Crowdsourcing can create an artificial chat partner that's smarter than Siri-style personal assistants.
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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
A service called Mobilescope acts as a watchdog, alerting users when apps copy and transmit sensitive information.
Mining workers' messages for emotional trends could help managers monitor morale, but the technology struggles with humor.
The movements of Android users let Google track live traffic—a service being extended to new countries and U.S. cities today.
A new technique could help companies like Facebook make money from your data without putting it at risk.
The dominant social networks cater too much to advertisers, says the man behind a Twitter-style network that users would pay for.
The social network needs to make mobile apps pay. Ads that use phone sensors to understand a person's surroundings could be the answer.
The company's Chrome browser and Drive storage app arrive for iPad and iPhones—and could perhaps woo business customers.
A cryptography pioneer offers a simple way to fight electronic surveillance.
Data from 100,000 people's ratings and shared photos of 500,000 meals suggests mobile apps could nudge us toward healthier food choices.