From ‘bots to EVs–5 predictions for ’12 in cutting-edge tech

In the year ahead, we’re guaranteed more powerful supercomputers and smartphones from the tech industry’s basic building block–the microchip. But in a world where the amount of information doubles every year, computers’ ability to make sense of it has never been more vital, touching every field of scientific research from robotics to satellite imagery. Meanwhile, advances in very different fields–materials science and biotech–are paving the way for better batteries, biofuels, and cleaner sources of energy.