By Lisa Eadicicco , Alex Fitzpatrick , Matt Peckham and John Patrick Pullen
Updated: May 10, 2017 10:23 AM ET | Originally published: May 8, 2017

The latest technological breakthroughs can sometimes seem to emerge from nameless, faceless companies. But behind every corporate logo are individual people shaping the future. Some are executives, others are programmers or researchers chasing world-changing achievements. Then there are the rule-makers, whose decisions can have far-reaching consequences for the future. The 20 people on this list are the most influential people in the technology world right now, as extensively debated by TIME’s tech team. Who did we miss?

Correction appended Wednesday, March 10

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