African Voices Must Lead the Global Climate Conversation

African Voices Must Lead the Global Climate Conversation

As bodies such as the IPCC focus on how climate change is already affecting people and what we must do to adapt, Africa cannot be left out.

Drake, Kanye, Lil Nas X, and the Art of Online Self-Creation

Drake, Kanye, Lil Nas X, and the Art of Online Self-Creation

Along with Kanye West, who released his 10th studio album, Donda, earlier this month, Certified Lover Boy is merely an accelerant to a larger conversation about how and what we need to make good art.

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

What Is It. RE:WIRED is a two-day virtual global event that brings together some of the top names in technology, business, and culture to discuss the world’s biggest challenges and how we solve them.

I Want My Daughter to Live in a Better Metaverse

I Want My Daughter to Live in a Better Metaverse

While I appreciate the ability to shield my teenager from unseemly content, I also understand the importance of having meaningful conversations about why certain words and actions can harm others.It’s not difficult to imagine nefarious actors injecting extremist or toxic content into metaverse experiences directly.

Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency

Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency

Geared toward professionals whose own careers have been upended by these forces, the Resilience Residency offers a unique opportunity for non-journalists to report powerful stories from their changing fields and start new conversations about the future.

Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

The new service is designed for the sale and efficient delivery of Wikipedia's content directly to these online behemoths (and eventually, to smaller companies too).Conversations between the foundation’s newly created subsidiary, Wikimedia LLC, and Big Tech companies are already underway, point-people on the project said in an interview, but the next couple of months will be about seeking the reaction of Wikipedia’s thousands of volunteers.

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

We talked about it over a number of conversations, and I think the key question here is: Can AI actually get to that empathy, by understanding human emotions, controlling them through something like a work of art.

The ‘Girl Games’ of the ’90s Were Fun and Feminist

The ‘Girl Games’ of the ’90s Were Fun and Feminist

And so, in October 1996, Mattel Media released Barbie Fashion Designer on CD-ROM.Barbie Fashion Designer “really changed the conversation,” says Yasmin B.Before Barbie, “very few games thought about the play space for girls.”.

Watch Highlights From WIRED's CES Conversations

Watch Highlights From WIRED's CES Conversations

Moderna’s Melissa Moore explained why we should be excited about the dawn of mRNA vaccines; the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, talked about the cybersecurity issues that pose the biggest threat to our democracy; and Slack's Stewart Butterfield and Salesforce's Bret Taylor told us about how digital-first workplaces will become the norm even when we can return to the office.

Amazon's Fitness Tracker Teaches You How to Be Nicer (Kinda)

Amazon's Fitness Tracker Teaches You How to Be Nicer (Kinda)

Amazon’s new health tracker, the Halo, is a small, display-free device fitted into a fabric band that you wear on your wrist.Also, the Halo's microphone records snippets of your conversations to interpret the emotions conveyed in the tone of your speaking voice.

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

Marshall was one of Clubhouse’s first 100 users, and she quickly got hooked on the app, which works like an audio chatroom.Now, the emergence of audio social networks makes it even easier for anyone to broadcast their conversations to the wider world.

Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay

Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay

We applaud these changes, and believe that if Twitter is serious about its stated goal of “protecting the integrity of the election conversation,” there's another thing the platform should consider: putting a time delay on the tweets of Donald Trump and other political elites.

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

It might not seem like much, but figuring out when to seek clarification requires considerable artificial intelligence , and it’s a step towards having machines learn from humans on the fly.“The ability for clarification will be a fundamental property of any good conversational artificial agent,” says Roger Levy, a professor at MIT who specializes in AI and linguistics.

Qualcomm’s Founder On Why the US Doesn’t Have Its Own Huawei

Qualcomm’s Founder On Why the US Doesn’t Have Its Own Huawei

At the time, the existing contenders for a wireless standard had limits on how many conversations they could handle, and Jacobs was considering a better alternative called Code Division Multiple Access, or CDMA.Jacobs says he thought that other US companies, like Motorola, would stay in the business.

