Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

About 22 percent of Estonians work for the government; that’s about average for European countries, but higher than the 18 percent rate in the US.Siim Sikkut, Estonia’s chief information officer, began piloting several AI-based projects at agencies in 2017, before hiring Velsberg last year.

How to Watch Apple's News and Media Event

How to Watch Apple's News and Media Event

The Steve Jobs Theater, at Apple's main campus in Cupertino, California, is the setting for Monday's event, which focuses on media services. The event, which will focus on Apple's future in news and streaming media, takes place at the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple's campus in Cupertino.

Space Photos of the Week: True Colors Shining Through

Space Photos of the Week: True Colors Shining Through

The Cat’s Paw Nebula glows in neon greens and reds, cranking out stars at an astronomical scale—it’s 80 to 90 light years across, so we’re not exaggerating. The result were images that looked back in time, filled with galaxies that, billions of years ago, had released light across the universe.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Google Takes on Microsoft, Amazon in Gaming

WIRED’s Peter Rubin was at GDC this week for Google’s big reveal, and he joins the latest Gadget Lab episode to talk about how Stadia is supposed to work when it launches later this year.

Costa Rica's Zero-Carbon Plan Could Be a Model for the World

Costa Rica's Zero-Carbon Plan Could Be a Model for the World

President Carlos Alvarado Quesada explains Costa Rica's new plan to ditch fossil fuels and how it could inspire others to do the same. If successful, Alvarado's plan could make Costa Rica the first zero-emissions country.

Return of the Obra Dinn Is the Best Indie Game Around

Return of the Obra Dinn Is the Best Indie Game Around

Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn won big at this week's Independent Games Festival. Since nearly everyone involved in the videogame industry spent the week at the Game Developers Conference discussing the future and reflecting on the past, a lot of news came out of that annual gathering.

You Can Play With Escape Velocity—Without Leaving the Planet

You Can Play With Escape Velocity—Without Leaving the Planet

In this case, the force depends on the mass of the ball (m) and the local gravitational field (g) with a value of around 9.8 Newtons per kilogram.

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Rather than wait for court action, Utah legislators passed this latest privacy law, which requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant with probable cause in order to access any electronic data held by a third party, at least in most cases.

Those Midwestern Floods Are Expected to Get Much, Much Worse

Those Midwestern Floods Are Expected to Get Much, Much Worse

Fueled by rapidly melting snowpack and a forecast of more rainstorms in the next few weeks, federal officials warn that 200 million people in 25 states face a risk through May. Floodwaters coursing through Nebraska have already forced tens of thousands of people to flee and have caused $1.3 billion in damage.

Tesla Sues Zoox Over Manufacturing and Logistics Secrets

Tesla Sues Zoox Over Manufacturing and Logistics Secrets

Tesla’s suit, filed in the Northern California federal district court, alleges that four of its former employees took proprietary information related to “warehousing, logistics, and inventory control operations” when they left the electric automaker, and later, while working for Zoox, used that proprietary information to improve its technology and operations.

TypeScript’s Quiet, Steady Rise Among Programming Languages

TypeScript’s Quiet, Steady Rise Among Programming Languages

Microsoft's programming language TypeScript has become one of the most popular languages among developers, at least according to a report published by the analyst firm RedMonk this week.

Markiplier Is Not Done With YouTube

Markiplier Is Not Done With YouTube

“It was getting to me that I was making videos I wasn’t really proud of, that I wasn’t using them to really learn anything.” Now, he’s ready for that rare luxury in influencerland: time off.

Disney Is Building a Box Office Death Star

Disney Is Building a Box Office Death Star

It also creates what The Hollywood Reporter calls "a box office Death Star," giving the Mouse House reign over the Avatar and Kingsman franchises and bringing the X-Men into the Marvel Studios fold. Watch the New Stranger Things Trailer.

The Haunting of Hacker House

The Haunting of Hacker House

A year later, Operation Firewall ended up nabbing Shadowcrew, the notorious ring of hacker blackhats who stole over 40 million credit and debit card numbers from people like Paris Hilton.

In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

But they’re emblematic of something that’s happening more and more in the United States right now: people turning to surveillance, and specifically biometric surveillance like facial recognition technology, as a result of the US’s inability to take action to stop gun violence.

