A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny

A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny

Bitcoin is dominated by a small cadre of investors, and “mining” new coins is so expensive and electricity-draining that only large institutions can participate; Facebook’s advertising system is exploited by foreign governments and other malevolent political actors who have had free rein to spread disinformation and discord; and Google’s informal structure allows leaders to believe they can act in secret to dispense with credible accusations of harassment.In Freeman’s unstinting language, this rhetoric of openness “becomes a smokescreen for the strong or the lucky to establish unquestioned hegemony over others.”Because “Tyranny” explains how things work, as opposed to how people say things work, it has become a touchstone for social critics of all stripes.

Julian Assange Charges, Japan's Top Cybersecurity Official, and More Security News This Week

Julian Assange Charges, Japan's Top Cybersecurity Official, and More Security News This Week

Security News This Week: Japan's Top Cybersecurity Official Has Never Used a ComputerTOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe US refused to join a new global cybersecurity agreement this week—maybe because it was created by French president Emmanuel Macron, with whom President Trump isn’t on great terms with.On the same day, internet traffic that was supposed to route through Google’s cloud servers instead went haywire, traveling through unplanned servers based in the likes of Russia and China.

Early Black Friday Deals on Dyson, Amazon Echo, and More

Early Black Friday Deals on Dyson, Amazon Echo, and More

It has a full-color 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen that shows the indoor and outdoor temperature as you walk past, built-in Alexa, and can easily manage humidifiers and ventilators, as well as your HVAC system.Buy the Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat for $199 (Was $249).Amazon DealsAmazon Echo Sub Bundle with Two Echo Plus Speakers for $330 ($100 off).

Make Thanksgiving Taste Like the Future With This Freeze-Dried Apple Pie

Make Thanksgiving Taste Like the Future With This Freeze-Dried Apple Pie

What's in there," they ask, and he responds that it's just apples, butter, and flour."No man," they say, "What'd you do to it?"Rivera, who was previously director of culinary research under chef Grant Achatz at Chicago's ultra-high end restaurant, Alinea, set up a head-to-head competition so I could understand.For every gram of liquid in Rivera's test pie, he replaced it with a gram of powdered, freeze-dried apple, which he stirred into the filling.He was cooking when I arrived, sautéing two pans of cubed Braeburn apples with cinnamon, clove, allspice, sugar, and vanilla bean paste.

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Today, machine learning algorithms can detect over 100 types of cancerous tumors more reliably than a trained human eye. In Guatemala City, images and algorithms were used to locate “soft-story” buildings – buildings at least two stories high that have a structurally weak first floor.

Where Did the 'Freedom From Facebook' Campaign Really Come From?

Where Did the 'Freedom From Facebook' Campaign Really Come From?

While Facebook’s head of global policy Monika Bickert spoke, protesters from a group called Freedom From Facebook, seated just behind her, held signs depicting Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg’s heads atop an octopus whose tentacles reached around the planet.Freedom From Facebook has garnered renewed attention this week, after The New York Times revealed that Facebook employed an opposition firm called Definers to fight the group.

Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash

Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash

And all this creation maybe have been the result of an accidental collision: Scientists believe a galaxy in the vicinity collided with ESO 338-4, and their subsequent interaction of gas and dust is what’s feeding all the stellar activity in this region.We’ve come across the galaxy cluster called Abell 2597 in our travels before, but never looking like this.

What Diane Greene's Departure Means for Google Cloud

What Diane Greene's Departure Means for Google Cloud

Snagging her was seen as a good sign for the company’s effort to compete with Amazon and Microsoft in the booming business of providing computing infrastructure for other sites and businesses.Greene’s announcement Friday morning that she will move on in January is being read as the latest evidence that the project hasn’t gone as well as planned.

A New Overwatch Hero and Telltale’s Death Throes Top the Week in Gaming News

A New Overwatch Hero and Telltale’s Death Throes Top the Week in Gaming News

Let's get to it.Ashe Is the Newest Cowboy in Overwatch, a Game With a Surprising Number of CowboysGames like Overwatch grow via the introduction of new characters, playable heroes that expand the roster and change up the climate of play in casual and competitive modes.

What Is a Bot?

What Is a Bot?

Retweeting things hundreds of times a day, spamming the same link repeatedly, and using multiple accounts to amplify the same message are all good indicators of bot-like activity, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the account is a bot.Even Twitter gets confused sometimes.

