Nanotech Database

Article Title:
10 Emerging Technologies That will Change your World

Amato, Ivan

Journal Information:
Technology Review (MIT)
Vol. 107, Num. 1


In 2004 Technology Review selected 10 emerging technologies which will potentially affect life and work in revolutionary ways. Below are listed the researchers and the technologies:

1. Universal Translation, Yuquing Gao, IBM
2. Synthetic Biology, Ron Weiss, Princeton University
3. Nanowires, Peidong Yang, University of California, Berkeley

Nanowires are a key element in many working nanodevices. They are being pioneered by, among others, Peidong Yang of U. C. Berkeley (also listed are James Ellenbogen, Mitre, McLean, VA; Charles Lieber, Harvard University and Nanosys; Lars Samuelson, Lund University and QuMat Technologies; and Zhong L. Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology). Nanowires are made in a special chamber, and using a series of specific chemical reactions, crystals are formed which grow upward like a tree. Such wires can be grown quickly and in bulk. They could be useful for the "lab on a chip" devices that are envisioned as a cheap and quick way to obtain accurate medical diagnoses. Other possible uses include cooling existing computer chips, energy generation, sensors for drug discoveries, flat panel displays and efficient lighting devices. Intel is planning to use nanowires in its next-generation chips.

4. Bayesian machine learning, Daphne Koller, Stanford University
5. T-rays, Don Arnone, Toshiba
6. Distributed Storage, Hari Balkrishnan, MIT
7. RNAi Therapy, Thomas Tuschl, Rockefeller University
8. Power Grid Control, Christian Rehtanz, ABB
9. Microfluidic Optical Fibers, John Rogers, University of Illinois
10. Personal Genomics, David Cox, Perlegen Sciences