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Alessandro Chiesa

Alessandro Chiesa

Alessandro Chiesa, 30 University of California, Berkeley For all the promise of blockchain, there’s a problem that comes with treating all transactions as public information: some of that stuff is just nobody’s business. But with Zcash, a cryptocurrency cofounded by Alessandro Chiesa, …Continue reading

Humsa Venkatesh

Humsa Venkatesh’s research revealed how cancers hijack the activity of neural networks to fuel their own growth. Her discovery sparked a novel area of research targeting a type of activity seen in many different types of cancer. “These neuronal systems are signaling …Continue reading

Julian Schrittwieser

Julian Schrittwieser, 25 DeepMind A few years ago, when Julian Schrittwieser joined the Google-owned artificial-intelligence firm DeepMind, the board game Go was often called the Holy Grail of machine learning. The two-player game, which originated in ancient China, was so unconstrained by …Continue reading

Nabiha Saklayen

Nabiha Saklayen, 28 Cellino Biotech Gene editing is invaluable in correcting mutations like the one that causes sickle-cell anemia. But biologists need better ways to get DNA and other ingredients into cells. Typically, the gene-editing recipe is introduced by viruses, which can …Continue reading

Joy Buolamwini

Joy Buolamwini, 28 MIT Media Lab and Algorithmic Justice League As a college student, Joy Buolamwini discovered that some facial-analysis systems couldn’t detect her dark-skinned face until she donned a white mask. “I was literally not seen by technology,” she says. That …Continue reading

Chelsea Finn

Chelsea Finn, 25 Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Lab Chelsea Finn is developing robots that can learn just by observing and exploring their environment. Her algorithms require much less data than is usually needed to train an AI—so little that robots running her software …Continue reading

Mustafa Suleyman

Mustafa Suleyman, 33 DeepMind Mustafa Suleyman cofounded the AI company DeepMind out of a desire to have as broad an impact on society as possible. AI, he decided, was the fastest way to do it. Now Suleyman has launched DeepMind Health to …Continue reading

Minmin Yen

Minmin Yen, 29 PhagePro Cholera affects millions of people annually in the world’s poorest communities. It’s often treated with antibiotics, but they’re not ideal because they harm the bacteria in the gut, and antibiotic resistance is on the rise. Minmin Yen developed …Continue reading

Menno Veldhorst

Menno Veldhorst, 33 Delft University Menno Veldhorst has invented a faster path to real-world quantum circuits by making it possible for them to be printed on silicon—the way computer chips have been made for decades. Quantum computers would allow powerful calculations that …Continue reading

Prineha Narang

Prineha Narang, 28 Harvard University Prineha Narang seeks to build technologies by starting small: with the atom. As an assistant professor of computational materials science at Harvard, Narang studies the optical, thermal, and electronic behavior of materials at the nanoscale. Her research …Continue reading