Technology and innovation: the top five stories from Guardian in 2013

We've gathered together the most popular stories from the last 12 months. Let us know which was your favourite

by Sarah LaBrecque
Guardian Professional


Technology may be changing the world, but is it always for the better?

Much of our most popular content focused on the negative impact of big tech on society - whether it was North Face's Doug Tomkins claiming that technology is destroying the world or Chandran Nair listing the dangers the internet poses to a sustainable world.

But there is a more positive side. Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is teaching the likes of Google about the benefits of mindfulness and integrating spiritual values into their work. While Will.i.am talked to Jo Confino about the power of technology to improve the world.

Here are the five most popular pieces on the technology and innovation hub in 2013.

1. Google seeks out wisdom of zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

Global tech companies are connecting to the power of mindfulness and meditation to drive sustainability and happiness

2. How technology has stopped evolution and is destroying the world

Doug Tompkins, founder of The North Face, discusses battles with Steve Jobs and why we need to dismantle our techno-industrial society

3. Five dangers the internet poses to a sustainable world

It's time to slay the sacred cow that the internet is a force only for good, argues Chandran Nair

4. Will.i.am: 'Let's make plastic a verb'

The Black Eyed Peas star and Ekocycle founder talked to Jo Confino about waste, technology and why the iPhone will never be an antique

5. Fake food: the tech companies working to revolutionise how we eat protein

Chicken and eggs made from plants, meat made in petri dishes – the Silicon Valley startups innovating for more sustainable food