Our best illustrations of 2021

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From the MIT Technology Review art team, here are some of our very favorite illustrations of the year:

conceptual illustration
An E. coli biocomputer solves a maze by sharing the work
ANDREA CHRONOPOULOS
the mind falling apart
Eight ways scientists are unwrapping the mysteries of the human brain
NHUNG LE
conceptual illustration
Geoffrey Hinton has a hunch about what’s next for AI
KIEL MUTSCHELKNAUS
JF21 cover
The food issue
Image of print magazine cover
The change issue

3 space science questions that computing is helping to answer
DANIEL ZENDER
biomilq concept illo
Startups are racing to reproduce breast milk in the lab
AMRITA MARINO
conceptual illustration showing various women's faces being scanned
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click
PEDRO NEKOI
Fiction: Dark spaces on the map
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOAN WONG
crispr pig concept
Gene editing has made pigs immune to a deadly epidemic
SELMAN DESIGN
smart rayban glasses with camera eyes
Why Facebook is using Ray-Ban to stake a claim on our faces
SELMAN DESIGN
chicken network
Technology can help us feed the world, if we look beyond profit
PABLO DELCAN
Death and Jeff Bezos
Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s latest wild bet on living forever
ALAMY, GETTY (BEZOS)
portland and montreal public toilet illos
How to build freestanding public restrooms that are clean and safe
JULIAN GLANDER
conceptual collage illustration depicting directors and actors from Netflix India television series' and movies
Netflix v Modi and the battle for Indian cinema’s soul
MAX-O-MATIC
panpsychism concept
Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?
crispr decode
Decoding the CRISPR-baby stories

meat with wind turbine
We’re on track to set a new record for global meat consumption
MS TECH | PEXELS
conceptual illustration
Deepfake porn is ruining women’s lives. Now the law may finally ban it.
FRANZISKA BARCZYK