Electric lights are 135 years old. The Internet is 45. They’re finally getting connected.
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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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Engineers seek a cheaper biodegradable polymer.
Clogged wireless networks spur a plan to speed data to smartphones, for a price.
The military research agency hopes to design and build an amphibious tank from scratch in three years.
Co-founder—and now CEO—Tom Leighton plans data-prioritization trials with Ericsson and massive use of distributed devices for transmitting video.
One security company thinks it can stop malicious intrusions by monitoring for subtle power-consumption changes.
Proposals for a “sender pays” policy will roil UN talks in Dubai.
Tiny transmitters, spectrum sharing, and new information- coding technologies promise to keep wireless data capacity increasing for years.
Tiny advances are loudly proclaimed as the industry battles over fractions of an ever-vaster global mobile market.
As well as making layoffs and reshuffling executives, Google has focused Motorola on researching risky, breakthrough technology.