Some day, I explained, sensors in the couch might alert the television or the computer to turn to my favorite shows or sites, or sensors in my phone might detect when I’m in the car and prompt information to be read aloud instead of displayed. For those who still want to read on paper, newspaper boxes might print out a personalized version—with customized advertising and even the ability to notify a nearby Starbucks that I was headed in for coffee. I talked excitedly about some of our prototype mobile applications in which the news could change on the basis of various scenarios. Imagine walking down a city block at lunchtime while reading the Times on a smart phone; since the phone knows it’s lunchtime, articles related to food and local restaurants could appear. I showed him prototypes and concepts of flexible displays in which a bendable screen is constantly updating the news and can be folded away like a piece of paper.