FilmStruck Has 2 Weeks Left—Spend Them With These 10 Movies

FilmStruck Has 2 Weeks Left—Spend Them With These 10 Movies

But because 2018 is the year in which literally nothing good has happened, their pleas are likely to be ignored.For those hoping to cram one last movie-blitz before the site departs, here are 10 invaluable classics that illustrate FilmStruck’s breadth, depth, and sheer art-house-in-your-house joy.Alice in the Cities (1974)The first entry in writer-director Wim Wenders’ famed mid-’70s “Road Movie” trilogy casts Rüdiger Vogler as an aimless, irritable writer who’s tasked with accompanying a rebellious young teenager (played by Yella Rottländer) from America to Germany.

Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? The Case for and Against

Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? The Case for and Against

Speaking first in support of the resolution, Silicon Valley has lost its soul, Noam Cohen, journalist and author of "The Know-It-Alls." Ladies and gentlemen, Noam Cohen.Noam Cohen: So I wanted everyone to take a moment and think about the first time they used the internet 20, 25 years ago.

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare PushTim Pannell/Corbis/Getty ImagesAlphabet’s London-based AI lab DeepMind made history in 2016 when its AlphaGo software defeated a champion at the complex board game Go. On Tuesday the company said it was handing off a seemingly much simpler software challenge: a healthcare app for hospital staff called Streams being tested by UK hospitals.That project and its staff will be transferred to DeepMind’s much larger sister Google.

All 141 'League of Legends' Champions, Explained

All 141 'League of Legends' Champions, Explained

Valve's Dota 2 has 79.And then there's League of Legends.Since its release in 2009—just two short years after Team Fortress 2—Riot Games' battle arena title offers 141 champions players can choose.

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue.” A Facebook spokesperson told WIRED that neither Zuckerberg nor Sandberg had any idea about “the Soros stuff.”5) Did Facebook lie about what they knew about Russian operations on the platform during the 2016 election?This is a complicated, tangled question!

Why Amazon’s Search for a Second Headquarters Backfired

Why Amazon’s Search for a Second Headquarters Backfired

But in at least one respect, Amazon’s Hunger Games-style civic competition backfired: It’s shined a spotlight on how Amazon and companies like it have benefitted enormously from taxpayer funds.Each year, local politicians spend up to an estimated $90 billion to lure corporations like Amazon to their states, which The Atlantic points out is “more than the federal government spends on housing, education, or infrastructure.” Most companies broker these deals in private.“Companies are already very good at negotiating incentives, often using offers from other cities to up their deals.

Top US Intelligence Official Sue Gordon Wants Silicon Valley on Her Side

Top US Intelligence Official Sue Gordon Wants Silicon Valley on Her Side

Artificial intelligence, she says, presents a huge opportunity for the government and the private sector, but the risks of its being abused, biased, or deployed by foreign adversaries is so real that the government and tech companies should be collaborate to secure it.Some in tech openly agree with that notion—Bezos told the audience at WIRED 25 last month that “if big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in a lot of trouble”—much of the rank and file are uneasy or flat-out hostile to the idea of working with the government on matters of war.Google, in particular, has had a recently rocky relationship.

The Mueller Investigation May Be Safe Despite Matt Whitaker

The Mueller Investigation May Be Safe Despite Matt Whitaker

At the same time, the forced resignation of attorney general Jeff Sessions, and appointment of his chief of staff Matt Whitaker to be the acting attorney general—a decision that is of at least debatable legality—has raised fears that the Trump administration is closing in on firing Mueller himself.Yet as the dust settles from the midterms and Sessions’ abrupt departure, there are five clear reasons to be optimistic that the rule of law will hold, and that Mueller will be able to complete his probe, regardless of what he ultimately finds.

L’Oréal’s New Clip-on Sensor Tracks Your Exposure to UV Rays

L’Oréal’s New Clip-on Sensor Tracks Your Exposure to UV Rays

The combination of sensors and algorithms is a strategy that’s been adopted in other lightweight wearables, which directly measure some metrics, and use those metrics to inform an algorithm that calculates others.'It opens the door for a new consumer market for us, and a new retail environment.'Guive Balooch, global VP of L'Oréal’s Tech IncubatorThe app also provides metrics about a user’s skin exposure.

