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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
Street View-style imagery of interior spaces lets mobile devices locate themselves more accurately than is possible with GPS.
Sharing your call data with researchers could help show what the NSA can deduce from the data it harvests.
Software digests thousands of research papers to accurately identify proteins that could be productive targets for cancer drugs.
A cheap device called the Safeplug makes it easy to use the Tor anonymity network at home.
Carver Mead christened Moore’s Law and helped make it come true. Now he says engineers should experiment with quantum mechanics to advance computing.
Technology that derives personality traits from Twitter updates is being tested to help target promotions and personalize customer service.
Tests of Google’s autonomous vehicles in California and Nevada suggests they already outperform human drivers.
Fixes are planned for Internet anonymity tool Tor after researchers showed that national intelligence agencies could plausibly unmask users.
The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?