Matt McFarland

Washington, D.C.

Editor

Matt McFarland was the editor of Innovations. He left The Washington Post in June 2016.
Latest from Matt McFarland

NASA’s new electric plane could be a significant step toward a cleaner era of aviation

The X-57 will feature 14 electric motors and be quieter than a typical plane.

June 16, 2016

How to get a free ride in a self-driving shuttle this summer

Local Motors is beginning to test its self-driving shuttle outside Washington, D.C.

June 16, 2016

The city where cyclists have buttons on their bikes to report unsafe streets

It's easier than ever to figure out which locations are dangerous for cyclists.

June 14, 2016

This computer is selecting sound effects for silent videos that seem so real humans can’t tell they’re fake

MIT researchers train a computer to pair the right sound with a silent video.

June 13, 2016

What happens when your search engine is first to know you have cancer

Microsoft researchers show how Web searchers can be used to identify pancreatic cancer.

June 10, 2016

Why America’s drone problem may not be as bad as some think

A new report finds that drone pilots appear to be flying more carefully.

June 7, 2016

Google’s computers are creating songs. Making music may never be the same.

Artificial intelligence is making it possible to create new songs in just seconds.

June 6, 2016

Even cowboy jobs may not be safe from robots

An Australian professor is building a robot to keep an eye on livestock.

June 4, 2016

Even cowboy jobs may not be safe from robots

An Australian professor is building a robot to keep an eye on livestock.

June 2, 2016

What you are doing online and other top findings from an exhaustive study of the Internet

Mary Meeker's annual report is a telling look at how we spend our time online.

June 1, 2016