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Waluigi, Carl Jung, and the Case for Moral AI
Nintendo's Luigi has a chaos-causing alter ego. AI's shadow could put humanity at risk—but can be contained.
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The Unbelievable Zombie Comeback of Analog Computing
Computers have been digital for half a century. Why would anyone want to resurrect the clunkers of yesteryear?
The Quest for Longevity Is Already Over
Studying people who live well beyond the age of 100 could reveal the secret to living longer, healthier lives. But the statistics tell another story.
No, Fusion Energy Won’t Be ‘Limitless’
Scientific advances have renewed hopes of “unlimited energy,” while economic studies suggest that fusion power will be more costly than wind or solar.
The Call to Halt ‘Dangerous’ AI Research Ignores a Simple Truth
Tech leaders' Open Letter proposed a pause on ChatGPT. But researchers already know how to make artificial intelligence safer.
The Untold Story of the Boldest Supply-Chain Hack Ever
The attackers were in thousands of corporate and government networks. They might still be there now. Behind the scenes of the SolarWinds investigation.
WIRED on Artificial Intelligence
How Amazon Rebuilt Itself Around Artificial Intelligence
The Alexa voice platform and other deep learning projects have made Amazon an AI leader.
Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs
Welcome to the new world of artificial intelligence. Soon, we won't program computers. We'll train them. Like dolphins. Or dogs. Or humans.
WIRED on Digital Life
A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?
In 1995, a WIRED cofounder challenged a Luddite-loving doomsayer to a prescient wager on tech and civilization’s fate. Now their judge weighs in.
A New Tool Shows How Google Results Vary Around the World
Search Atlas displays three sets of links—or images—from different countries for any search.
WIRED on Facebook
Inside Facebook's Hellish Two Years—and Mark Zuckerberg's Struggle to Fix it All
How a confused, defensive social media giant steered itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all.
Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?
From protecting privacy to saving the free press, it may be the single best way to fix the internet.
WIRED on Facial Recognition
The Secret History of Facial Recognition
Sixty years ago, a sharecropper’s son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished. Who was Woody Bledsoe, and who was he working for?
Why Is Google Slow-Walking Its Breakthroughs in AI?
The company’s new facial-recognition service comes with limitations to prevent abuse, which sometimes lets competitors take the lead.
WIRED on Gadgets
A New Artificial Intelligence Makes Mistakes—on Purpose
A chess program that learns from human error might be better at working with people or negotiating with them.
This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything
The green-tech guru is backing an energy storage breakthrough that could power the future.
WIRED on Open Source
Google Just Open Sourced the Artificial Intelligence Engine at the Heart of Its Online Empire
In a dramatic departure, Google is open sourcing software that sits at the heart of its online empire.
An Open Source Bid to Encrypt the Internet of Things
IoT is a security hellscape. One cryptography has a plan to make it a little bit less so.
WIRED on Privacy
The Creator of Signal Has a Plan to Fix Cryptocurrency
MobileCoin aims to make cryptocurrency transactions quick and easy for everyone, while still preserving privacy and decentralization.
How Facebook and Other Sites Manipulate Your Privacy Choices
Social media platforms repeatedly use so-called dark patterns to nudge you toward giving away more of your data.
WIRED on Quantum Computing
The WIRED Guide to Quantum Computing
Everything you ever wanted to know about qbits, superpositioning, and spooky action at a distance.
Watch an Expert Explain Quantum Computing to an 8-Year-Old
A researcher explains quantum computing in terms anyone can understand.
WIRED on Science Fiction
Why Science Fiction Is the Most Important Genre
Historian Yuval Noah Harari believes sci-fi has the power to shape public opinion.
What Sci-Fi Can Teach Computer Science About Ethics
Schools are adding ethics classes to their computer-science curricula. The reading assignments: science fiction.
WIRED on Technology
People Are Dating All Wrong, According to Data Science
Large data sets provide intriguing—and dismaying—insights into who we're drawn to and how much that matters for our romantic happiness.
AI is An Ideology, Not A Technology
At its core, "artificial intelligence" is a perilous belief that fails to recognize the agency of humans.
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The High-Stakes Race to Engineer New Psychedelic Drugs
As psychedelic therapies for mental health go mainstream, companies are recruiting chemists to create patentable versions of hallucinogens. Critics say it’s all a bad trip.
Humans Have Always Been Wrong About Humans
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How a Saxophonist Tricked the KGB by Encrypting Secrets in Music
Using a custom encryption scheme within music notation, Merryl Goldberg and three other US musicians slipped information to Soviet performers and activists known as the Phantom Orchestra.
The Web3 Movement’s Quest to Build a ‘Can’t Be Evil’ Internet
Crypto dreamers want to free us from Big Tech and exploitative capitalism—using only the blockchain, game theory, and code. What could possibly go wrong?
If Humans Went Extinct, Would a Similar Species Evolve?
It's comforting to believe that another advanced civilization would develop if humanity met its end. Not so fast.
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