Technology Review is the oldest technology magazine in the world and was started by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Technology Review aims to promote the understanding of emerging technologies and to analyze their commercial, social, and political impacts.
Jason Pontin is the current Editor in Chief and Publisher of Technology Review and has held the post since 2005. A few article topics from the magazine include: using Flickr to create quicker travel itineraries, 3-D displays without glasses and One Tablet Per Child, a cheaper, modified version of the One Laptop Per Child Project.
Every year, Technology Review showcases the year’s “35 Innovators under 35”. Topics within science and technology include: Biomedicine, Web, Communication, Computing, Energy and Business. This is a great way to recognize the younger generation and their unique contributions to the science and technology arena.
The magazine also prints an annual “Top 10 Emerging Technologies” article. These are really cool new technologies such as liquid batteries that could allow whole cities to run on solar power at night, cutting DNA system costs, software that serves as a personal aide, and much more.
Reviewers say this magazine is great for the non techie audience and doesn’t include too much of the geeky jargon that only technology junkies would know. That theory is good and bad. Some reviewers felt that the articles lacked depth, yet others found them refreshing. However, after looking through the article titles, I did see a some scientific names that I was not familiar with. So, it appears to be a mix of both techie and non techie language going on. The Kindle version is good because this magazine doesn’t fully rely on graphics, but the readers would like to see more graphics, color and formatting included for easier reading.
Considering that this is the oldest technology magazine in the world, I was surprised to find that there was not much historical information available online.