How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.One of the 52 experts who worked on the guidelines argues that foundation is flawed—thanks to the tech industry. Benkler says the program is an example of how the tech industry is becoming too influential over how society governs and scrutinizes the effects of AI.

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

As a satellite internet operator, one of SpaceX’s biggest challenges will be differentiating itself from other broadband constellations that will be operating in low Earth orbit, says Roger Rusch, president of TelAstra, a consulting firm that advises investors in the satellite industry.

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Being tall, white, enthusiastic, and good at computers, I’ve ended up the CEO of a software services company, working for various large enterprises to build their digital dreams—which you’d figure would be like being a kid in a candy store for me, sculpting software experiences all day until they ship to the web or into app stores.

New to Blockchain: Turning In-Game Virtual Goods into Assets

New to Blockchain: Turning In-Game Virtual Goods into Assets

The company also invested last year in Dapper Labs, the makers of CryptoKitties, which CEO Roham Gharegozlou says is focused on building new experiences for your cat, like racing games, directly on Ethereum.

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Now, with right to repair legislation gaining traction across the country, a new nonprofit advocacy group called wants to push back against that kind of messaging, arguing instead that devices can be both easy to fix and secure.

Inside the Weird, and Booming, Industry of Online Influence

Inside the Weird, and Booming, Industry of Online Influence

The Federal Trade Commission says that if influencers have received money, gifts, or anything else that could affect how users view their mention of a brand or product, they should disclose it prominently in the post.

Boeing 737 Crashes May Make It Harder for Air Taxis to Take Off

Boeing 737 Crashes May Make It Harder for Air Taxis to Take Off

Now, in the wake of the dual MAX 8 crashes, the FAA could be far less eager to sign off on new technologies, agency watchers say.

Uber Hails a Ride to Wall Street, and More Car News This Week

Uber Hails a Ride to Wall Street, and More Car News This Week

Also in transpo people and companies trying to prove themselves: Tesla goes off-menu for the $35,000 Model 3, ostensibly to shore up cash and streamline production; another industry insider says, yes, self-driving car hype got ahead of reality; and Audi argues its slightly dispiriting E-tron range numbers matter little compared to its luxury features.

Trump Vows Speedy Path to 5G, but Offers Few New Ideas

Trump Vows Speedy Path to 5G, but Offers Few New Ideas

Pai said Friday the FCC will hold the largest auction for wireless spectrum licenses in US history in December, making 3,400 megahertz of spectrum available to carriers for 5G networks.

Ford Taps the Brakes on the Arrival of Self-Driving Cars

Ford Taps the Brakes on the Arrival of Self-Driving Cars

Ford CEO Jim Hackett Tuesday joined the growing ranks of vehicle and tech execs willing to say publicly that self-driving cars won’t arrive as soon as some had hoped.

The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed

The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed

In addition to authenticating that calls are really coming from the numbers they claim, STIR and SHAKEN will also append an "Origin ID" to every call, making it much easier to track robocalls to the source.

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

This comes as hiring needs in the industry are expected to grow 12 percent by 2026.Simply put, automating elements of the construction process is more than good engineering; it is also smart business.

Data Centers Gobble Energy. Could a ‘Fossil-Free’ Label Help?

Data Centers Gobble Energy. Could a ‘Fossil-Free’ Label Help?

A Swedish industry group believes its new “Fossil Free Data” label will not only push consumers to click on firms that process their information using green power, it will also attract more data centers to Sweden’s low-carbon economy.

Europe's New Copyright Law Could Be Bad for Memes

Europe's New Copyright Law Could Be Bad for Memes

A copy of the directive published by European Parliament member Julia Reda, a member of the Pirate Party Germany who opposes the legislation, says companies will need to follow "industry best practices" for preventing the upload of copyrighted materials.

A More Humane Livestock Industry, Brought to You By Crispr

A More Humane Livestock Industry, Brought to You By Crispr

Cow 401 and her herdmates were the product of two and a half years of research, Van Eenennaam’s attempt to create a strain of gene-edited cattle specially suited to the needs of the beef industry.

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses The “Performance” version of the Model Y, due out in fall 2020, will go from 0 to 60 mph in a blistery 3.5 seconds, and offer 280 miles of range for a cool $60,000.

