About Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is an award-winning tech journalist who covers cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and extended reality.

She’s also a science fiction author and the editor and founder of MetaStellar, an online magazine of speculative fiction, and of Hypergrid Business, one of the world’s top virtual reality blogs.

Contact her at maria@korolov.com to pitch articles or to hire her as writer or editor.

Latest AI articles

What is a chatbot? Simulating human conversation for service

What is a chatbot? Simulating human conversation for service

Oct 4, 2021

Chatbot definition A chatbot is a software application designed to simulate human conversation with users via text or speech. Also referred to as virtual agents, interactive agents, digital assistants, or conversational AI, chatbots are often integrated into applications, websites, or messaging platforms to provide support to users without the use of live human agents. “Chatbots are an application of natural language processing that allows typically text- but increasingly voice-based conversations, bidirectional, between a user and the digital interface,” says Liz Miller, vice president…

6 reasons why AI projects fail

6 reasons why AI projects fail

Aug 6, 2019
Data issues are among the chief reasons why AI projects fall short of expectations. But if you can learn from the mistakes and commit to the long term, your AI efforts are more likely to pay off.
More to machine learning platforms than meets the AI

More to machine learning platforms than meets the AI

Jul 29, 2019
TECHTARGET–To reach full analytics potential, machine learning platforms powered by AI must provide scalability, handle multiple models, integrate with data sources and be cloud-friendly.
AI’s top use cases today

AI’s top use cases today

Jul 24, 2019
Enterprises are undertaking AI pilots and putting artificial intelligence into production. Here’s where leading organizations are placing their bets — and seeing early results.

Latest Cybersecurity articles

Latest Cisco VPN Router Vulnerabilities Pose Risks To Small Businesses – And Their Partners

Latest Cisco VPN Router Vulnerabilities Pose Risks To Small Businesses – And Their Partners

Feb 9, 2022

Last week, Cisco disclosed 15 vulnerabilities in Cisco routers, including five with “critical” severity ratings. The vulnerabilities, which affect the Cisco Small Business RV160, RV260, RV340, and RV345 series VPN routers could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, elevate privileges, bypass authentication and authorization protections, install and run unsigned software and cause denial of service. There are no workarounds that address these vulnerabilities, Cisco said, but software updates have already been released. That doesn’t mean that companies will immediately install updates. Cybercriminals have found massive success exploiting vulnerabilities just like this, months or years after they’d been disclosed and patches released,…

Supply chain attacks show why you should be wary of third-party providers

Supply chain attacks show why you should be wary of third-party providers

Feb 4, 2021
CSO ONLINE–The weak link in your enterprise security might lie with partners and suppliers. Here’s how to understand and mitigate that risk.
Quantum Teleportation Makes Progress, But Toward What?

Quantum Teleportation Makes Progress, But Toward What?

Feb 2, 2021
DATA CENTER KNOWLEDGE–What could scientists’ recent success in teleporting quantum states mean for data centers of the future?
The SolarWinds Breach Is Shaking Up Incident Response

The SolarWinds Breach Is Shaking Up Incident Response

Jan 26, 2021
DATA CENTER KNOWLEDGE–The attack exposed big weaknesses, creating an opportunity for enterprises to address them.

Latest Networking articles

latest Appearances

latest Awards

2020 National Gold Award Winner, ASBPE Awards of Excellence

Maria Korolov’s Network World article, Private 5G keeps Whirlpool driverless vehicles rolling, received top national honors.

Judge, 2019 CSO50 awards

Maria is one of the judges of the annual CSO50 awards, which recognize 50 organizations for their security project or initiative that demonstrates outstanding business value and thought leadership.

Judge, Epica Awards

Maria is a member of the jury of the 2018 Epica awards, the only global creative prize judged by journalists.

2018 New England AZBEE award winner

In April 2018, Maria received the Silver Impact/Investigative award at the New England ASBPE Awards of Excellence for the article “What is a supply chain attack?

Jan. 2018: Guest on Sine Wave’s Delphi Talks, speaking about marketing in immersive environments.

2018 New England AZBEE award winner

In April 2018, Maria received the Silver Impact/Investigative award at the New England ASBPE Awards of Excellence for the article “What is a supply chain attack?

Jan. 2018: Maria Korolov talks with Sine Wave about “Succeeding As A Retailer In Immersive Worlds.” 

Dec. 2017: Speaker at Stereopsia conference in Brussels, Belgium. Topic was women in virtual reality. Click here for slides.

Dec. 2017: Speaker at OpenSimulator Community Conference. Topic was a statistical overview of OpenSim development. Click here for slides.

Apr. 2017: Profiled in Viar360’s Women of VR – 35 Ladies Who Are Killing It In Virtual Reality

Aug. 2016: Mentioned in Marie Claire’s Virtual Reality Has a Female Mafia—and They’re Looking for New Recruits

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May 2016: Interviewed by the BCC about how virtual reality will change our lives. Listen to the broadcast hereRead the transcript here.

Sep. 2015: Mentioned in Fortune’s Meet the women shaping our virtual future.

Latest Blog Posts

How to get started as a foreign correspondent

May 3, 2002

Looking for outlets to send you abroad is actually the *last* step of a going-overseas process.The first thing is, you need to ask yourself a few questions:What level of risk can you handle?How willing are you to learn foreign languages/how…

How to get into freelancing

Mar 2, 2002

I’ve been a freelancer for most of the past ten years, and have also edited the work of many freelancers in various editing jobs. Read on about this emotional response marketing copywriting course to get some tips from fellow freelancers…