“Character-driven dialogue” will help the virtual assistant evolve, says an Apple job ad.
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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
Major new computing technology is rarely announced at CES anymore, but car makers are embracing the show.
Kurzweil is best known for predictions of immortality but has also created speech recognition technology
The file-syncing company has bought a startup that streams a person's music collection over the Internet.
Google's leader says the Web is less open, but expect more from Google+ and shopping search.
The smart assistant app Google Now is able to track how far a person walks or cycles.
Google's new policy of charging online stores to appear in shopping results is "evil", alleges Microsoft.
The country's first homegrown microprocessor could be used in Internet servers and routers.
The case highlights a troubling disconnect between online life and the rule of the law.
Facebook's effort to increase voter turnout worked best with groups likely to have voted for the president.