Efforts to build robot hands and humanoids more cheaply could make them affordable enough for businesses and even homes.
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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
Microsoft’s new personal assistant includes features found in Apple and Google’s own virtual helpers.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is the first smartphone that can use a fingerprint to authorize payments in stores and online.
If the NSA did have the keys to the backdoor in a random number generator it could break some encryption without trouble.
A startup’s software will let iPhone apps connect phones without the Internet.
Earth-bound challenges will determine the success of Facebook and Google's plans to use balloons, drones and satellites to spread Internet access.
Venture capitalist and browser inventor Marc Andreessen says Bitcoin will soon outgrow the “fringe” politics that helped get it started.
A system called Mylar makes it possible to build online services that can never decrypt or leak your data.
Cloud storage company Box has 25 million users, large revenues, and larger losses.
Game theory suggests the rules governing Bitcoin may need to be updated if the currency is to endure.