Office parties can be even more trying when you send an electronic avatar in your place.
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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 router that runs the Tor software prevents Web tracking.
Robots that stand in for remote workers could force people to learn how to tolerate a new breed of social failings.
How the inventor of the PalmPilot studied the workings of the human brain to help companies turn a deluge of data into business intelligence.
Researchers created their own, imprisoned, network of zombie computers to better learn how to take down those at large on the Internet.
A new technique could be used to target advertising to users' surroundings without their knowledge.
Google's new computer throws out everything but the Web.
Handhelds can access top-end PC games and other software remotely.
A laptop running just a Web browser might sound a bit limited. But Google is betting you'll want one.
Silicon chips with both optical and electrical circuits could eliminate a bottleneck limiting supercomputer speeds.