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The phones in our pockets and the Web at our fingertips. The way we live, the ways our children learn and the discoveries that make us excited about the days ahead. None materialized out of thin air. Great advances come from great ideas. And great ideas come from great thinkers. Today, CNN is honoring the visionaries whose ideas are shaping our future by highlighting 10 of our favorite thinkers in science and technology. These thinkers come from different countries, backgrounds and disciplines, but all are actively working to make an impact for the greater good. 5 of 10 are below.

Caroline Buckee (malaria)

Regina Dugan and Mary Lou Jespen (Google)

Sugata Mitra (education)

Elon Musk (Paypal)

Jennifer Pahlka (White House)


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