In the January issue of the IEEE Spectrum Magazine, read about the top tech of 2021, how to vaccinate the world, supersonic travel, robot trucks, and more.

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Top Tech 2021: The Beginning of the End of COVID-19

Last January in this space we wrote that “technology doesn’t really have bad years.” But 2020 was like no other year in recent memory: Just about everything suffered, including technology. One shining exception was

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This Is How to Vaccinate The World

In a triumph of science, the first two large-scale trials to report the effectiveness of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2—the deadly, highly contagious virus that causes COVID-19—were both great successes right out of the...

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The Return of Supersonic Travel

The Concorde, the world’s first supersonic airliner, landed for the last time 17 years ago. It was a beautiful feat of engineering, but it never turned a profit. So why should we believe that Boom Supersonic can do better now

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A Small Island Waits on Big Data Rates

Since 1989, the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic has relied on a single 7.6-meter satellite dish to connect the island’s residents to the rest of the world. While the download and upload speeds have increased over

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Robot Trucks Overtake Robot Cars

Companies like Tesla, Uber, Cruise, and Waymo promise a future where cars are essentially mobile robots that can take us anywhere with a few taps on a smartphone. But a new category of vehicles is about to overtake

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