Inside the launch of Stephen Wolfram's new "computational knowledge engine."
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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How anonymity technology could save free speech on the Internet.
Without a radically expanded and smarter electrical grid, wind and solar will remain niche power sources.
An Indian startup thinks that the right software can make cheap phones a financial lifeline to hundreds of millions.
The social-networking strategy that took an obscure senator to the doors of the White House.
The philanthropic effort dubbed the $100 Laptop has not met its grand initial goals. But its first deployment, in Peru, may turn skeptics into believers.
In Iraq, soldiers conducting frontline street patrols finally get software tools that let them share findings and plan missions.
Recent fraud allegations are ominous for those who see virtual worlds as future centers of e-commerce.
At a remote outpost in northern Greenland, a team of scientists are attempting to resolve the central mystery of global warming: how quickly will sea levels rise?
As the global picture grows grimmer, states and cities are searching for the fine-scale predictions they need to prepare for emergencies--and to keep the faucets running.