10 Women in Science and Tech Who Should Be Household Names

10 Women in Science and Tech Who Should Be Household Names

Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, we want to highlight just a few of the incredible women WIRED has written about over the years, whose work breaks boundaries, makes new worlds possible, and sets the stage for the future.

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

If you don't have a plank on tech platforms, it will be very notable." Warren's plan envisions a new category of company called a "platform utility." This would include companies "that offer to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties." That includes, of course, Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

Why Chinese Companies Plug a US Test for Facial Recognition

Why Chinese Companies Plug a US Test for Facial Recognition

“Both Chinese and international customers ask about it.” Yitu’s technology is in use by police, and at subway stations and ATMs. It’s currently ranked first on one of NIST’s two main tests, which challenges algorithms to detect when two photos show the same face.

An Alphabet Moonshot Wants to Store the Security Industry's Data

An Alphabet Moonshot Wants to Store the Security Industry's Data

The tool is a cloud platform on which companies can store their network intelligence data indefinitely, allowing them to use Google's search smarts to comb through logs and gain insight into emerging digital security threats.

Guild Wars Developer Layoffs Hit as Fortnite Launches Season 8

Guild Wars Developer Layoffs Hit as Fortnite Launches Season 8

Guild Wars Developer Layoffs Hit as Fortnite Launches Season 8 ArenaNet, the company behind Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns , suffered layoffs this week. Fortnite 's new season is here, y'all. It is a new season of Fortnite , and I'm ready to build.

Etsy Crafts a Plan for Carbon-Neutral Online Shopping

Etsy Crafts a Plan for Carbon-Neutral Online Shopping

Etsy Crafts a Plan for Carbon-Neutral Online Shopping Getty Images Tomorrow, all the carbon emissions spewed into the atmosphere from US ecommerce deliveries—some 55,000 metric tons of CO 2 , by one estimate, from trucks and planes shipping packages across the country—will be neutralized.

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

In addition to the proposed regulations on product ingredients, the FDA is also asking manufacturers to submit more data on new forms of sunscreen, like SPF powders, wipes, body washes, and shampoos, before determining if those too are safe.

The Confounding Climate Science of Lab-Grown Meat

The Confounding Climate Science of Lab-Grown Meat

“Energy-intensive forms of cultured production could be quite an extreme case, where you're basically swapping methane—because cattle emit a lot of methane—for potentially fossil fuel carbon dioxide,” says study lead author John Lynch, an environmental scientist at the University of Oxford.

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

Unity Might Be Going Public, Which Could Be Troubling for the Independent Developers Who Rely on Unity Unity Technologies, the company behind the incredibly popular Unity game engine, might be up for an IPO in 2020, according to rumors rounded up by Variety .

Women Will Dominate—and Dismantle—the Music Industry in 2019

Women Will Dominate—and Dismantle—the Music Industry in 2019

(Last year's releases from male counterparts Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, and Kamasi Washington also flirted with a disregard for structure, thematically and narratively, by testing the limits of paucity, excess, originality.) Pop aspirants of uncanny talent—Noname, Cardi B, Mitski, Hayley Kiyoko, Rico Nasty, and Tierra Whack among them—are demonstrating an immodest, near-singular, anti-populist aptitude for industry-wide reinvention.

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.

The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Scrambling Telecom Politics

The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Scrambling Telecom Politics

The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Scrambling Telecom Politics US representative Anna Eshoo (D-California) says AT&T and Verizon effectively dominate the wireless market, and as a result, "Americans pay some of the highest prices for mobile wireless service in the developed world." Celeste Sloman/Redux Representative Anna Eshoo (D-California) has sparred with the telecommunications industry over issues like net neutrality and privacy over the years.

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

Federal contracting records indicate that Google, Oracle, IBM, and SAP have signaled interest in working on future Defense Department AI projects. John "Jack" Shanahan, who leads the JAIC, said the unit will focus on rapidly deploying existing AI algorithms and tools, often contracted from technology companies, in military scenarios.

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

But that would mean tech companies are training their engineers and data scientists on understanding cognitive bias, as well as how to “combat” it. To counter algorithmic, machine, and AI bias, human intelligence must be incorporated into solutions, as opposed to an over-reliance on so-called “pure” data.

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