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Updated 2018-01-17 21:34
A Popular Crime-Predicting Algorithms Performed Worse Than Mechanical Turks in One Study
When researchers put a popular criminal justice algorithm up against a bunch of Mechanical Turks, they came out about even.
Global Warming Predictions May Now Be a Lot Less Uncertain
Researchers claim they’ve reduced the uncertainty in a key metric of climate change by 60 percent. That could have implications for how humanity arrives at climate goals like it did in Paris.
Gadget Lab Podcast: How 'Shine Theory' Improves Diversity in Design
A discussion about diversity in product design with Google's Lilian Rincon. Recorded live at CES 2018.
Nissan's Brain Wave Project Could Help You Drive by Reading Your Mind
Just put on this goofy helmet, and the car could know what you'll do before you do it.
The Physics of the 69-Degree Intersection That Kills Cyclists in the UK
Set up an intersection the wrong way, and an oncoming car can be completely blind to an approaching biker—with fatal consequences.
NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?
For years it's been the stuff of science fiction. Now NASA's shown that pulsar navigation works.
Ford Is Finally Getting Serious About Making Electric Cars
Starting with an $11 billion investment and an SUV to rival Tesla's Model X, called the Mach 1.
The Project Veritas Twitter Videos Show the Conservative Backlash Against Moderation
James O'Keefe's Project Veritas has targeted Twitter, after the social media giant took steps to curb abuse on its platform.
Now On Nintendo Switch, 'Furi' Embraces The Power of a Good Boss Fight
The devious rhythmic combat game is a grueling meditation on what a boss fight is worth.
The Astrophysicist Who Wants to Help Solve Baltimore's Urban Blight
Vacant buildings are more than just an economic threat. They're also a public safety concern. And it turns out they have their own sort of gravitational pull.
Job Alert: How Would You Like to Babysit Robots?
For all their advances, robots still struggle with the human world. They get stuck. They get assaulted. But not to worry: Help is just a call center away.
Ex-Uber Engineer Accused of Spying on Tesla, Stealing Trade Secrets
A lawsuit from a former nanny brings new allegations against Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the heart of the Uber/Waymo dispute.
Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists
Megan Squire doesn’t consider herself to be antifa and pushes digital activism instead, passing along information to those who might put it to real-world use—who might weaponize it.
Yondr Wants to Neutralize Your Phone—and Un-change the World
The San Francisco startup helps restricts smartphone use in places where the people in charge don’t want it. But in allowing this, we may be compromising something about ourselves.
Change My View: Why Our Best Hope for Civil Discourse Is on Reddit
What’s astounding about Kal Turnbull's brainchild is that no single radioactive topic—not Trump, Brexit, sex, guns—has overrun the subreddit.
Why Cloudflare Let an Extremist Stronghold Burn
The story of how an internet infrastructure company get locked into a free-speech dispute starts in the cubicles of SoMa and the brothels of Istanbul.
It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech
At a time when anyone can broadcast live or post their thoughts to a social network, we should be living in a utopia of public discourse. We're not.
6 Tales of Censorship in the Golden Age of Free Speech
Blocked by Trump, fired by Google, suspended by Facebook. The social internet gives everyone a voice, it also has countless ways of punishing us for speaking.
Free Speech, Tech Turmoil, and the New Censorship
Special Issue: How technology is upending everything we thought we knew about public discourse.
Will Your Baby Like Cilantro? These Genetic Tests Say They Can Tell
A growing set of direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies like BabyGlimpse are aimed at new, expecting, and aspiring parents. But beware their claims.
6 GoPro Tips For Skiing and Snowboarding Shots
Get great results from your GoPro or other action cam as you capture your snowy heroics ... and your legendary bails.
Kylo's Shirtless Look Is a Problem for Star Wars Cosplayers
High-waisted tights are much harder to find than you might think.
Britain's Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest
50 million new trees will repopulate one of the least wooded parts of the country—and offer a natural escape from several cities in the north.
A Child Abuse Prediction Model Fails Poor Families
Why Pittsburgh’s predictive analytics misdiagnoses child maltreatment and prescribes the wrong solutions
Texas Instruments' New Headlights Dazzle With a Million Pixels
Too bad federal regulations won't allow the cool tech on American roads.
