The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Artificial Intelligence Hammond cofounded a startup called Narrative Science that generates business documents like financial reports by translating data into text.

What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

“It’s imperative that this works, because this shows a model for industrial democracies from the US to Asia.” While Bannon gushed, members of Five Star like Nugnes and Fattori reeled at where their movement had ended up: tied to a party led by a man many of them regarded as a fascist.

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.

Google and Microsoft Warn That AI May Do Dumb Things

Google and Microsoft Warn That AI May Do Dumb Things

The warning appeared for the first time in the “Risk Factors” segment of Alphabet’s latest annual report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the following day: “ New products and services, including those that incorporate or utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning, can raise new or exacerbate existing ethical, technological, legal, and other challenges, which may negatively affect our brands and demand for our products and services and adversely affect our revenues and operating results.

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

(Unlike the dark, closed goggles of VR, AR glasses use see-through technology to insert virtual apparitions into the real world.) Eventually we’ll be able to search physical space as we might search a text—“find me all the places where a park bench faces sunrise along a river.” We will hyperlink objects into a network of the physical, just as the web hyperlinked words, producing marvelous benefits and new products.

Why the US Needs a Strategy for AI

Why the US Needs a Strategy for AI

In coordination with the National Council for the American Worker and through the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, federal agencies will now work together with industry and educational institutions to develop AI-related education and workforce opportunities.

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI President Trump's executive order directs federal agencies to support AI research and commercialization. The White House says it will ask agencies in areas such as health and transportation to release data that could advance AI research, using mechanisms that protect privacy.

IMAX Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In

IMAX Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In

IMAX Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In Cinemark is the latest chain to dip a toe into the deepest water of the VR pool: high-end "free roam" experiences like Terminator Salvation: Fight For the Future.

Amazon Joins Microsoft's Call for Rules on Facial Recognition

Amazon Joins Microsoft's Call for Rules on Facial Recognition

In the post, Michael Punke, vice president of global public policy at Amazon’s cloud division, AWS, wrote that the company “supports the creation of a national legislative framework covering facial recognition through video and photographic monitoring on public or commercial premises.” Amazon has been pressured by civil rights groups after tests by academics and the ACLU found that Rekognition’s image analysis and face recognition functions are less accurate for black people.

Jeff Bezos Alleges The National Enquirer Extorted Him

Jeff Bezos Alleges The National Enquirer Extorted Him

In an extraordinary blog post published on Medium Thursday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accused The National Enquirer of attempting to blackmail him by threatening to publish 10 intimate photos unless Bezos stopped an investigation into how the tabloid obtained his private messages and images.

Try on Your Next Pair of Glasses Using Just Your iPhone

Try on Your Next Pair of Glasses Using Just Your iPhone

Leveraging the face-mapping tech on Apple's iPhones, the Warby Parker app will now include a a "virtual try-on" feature, which lets customers preview what glasses would look like in impressive detail using augmented reality.

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Every morning, Lena Forsen wakes up beneath a brass-trimmed wooden mantel clock dedicated to “The First Lady of the Internet.” It was presented to her more than two decades ago by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, in recognition of the pivotal—and altogether unexpected—role she played in shaping the digital world as we know it.

Trippy Nocturnal Photos Capture Japan's Ever-Shifting Aura

Trippy Nocturnal Photos Capture Japan's Ever-Shifting Aura

The ink globbed and dripped every which way, creating a sticky mess that Simonet then dunked into a chemical bath. After washing off the excess color, he let the prints dry, revealing the final images beneath.

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

“This is the first piece of legislation that I’ve seen that really takes facial recognition technology as serious as it is warranted and treats it as uniquely dangerous.” Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University Privacy laws in Texas and Illinois require anyone recording biometric data, including face scans and fingerprints, to give people notice and obtain their consent.

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR The New Frontier program at this year's Sundance Film Festival—typically a bellwether of what's to come in filmmaking—saw an influx of augmented and mixed reality projects this year.

Security Isn't Enough. Silicon Valley Needs 'Abusability' Testing

Security Isn't Enough. Silicon Valley Needs 'Abusability' Testing

From Russian disinformation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to YouTube extremism to drones grounding air traffic, Soltani argues, tech companies need to think not just about protecting their own users but about what he calls abusability: the possibility that users could exploit their tech to harm others, or the world.

