Finally! A DNA Computer That Can Actually Be Reprogrammed

Finally! A DNA Computer That Can Actually Be Reprogrammed

They showed it’s possible to use a simple trigger to coax the same basic set of DNA molecules into implementing numerous different algorithms. As these DNA tiles link up during the assembly process, they form a circuit that implements the chosen molecular algorithm on the input bits provided by the seed.

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 EU Hits Google With a Third Billion-Dollar Fine. So What?

The EU Hits Google With a Third Billion-Dollar Fine. So What?

This is the third billion-dollar antitrust penalty levied against Google by the European Commission, which has fined the company more than $9 billion for anticompetitive practices since 2017.

Fei-Fei Li Wants AI to Care More About Humans

Fei-Fei Li Wants AI to Care More About Humans

Li’s keynote speech marked the opening of the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, or HAI, which will work on topics such as how to ensure algorithms’ make fair decisions in government or finance, and what new regulations may be required on AI applications.

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.

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off The blue and white chopper is the testbed for Sikorsky’s Matrix Technology, a suite of systems to boost helicopter safety by reducing pilot workload to the point where the crew can focus on what they need to do rather than how to do it.

Preparing to Unleash Crispr on an Unprepared World

Preparing to Unleash Crispr on an Unprepared World

The following year, Charpentier teamed up with biochemist Jennifer Doudna, and the pair asked what proved to be the multibillion-dollar question: Could they exploit this system and use it to edit genes?

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly In the year since an Uber self-driving SUV killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg, talk around autonomy has shifted to hushed tones, with an emphasis on safety.

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

Guillaume Chaslot, who previously worked on recommendations at YouTube but now works to document their flaws , says those problems stem from companies designing systems designed primarily to maximize the time users spend on their services.

'The Inventor,' Theranos, and Multiplatform Schadenfreude

'The Inventor,' Theranos, and Multiplatform Schadenfreude

HBO Over the course of 119 minutes in The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley , Alex Gibney's new documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, very little is made of Holmes' speaking voice.

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral The online spread of a video from a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch Friday shows the limits of social media moderation.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Flickr Cofounder Caterina Fake Weighs In On Big Tech

Those are the conversations we’ve been having for the past 15 to 20 years about technology.” But that narrative in tech is evolving, Fake tells WIRED on this week’s Gadget Lab podcast, from one of ideation, optimism, and changing the world to a stark reality in which technology can do as much harm as good.

Kamala Harris Wants to Give States Millions to Overhaul Tech

Kamala Harris Wants to Give States Millions to Overhaul Tech

“We must do more to empower our state and local governments to tap into the power of technology to provide seamless, cost-effective services for the 21st century.” Kamala Harris The Digital Service Act also includes another $50 million a year to help USDS continue its work at the federal level.

Inside the Room Where Tech Actually Vies for Military Jobs

Inside the Room Where Tech Actually Vies for Military Jobs

Inside the Room Where Tech Actually Vies for Military Jobs Protests over military contracts at companies like Google and Microsoft have grabbed headlines, but an Air Force demo day last week hosted dozens of startups eager to work with the Pentagon.

I Embraced Screen Time With My Daughter—and I Love It

I Embraced Screen Time With My Daughter—and I Love It

Her opinion is that “most tech-privileged parents should be less concerned with controlling their kids’ tech use and more about being connected to their digital lives.” Mimi is glad that the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) dropped its famous 2x2 rule—no screens for the first two years, and no more than two hours a day until a child hits 18.

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

But as designers make that choice, they run the risk of reinforcing gender stereotypes, that female AI assistants should be helpful and caring, while machines like security robots should have a male voice to telegraph authority.

The Huawei Case Signals the New US–China Cold War Over Tech

The Huawei Case Signals the New US–China Cold War Over Tech

Looked at through that lens, is Huawei’s relationship to the Chinese government fundamentally different than the ties between the Pentagon and contractors such as Lockheed, Boeing, and General Dynamics?

This Big Facebook Critic Fears Tech’s Business Model

This Big Facebook Critic Fears Tech’s Business Model

"I just wish we could have created it without some of the business model characteristics that are causing the harm." Nicola Gell/Getty Images Longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee met Mark Zuckerberg in 2006, when the Facebook CEO was just 22 and his two-year-old company still only catered to university students.

Have We Reached Peak Big?

Have We Reached Peak Big?

If and when the political class and plutocrats get concerned enough about the pitchforks coming out , maybe Big Tech will be broken up or regulated and taxes on the rich will rise. The issues with Big Medicine and Big Science will likely need to be solved via changes in policy.

The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York has already begun to prepare his Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of David Cicilline of Rhode Island, to probe anti-competitive consolidation in the tech industry, building on Nadler’s earlier observation that companies like Facebook “cannot be trusted” to regulate themselves.

10 Women in Science and Tech Who Should Be Household Names

10 Women in Science and Tech Who Should Be Household Names

Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, we want to highlight just a few of the incredible women WIRED has written about over the years, whose work breaks boundaries, makes new worlds possible, and sets the stage for the future.

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

If you don't have a plank on tech platforms, it will be very notable." Warren's plan envisions a new category of company called a "platform utility." This would include companies "that offer to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties." That includes, of course, Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

Inside the High-Stakes Race to Make Quantum Computers Work

Inside the High-Stakes Race to Make Quantum Computers Work

Federico Carminati, a physicist at CERN, admits that today’s quantum computers wouldn't give researchers anything more than classical machines, but, undeterred, he’s started tinkering with IBM’s prototype quantum device via the cloud while waiting for the technology to mature.

Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine

Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine

For one thing, a surgical implant, Zuckerberg told Zittrain, wouldn’t scale well: “If you’re actually trying to build things that everyone is going to use, you’re going to want to focus on the noninvasive things.” The technology that Zuckerberg described is a shower-cap-looking device that surrounds a brain and discovers connections between particular thoughts and particular blood flows or brain activity, presumably to assist the glasses or headsets manufactured by Oculus VR, which is part of Facebook.

Waymo Is Selling the Lidar Tech It Fought Uber to Protect

Waymo Is Selling the Lidar Tech It Fought Uber to Protect

The autonomous tech company that started life in 2009 as Google’s self-driving car project announced today it’s creating a new revenue stream by selling its custom-developed, short range laser sensors.

Why Chinese Companies Plug a US Test for Facial Recognition

Why Chinese Companies Plug a US Test for Facial Recognition

“Both Chinese and international customers ask about it.” Yitu’s technology is in use by police, and at subway stations and ATMs. It’s currently ranked first on one of NIST’s two main tests, which challenges algorithms to detect when two photos show the same face.

US Lawyers Don’t Buy Huawei’s Argument on Chinese Hacking

US Lawyers Don’t Buy Huawei’s Argument on Chinese Hacking

But the Federal Communications Commission warned last year that use of Huawei’s equipment in US telecom networks might weaken US national security due to the company’s close ties to China’s government, which has been implicated in hacking campaigns against US companies and government agencies.

The Air Force Wants to Give You Its Credit Card

The Air Force Wants to Give You Its Credit Card

He’s going to be leading a pitch day for the Air Force this week in New York City, and he spoke with WIRED about that and also where he sees the future of military technology going—from AI to hypersonic weapons to space.

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

Isabella Wren , a Hong Kong-based fashion brand, sells tailor-made jackets, dresses, and trousers with a proprietary body scanning technology that lifts a woman's exact measurements from a few photos.

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company will continue to work with "institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy." GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images Tech workers are increasingly uneasy about their employers’ work with the US government, especially the military.

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