The Centuries-Long History of Racism in Surveillance Tech

The Centuries-Long History of Racism in Surveillance Tech

When Simone Browne wrote her book Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness in 2015, her goal was to position the invention of contemporary surveillance technologies “as not being outside of that of the social and historical formation of slavery.” Browne’s book helped inform our next episode of the Get WIRED podcast: Senior writer Sidney Fussell recently spoke to Brown for a WIRED interview about surveillance in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks

The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks

Brown uses mental priming and forcing techniques (among other tools) involving verbal and visual cues in his performances—prompting someone, for instance, to think of the three of diamonds card.

Stuck at Home, Scientists Discover 9 New Insect Species

Stuck at Home, Scientists Discover 9 New Insect Species

The BioSCAN project started when Brown bet a museum trustee that he could find a new species of insect in her backyard in West LA.In its first three years, Brown and the backyard collector discovered 30 new species of insects and published their results.

The True Return of LGBTQ+ Pride

The True Return of LGBTQ+ Pride

The event is typically held every couple years in a different city around the globe, and in 2019 the location was selected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the uprising lead by black and brown queer folks to combat police harassment in the LGBTQ+ community.

Solar Panels Could Be the Best Fad Ever

Solar Panels Could Be the Best Fad Ever

I was nursing a beer at his winter holiday party as he told me about the solar panels on his Brooklyn brownstone roof.It was a neighbor from around the corner who'd seen my solar array and, like me before him, was intrigued.

Facebook Could Help Journalism by Making News Easier to Find

Facebook Could Help Journalism by Making News Easier to Find

Facebook announced on Monday that it was going to spend $100 million to help local news outlets during the coronavirus crisis.That money was meant to support coronavirus coverage in local publications, but according to Brown, so many requests for that money came in that the company realized that a much bigger sum was needed.

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Simon Denny's “Amazon worker cage patent drawing as virtual King Island Brown Thornbill cage, US 9,280,157 B2: ‘System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace,’ 2016.”Photograph: Jesse Hunniford/de Young MuseumDenny’s artwork now stands in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, part of a new show that examines humans’ changing role in a world saturated with intelligent machines.

200 students compete to solve big science challenges at Auckland Science and Technology Fair

200 students compete to solve big science challenges at Auckland Science and Technology Fair

Everything from eating brownies made with bugs to a substitute for stickers on fruit has had a scientific eye cast over it ahead of this year’s NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair.

I Replaced My Oven With a Waffle Maker, and You Should Too

I Replaced My Oven With a Waffle Maker, and You Should Too

But it's as good a time as any to tell you how I feel about my waffle maker, which can make everything from burgers to hash browns to chocolate chip cookies.If you want to upgrade your waffling experience, Shumski likes the very fancy Breville BWM620XL Waffle Maker ($199).

This New Poker Bot Can Beat Multiple Pros—at Once

This New Poker Bot Can Beat Multiple Pros—at Once

“If you sit this bot down with five elite professional humans, it is going to beat them and make money off them,” says Noam Brown, a researcher in Facebook’s AI lab and co-creator of Pluribus.

This Crafty Robot Can Write in Languages It’s Never Seen Before

This Crafty Robot Can Write in Languages It’s Never Seen Before

Researchers at Brown University just got a robot to do something as linguistically improbable as it is beautiful: After training to hand-write Japanese characters, the robot then turned around and started to copy words in a slew of other languages it’d never written before, including Hindi, Greek, and English, just by looking at examples of that handwriting.

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Puts a Full-Fledged Computer on Your Face

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Puts a Full-Fledged Computer on Your Face

Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s technical fellow for AI and mixed reality, wearing the HoloLens 2 Quinn Russell Brown Whether the $3,500 headset provides more out-of-box value is a call for its commercial customers to make.

