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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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Turbine technology looms large.
Big engines get a green sheen.
U.S. Central Command Headquarters is more wired than ever. A look inside the nerve center for the Iraq War.
Building the planes is easy. Making them autonomous, and constructing airborne communications networks, is not.
Fraud, gruesome propaganda, terror planning: the Net enables it all. The online industry can help fix it.
The Iraq War was supposed to be a preview of the new U.S. military: a light, swift force that relies as much on sensors and communications networks as on heavy armor and huge numbers. But once the shooting started, technology fell far short of expectations.
Electronic and biological tracking technologies could safeguard the nation's food, but the meat industry may be too mired in antiquated practices to buy in.
PlaceLab researchers are studying how people interact with their homes. Their goal: design useful residential technologies.
After two dismal years, money is starting to flow for the next batch of startups.