VR’s True Innovation Isn’t Technological, It’s Human

VR’s True Innovation Isn’t Technological, It’s Human

They're self-contained, so you're not attached by a cable to a computer or game console; they track themselves in space, obviating the external sensors required on earlier systems and freeing you to move about in VR just as you move in real life, with a range limited only by your physical environment; and they extend the headset's “six degrees of freedom” to the hand controllers as well, allowing for realistic use of virtual objects like swords and flashlights.

LA’s Plan to Reboot Its Bus System—Using Cell Phone Data

LA’s Plan to Reboot Its Bus System—Using Cell Phone Data

So it's cool that Cheung, senior executive officer for service development, scheduling, and analysis at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority—or Metro for short—is in charge of NextGen, a study to reimagine the city's bus system.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again

When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again

In technology, all that matters is tomorrow.” Here’s a quote from the 1909 manifesto: “Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible?” Where Marinetti declares “We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!” today’s technology moguls say “the future is now.” Where the Italian Futurists were hypnotized by cars and planes, today’s technologists are drooling over rocket ships and space travel.

Estimate the Pulling Force of Boston Dynamics' Robo-Dog Army

Estimate the Pulling Force of Boston Dynamics' Robo-Dog Army

That's pretty close to the estimated friction from the robot dogs (maybe my values for the coefficients are off).What about pulling a truck uphill? They also have a decrease in the frictional force needed to pull the truck up the incline.

Environment report a clear picture of change: NIWA

Environment report a clear picture of change: NIWA

“The challenges of reducing our urban air pollutants and national greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a highly variable and changing climate are hugely important and affect all New Zealanders.”.

A Top Dark Web Drug Ring Goes Down—Thanks to ATM Withdrawals

A Top Dark Web Drug Ring Goes Down—Thanks to ATM Withdrawals

It took in millions of dollars shipping fentanyl-laced heroin, methamphetamines, and hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Xanax tablets across the US—until the Manhattan district attorney's office shut it down, and arrested the three men who allegedly ran it.

Cyberspies Hijacked the Internet Domains of Entire Countries

Cyberspies Hijacked the Internet Domains of Entire Countries

Cisco Talos researcher Craig Williams says the Sea Turtle campaign is disturbing not only because it represents a series of brazen cyberspying operations, but also because it calls into question that basic trust model of the internet.

Injuries Force Lyft to Hit the Brakes on Its E-Bike Ambitions

Injuries Force Lyft to Hit the Brakes on Its E-Bike Ambitions

Just last week, the Chicago City Council approved an exclusive bike-share contract with Lyft, which included a promise to roll out 10,500 e-bikes by 2021.So it was a real disappointment late Sunday when the ride-hail company announced it would remove all of its electric bicycles—at least for the time being—due to reports of injury.

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Designers have gotten used to all sorts of magic tricks to make Helvetica look more legible, like changing the size of punctuation marks to balance the letters.

One Doctor’s Answer to Drug Deaths: Opioid Vending Machines

One Doctor’s Answer to Drug Deaths: Opioid Vending Machines

Last year, the BCCDC won a $1.4 million grant from the federal health authority, Health Canada, for a pilot program, led by Tyndall, that will study the effects of giving the Downtown Eastside’s most at-risk drug users a regular allotment of hydromorphone pills (the chemical name for Dilaudid) which they can take home and use instead of buying street drugs.

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

A new paper shows that managing existing protected areas to a better standard is often a smarter investment of new funds than purchasing additional land. Given limited funding for conservation, countries are often faced with a choice: spend money on creating new protected areas, or allocating that money to better manage existing protected areas.

Apple and Qualcomm End Their Legal Beef and Drop Lawsuits

Apple and Qualcomm End Their Legal Beef and Drop Lawsuits

Apple retaliated by withholding payments for the patent licensing fees its manufacturing partners were supposed to pay to Qualcomm, and by expanding its lawsuit to include the double-dipping allegations.

TED 2019: Jack Dorsey Is Captain of the Twittanic

TED 2019: Jack Dorsey Is Captain of the Twittanic

It’s been more than a year since Jack Dorsey publicly committed to “fixing” Twitter, which the CEO himself admits is toxic and full of problems he didn't anticipate.

The Time Tim Cook Stood His Ground Against the FBI

The Time Tim Cook Stood His Ground Against the FBI

At 4:30 a.m., just in time for the morning news cycle on the East Coast, Cook published an open letter to Apple customers explaining why the company would be opposing the ruling, which “threatens the security of our customers.” He referenced the danger that could come from the government having too much power: “The implications of the government’s demands are chilling,” he wrote.

Community MPAs Fail to Protect Important Reef Fish

Community MPAs Fail to Protect Important Reef Fish

Published in Coral Reefs , this research evaluates the effectiveness of locally-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) in Roviana Lagoon, Solomon Islands. Community-based management fails to halt declines of bumphead parrotfish and humphead wrasse in Roviana Lagoon, Solomon Islands.

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