AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?

AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?

Earlier this month the University of Nottingham published a study in PloSOne about a new artificial intelligence model that uses machine learning to predict the risk of premature death, using banked health data (on age and lifestyle factors) from Brits aged 40 to 69.

While You Were Offline: Was the Mueller Report Worth the Wait?

While You Were Offline: Was the Mueller Report Worth the Wait?

What Happened: As if Bill Barr hadn't demonstrated that he was hardly the most independent attorney general with his four-page summary of the findings of the Mueller report last month, his press conference ahead of the release called his allegiances into question even more.

A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life

A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life

The coal-seam fire at Centralia provides researchers with the perfect opportunity to test a new idea known as a microbial seed bank: that commonly overlooked dormant individuals make up a vast reservoir of biodiversity, ready to spring to life when environmental conditions change.

Hackers Can Tell What Netflix Bandersnatch Choices You Make

Hackers Can Tell What Netflix Bandersnatch Choices You Make

In practice, though, the researchers say that they can analyze Netflix's encrypted interactive video traffic to find clues about what users are watching, and which choices they've made in their movie journeys.

Why I've Never Mixed Weed With Virtual Reality

Why I've Never Mixed Weed With Virtual Reality

Jaron Lanier , the father of modern virtual reality, famously eschews all drugs, but in his 2017 memoir, Dawn of the New Everything , he spends a bit of time exploring the parallels between VR and a famous psychedelic: VR is sometimes compared to LSD, but VR users can share a world objectively, even if it is fantastical, while LSD users cannot.

Space Photos of the Week: Mooooooon Shadow, Moon Shadow

Space Photos of the Week: Mooooooon Shadow, Moon Shadow

Engineers want to study the dark side of the moon, seeking out deposits of water ice there. If we can get robots and humans back up to the moon, they might be able to dig up that ice and convert it into fuel to power rockets.

British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

So the government quashed its ambitions until the early 1990s, when the Department for Transport proposed two options for an expanded A303: Divert the road so it gave Stonehenge a broader berth, or bury it in a half-mile long cut-and-cover tunnel (essentially a trench topped with soil and sod).Nick Stockton covers climate change, transportation, and logistics for WIRED.The general public supported the tunnel, but politicians—concerned about the cost—spiked the plan in 1997.

18 of Our Favorite Easter Sales from Apple, Amazon, and More

18 of Our Favorite Easter Sales from Apple, Amazon, and More

18 of Our Favorite Easter Sales from Apple, Amazon, and More. As we state in our iPhone buying guide , these older models lack the processing power to keep up with newer apps, and Apple could cut off software updates at any time.

Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Mueller Report says Russia Hacked a Florida County's Network. “The FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government,” the report says.

Uber Recruits Some Rich Friends to Drive its Autonomous Cars

Uber Recruits Some Rich Friends to Drive its Autonomous Cars

Make that at least $1 billion: According to the filing, Uber spent $457 million in 2018 on research and development for autonomous vehicles (and its other tech moonshots, like “flying taxis” )—a figure up 19 percent from 2017.So it was good news for Uber—not to mention the potential shareholders circling its IPO—when it announced a major investment into its Autonomous Technology Group from a Japanese consortium on Thursday.

An ‘Insane’ Jeopardy! Run, How to Prep for 4/20, and More

An ‘Insane’ Jeopardy! Run, How to Prep for 4/20, and More

record-holder Ken Jennings has been waiting to be toppled, and soon he might actually be. legend Ken Jennings on James Holzhauer's record run: 'It's absolutely insane'. Last week, James Holzhauer set a new record on 'Jeopardy!'

Preserving Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets

Preserving Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets

Our guest this week, Nathan Proctor, is the national director of the Right to Repair Campaign for US PIRG. Also this week, Peter Rubin tells us about what to expect from the new PlayStation console Sony plans to release next year, and we discuss the problems with early review units of the Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Inches Closer to Making Hyperloop a Reality

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Inches Closer to Making Hyperloop a Reality

On Thursday, almost two years after Musk’s tweet, the company took a small but necessary step toward making the Loop a reality: It published a sprawling, 505-page draft environmental assessment.

Jeopardy! Legend Ken Jennings on James Holzhauer: 'It's Absolutely Insane'

Jeopardy! Legend Ken Jennings on James Holzhauer: 'It's Absolutely Insane'

record-holder Ken Jennings says he is "just gobsmacked" by how James Holzhauer is playing the gameshow. In his 11-game run, James Holzhauer has dominated Jeopardy! He already holds the four highest-scoring games in the show’s history, and his $771,920 regular-season winnings surpass all but one player in the Jeopardy!

Review: Netflix's New Comedy Lunatics Is Dizzying, Tone-Deaf

Review: Netflix's New Comedy Lunatics Is Dizzying, Tone-Deaf

Like the popular Summer Heights High (and its spinoffs, Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Jonah from Tonga , which was pulled from the air in 2017 for being racist), Lunatics is a mockumentary following a bevy of characters all played by Lilley.

