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Wired is a monthly American magazine, published in print and online editions, that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics. Owned by Condé Nast, it is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has been in publication since March/April 1993. Several spin-offs have been launched, including Wired UK, Wired Italia, Wired Japan, and Wired Germany.Source
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This GOP Lawmaker Denounced QAnon—and Fears for His Party

This GOP Lawmaker Denounced QAnon—and Fears for His Party

to say they aren’t typical politicians. In the case of Denver Riggleman, a Republican congressman from Virginia, it’s true. A businessman, former Air Force intelligence officer, and expert on , Riggleman has repeatedly refused to bow to party orthodoxy since being elected in 2018, most notably when he officiated a same-sex marriage ceremony last year.More recently, Riggleman has become one of the most outspoken Republican critics of QAnon, the online community organized loosely around the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against deep-state pedophiles and satanists....

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Iowa’s Covid Wave and the Limits of Personal Responsibility

Iowa’s Covid Wave and the Limits of Personal Responsibility

Iowa governor Kim Reynolds came to her constituents with some surprising news. Along with a series of on business operations and social gatherings, she was, for the first time, issuing a state-wide mask mandate. “No one wants to do this. I don’t want to do this,” Reynolds said during . Yes, Iowans were well aware. That was not the surprising part.Here's all the WIRED coverage in one place, from how to keep your children entertained to how this outbreak is affecting the economy. For much of the pandemic, Reynolds, a Republican, has insisted that the largely rural state could contain the...

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When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks 'Official.' A Woman? 'Smile'

When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks 'Official.' A Woman? 'Smile'

women by their appearance. Turns out, computers do too. When US and European researchers fed pictures of congressmembers to ’s cloud image recognition service, the service applied three times as many annotations related to physical appearance to photos of women as it did to men. The top labels applied to men were “official” and “businessperson”; for women they were “smile” and “chin.”“It results in women receiving a lower status stereotype: that women are there to look pretty and men are business leaders,” says Carsten Schwemmer, a postdoctoral researcher at GESIS Leibniz Institute for the...

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The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

there ever been a worse year than 2020? Even crazier, with a month to go, everybody knows the worst is yet to come. The Plain ViewI used to write a column for Macworld magazine. People trying to butter me up would tell me they bought the magazine just to read my modest contribution. I didn’t believe them, but it got me thinking. It was the mid-’90s, the early days of the web, and pioneers were starting their own sites. What if I “went internet”—sold just my column and charged a buck for each edition? Cheaper than the magazine! If I were paid by only a fraction of Macworld’s several hundred...

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A Solar-Powered Rocket Might Be Our Ticket to Interstellar Space

A Solar-Powered Rocket Might Be Our Ticket to Interstellar Space

is right, the path to interstellar space begins in a shipping container tucked behind a laboratory high bay in Maryland. The set up looks like something out of a low-budget sci-fi film: One wall of the container is lined with thousands of LEDs, an inscrutable metal trellis runs down the center, and a thick black curtain partially obscures the apparatus. This is the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory solar simulator, a tool that can shine with the intensity of 20 suns. On Thursday afternoon, Benkoski mounted a small black and white tile onto the trellis and pulled a dark...

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An Enormous Iceberg Is Headed for South Georgia Island—Again

An Enormous Iceberg Is Headed for South Georgia Island—Again

iceberg is headed straight for South Georgia Island, a remote outpost in the southern Atlantic Ocean that is home to millions of seabirds, penguins, and seals that may find their route to the sea blocked if the Delaware-sized chunk of ice gets stranded near their breeding grounds. Known officially as A-68A, the iceberg has been meandering north since it broke off from Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf in September 2017. Measuring 94 miles long and 30 miles wide, it's nearly as big as South Georgia Island itself, and is expected to arrive sometime in the next two weeks. “They can move their own...

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Why It’s a Big Deal If the First Covid Vaccine Is ‘Genetic’

Why It’s a Big Deal If the First Covid Vaccine Is ‘Genetic’

when representatives from the drug company Pfizer that its Covid-19 vaccine appears to be more than 90 percent effective, , White House officials () , and sighs of relief went up all around the internet. “Dear World. We have a vaccine! Best news since January 10,” Florian Krammer, a virologist and vaccinologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (who also happens to be in the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial).Here's all the WIRED coverage in one place, from how to keep your children entertained to how this outbreak is affecting the economy. But having a press release from a pharmaceutical...

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Nov 10
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Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise

Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise

Shenzhen in July. The weather is hot, the trees brimming with life … ” So begins the baritone voice-over in a video shot in the summer of 2018 by the Chinese telecommunications giant and posted to YouTube. It chronicles a corporate event in the slightly corny style of a 1960s educational film, starting with aerial drone footage of Huawei's campus—an island of lush greenery surrounded by the high-rise buildings of the city known as China's Silicon Valley. A spirited orchestral version of Beethoven's “Turkish March” plays as a town car wends its way through the campus, pulling up to a stately...