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

This year, NIWA completed a project that aims to help build community resilience against flooding in the Bumbu River and contribute to improving Papua New Guinea’s disaster preparedness in the face of increasing climate-related disasters. NIWA and PNG staff installed a hydro-meteorological monitoring network and early warning system for floods, in a pilot scheme for the river.

Profile: Juliet Milne - a different point of view

Profile: Juliet Milne - a different point of view

But that one summer, working as a stream ecologist on that waterway enhancement project in Christchurch, being out there gathering information that was going to improve how those streams were managed, confirmed for me that I wanted to be in an applied role.

Juul Pledges Big Changes, but the Impact May Be Small

Juul Pledges Big Changes, but the Impact May Be Small

Juul Pledges Big Changes, but the Impact May Be SmallGiorgos Zachos/Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, e-cigarette maker Juul announced an aggressive-sounding plan to prevent kids from using its nicotine products, including stopping the sale of most flavored pods in more than 90,000 US retail stores and shutting some of its social media accounts.

See How the Buoyancy Force Works in Water or Air

See How the Buoyancy Force Works in Water or Air

That means that if I calculate the gravitational force on the water that the block displaces, that would be equal to the buoyancy force.

Google Internet Traffic Wasn't Hijacked, But It Was Out of Control

Google Internet Traffic Wasn't Hijacked, But It Was Out of Control

On Monday, a Google spokesperson said that the company didn't see signs of malicious hijacking, and instead suspected that the Nigerian ISP Main One had accidentally caused the problem."The problem here is a failure to apply basic best current practices to these routing sessions."Roland Dobbins, NetscoutThere are minimum best practices that ISPs should implement to keep BGP routes on the up and up.

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like CultsMaddie McGarvey/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesIn recent months there’s been an increase in stories in which a follower of radical conspiracies shifts their actions from the web and into the world.In June, a QAnon conspiracy follower kicked off a one-man standoff at the Hoover Dam. Another QAnon supporter was arrested the next month occupying a Cemex cement factory, claiming that he had knowledge that Cemex was secretly assisting in child trafficking—a theory discussed in Facebook groups, in an attempt to push it into Twitter trending topics.Renee DiResta (@noUpside) is an Ideas contributor for WIRED, the director of research at New Knowledge, and a Mozilla fellow on media, misinformation, and trust.

The Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AI

The Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AI

According to the most popular modern Bayesian account, the brain is an “inference engine” that seeks to minimize “prediction error.”In 2001, Hinton left London for the University of Toronto, where he became one of the most important figures in artificial intelligence, laying the groundwork8 for much of today’s research in deep learning.8 In 2012, Hinton won the ImageNet Challenge, a competition to identify objects in a 15-million-image database built by Fei-Fei Li. ImageNet helped propel neural networks—and Hinton—to the forefront of AI.Before Hinton left, however, Friston visited his friend at the Gatsby one last time.

The DIY Tinkerers Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

The DIY Tinkerers Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

“High school students can now do things that the best researchers in the world could not have done a few years ago,” says Andrew Ng, an AI researcher and entrepreneur who has led big projects at Google and China’s Baidu.The A.I. IssueClive ThompsonHow to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common SenseJessi HempelFei-Fei Li's Quest to Make AI Better for HumanityShaun RavivThe Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AIPeople like Ng have big hopes for the amateur AI explosion: They want it to spread the technology’s potential far from Silicon Valley, physically and culturally, to see what happens when tech outsiders “train” neural networks according to their own priorities and ways of seeing the world.

How to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common Sense

How to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common Sense

A neural net trained to recognize only canaries isn’t of any use in recognizing, say, birdsong or human speech.“We don’t need massive amounts of data to learn,” Marcus says.

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

The new firms were instead devoted to spreading sweetness and light, goodwill toward all men—whether access to information (Google), good books for cheap (Amazon), or the building of a global community (Facebook).Not only did they not charge high prices, sometimes they didn’t even charge at all.

The US Is the Only Country Where There Are More Guns Than People

The US Is the Only Country Where There Are More Guns Than People

Today, the US boasts more firearms than residents.Canada, for its part, may have a lot of guns as well, as the chart below shows, but its citizens don't often die from gunfire; the country ranks 72nd in the world for deaths from firearms.

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