Small flying robots inspired by birds and bugs may do tasks like search and rescue more efficiently.
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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
Autonomy excels at analyzing the vast amounts of "unstructured data" being produced every day.
New hardware should make it possible for all online data to be as secure as a credit card transaction.
New technology makes multitouch possible on a five-foot-wide screen only a few inches thick.
Highlights from the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference.
Researchers at Microsoft have built a virtual vault that could work on medical data without ever decrypting it.
Intel is testing technology that would issue an alert if someone hit your parked car, and could capture video if a thief made off with it.
A startup with plans to mine the Moon for platinum fluffs its first public flight.
A robot recently helped a quadriplegic shave himself for the first time in 10 years—but even the best mechanical helpers still need supervision.
A startup wants any Web page or mobile app to recognize faces, and claims users are becoming less sensitive about the technology.