Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones. Here are 10 that actually are. These advances from the past year all solve difficult problems or create powerful new ways of using technology. They are breakthroughs that will matter for years to come.
* Agriculture Drones – Relatively cheap drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage.
* Ultra Private Smart phones – New models built with security and privacy in mind to reflect the Zeitgeist of the Snowden era.
* Brain Mapping – A new map, a decade in the works, shows structure of the brain in far greater detail than ever before, providing neuroscientists with a guide to its immense complexity.
* Neuromorphic Chips – Microprocessors configured more like brains than traditional chips could soon make computers far more astute about what’s going on around them.
* Genome Editing – The ability to create primates with intentional mutations could provide powerful new ways to study complex and genetically baffling brain disorders.
* Agile Robots – Computer scientists have created machines that have the balance and agility to walk and run across rough an uneven terrain, making them far more useful in navigating human environments.
* Micro scale 3D Printing – Inks made from different types of materials, precisely applied, are greatly expanding the kinds of things that can be printed.
* Smart Wind and Solar Power – Big data and artificial intelligence are producing ultra-accurate forecasts that will make it feasible to integrate much more renewable energy into the grid.
* Mobile Collaboration – The smart phone era is finally getting the productivity software it needs.
* Oculus Rift – Thirty years after virtual-reality goggles and immersive virtual worlds made their debut, the technology finally seems poised for widespread use.[Source](http://weeklyscience.com/2014/05/10-new-breakthrough-technologies-2014/)