon dioxide catcher—techniques for absorbing CO2 from the air and locking it away that may finally become economic.
  8. An ECG on your wrist—the ability for people with heart conditions to continuously monitor their health and get early warnings of problems.
  9. Sanitation without sewers—a self-contained toilet that could tackle disease and unpleasant living conditions in much of the developing world.
  10. Smooth-talking AI assistants—new advances in natural language processing that make digital assistants capable of greater autonomy.

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