Software can solve video puzzles intended to prevent spam bots acting like humans.
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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
The inventor of the world's most popular file-sharing protocol now wants to stream live video or TV over the Internet.
New software lets you rouse a sleeping PC to retrieve data remotely.
Wolfram Alpha can now analyze data you provide, so you can do things like map out your e-mail relationships.
A startup called Nicira is reinventing computer networking with an audacious goal: to make all kinds of Internet services smarter, faster, and cheaper.
Instead of blocking attacks, a startup distracts attackers with false information.
The site can now provide summaries and stats that offer a window on your life months or years in the past.
Paying people to influence discussions in social media is big business in China and the U.S.
The Eatery asks other users to rate your meal, a system it claims is more reliable than software that estimates calories.
Peter Norvig, Google's head of research, and Eric Horvitz, a distinguished scientist at Microsoft Research, are optimistic about the future of machine intelligence.