Best of 2016: Revolutionary Inventions


 

Which of today's emerging technologies have a chance at solving a big problem and opening up new opportunities? Here are our picks that all had an impressive milestone in the past year or are on the verge of one. These are technologies you need to know about right now.

 

All picks were chosen from the MIT Technology Review article 10 Breakthrough Technologies


 

 

Reusable Rockets

Rockets typically are destroyed on their maiden voyage. But now they can make an upright landing and be refueled for another trip, setting the stage for a new era in spaceflight.

 

Robots That Teach Each Other

What if robots could figure out more things on their own and share that knowledge among themselves?

 

Tesla Autopilot

The electric-vehicle maker sent its cars a software update that suddenly made autonomous driving a reality.

 

Conversational Interfaces

Powerful speech technology from China's leading Internet company makes it much easier to use a smartphone.

 

Slack

A service built for the era of mobile phones and short text messages is changing the workplace.