The Nintendo Switch Is Finally Coming to China

The Nintendo Switch Is Finally Coming to China

For years, one of the great mysteries of Nintendo has been the fate of their so-called "quality-of-life" technology, which was said to use their expertise (and their affinity, in the pre-Switch days, for weird peripherals) to create a series of personal health devices that would do things like monitor your sleep and provide useful information on it.

Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV

Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV

From the outset of Ramy, Hulu's newest half-hour comedy about a first-gen Egyptian-American in North New Jersey, its millennial disposition is apparent. Played by 28-year-old comedian Ramy Youssef, its eponymous lead is locked in a state of moral unsteadiness much like the Devs and Hannahs before him.

You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep—and It’s Killing You

You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep—and It’s Killing You

After Walker’s talk, he was mobbed by acolytes in the conference center desperate to tell him how much his book—which covers the same topic as his TED talk—changed their lives, how they’d given up caffeine and alcohol and stopped feeling bad for leaving parties early to get sleep or refusing to look at work emails in bed.

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password. It turns out Attorney general William Barr's original summary of the Mueller report left out some pretty important details. Last month, Facebook revealed they had accidentally saved millions of Facebook passwords in a way that allowed company employees to see them.

New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

Most of New York's carbon emissions come from the heating and cooling of large buildings. On Thursday, the New York City Council voted into law a sweeping set of rules to fight climate change , a metropolis-scaled version of a Green New Deal.

The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On

The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On

Even as he correctly summarized that Mueller did not find that Trump’s campaign conspired—distinct from colluding, which the report makes clear—with the Russian government, Barr appears to have misled the public about the severity of the evidence on obstruction of justice.

A Mystery Agent Is Doxing Iran's Hackers and Dumping Their Code

A Mystery Agent Is Doxing Iran's Hackers and Dumping Their Code

"We are exposing here the cyber tools (APT34 / OILRIG) that the ruthless Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has been using against Iran’s neighboring countries, including names of the cruel managers, and information about the activities and the goals of these cyber-attacks," read the original message posted to Telegram by the hackers in late March.

Why Barr Will Deliver the Mueller Report to Congress on CD

Why Barr Will Deliver the Mueller Report to Congress on CD

Assume Barr distributes the report as a PDF, and another point of comparison becomes useful: the heavily redacted FISA application for surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page , which weighs in at a healthy 412 pages.

Game of Thrones Breaks Viewership Records

Game of Thrones Breaks Viewership Records

Speaking of things Jon Snow knows, Kit Harington doesn't know how to GAF about what critics write about the Game of Thrones' final season. Mark Hamill Knows Disney Can't Fire Him. Turns out, Kit Harington isn't the only one speaking his mind lately.

The Hunt for Rocket Boosters in Russia's Far North

The Hunt for Rocket Boosters in Russia's Far North

But the hunter photographer Makar Tereshin followed there in January—his fifth trip to the region while shooting his stunning series Fields of Fall — was after bigger, more exotic prey: a 65-foot-long Soyuz rocket booster.

The Mueller Report Is Out. Here's Where You Can Read It

The Mueller Report Is Out. Here's Where You Can Read It

"The deputy attorney general and I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish the president committed and obstruction of justice offense," Barr said Thursday, adding that they "disagreed with some of the special counsel's legal theories."

Keeping Pinball History Alive, One Flipper at a Time

Keeping Pinball History Alive, One Flipper at a Time

Game companies cut deals with entertainment industry rights-holders, and the pinball market was soon flooded with machines featuring tie-ins to recent Hollywood hits or popular bands like KISS, The Beatles, and, of course, The Who. The other innovation was computerization.

China Finds Phone-Wielding Tourists and Telescopes Don't Mesh

China Finds Phone-Wielding Tourists and Telescopes Don't Mesh

In early April, says from the Pingtang County government website, officials held meetings with local residents and workers to “internalize the sense of responsibility and responsibility of protecting the [telescope].” The rules and outreach efforts come just after the announcement of a new television show about FAST, which state-run Zhongxin reported in late February.

Everlane's New Sneaker Treads Lightly on the Environment

Everlane's New Sneaker Treads Lightly on the Environment

Everlane's next project takes its eco-consciousness one step further with a unisex sneaker made from recycled plastic, rubber, and leather. They turned to natural and recycled rubber, which is durable, but also considerably heavier than plastic-derived foams like EVA.The brand developed its own material for the sole of the shoe.

Platforms Want Centralized Censorship. That Should Scare You

Platforms Want Centralized Censorship. That Should Scare You

Responding to many questions about the speed of their reaction and the continued availability of the shooting video, several companies published posts or gave interviews that revealed new information about their content moderation efforts and capacity to respond to such a high-profile incident. The post-Christchurch push for centralizing censorship goes well beyond the GIFCT hash database.

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