Table of Contents:VOL. 167, NO. 1 - January 14, 2013
Cover story
The future issue
How machines are getting smarter, and what it means for the future -- of everything.
Larry Page looks ahead
The Google CEO's dreams have a way of coming true. By Miguel Helft
Meet your next surgeon
Thanks to big technological leaps, robots -- yes, robots -- are becoming standard operating procedure. By Ryan Bradley
Will.i.am, hit machine
Why the Black Eyed Peas frontman is teaming up with some of the world's biggest brands. By Daniel Roberts
Dispatches from the future
The world of tomorrow, from artificial minds to superhuman strength.
Features
The third-richest man in the world
From nothing, Amancio Ortega built the world's largest fashion empire. An exclusive portrait of an unlikely executive. By Vivienne Walt
Bay Area medicine man
He's pals with Obama, he can outcharm a Kennedy, and he's networked to the hilt. So how come you don't know health care CEO Lloyd Dean. By David A. Kaplan
Are generics really the same as branded drugs?
Many doctors and medical societies are increasingly willing to ask that question. To a surprising degree, they say, the answer is no. By Katherine Eban
Still crazy after all these years
The founder and chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, shares his thoughts. Interview by Jennifer Reingold
First
Closer look
The space-travel startups: Inside the companies vying for the privatized space age. By Peter Elkind
Insurance
How a former AIG subsidiary helped save the company. By Neel Chowdhury
Dealmakers
Tracking Warren Buffett's buying power. By Scott Cendrowski
Face to face
Two Hollywood titans take on advertising. By Patricia Sellers
Venture
How I got started
Rich Barton, the king of online travel and real estate, is launching a new business. Interview by Dinah Eng
Verne Harnish
How do you find an accountant, a lawyer, or any kind of business specialist?
Invest
Mr. BRIC is still bullish on China
Goldman's Jim O'Neill, the man who coined the acronym, believes Chinese stocks are primed for a big 2013. By Stephen Gandel
Anatomy of a trade
Small-cap manager Andrew Baumbusch believes that ABM Industries will rebound. By Ryan Derousseau
Opinion
Allan Sloan
The rich now face a big tax hike. Why? Because Bush way overreached.
Geoff Colvin
2013: The year we become the health care nation.
Nina Easton
The economic costs of Morsi's power grab.
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