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Uber's Crash and the Folly of Humans Training Self-Driving Cars

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0000

Humans are terrible at paying attention when they're doing all the driving. So why expect anything different when the robot's in charge?

In Search of God’s Mathematical Perfect Proofs

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0000

The mathematicians Günter Ziegler and Martin Aigner have spent the past 20 years collecting some of the most beautiful proofs in mathematics.

Eye Tracking Is Coming to Virtual Reality Sooner Than You Think. What Now?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:09:03 +0000

This week made it clear that the technology is racing into to our consumer immersive-tech devices. But with great power comes great responsibility.

Craigslist Shuts Personal Ads for Fear of New Internet Law

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:57:34 +0000

The online classified site, and others, say they fear increased liability for content posted by others under law intended to curb sex trafficking.

Everyone Knows How to Secure Elections. So Do It

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:49:06 +0000

With $380 million in the spending bill earmarked for securing digital elections, the time for talk is over.

Gadget Lab Podcast: More Questions Than Answers in Uber's Fatal Arizona Crash

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:37:00 +0000

This week, Alex Davies and Aarian Marshall join us to discuss the latest news in self-driving car safety.

Spending Bill Gives Green Energy Its R&D Budget—But That's Not All It Needs

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:14:22 +0000

Trump stands for coal. Congress doesn't.

Tumblr Names Russian Propaganda Accounts After Long Silence

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:51:27 +0000

On Friday, after months of silence, Tumblr named 84 accounts it says were devoted to spreading propaganda and disinformation on the platform.

DOJ Indicts 9 Iranians For Brazen University Cyberattacks

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:49:17 +0000

A new indictment asserts a long string of attacks against hundreds of universities and private companies, in which Iran pilfered more than $3 billion worth of intellectual property.

Best Travel Gear: Mophie, Amazon Kindle, Allbirds, Lululemon, Hex

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Fit everything for your trip into a bag that slides under the seat in front of you.

How Much Energy Can You Store in a Rubber Band?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000

On a scale from "light thwack" to "geez, watch it with that thing!"

The Ryan Coogler Effect: What the Success of 'Black Panther' Means for Black Directors

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000

Ryan Coogler’s massive Marvel movie has the potential to kick down doors for scores of other directors, with Ava DuVernay helping to lead that charge.

Everything You Need to Know About Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000

All of WIRED's coverage on the scandal plaguing the social media giant.

Uber’s Fatal Crash, a Model 3 Review, and More Car News

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000

Plus, Elon Musk gets a nice Tesla compensation package, and everything else you missed this week.

How a Boise, Idaho Company Thrives in the Global Chip Business

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Micron Technology is the only remaining US maker of DRAM, the short-term memory chips found in computers and smartphones.

Montecito Is Everything Bad About Climate Change in a Single California Town

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0000

In four months, the southern California town has seen mudslides, the largest wildfire in state history, and now flash floods.

Uber's Fatal Crash and the Ethics of Testing Self-Driving Cars

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0000

The true ethical dilemma with driverless cars isn't the trolley problem—it's whether we should be testing them on public streets at all.

'Pacific Rim Uprising' Review: A Big, Loud Movie That Needs Guillermo del Toro

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:52:04 +0000

For all its scale and sound, the kaiju sequel packs none of the punch of the 2013 original.

Facebook’s New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:24:48 +0000

It was already hard for researchers to use Facebook's data. It looks like it's about to get harder.

Trump’s Latest China Tariffs Could Hurt Tech—and Even Social Media

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:19:53 +0000

President Trump says he will impose tariffs on about $60 billion of Chinese goods in response to "tremendous intellectual property theft."