- Modeling Surprise – Computer modelling continues to advance, but can it ever be completely accurate? Probably not.
- Probabilistic Chips – Uncertainty may not sound like a good thing in computer chips…but then again, maybe it is.
- NanoRadio – Tiny radios built from tiny tubes could improve cell phones, medical diagnostic equipment, and more.
- Wireless Power – Wires? We don’ need no steenkin’ wires!
- Atomic Magnetometers – Tiny magnetic-field sensors will advance the capabilities of MRIs.
- Offline Web Applications – Computer applications need to take advantage of both the browser and the desktop.
- Graphene Transistors – A new form of carbon could help us build faster and more compact processors.
- Connectomics – The circuitry of the brain is enormously complicated. But as we untangle it, we’ll learn more about brain development and disease.
- Reality Mining – Sort through the data gathered by cellphones, and you can learn a lot about how humans behave and how they interact with each other.
- Cellulolytic Enzymes – Biofuels from food? That’s just nuts. Biofuels from cellulose? Now you’re talking.
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