Author / Elizabeth Woyke

It’s a cliché, but I have wondered why we use flat images to depict our multifaceted environments and experiences. Over the past few months, I also noticed companies ranging from Facebook to Google (YouTube) and Twitter continuously rolling out multimedia features related to 360-degree imagery. So, when MIT Technology Review brainstormed ideas for its annual […]

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I haven’t written a profile in a long time, but I recently came across a person who I knew would make a fascinating profile subject: Douglas Trumbull. Trumbull is a filmmaker though is probably better known for his visual effects work on iconic, futuristic, sci-fi movies, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Close Encounters […]

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I’ve covered the smartphone industry long enough to know that when someone touts a new phone capability as the next must-have feature, they’re most likely wrong. Yet I recently wrote a story that proclaims Google’s Tango technology as just that. What is Tango? And what’s so great about it? Tango is tough to describe pithily. […]

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Earlier this year, I attended a healthcare conference at MIT’s business school. At the end of a panel discussion about data analysis in drug discovery and development, an audience member stood up and asked whether the companies represented on the panel were analyzing genomic data for a wide range of ethnicities and subpopulations. The experts […]

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Creating a list of the world’s 50 smartest companies is a ton of work. I know because MIT Technology Review just published its latest version of such a list (called the TR50) and I researched and wrote a good chunk of it. You can read the list here, online, and in the July/August issue of […]

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“Who are the people in charge of climate-change issues at large companies?” “What time frames are they looking at?” These questions, posed by Technology Review’s top editor, were the spark for my latest story, which appears in the upcoming (July/August 2016) issue of TR and can be found online here. The article–part of a broader TR Business […]

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is part of daily life for anyone who consults Siri, Google Now, or Cortana on a regular basis. These AI assistants are smart, but generalists by design. That made me curious: Are there any AI-powered assistants that are geared for business use? What is the equivalent of Siri for business? I recently […]

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I’ve been a New York-based reporter since I graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2004. I later worked in Asia, but only for a few months at a time. New York City not only offered close proximity to my family in Connecticut, it also had Central Park, awesome events and cheap yet tasty Korean food, […]

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This may seem unlikely given the fact that I am — uh — an adult, but patbingsu is my favorite food. Yes, a shaved ice dessert is my No. 1 thing to eat. It’s delicious, it’s fun and it makes me happy. When I lived in Seoul, I would trek to Techno Mart, a huge, gadget-selling […]

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Sujeonggwa is a fruit tea (flavored by persimmons and jujubes) that Koreans drink for dessert. It’s considered something of a fancy occasion drink in Korea, perhaps because it needs to be simmered for an hour. So while I won’t be making it for regular family meals, I will take the time to brew it for special events. […]

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