I’m MIT Technology Review’s chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
A demonstration video from the Sugar Labs Foundation shows the workings of the educational platform once confined mainly to the so-called $100 laptop, but now available for download to revitalize old computers via a USB drive.
In an interview with David Talbot, Technology Review’s chief correspondent,
Stephen Wolfram describes what motivated him to launch Wolfram Alpha, how the “knowledge engine” works, and where it’s headed.