How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

It will also be the centerpiece of SFO’s plan to protect itself from the steady rise of San Francisco Bay. Since the 1980s, SFO has installed a variety of features to protect itself from the risk of flood associated with rising waters, including berms, concrete walls, and the kind of sheet piling construction projects use to keep water out of building sites.

Burglars Really Do Use Bluetooth Scanners to Find Laptops and Phones

Burglars Really Do Use Bluetooth Scanners to Find Laptops and Phones

A recent rise in laptop and gadget thefts from cars, particularly in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area, has left victims and police wondering if burglars are using Bluetooth scanners to choose target cars based on which have gadgets inside emitting wireless signals.

Rian Johnson to Star Wars Diversity Haters: 'Fuck 'Em'

Rian Johnson to Star Wars Diversity Haters: 'Fuck 'Em'

During a Q&A with actor Chris Evans following a screening of their new film Knives Out at the WIRED25 conference Saturday night in San Francisco, Johnson said that while he’s mostly had positive interactions with Star Wars fans, “if someone is responding to diversity negatively, fuck ‘em.”.

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Today, WIRED25 returns to San Francisco for two days packed with forward-thinking talks and activities by some of the world’s most innovative and influential people .We’ll have climate activists and CEOs, actors and authors, scientists and engineers—plus a guy who can teach you to make the world's best paper airplane.

A New Gene Helps Explain Why Some People Need Less Sleep

A New Gene Helps Explain Why Some People Need Less Sleep

Fu and her colleague and spouse Louis Ptáček, both at the University of California, San Francisco, had just identified a gene mutation that significantly decreased how many hours someone needs to sleep .

A Molecule Designed By AI Exhibits 'Druglike' Qualities

A Molecule Designed By AI Exhibits 'Druglike' Qualities

The favorable results in cells and mice were a pleasant surprise; he’d expected the AI-generated molecules would require more tweaks and rounds of computations before they found one with potential.“It’s cool to see AI trained to think a little bit like how a medicinal chemist thinks,” says Adam Renslo, a professor of chemical biology at the University of California-San Francisco who also wasn’t involved in the research.

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

Engineers clambered up to the girders and slowly excised the cracked chunks with a diamond-oxide-studded cable saw, “so we could cut through it without heating it up and disturbing any of the evidence,” says Karl Frank, a civil engineer and steel-failure specialist working with Herrick, another company involved in building the terminal.

Uber and Lyft Suggest the Days of Cheap Rides Could Be Over

Uber and Lyft Suggest the Days of Cheap Rides Could Be Over

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that his company’s rivalry with the other big San Francisco–based ride-hailing company had cooled—for now.Uber also took a hit in Latin America, where its revenue fell by 24 percent in the quarter, as Chinese ride-hail company Didi began an aggressive push into that market.

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

Three US cities, including San Francisco , recently blocked their agencies from using the technology altogether, while federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed interest in regulating facial recognition.#facial recognition #Artificial Intelligence #algorithms #privacy.

Self-Parking Garages, Robovans, and More Car News This Week

Self-Parking Garages, Robovans, and More Car News This Week

Speaking of electrics, we watched Ford’s prototype battery-powered Ford F-150 haul a train, saw Cruise delay its plans to launch a robo-taxi service in San Francisco, and inspected financials from Tesla showing that while deliveries are up, so are losses.

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

Cruise, the startup General Motors acquired to develop its self-driving car , will launch an autonomous taxi service on the gnarly, crowded streets of San Francisco, CEO Dan Ammann said Wednesday.

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

“A lot of these problems have been exacerbated by the tech boom, from affordability and gentrification to homelessness and gridlock on our streets,” says Supervisor Gordon Mar, sponsor of the IPO tax proposal.

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

On Tuesday, 15 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Bogota, Colombia, said they’ve created a nonprofit called the Open Mobility Foundation, devoted to collecting, maintaining, and standardizing information about where shared vehicles—including cars, scooters, jet packs, and bicycles—are parked.

San Francisco's Juul Ban, an All-Electric Airplane, and More News

San Francisco's Juul Ban, an All-Electric Airplane, and More News

San Francisco's Juul Ban, an All-Electric Airplane, and More News. San Francisco said goodbye to e-cigarettes, an airplane maker went all-electric, and a Minnesota cop was awarded money because of her snooping colleagues.

San Francisco's E-Cigarette Ban Aims to Goose the FDA

San Francisco's E-Cigarette Ban Aims to Goose the FDA

San Francisco city officials voted unanimously on Tuesday to suspend the sale and delivery of electronic cigarettes until the products are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In 2018, the FDA warned e-cigarette companies to stop marketing to children and proposed restricting the sale of flavored vaping products to minors.

