A robot able to play touch screen games like Cut the Rope can judge whether humans will find a new device responsive.
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IT Editor, Software & Hardware
I’m MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software and enjoy a diverse diet of algorithms, Internet, and human-computer interaction with chips on the side. Working in our San Francisco office, I cover new ideas about what computers can do for us, whether they spring from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs.
My journey to the West Coast started in a small English town called Wantage and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five years writing and editing technology news coverage at New Scientist magazine.
Tom Simonite's Stories
The mobile Web browsing of three million people reveals how pervasive ad tracking technology is and shows that Google’s is dominant.
Microchips modeled on the brain may excel at tasks that baffle today’s computers.
Bitcoin is underpinned by unbreakable codes, but the secret keys that protect personal fortunes are easily lost or stolen.
Street View-style imagery of interior spaces lets mobile devices locate themselves more accurately than is possible with GPS.
In an L.A. court, a woman claims her Google Glass device switched on accidentally when she was pulled over by highway patrol.
Sharing your call data with researchers could help show what the NSA can deduce from the data it harvests.
Software digests thousands of research papers to accurately identify proteins that could be productive targets for cancer drugs.
A cheap device called the Safeplug makes it easy to use the Tor anonymity network at home.