Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question

Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question

The comically long lists of known side effects of new drugs advertised on television will be dwarfed by the obligatory revelations of the sorts of questions that can not be responsibly answered by particular systems, with heavy penalties for manufacturers who “overlook” flaws in their products.

The Government's New Weather Model Faces a Storm of Protest

The Government's New Weather Model Faces a Storm of Protest

For the past few weeks, the National Weather Service has been forecasting snowfall that ends up disappearing, according to Doug Kammerer, chief meteorologist at WRC-TV in Washington, DC.

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week This week, the California DMV released the disengagement reports every self-driving developer testing in state must file to the DMV.

VW Targets Carbon-Neutral Production for First Electric Car

VW Targets Carbon-Neutral Production for First Electric Car

Volkswagen AG plans to save 1 million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions a year by making production of its first electric model carbon neutral, part of an effort to clean up its image in the aftermath of the diesel-cheating scandal.

Bid Adieu to the A380, the World's Jumbo-est Passenger Jet

Bid Adieu to the A380, the World's Jumbo-est Passenger Jet

It even produced a study called “Trailer truck trajectory optimization: the transportation of components for the Airbus A380.” That’s just to build the thing—actually flying it required rejiggering airport infrastructure .

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Artificial Intelligence Hammond cofounded a startup called Narrative Science that generates business documents like financial reports by translating data into text.

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

But its many pages make clear that while the Silicon Valley hype around robocars may have cooled, progress toward the day when humans are unshackled from the steering wheel continues: The 48 autonomous vehicle developers that tested their tech on public roads collectively drove 2.05 million miles between December 2017 and November 2018, up from 500,000 the year before.

Scientists return from Antarctic voyage

Scientists return from Antarctic voyage

The 21 scientists, supported by 19 crew, have been focusing on gathering baseline information to monitor the year-old Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA). Voyage leader and NIWA scientist Dr Richard O’Driscoll said good weather and a general lack of sea ice enabled science work to continue uninterrupted.

Sustainable Sea Cucumbers: Saving the “Gold Bars” of the Ocean

Sustainable Sea Cucumbers: Saving the “Gold Bars” of the Ocean

“The people within MENAR are saltwater people, they rely heavily on the sea, to the point that if their fish stocks collapse it would be a catastrophe,” says Pete Waldie , a coastal fisheries scientist with The Nature Conservancy’s Melanesia program .

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

With this approach it’s binary: Either the hash matches or it doesn’t, and it's all publicly verifiable." "We can show that there are ways to ensure that all parties have faith in the video and how it was captured." Josh Mitchell, Amber Security Consultant A tool like Amber has obvious appeal for human rights activists, free speech advocates, and law enforcement watchdogs wary of potential abuse coverups, but governments also have an interest in video integrity tools.

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

In one scene, the Times ’ CEO asks Abramson to cook up new revenue ideas, to which she indignantly responds, “If that’s what you expect, you have the wrong executive editor.” Our reborn Founding Father journalist would find this disconnect between editorial and business absolutely inconceivable.

Space Photos of the Week: The Galaxy Next Door

Space Photos of the Week: The Galaxy Next Door

If you’re able to divert your eyes from the big show in the upper right, take a look at the object in the center of the image: That blue cloud is LHA 120-N 180B, likely an active star-forming region.

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

As an institution that is committed to development, the World Bank has an enormous responsibility to help countries and communities act early, to build resilience to what we know they are going to be facing – more frequent and more dramatic climate disasters because of climate change.

Is That a Hand? Glitches Reveal Google Books' Human Scanners

Is That a Hand? Glitches Reveal Google Books' Human Scanners

A finger appears beside a page a Google Books scan. These glitches, collected in Andrew Norman Wilson's Scan Ops , reveal the old-school manual labor that still supports the digital age, even at the Googleplex.

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

And yet, thanks to years of budget cuts and a series of scaled-back field tests, some fear the Census Bureau and the broader US government are ill-equipped to handle any new issues that could arise as a result of the high-tech census, particularly at a time when hackers and propagandists seem to be working overtime to undermine American institutions.

