The ten subjects Bill Gates selected for this special edition of the MIT Technology Review highlight his personal beliefs about how technology can help people live better lives. His choices include medical breakthroughs, global warming, robotics and sanitation. All of these technologies are currently available or will be soon. Gates hopes that in twenty years, most new technologies will address human well-being and help people live fulfilling lives. He also recommends ten books, which inform many of the subjects included in this publication. The issue includes a brief discussion of “Ten Grand Challenges” ripe for solving by new technologies. They include carbon sequestration, grid-scale energy storage, a universal flu vaccine, dementia treatment, ocean clean-up, energy-efficient desalination, safe driverless cars, embodied AI, earthquake prediction and brain decoding. The magazine’s “Low-tech 10” includes intriguing smaller ideas addressing more efficient water filters, a portable malaria screener, power micro-grids and more. The compilation of articles will engage and inspire anyone concerned with what a better, not-so-distant future will look like.
In this summary, you will learn
- How emerging technologies impact your daily life;
- Which technologies will dominate upcoming headlines; and
- How current technologies solve issues such as global warming, human health and robotics.
About the Authors
Bill Gates is the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation and is the guest curator of “10 Breakthrough Technologies 2019” for the MIT Technology Review.