By carefully logging students’ every action online, a company called Knewton says, it can personalize questions and lessons to help people learn faster. Skeptics say that’s not proven.
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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
With funding from the Amazon founder and the CIA's investment arm, the Canadian company D-Wave is gaining momentum for its revolutionary approach to computing.
At our event in San Francisco the Twitter inventor explains his guidelines for creating good technology.
Spanish bank BBVA taps the team that invented the iPhone assistant to build technology that can converse with bank customers.
Advocates say giving browsers a "Do Not Track" setting could mean more privacy for Web surfers. Opponents say it would be a disaster for online revenues. Which should you believe?
Laws haven't kept up with the company's ability to mine its users' data.
Wireless networks are scrambling to feed the growing hunger for mobile data and downloads.
The automaker says soon all its cars will be compatible with gas, electric, and hybrid drivetrains.
A digital currency without a central bank could be ideal for economies where the mobile phone is king but the banking systems are weak.
For a new generation of technology company founders, money is the easy part.