For Brown Bears and Salmon, It’s Not Just About Numbers

For Brown Bears and Salmon, It’s Not Just About Numbers

Looking at streams on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, the researchers found that the varied timing of salmon migrations likely matters as much as abundance. Previous research found that this variance in migration timing among streams matters a lot to brown bears and other wildlife that feed on salmon.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Rules the Box Office

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Rules the Box Office

In today's installment: Spider-Man swings to the top of the box office; Netflix announces the actors landing fizzgigs on its forthcoming Dark Crystal prequel; and good Ol' Charlie Brown comes to Apple.Spider-Man Is the Weekend KingpinSony's delightful Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—a hyper-crowded animated adventure featuring teen web-slinger Miles Morales—landed at No. 1 at the US box office over the weekend, nabbing $35 million, fueled by largely positive reviews.

You've Never Seen Thunderstorms Like These Before

You've Never Seen Thunderstorms Like These Before

For the past decade, photographer Mitch Dobrowner has spent a few weeks every summer pursuing extreme weather across the midwestern United States with veteran storm chaser Roger Hill, who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, has witnessed more tornadoes (more than 650) than anyone in history.

Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad

Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad

‘We need to stick to the Paris agreement, we need to stop burning coal and we need to commit to more renewable energy,’ Longreach farmer says Longreach sheep and cattle farmer Jody Brown features in the new Australian Conservation Foundation ad about drought and climate change.

US activists launch climate change initiatives in absence of federal leadership

US activists launch climate change initiatives in absence of federal leadership

The America’s Pledge on Climate initiative was set up the same year by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and California governor Jerry Brown to map “bottom up” US climate action.

Climate change activists defy Trump’s inaction with their own summit

Climate change activists defy Trump’s inaction with their own summit

America’s Pledge – a group led by California Governor Jerry Brown and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – will unveil how close the US could come to the climate pollution reductions the Obama administration promised the world in Paris in 2015.

Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight

Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight

Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight Jerry Brown, California’s governor, has accused Donald Trump of “gross ignorance” over climate change as he made his most sweeping actions yet to rid the world’s fifth largest economy of fossil fuels.

When We Almost Stopped Climate Change

When We Almost Stopped Climate Change

And if you’re interested in advertising with “The Daily,” write to us at [email protected] do I listen to ‘The Daily’?July 16, 2018Nathaniel Rich contributed reporting.“When We Almost Stopped Climate Change” was produced by Clare Toeniskoetter, with help from Michael Simon Johnson, and edited by Paige Cowett and Lisa Tobin.“The Daily” is produced by Theo Balcomb, Annie Brown, Jessica Cheung, Paige Cowett, Lynsea Garrison, Michael Simon Johnson, Andy Mills, Rachel Quester, Ike Sriskandarajah and Clare Toeniskoetter, with editing help from Larissa Anderson.

A New 'Brown Tide' Could Make Florida's Dangerous Red Tide Worse

A New 'Brown Tide' Could Make Florida's Dangerous Red Tide Worse

The beaches of southwest Florida are once again graveyards for marine life, thanks to a deadly "red tide" algal bloom floating just beneath the surface of the water offshore.

California moves towards 100% carbon-free electricity after landmark vote

California moves towards 100% carbon-free electricity after landmark vote

The bill, which will need to be approved by the state senate and Governor Jerry Brown, will require a complete shift to clean energy such as solar and wind by 2045.

18 States Sue Government Over New Car Emissions Standards

18 States Sue Government Over New Car Emissions Standards

The suit, which was led by California, seeks to protect standards passed under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama that would raise fuel efficiency to about 50 miles per gallon by 2025. "The states joining today's lawsuit represent 140 million people who simply want cleaner and more efficient cars," California Governor Jerry Brown said.

If Germany Can't Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?

If Germany Can't Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?

If Germany Can't Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?Germany's switch from black to brown (lignite) coal is making it tougher to meet carbon reduction goals.Dusan Bartolovic/Getty ImagesSometime next month, underground miners will dig Germany’s last ton of black coal, load it onto a conveyor belt, and whisk it a mile to the surface of the Ibbenbüren mining facility.