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Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

Jain, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, traveled to Japan to give a talk about a powerful cryptographic tool he and his colleagues were developing. As he detailed the team’s approach to indistinguishability obfuscation (iO for short), one audience member raised his hand in bewilderment. reprinted with permission from , an editorially independent publication of the whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research develop­ments and trends in mathe­matics and the physical and life sciences.“But I thought iO doesn’t exist?” he...

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Nov 15
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14 Early Black Friday Deals on iPads, Home Gear, and More

14 Early Black Friday Deals on iPads, Home Gear, and More

You can smell it in the air, wafting across the land—savings. Or maybe that's just lingering wildfire smoke and hurricane moisture, I don't know anymore. What I do know is that this year, Black Friday is looking more like Black November. There are already plenty of full-fledged holiday sales happening. We've rounded up some of our favorite early Black Friday deals, along with a list of retailer sales pages if you want to dig through the offerings on your own. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. . Please also consider...

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Rebuilding Trump's Broken Global Tech Policy Won't Be Easy

Rebuilding Trump's Broken Global Tech Policy Won't Be Easy

Joe Biden and vice president–elect Kamala Harris have already begun work on a presidential transition, even if the Trump administration only tries to that process. Coming out of four years of chaos and disarray, of elected and appointed officials eroding democratic norms and institutions, of a White House that has enormously damaged and abdicated US leadership on the world stage, there are innumerable domestic and foreign policy priorities. Perhaps first and foremost is getting the Covid-19 pandemic under control. Because digital issues compose a mere fraction of the bigger picture (albeit...

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The Future of McDonald's Is in the Drive-Thru Lane

The Future of McDonald's Is in the Drive-Thru Lane

has virtually every aspect of life around the globe. But in the case of fast food giant , its impact has been less of a catalyst than an accelerant for a process that was already firmly in place: a fundamental rethinking of how fast food works, starting with the drive-thru.Today at the company’s first investor update in three years, McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski detailed a new long-term growth strategy that hinges in large part on machine learning and mobile software. That might sound strange for a company known more for its burgers than its bitrates. But given its recent...

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Brian Barrett
Nov 9
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The Scammer Who Wanted to Save His Country

The Scammer Who Wanted to Save His Country

morning in May 2019, Glenn Greenwald was sitting in his home office in Rio de Janeiro when he received a phone call from a number he didn't recognize. He didn't answer. But 30 seconds later a message arrived from Manuela d'Ávila, a Brazilian leftist politician who had run for vice president the previous year alongside the center-left Workers' Party's candidate for president; their ticket had come in second to the far-right former military captain Jair Bolsonaro. “Glenn,” she wrote, “I need to speak to you about something urgent.”Greenwald, the American journalist who broke the story of ,...

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Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

two on Parler, the “free-speech” social network: First, nothing criminal. Second, no spam. Other than that, you can post what you want, the site advertises, “without fear of being ‘deplatformed’ for your views.”For that reason, Parler has gone kablooey in the past week, growing from 4.5 million users to more than 8 million. Its laissez-faire moderation stands in contrast to other platforms, where you can decidedly not post whatever you want. In the days since the election, Facebook has , Twitter has , and slighted conservatives have flocked to Parler. Activity on the platform increased...

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Nov 12
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The GOP Keeps Proving There's No Election Fraud

The GOP Keeps Proving There's No Election Fraud

the throughout the campaign season, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have about the validity of the presidential election results. By Saturday, enough mail-in ballots had been counted that major news outlets . If anything, Trump and the GOP have since then become even more emboldened. But along the way, their legal challenges and other gestures have failed to show any instances of voter fraud. In fact, quite the opposite: They've inadvertently been proving the validity of the election's results.It's unclear whether President Trump and his allies actually hope to overturn the...

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Nov 12
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The Plan to Turn Scrapped Rockets Into Space Stations

The Plan to Turn Scrapped Rockets Into Space Stations

a dead Soviet satellite and the abandoned upper stage of a Chinese rocket . If the objects had crashed, the impact would have blown them to bits and created thousands of new pieces of dangerous space debris. Only a few days prior, the European Space Agency had published its , which highlighted abandoned rocket bodies as one of the biggest threats to spacecraft. The best way to mitigate this risk is for launch providers to deorbit their rockets after they’ve delivered their payload. But if you ask Jeffrey Manber, that’s a waste of a perfectly good giant metal tube.Manber is the CEO of...

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Nov 11
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The Black Hole Information Paradox Comes to an End

The Black Hole Information Paradox Comes to an End

of breakthrough papers, theoretical physicists have come tantalizingly close to resolving the that has entranced and bedeviled them for nearly 50 years. Information, they now say with confidence, does escape a black hole. If you jump into one, you will not be gone for good. Particle by particle, the information needed to reconstitute your body will reemerge. Most physicists have long assumed it would; that was the upshot of string theory, their leading candidate for a unified theory of nature. But the new calculations, though inspired by string theory, stand on their own, with nary a string...

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George Musser
Nov 8
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The Batteries of the Future Are Weightless and Invisible

The Batteries of the Future Are Weightless and Invisible

a lot of promises during last September. Soon, he said, the company would have a car that runs on batteries with to boost their performance and to lower their price. Its battery pack will be integrated into the chassis so that it provides mechanical support in addition to energy, a design that Musk claimed will reduce the car’s weight by 10 percent and improve its mileage by even more. He hailed Tesla’s structural battery as a “revolution” in engineering—but for some battery researchers, Musk’s future looked a lot like the past.“He’s essentially doing something that we did 10 years ago,”...

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Daniel Oberhaus
Nov 6
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Voters Rejecting the War on Drugs Is a Win for Public Health

Voters Rejecting the War on Drugs Is a Win for Public Health

ended in the United States, people went to bed still wondering who had won the presidential race, which party would control Congress, and what the future held. But one subject unified the electorate with unexpectedly decisive consistency: drugs. When asked to relax laws around the use of psychoactive substances, voters said yes, whether they were in the reddest red states or the bluest blue. New Jersey, Arizona, and Montana all voted to legalize recreational cannabis. Mississippi voted to legalize medical marijuana, and South Dakota legalized both recreational and medicinal uses of weed....

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Nov 5
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The Xenobot Future Is Coming—Start Planning Now

The Xenobot Future Is Coming—Start Planning Now

I sat in on a closed-door meeting coordinated by the State Department and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. In the room were research scientists, government officials, and policy wonks with PhDs in the hard sciences. Our task that day was to talk about the future of . Back then, the public wasn’t yet aware of this powerful genetic editing tool, but today you probably know it as the set of “molecular scissors” that use biological processes to cut and paste genetic information.Crispr might be new, but the key points of our conversation were hardly original. We...

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‘I Forgot My PIN’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin

‘I Forgot My PIN’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin

4, 2016: 7.4 BTC = $3,000 In January 2016, I spent $3,000 to buy 7.4 bitcoins. At the time, it seemed an entirely worthwhile thing to do. I had recently started working as a research director at the Institute for the Future’s Blockchain Futures Lab, and I wanted firsthand experience with bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that uses a to record transactions on its network. I had no way of knowing that this transaction would lead to a white-knuckle scramble to avoid losing a small fortune.My experiments with were fascinating. It was surprisingly easy to buy stuff with the cryptocurrency. I used the...

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Mark Frauenfelder
Oct 29
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How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

have grown increasingly sophisticated in recent years, evolving from passcodes to thumbprints to and advanced . A from the Washington, DC-based research nonprofit Upturn uncovers how police have maintained access to suspects’ phones even as these defenses grow more complex: by contracting with digital forensic firms that specialize in bypassing locks and accessing and copying encrypted data.Law enforcement in all 50 states have contracted with vendors like Cellebrite and AccessData to access and copy data from locked phones, according to the report. While police have relied on the evidence...

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Oct 23
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FBI Says ‘Boogaloo Boys’ Bought 3D-Printed Machine Gun Parts

FBI Says ‘Boogaloo Boys’ Bought 3D-Printed Machine Gun Parts

3D-printed gun was , the technique has loomed as a potential tool to arm individuals with lethal weapons they couldn't otherwise legally obtain. Now criminal charges against one West Virginia man suggest that the digital gunsmithing method has been adopted by violent, anti-government domestic extremists: the Boogaloo movement.A filed last week accuses Timothy Watson, a resident of Ranson, West Virginia, of selling more than 600 3D-printed plastic components of automatic rifles through his website, Portablewallhanger.com. The FBI says Watson attempted to disguise the devices as wall hooks...

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Andy Greenberg
Nov 4
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So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?

So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?

Day, forecasters predicted a Joe Biden victory, but cautioned that Donald Trump still had a chance. Experts warned that the process of counting mail-in votes could take days or even weeks to finish, and that early vote totals in the Rust Belt states might start off looking heavily pro-Trump but then shift blue as absentee ballots were counted. We heard that Trump planned to on election night and call for ballot counting to halt in states where he was in the lead.On Wednesday afternoon, as I write this column, Biden is on track for a close victory, but Trump still has a chance. The results...

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Nov 4
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As Cars Get Smarter, Massachusetts Voters May Shape Their Future

As Cars Get Smarter, Massachusetts Voters May Shape Their Future

when a friend in the technical repair community sent him a link to the ad. It was late July, and he was working on his laptop in Belmont, Massachusetts. The video, put out by the Coalition for Safe and Secure Data, showed a man walking through a suburban neighborhood and, with a click of a garage door opener, easily entering a home that was not his own. “Your address could be paired with your garage codes to get easy access to your home,” the ad warned. Roberts’ first thought was that the street looked just like the one his wife grew up on in Sudbury, just a few towns over. It was creepy....

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Lauren Goode
Oct 31
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