Portfolio

Farm Automation Gets Smarter

An interview-based news report about how automation is coming to large farm machinery (such as tractors) worldwide.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, News
Wrote
October, 2016
1600 words

Computer Science, Math Laureates Convene in Heidelberg

An online report on the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, which gathers recipients of the world’s most prestigious math and computer science awards (Turing, Fields, Abel, Nevanlinna) with 200 advanced young researchers. Includes two original photos.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, News
Wrote
September, 2016
750 words

When Computers Are The Hackers

Coverage of DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, a competition in Las Vegas where seven teams trained computers to hack each other for over three million dollars in prizes. Here’s the video I produced at this event.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, News
Wrote
August, 2016
750 words

Drones Too Complicated? We’ll Take Care of That

An article about “drones as a service”: companies that offer to fly drones for various purposes on an as-needed basis.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
June, 2016
850 words

Can Chatbots Think Before They Talk?

An article about recent developments in computer programs that mimic human conversation (“chatbots”), particularly the use of modern artificial intelligence techniques to improve their discourse.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
April, 2016
750 words

Rich Data, Poor Fields

An article about use of digital resources and mobile devices to improve crops worldwide.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
February, 2016
1500 words

In Privacy Law, It’s the U.S. vs. the World

An article about the special position of the United States in internet privacy law, a topic under special scrutiny after the revelations of Edward Snowden.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
January, 2016
1600 words

Mental Health Apps Listen and Guide

An article about apps that attempt to discern when their users exhibit signs of depression, mania, and other mental issues.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
September, 2015
1000 words

The Filter Bubble: Is It Real? Does It Matter?

An article reviewing whether search engines et al. isolate us from unusual ideas and beliefs through a “filter bubble”.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
June, 2015
950 words

Car Talk

Article about vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, touching on vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) efforts, government involvement, and models that feature V2V technologies.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
February, 2015
1700 words

Energy Harvesting Extends Life of Small Devices

Article about using power gathered from radio waves, heat, and motion to power small devices such as sensors and cell phones.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
Wrote
January, 2015
850 words

Boot Camps Promise PhDs Fast Track to a Data Science Career

Ph.D.s: Want a month of all-expenses-paid training, with a six-figure job waiting for you when you’re done? That’s what a new crop of “data-science boot camps” offer — for those who qualify. (Online-only article.)

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
Wrote
October, 2014
1000 words

Waiting for the Smart Grid

The “smart” electric grid has held great promise for 15 years, but it’s not always been clear how deeply it’s penetrated our infrastructure — or what benefits it’s delivered. This article summarizes the current state of smart-grid technology, who’s implemented it, and where improvements are likely to appear. Online only.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
Wrote
October, 2014
1000 words

Computing’s Narrow Focus May Hinder Women’s Participation

I was afraid to work on this article about the gender gap in computing because it’s a topic surrounded by dogma, strong feelings, and poorly conceived statistics. As a result, most coverage on it is timid and shallow. But I think the hours of interviewing and research paid off. I’m happy with how it turned out. Online-only.

It’s gotten lots of coverage:

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
Wrote
August, 2014
1000 words

The Forever Disc

An article in the May 2014 issue of CACM about data storage for very long times, e.g. a million years.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
April, 2014
2000 words

How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows (article)

An article in the January 2014 issue of CACM about “affective computing”, which enables your computing device to perceive react to your emotions and moods.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
December, 2013
1900 words

Raising Money the Old-Fashioned Way

“Crowdfunding for technology gains traction” — an online-only article covering technology funding venues including Fundable, Gittip, Bountysource, and others, with commentary from various players including Eric S. Raymond and the National Crowdfunding Association.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
October, 2013
1100 words

Making the Internet Safe for Gadgets (article)

An article for CACM about competing technologies to repurpose the Internet’s host-centric architecture so it’s more appropriate for small, often-mobile devices.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
September, 2013
1800 words

Collect Yourself Before You Forget Yourself

An article for CACM online about lifelogging, touching on the related subjects of veillance and “the quantified self”.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
July, 2013
1200 words

Regulators ask: What is Bitcoin?

An article about legal challenges to the decentralized virtual currency Bitcoin, specifically on how the question of its definition affects its place in law.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
May, 2013
900 words

Exascale Enthusiasm Escalates

Published at http://cacm.acm.org

A very short report on the popularity of exascale computing at the International Supercomputing Conference 2012.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
January, 2013
200 words

Control without Controllers

A feature article about Disney’s Touché sensor project, which explores new ways of controlling electronics with touch.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
November, 2012
1500 words

The Future of Free Speech Online

A very brief article about whether survey respondents believe that technology companies in the democratic West will increasingly help repressive governments.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
September, 2012
300 words

DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved

A feature article about a $50,000 challenge issued by DARPA and its solutions, including quotes from the First and Second Place winners.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
August, 2012
1500 words

Talking to Machines

A feature article about modern applications of speech recognition, in particular how they’ve combined with complementary technologies to produce such consumer products as Siri.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
April, 2012
2000 words

Cloud-based HPC

A very brief article about a U.S. Government report on whether high-performance computing is cost-effective using cloud-computing techniques.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
March, 2012
275 words

Supercomputers Get Real

A short online-only article about how supercomputer developers are teaming up with application specialists to make the hardware’s power more useful.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
December, 2011
900 words

Managing the Demise of Privacy

A news report on the Privacy Identity Innovation conference in Menlo Park, November 2011, which focused largely on how social media are changing the landscape for consumers.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
November, 2011
750 words

Seeing is Not Enough

An article about vision systems that recognize actions, rather than just objects.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
October, 2011
1500 words

Supercomputing’s Exaflop Target

A review of Asia’s recent ascendency in the Top500 list of the world’s leading supercomputers, and the supercomputing field generally.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
August, 2011
1700 words

The Promise of Flexible Displays

Article about advances in electronic displays that can bend, be made in irregular shapes, and be produced through a print-like process.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
June, 2011
1700 words

Evaluating Government Funding

Abstract: “A presidential report asserts the value of U.S. government investments in the cross-agency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program and specifies areas needing greater focus.”

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
February, 2011
600 words

ACM China Nearing Launch

News story about the Association for Computing Machinery’s expansion into China. (Published in Communications of the ACM.)

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
September, 2010
600 words

Beyond the Smart Grid

Feature story about sensors to monitor energy consumption and other environmental data in residences. (Published in Communications of the ACM.)

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
June, 2010
1300 words

Rebuilding for Eternity

Article about “e-heritage”, digitization of large-scale historical sites such as the Bayon Temple in Cambodia.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
January, 2010
1250 words

Shaping the Future

Article about “claytronics” — ensembles of tiny robots that self-assemble into larger functional units.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
October, 2009
1200 words

IT drives policy — and vice versa

Reporting on a three-day conference about technology policy. This was my biggest case of preparation overkill: 12,000 words of notes went into a 575-word article.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
August, 2009
575 words

Practice Makes Perfect, Even for Brain-Controlled Prosthetics

Short, online-only news article about brain-machine interfaces — or, as I call it, “MONKEYS CONTROLLING ROBOTS WITH THEIR BRAINS!!!”

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
Wrote
July, 2009
450 words