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

Apple and Google say the change was based on conversations with state public health authorities, who told the companies they were having difficulty building apps themselves.Apple and Google say they are “committed to supporting public health authorities that have deployed or are building custom apps.”.

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, noted in the report, found that despite a slowing of the rate of deforestation in the last decade, some 10 million hectares are still being lost each year through conversion to agriculture and other land uses.

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

I had been invited to lead a conversation with a handful of artists about the climate crisis and their place in it.Something remarkable has happened to the climate conversation in the past two years.We Climate People are used to being a small group.

It's Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That

It's Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That

Quote tweets are I think an important mechanic that’s distinct because me yelling in your movie theater is different than you hosting your own conversation.

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Millican's presentation at the conference, in fact, wasn't about how Facebook plans to pull off the transition to default encryption for Messenger, which currently offers the feature only through its Secret Conversations mode .

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

“The philosophical approach we took here is, when you start a conversation, as the author of a tweet you should have a little more control over the replies to that tweet,” Beykpour said.

Finally, We Can ‘Like’ Apple’s Keyboards Again

Finally, We Can ‘Like’ Apple’s Keyboards Again

Show Notes: Read Adrienne So’s story about how Instagram is testing hiding likes here , and watch Arielle’s full conversation with Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri here .

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

“I think especially for young people, we are actually discouraged often not to dive into that, because it's overwhelming and scary,” said Kelsey Juliana, the lead plaintiff, in a conversation with WIRED senior editor Sandra Upson.

What Does Amazon's 'Top Brand' Badge Actually Mean?

What Does Amazon's 'Top Brand' Badge Actually Mean?

Louise Matsakis covers Amazon, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.James Thomson, a former Amazon employee and a partner at Buy Box Experts, a firm that consults with independent Amazon sellers, says Top Brands likely have high sales volumes and high conversion rates, meaning a lot of people who look at their product listings ultimately choose to buy from them.

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

The highly ambiguous law is tailored to address conversations that inspire purchases or sway votes, but it fails to carefully define what constitutes “influenc[ing] a vote in an election.” Is sharing legitimate news stories or voting locations a form of “influence?” After all, not all online automated accounts are malign; some are simply news or information dissemination services, while others are created by artists.

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.“It’s not clear it’s solving the right problem.

Tidy the F*ck Up: A Conversation With Messie Condo

Tidy the F*ck Up: A Conversation With Messie Condo

In her new book Tidy the F ck Up*, Messie Condo gives you practical, salty, unvarnished advice about making your space your happy place—and maybe doing some emotional work on yourself while you’re at it.

Bezos Says Amazon Will Bet Even Bigger Despite Antitrust Probes

Bezos Says Amazon Will Bet Even Bigger Despite Antitrust Probes

“We need to be doing things where if they work, they have to be able to move the needle for us," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said. “We can’t do things that if they work they’ll be small,” Bezos said, in conversation with Amazon’s forecasting chief Jenny Freshwater.

Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both

Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both

Wednesday, Amazon demonstrated a new model, in which Alexa completes multiple tasks in a single conversation that combines services previously isolated in separate skills. The movie-night planning service will be limited to the US, and to English, but Prasad says Amazon will soon give Alexa the power to multitask in other, unspecified, ways.

Trump’s Twitter Meeting, an Ethereum Thief, and More News

Trump’s Twitter Meeting, an Ethereum Thief, and More News

President Donald Trump tweeted invective at Twitter again this morning, but this time Jack Dorsey took the conversation off-platform to the White House. In other news, a controversial US Census question creates some strange bedfellows, and a "blockchain bandit" is pilfering millions in cryptocurrency.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 10 April 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 10 April 2019

Conversely, the lower east coast and the far south (including Hawke’s Bay, coastal Wairarapa and Wellington) saw a soil moisture increase due to rainfall totals above average for the time of year.

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