10 Drivers Wanted
10 Playtime’s Over
11 Paper Problem
28 Jessica Brillhart
Google’s “principal filmmaker” conducts
experiments in the future of virtual reality.
13 One Man Hacks His Own Genes
When Brian Hanley needed a test subject, he
thought, why not me?
16 AI’s Poker Triumph
It was supposed to be hard for a computer to
beat people at poker. But AI made it look easy.
18 Very Light Jockeys
A camel race in the desert, with robots as the
20 Reinventing the Web for Better Privacy
A new system lets you control your own data,
and block a site’s access if you no longer trust it.
22 The Robots in the Grocery Store
How automation and artificial intelligence are
getting food to you faster.
24 Eyeing a Dropbox IPO
Can a tech unicorn cash in on corporate users?
26 Hand Over the Data
A Google report shows how law enforcement
requests for Internet user data are on the rise.
92 “The Relentless Pace of Automation”
Artificial intelligence can make life better—but
By David Rotman
96 Virtually There
Some call VR the art form of the century. Now
we just have to figure out what to do with it.
By Ty Burr
100 Inside the Far-Out Glass Lab
A key ingredient of your future flexible device is
taking shape in rural New York.
By Katherine Bourzac
40 YEARS AGO
108 Electronic Money Is Too Easy
In 1977, a writer wondered how it would affect
us if cash just went away.
MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
VOL. 120 | NO. 2
ON THE COVER
For the cover, artist Brendan Monroe drew the 10
Breakthrough Technologies design, which we then had
woven into a tapestry on a Jacquard loom—an ode to
a much earlier breakthrough technology. The tapestry
was photographed by Leonard Greco.
Gene Therapy 2.0
The CELL Atlas
Paying with YOUR FACE
THE 360-Degree Selfie
Hot SOLAR Cells
PRACTICAL Quantum Computers
BOTNETS of Things
by Will Knight
by Emily Mullin
by Steve Connor
by Will Knight
by Antonio Regalado
by Elizabeth Woyke
by James Temple
by David H. Freedman
by Russ Juskalian
by Bruce Schneier
March/April 2017 BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES