Our favorite photos from 2021

In 2021 we saw images from the depths of geological time, visionaries working on today’s most pressing issues, to a glimpse into a transhuman future.

In the machine that saved Moore’s LawCHRISTOPHER PAYNE

Worker harvests celeryHow technology could finally start telling farmers things they didn’t already knowLUCAS LEAF

Tiffany Chu portraitThe pandemic could turn public transport for the betterCHONA KASINGER

Lee HoodWhy Covid-19 could finally usher in the age of healthcare based on patient data

Sophie ZhangShe risked everything to expose Facebook. Now she’s telling her story.

Tiktok phoneThe beauty of TikTok’s secret, surprising, and incredibly accurate recommendation algorithmsSIERRA & LENNY

Xiaowei Wang“He put QR-coded wristbands on each of the chickens”

Dr.  WeismannThe next act for messenger RNA could be bigger than Covid vaccines

The world’s largest collection of malformed brainsADAM VOORHES & ROBIN FINLAY

Kayla Lee of the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators at 35 for 2021 : Kayla Lee

Emma PiersonMIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators at 35 for 2021 : Emma Pierson

Very close to the transhumanistsDAVID WINTINER

Fairy Lake MudcoreThis collaboration between photographers and scientists shows the speed of climate changeIAN VAN COLLER

Nomzamo Cape Town aerial viewThese drone photos show urban inequality around the worldJOHNNY MILLER

Chop food coloring The factory where sweets get their colors

Collage for making food colorsThe factory where sweets get their colors

Jim WatkinsHow to fix what the innovation economy ruined in AmericaNICK HAGEN

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