Don’t Blame Social Media for the "Oprah For President" Talk—Blame Everyone.
Mass disdain for the political system makes it easy for anyone with a social network to launch themselves into politics.
How Gore-Tex Went From Accident to Outdoor Essential
Gore-Tex, the waterproof material in your favorite jacket—and boots and ski pants—was born by accident.
How Dirt Could Save Us From Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs
One chemist thinks he’s found a way for us to outrun the lethal juggernaut of antibiotic resistance.
Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Comment Tops This Week's Internet News
There was no way social media was going to let the president’s comments go uncommented upon.
The 'Doublespeak' of Responsible Encryption
It's a new name for an old argument: that public agencies fighting crime and terrorism must have access to our private communications—for our own good.
Boeing's Skunk Works Cargo Drone Is a Heavy Lifter
Eventually, it should be able to fly as far as 20 miles, carrying 500 pounds )or 400 large Domino's pizzas.
Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life
For decades, physicists have struggled to create a quantum theory of gravity. Now an approach that dates to the 1970s is attracting newfound attention.
How the False Hawaii Missile Warning Could Have Happened
And where was the federal government?
Crescent Moon's Innovative Snowshoe Is Built Like a Flip-Flop
These all-foam snowshoes from Crescent Moon might look low-tech, but the combination of cleats and tire-like treads provide ample traction.
Meltdown, Spectre, Malicious Apps, and More of This Week's Security News
Meltdown, Spectre, malicious Android apps, and more of the week's top security news.
Virgin Hyperloop One Is Bringing Elon Musk's Dream to Life
The Richard Branson-backed venture wants to launch a commercial hyperloop in 2021, and it's got work to do.
'Black Mirror' Should Not Be a Shared Universe
The show's most recent season hinted that its episodes are connected—but it should stay an anthology series.
Space Photos of the Week: Home Is Where the Supermassive Black Hole Is
At the heart of our own Milky Way galaxy is a big, black hole—and NASA just snapped a photo of it.
Facebook's Adam Mosseri on Why You'll See Less Video, More From Friends
Facebook's vice president for newsfeed explains the thinking behind recent changes in the algorithm that determines what 2 billion people see on the social network.
Clashes Over the Future of Gene Therapy and Crispr at the US's Biggest Biotech Meeting
After 30 years in the making, gene therapy is finally an FDA-approved reality. What comes next—and how will Crispr get a slice of the action?
Complex and Satisfying, You Should Read the 'Black Panther' Comics
The recent books by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, and Evan Narcisse have had great character-driven stories.
Meltdown and Spectre Patches Have Caused Serious Performance Issues
Two of the worst vulnerabilities in years are slowly being fixed—but at a cost to consumers and companies alike.
Gadget Lab Podcast: The Smart Home Is Here. Are We Ready?
This week on the show, we talk about the proliferation of smart home tech. Recorded live at CES.
The Strange History of One of the Internet's First Viral Videos
The video known as badday.mpg has been an internet phenomenon for more than 20 years. Thanks, CERN.
Tech Companies Are Complicit in Censoring Iran Protests
Opinion: Google, Twitter, and Signal should take steps to ensure their tools aren’t restricting Iranian’s free speech.
Toyota’s Autonomous Shuttle, a Chinese Tesla Challenger, and More Car News From This Week
Plus, General Motors’ steering wheel-free car and Bell Helicopters’ flying taxi.
Please Do Not Assault the Towering Robot That Roams Walmart
At over six feet tall, Bossa Nova navigates the aisles of Walmart on its own, blasting shelves with light and snapping photos.
CES 2018 in Photos: A Glimpse of the Gadget Zaniness
As we wrap up at CES 2018, here's a peek into the massive gadget show through the lens of WIRED photographer Amy Lombard.
A Clever Radio Trick Can Tell If a Drone Is Watching You
A quirk of video compression lets spy targets see what the drone watching them sees.
GM Will Launch a Self-Driving Car Without a Steering Wheel in 2019
Now the automaker must prepare for the age of the truly driverless car.