A Cab’s-Eye View of How Peloton’s Trucks ‘Talk’ to Each Other

A Cab’s-Eye View of How Peloton’s Trucks ‘Talk’ to Each Other

This is also why Peloton doesn’t platoon in the rain right now, or in the snow: The company can’t yet gauge exactly how tires deteriorate over time, which means it can’t quite predict how they’ll react in a hard-braking situation.

The Youth Climate Strike as Seen by Teen Photographers

The Youth Climate Strike as Seen by Teen Photographers

Grady High School senior Esme Bella Rice photographed the strike in front of the Georgia State Capitol building; and in San Francisco, 18-year-old Ruth Asawa School of the Arts senior Max Buenviaje-Boyd photographed the large march from the Federal Building, through downtown, to Union Square.

The WIRED Guide to Cannabis

The WIRED Guide to Cannabis

It’s called the entourage, or ensemble, effect: THC doesn’t work alone to produce a high, but instead interacts with other compounds in the plant.

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

On its website, Airbnb says it is “democratizing revenue by generating tens of millions of new tax dollars for governments all over the world.” But when Palm Beach County, Florida, a popular tourist destination, passed an ordinance in October 2018 requiring Airbnb and other short-term rental companies to collect and pay the county’s 6 percent occupancy tax on visits arranged through their sites, Airbnb sued.

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images On Tuesday, Facebook reached a historic settlement with civil rights groups that had accused the company of allowing advertisers to unlawfully discriminate against minorities, women, and older people by using the platform’s ad-targeting technology to exclude them from seeing ads for housing, jobs, and credit—three areas with legal protections for groups that have historically been disenfranchised.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 20 March 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 20 March 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are found in eastern Northland, northern Waikato, and Bay of Plenty, while the wettest soils for this time of the year are located near Wellington City.

Trump’s Casinos Couldn’t Make Atlantic City Great Again

Trump’s Casinos Couldn’t Make Atlantic City Great Again

In Atlantic City, Rose says, "you know that you’re going to lose, that the game is rigged, but there’s always the possibility.” Like many people, photographer and New York City resident Brian Rose was blindsided by Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election.

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

"Within five seconds, you can be playing the game." Stadia doesn't simply present a challenge to traditional consoles and computers, but to distribution platforms themselves.

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution HP Back in 2017, HP released its first virtual reality headset. Those are the kinds of apps I used when I tried on the new Reverb, which again has support for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, as well as Steam VR.

The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal

The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal

The 2018 Korn Ferry research forecasts that by 2030 the global technology, media, and telecommunications labor-skills shortage will reach 4.3 million positions and an unrealized output of nearly $450 billion.

Instagram's New Shopping Feature Works Like a Digital Mall

Instagram's New Shopping Feature Works Like a Digital Mall

Enter the Explore tab and you’ll find, in addition to personalized interests like “Food” or “Travel,” a section for “Shopping.” It’s filled with shoppable posts from brands or accounts you follow, plus ones Instagram thinks you’ll like based on your browsing behavior.

Need an Ohm's Law Party Trick? Take a Light Bulb's Temperature

Need an Ohm's Law Party Trick? Take a Light Bulb's Temperature

Finally, the resistance is really just a proportionality constant between the voltage and the current measured in units of ohms (often using the symbol Ω). Let's measure current and voltage to determine the temperature of a light bulb.

SEC: Elon Musk Fully Ignored a Key Term of Settlement

SEC: Elon Musk Fully Ignored a Key Term of Settlement

In court filings submitted last week, Musk’s legal team argued that the information the CEO tweeted in February wasn’t at all new—which means it didn’t fall under the purview of the settlement.

Apple Updates Old iPad Models With New Chips, Pencil Support

Apple Updates Old iPad Models With New Chips, Pencil Support

Apple Updates Old iPad Models With New Chips, Pencil Support The iPad Air is back, this time with Pencil support. The iPad Mini and iPad Air are “new” in the accurate sense of the word; they have new processors and updated displays.

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

The success of these investments will be enhanced by considering gender-responsive activities and actions when designing and implementing forest landscape projects and programs.

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