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

But the city of San Francisco seemed to challenge that exclusivity late last month , when it announced it would open up a permitting process for a larger dockless bike-share program—a process that would be open to companies other than Lyft and Motivate.

You Can't Hate San Francisco Unless You Love San Francisco

You Can't Hate San Francisco Unless You Love San Francisco

Hours before the film was set to premiere in front of a local audience, Wired sat down with them and other cast members inside the Fairmont Hotel, high atop San Francisco’s poshest hill, full of mansions built by railroad barons during the city’s original economic boom, to talk about how the tech industry is bulldozing the city they’ve always called home.“It’s a very strange time to be from San Francisco,” Talbot says.

San Francisco Bans Agency Use of Facial Recognition Tech

San Francisco Bans Agency Use of Facial Recognition Tech

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.San Francisco’s ban covers government agencies, including the city police and county sheriff’s department, but doesn’t affect the technology that unlocks your iPhone or cameras installed by businesses or individuals.

Cruise's $1 Billion Infusion Shows the Stakes in Self-Driving Tech

Cruise's $1 Billion Infusion Shows the Stakes in Self-Driving Tech

GM's Cruise unit has raised $7.25 billion toward developing self-driving technology in the past year. The latest eye-popping investment comes via Cruise, the San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle unit that is mostly owned by General Motors.

Legendary Haight Street Gets a New, Legal King of Weed

Legendary Haight Street Gets a New, Legal King of Weed

This past Valentine’s Day, Shawn Richard stood before the San Francisco Planning Commission and made the case for why the board should let him open the first cannabis dispensary in the city’s legendary Upper Haight neighborhood.

Adam Savage Tells Us How (and Why) He Makes Stuff

Adam Savage Tells Us How (and Why) He Makes Stuff

You might know Adam Savage as the co-host of the television show MythBusters , as the editor of , or as the host of countless web videos that show him building machines, sewing costumes for Comic-Con, and occasionally blowing something up in his San Francisco workshop.

Inside the Quietly Lucrative Business of Donating Human Eggs

Inside the Quietly Lucrative Business of Donating Human Eggs

“There's a huge lack of data there to really [allow women] to make informed decisions,” says Dr. Diane Tober, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies egg donors.

Beyoncé Is Back, Lyft Pumps the Brakes, and More News

Beyoncé Is Back, Lyft Pumps the Brakes, and More News

Beyoncé Is Back, Lyft Pumps the Brakes, and More News. Lyft has to pump the brakes on its e-bikes. A Lyft subsidiary had to pull its e-bikes from New York, Washington, and San Francisco after riders reported injuries from unexpectedly strong front brakes .

Long Before Selfies and Memes, People Wanted to Share Pics

Long Before Selfies and Memes, People Wanted to Share Pics

There was a time not so long ago when people snapped photos and didn't think about sharing them until much later. says Clément Chéroux, curator of the new exhibit Snap+Share at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The Youth Climate Strike as Seen by Teen Photographers

The Youth Climate Strike as Seen by Teen Photographers

Grady High School senior Esme Bella Rice photographed the strike in front of the Georgia State Capitol building; and in San Francisco, 18-year-old Ruth Asawa School of the Arts senior Max Buenviaje-Boyd photographed the large march from the Federal Building, through downtown, to Union Square.

Kids and Teens Strike Against Adults’ Climate Screw-Ups

Kids and Teens Strike Against Adults’ Climate Screw-Ups

“My GPA isn’t going to matter if I’m dead,” said an Oakland high-schooler named Bruke, 16, who’d crossed the bay to strike in front of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office in San Francisco along with at least 1,000 other kids—ranging in age from toddlers with their parents to 18-year-olds.

YouTube CEO Defends Its Efforts to Reduce Violent Content

YouTube CEO Defends Its Efforts to Reduce Violent Content

Samantha Cooper YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki defended her company’s efforts to keep violent content off the video platform at the sixth annual Lesbians Who Tech Summit Friday in San Francisco.

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.

The Insane Numbers Behind Cycling's Most Masochistic Race

The Insane Numbers Behind Cycling's Most Masochistic Race

"The whole point is to push your body and your mind to a place they've never been before," says Stevens, who recently visited WIRED's offices in San Francisco to give me a taste of what it's like to pedal one's ever-living brains out.

How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

In fact, according to court documents, the primary driver behind the original creation of Mirai was creating "a weapon capable of initiating powerful denial-of-service attacks against business competitors and others against whom White and his coconspirators held grudges.” Once investigators knew what to look for, they found Minecraft links all over Mirai: In an less-noticed attack just after the OVH incident, the botnet had targeted ProxyPipe.com, a company in San Francisco that specializes in protecting Minecraft servers from DDoS attacks.

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