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

(Also note that Facebook apparently did not bother asking those questions when giving the power to Zuckerberg and other company executives.) “With a feature like Remove Message, we wanted to carefully balance flexibility and control with protecting our users from abuse of the feature,” says a Facebook spokesperson.

A Crypto Exchange CEO Dies—With the Only Key to $137 Million

A Crypto Exchange CEO Dies—With the Only Key to $137 Million

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia last week, Jennifer Robertson, widow of QuadrigaCX CEO Gerry Cotten, wrote that the company owes its customers $190 million, but can’t access the funds to pay them back.

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

In Maine, a large Nature Conservancy property along the Upper St. John River is now demonstrating another way to diversify revenue streams on private forestland: storing carbon.

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Plus: Lyft sues to halt a driver minimum wage law in NYC, LA Metro experiments with ride-hail, and we connect the dots between carbon fiber production and flying taxis.

Space Photos of the Week: Look, Ma, No Selfie Stick!

Space Photos of the Week: Look, Ma, No Selfie Stick!

A new study funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation used the distribution of dark matter in young galaxies to better understand what could have been feeding these dense objects so early on.

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Every morning, Lena Forsen wakes up beneath a brass-trimmed wooden mantel clock dedicated to “The First Lady of the Internet.” It was presented to her more than two decades ago by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, in recognition of the pivotal—and altogether unexpected—role she played in shaping the digital world as we know it.

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

Four years after their launch, the World Bank’s expertise in development data and its large repository of development indicators has played an important role in helping track progress made towards the achievement of the SDGs. How does SDG monitoring work and how is the World Bank involved?

Lyft Sues New York City Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

Lyft Sues New York City Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

(Via’s utilization rate is higher than Uber’s not because it has more drivers but because it offers only shared rides, much like Uber’s ride-pooling service, UberPOOL.) “Our lawsuit does not target the law passed by City Council but instead addresses the specific way the TLC plans to implement the rules, which would advantage Uber in New York City at the expense of drivers and smaller players such as Lyft,” Lyft spokesperson Campbell Matthews said in a statement.

Trigger Warning and Netflix's Love of Host-Driven Stories

Trigger Warning and Netflix's Love of Host-Driven Stories

Trigger Warning and Netflix's Love of Host-Driven Stories The confrontational, sometimes Swiftian heart of Killer Mike's show aims to reach common ground by way of unvarnished agitation.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

“Hi Ashton Kutcher (or the person who hacked his Twitter account)”—look, I may have been throwing words into the void but I didn’t want to look gullible —“my name is Caitlin Kelly and I’m a journalist at Wired Magazine.

The Arctic Village With Satellite TV But No Running Water

The Arctic Village With Satellite TV But No Running Water

But what the place lacked in creature comforts, it more than made up for in community: Michel never spent a day alone, as people regularly stopped by to chat over coffee, watch a storm roll in, or peer through binoculars at animals on the ice.

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

Using free satellite data from the UN, PlantVillage can monitor biomass on a plot of land, giving small-scale farmers insight into how their crops are developing.

The US Government Shutdown Tops This Week's Internet News

The US Government Shutdown Tops This Week's Internet News

Take Lara Trump’s comments early in the week, in which the wife of Eric Trump responded to the suggestion that the shutdown hurts federal workers by saying, "this so much bigger than any one person.

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Morris, for example, sees posting something publicly to a Facebook feed as a yearning for interconnectedness, while a private messaging thread is a quest for what she calls attunement, a way to strengthen a bond between two people.

These Chickens Lay Designer Eggs for Big Pharma

These Chickens Lay Designer Eggs for Big Pharma

The series investigates the production of Novogen White, a high-quality, disease-free egg made in extremely controlled environments by a company in France. Szalai's approach here was like that of an investigative journalist, visiting the Hungarian campus about four to five times to document the environment in which the chickens lived.

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