The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

In response, Jeff Bezos told an audience at WIRED's own 25th anniversary conference, “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble.” But who would come and work on AI for the federal government or US military when the perks of Silicon Valley are spectacularly more attractive?

The Detroit Auto Show Proves Americans Sure Love SUVs

The Detroit Auto Show Proves Americans Sure Love SUVs

Even the few electric cars at the Detroit show are SUVs. Infiniti is showing the QX Inspiration Concept, a swoopy crossover, it calls a look at its fully-electrified future.

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

That industry is based on the idea that quiet, efficient, and safe air taxis (aka flying cars) with electric power and high-tech control systems will allow safe operation by either computers or human pilots with minimal specialized training.

Harley-Davidson's Electric LiveWire Motorcycle Debuts at CES

Harley-Davidson's Electric LiveWire Motorcycle Debuts at CES

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Harley-Davidson announced it has started taking pre-orders for the LiveWire, the all-electric motorcycle it first showed off in 2014.

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

As we gather contributions from public and private stakeholders around the world, here’s where the conversation on transport and climate stands so far: Waste-to-energy technologies offer a promising alternative to more traditional renewable energy.

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

If Beale Street Could Talk's Barry Jenkins on the Future of Filmmaking"Progress has been made,” says the director about the state of black cinema in 2018, “and it's going to be sustained."Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesBefore our conversation even begins, Barry Jenkins coughs up an apology.

32 Hours in Chandler, Arizona, the Self-Driving Capital of the World

32 Hours in Chandler, Arizona, the Self-Driving Capital of the World

“In many ways, Phoenix is the perfect place for us to get started: It’s got wide but complex roads, and it’s a large city with sprawling suburbs that give us a lot of room for growth,” says Dan Chu, who oversees product at the self-driving car company.

GM's Job Cuts Are Another Sign of a Future With Fewer Cars

GM's Job Cuts Are Another Sign of a Future With Fewer Cars

The automaker showed off a crossover EV, the Buick Velite 6, at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, and said it plans to start selling the vehicle in China next year.

A Government Climate Study Contradicts the President

A Government Climate Study Contradicts the President

A new government report—1,600 pages, two and a half years of work, hundreds of authors, 13 participating agencies—warns that by the end of the century, unchecked climate change could cause tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in losses and damage.

How a Dig at Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in 'Mortal Engines'

How a Dig at Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in 'Mortal Engines'

How Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in Peter Jackson's New Movie“We thought it was worth making a little comment,” says Jackson, who produced and co-wrote the screenplay for the forthcoming Mortal Engines.UniversalEarly on in Mortal Engines, the forthcoming movie based on Philip Reeve's book, a small Bavarian population gets consumed by the moving metropolis of "London." (The movie, like the book, is set in a future where roving "predator cities" ingest smaller towns for their resources.) As its citizens are forced to resettle in their new home, voices on loudspeakers tell them where to go and what to do.

This Week In the Future of Cars: Women Pay More for Transit

This Week In the Future of Cars: Women Pay More for Transit

If the thought of holiday traffic next week is already getting you down, then we also have (futuristic) options for getting up and over it.HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this weekPublic transit is supposed to be equally accessible to anyone, but as Aarian Marshall reports, women pay a “pink transport tax.” In New York City, women pay $36 to $50 extra per month just to get around, mainly due to safety concerns.

Fieldays - farming for the future

Fieldays - farming for the future

NIWA’s Chief Scientist, Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards, Dr Sam Dean says that by making sound choices now, and in the future, farmers can adapt, increase resilience, and reduce risks and costs for themselves and future owners of their farms.

Social business, youth and technology to accelerate climate action to 1.5°C

Social business, youth and technology to accelerate climate action to 1.5°C

Yunus also highlighted the important role of today’s youth during the UNGA Social Business, Youth and Technology event: “You are the most powerful generation in the human history with all technology available, and the most vulnerable if you do not behave right.” This was followed by Connect4Climate presenting the Youth Unstoppable call-to-action video that showcased young voices who don’t want to waste time, who want to be ambitious, and above all, want to act on climate: “We are the next leaders and we are unstoppable.”

Climate Change Might Double the Cost of a Beer

Climate Change Might Double the Cost of a Beer

American tipplers will see beer prices rise up to $1.94 under the extreme events, the study said, and barley farmers will export more to other nations.Davis, who has published several papers on climate change and the Chinese economy, says many extreme drought and heat events will force farmers to feed barley to livestock instead of selling it to domestic breweries.

Kim Stanley Robinson Writes Like the Past to Warn of the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson Writes Like the Past to Warn of the Future

Genre, as always, is a good tool for taking big ideas and making them fight.Robinson has been writing since the 1980s, but it was arguably Red Mars, the first book in a trilogy about the colonization and terraforming of you-know-where, for which he became best known.

A Tale of Two Paths to the World in 2050

A Tale of Two Paths to the World in 2050

© Carlton Ward Jr. Today, 26 years after my first visit, the Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve is 11,500 acres of beautifully restored, healthy and functioning native Central Florida habitat and a testament to the power and potential of both nature and people to change, to reimagine, rethink, restore and adjust from a business-as-usual mindset to a world of wider possibilities.

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

“The operator has a tool that lets him choose the right scenario.”For this specific clip, it took only 90 minutes from the time NHC data came in to broadcast the final product.'The entire goal is to try to paint and recreate a reality that’s in the future.'Michael Potts, The Weather ChannelThat short window of time belies how much tech underpins the rest of the operation, though.

Mercedes' Urbanetic Concept Is a Shape-Shifting Future Van

Mercedes' Urbanetic Concept Is a Shape-Shifting Future Van

B: They have a vague idea of what the future looks like and want to share, but aren’t ready to put real money or effort behind whatever wild plan they think might get them through it.The Vision Urbanetic, which Mercedes-Benz revealed this week, falls so firmly in the latter category, its creator doesn’t even call it a concept car.

Dear politicians, get your heads out of the coal pit and into the real world | Peter Holding

Dear politicians, get your heads out of the coal pit and into the real world | Peter Holding

As farmers we’re dealing with increasingly extreme weather as a result of global warming. We’re tough and we manage our resources carefully, making decisions based upon the best available evidence and always keeping one eye to the future.

Fighting historic wildfires amid bad ideas and no funding

Fighting historic wildfires amid bad ideas and no funding

What’s needed is a national wildfire strategy such as the one proposed by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers several years ago. And finally, what’s needed is for the federal government to restore funding for the Canadian Forest Service to at least 1990s levels, when it employed 2,200 people.

UK weather forecast: Freezing cold snaps to become MORE COMMON in the future

UK weather forecast: Freezing cold snaps to become MORE COMMON in the future

Nalan Koc, research director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, said: “The jet stream becomes wavier, meaning that colder air can penetrate further south and warmer air further north.”Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment, said: “What we once considered to be anomalies are becoming the new normal.“Our climate is changing right in front of our eyes, and we’ve only got a short amount of time to stop this from getting significantly worse.”

Mapping the Way to a World That Can Feed 10 Billion People

Mapping the Way to a World That Can Feed 10 Billion People

Mapping the Way to a World That Can Feed 10 Billion People Good maps and models show us how things are shifting – and are likely to shift in the future -- under climate change © Benjamin Drummond