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

“I want to call attention to the mortal danger facing open societies from the instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can put in the hands of repressive regimes,” Soros said.

Our children’s planet: What does their education have to do with climate change?

Our children’s planet: What does their education have to do with climate change?

Helping with that transition is an especially important challenge for the World Bank because most of the population growth in the coming decades will be in developing countries. I like to think that Korea’s embrace of sustainability was in part facilitated by World Bank supported environmental education programs in the 1990s.

Robots Will Take Jobs From Men, the Young, and Minorities

Robots Will Take Jobs From Men, the Young, and Minorities

The study estimates only one in four jobs is likely to be greatly changed by automation over the next two decades, and history suggests that new technology will also create new jobs.

Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives

Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Cal Newport, author of the new book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World , says he’s had to convince younger users that connecting with people oin the internet is not the same as Facebook or Instagram.

Is ’Oumuamua an Alien Spaceship? Sure! Except, No

Is ’Oumuamua an Alien Spaceship? Sure! Except, No

Is it possible that ‘Oumuamua, the nominally cigar-shaped, somewhat mysterious visitor that a Hawaiian telescope spotted leaving our solar system in 2017, might be neither comet nor asteroid but an alien spacecraft?

Why a Master Photographer Went Digital After 55 Years

Why a Master Photographer Went Digital After 55 Years

“When I was developing the film, I would imagine the gelatin heating and softening and the developer going in.” These days, he doesn’t even have a dark room—he got rid of it to make room for all the new digital work he’s producing.

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

If they’re pessimists, they tend to find negative ones." LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction In the latest issue of Nature Human Behavior , Przybylski and coauthor Amy Orben use a novel statistical method to show why scientists studying these colossal data sets have been getting such different results and why most of the associations researchers have found, positive and negative, are very small—and probably not worth freaking out about.

This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything

This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything

But earlier this month came news of a potential game changer, from no less a tech luminary than Bill Joy. A long-time investor in clean tech—for years he was involved in venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins’ ill-fated foray into “green” funding—Joy is now serving on the board of Ionic Materials , a battery-tech company in which he has invested.

CES 2019 in Photos: The March of the Gadget Fanatics

CES 2019 in Photos: The March of the Gadget Fanatics

An estimated 180,000 attendees made up of manufacturers, retailers, technology buyers, and just plain tourists flew in to Las Vegas, Nevada to prowl miles of expo hall booths, interact with robots, try flashy virtual reality demos, or just look for their next phone case.

CES 2019 Liveblog Day 3: Wednesday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

CES 2019 Liveblog Day 3: Wednesday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

Meantime, here's all the other news out of CES: Tea Tech Boiling water for tea or coffee is a multi-minute task that many of us do several times a day, and Heatworks claims it has a solution.

CES 2019 Liveblog: The Gadget Future Is Here

CES 2019 Liveblog: The Gadget Future Is Here

You've made it to the fourth and final day of our CES 2019 liveblog. Switch It Up There's nothing particularly life changing about this Nintendo Switch Joy-Con charger by HyperX, except that it's built a lot sturdier and more thoughtfully than many Switch accessories.

The Buzz Behind an App That Can Monitor Beehives Remotely

The Buzz Behind an App That Can Monitor Beehives Remotely

The gadget also has a few sensors, but what sets ApisProtect apart, Sueme says, is that instead of monitoring bees from outside the hive, the company embeds its technology inside the hive itself.

CES 2019 Liveblog: We're Here in Vegas, Touching All the Gadgets

CES 2019 Liveblog: We're Here in Vegas, Touching All the Gadgets

It’s set to come out later this year, but LG is cagey on the price—likely because it will take more than a fat roll of Franklins to afford it.—Jeffrey Van Camp It's Thermo Time 8:55 am: One of the wearables that stood out at last night's CES press preview was the Matrix PowerWatch 2, the follow-up to Matrix’s original smartwatch.

Get Ready to Hear a Lot More About 'XR'

Get Ready to Hear a Lot More About 'XR'

That might help developers, but you could hardly be blamed if you’re still scratching your head every time you see “XR” attached to an image of a person wearing a face computer, or used in the naming convention of a new camera you’re thinking of picking up.

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