A technology for reading emotions on faces can help companies sell candy. Now its creators hope it also can take on bigger problems.
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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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A cheaper fuel cell could provide affordable power for microgrids.
A new database tool dramatically improves processing speeds using technology that’s already in your computer.
As Microsoft prepares to absorb Nokia’s handset business, a new research strategy emerges.
World’s largest smartphone chipmaker offers to custom-build very efficient neuro-inspired chips for phones, robots, and vision systems.
A Microsoft researcher proposes "big data due process" so citizens can learn how data analytics were used against them.
The new iPhone breaks ground by seamlessly sharing Wi-Fi and 4G for Siri. Further tweaks could boost bandwidth 20-fold in some cases.
Apple’s always-on motion-sensing M7 chip points the way to an era of mobile gesture-recognition and “ambient intelligence.”
The security researcher Bruce Schneier, who is now helping the Guardian newspaper review Snowden documents, suggests that more revelations are on the way.
Twitter seeks to do better at inferring its users’ consumer and political preferences, gender, age, and more.