Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt

Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt

Lambda says enrollment, now 2,700 students, is growing at 10 percent a month; it foresees soon bringing the ISA model to other subjects, like nursing.The challenge, Allred says, is overcoming the stigma of for-profit coding schools, especially among Silicon Valley firms—which is tricky when you’ve been around less than three years.

Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections

Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections

As the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner has long been a vocal proponent of new legislation to strengthen election protections, such as the Honest Ad Act, which would compel Silicon Valley firms to disclose when political ads are paid for by a foreign nation.

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Similarly, one might at first worry whether Silicon Valley food apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Seamless will survive the public outrage following a recent New York Times exposé of the hamster-wheel existence of the delivery people who use the apps to make a living.

Life at Huawei: Trains, European Design, and Lunch Naps

Life at Huawei: Trains, European Design, and Lunch Naps

On the surface, it wasn't: Huawei's new $1.4 billion Ox Horn production facility in Dongguan, where workers make smartphones and 5G equipment, looks more like medieval Europe than Silicon Valley. But at its core, the work culture at Huawei seemed the same to Frayer as at any massive tech company.

The Other Big Lesson We Should Learn From Theranos

The Other Big Lesson We Should Learn From Theranos

The business-friendly government was eager to nurture a Silicon Valley in Arizona and quickly paved the way for the company’s “miracle technology,” which purported to perform cheap medical tests from a single drop of blood.

'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.

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.

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

In response, Jeff Bezos told an audience at WIRED's own 25th anniversary conference, “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble.” But who would come and work on AI for the federal government or US military when the perks of Silicon Valley are spectacularly more attractive?

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

But its many pages make clear that while the Silicon Valley hype around robocars may have cooled, progress toward the day when humans are unshackled from the steering wheel continues: The 48 autonomous vehicle developers that tested their tech on public roads collectively drove 2.05 million miles between December 2017 and November 2018, up from 500,000 the year before.

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions “My mom just would really love it if I got a job at Google," says former tech worker and first-time novelist Kathy Wang.

Security Isn't Enough. Silicon Valley Needs 'Abusability' Testing

Security Isn't Enough. Silicon Valley Needs 'Abusability' Testing

From Russian disinformation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to YouTube extremism to drones grounding air traffic, Soltani argues, tech companies need to think not just about protecting their own users but about what he calls abusability: the possibility that users could exploit their tech to harm others, or the world.

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future As much as the Silicon Valley native is disrupting transport, its core business is building and selling cars.

Bitcoin Exposed Silicon Valley's Ultimate Aim: Making Money

Bitcoin Exposed Silicon Valley's Ultimate Aim: Making Money

(At the time, my reporting appeared in the business section of a national newspaper, but as should be obvious by now I didn’t have much of a knack for business or dystopian fantasy.) If you think companies like Facebook and Google are about manipulating the public to make money without concern about the damage done to society, then the bitcoin story should be your ur-text.

The Best Tech Quotes of the Year

The Best Tech Quotes of the Year

Our asshole, I guess.”—A coworker at Google about Anthony Levandowski, the controversial self-driving car engineer. “We are now facing not just a technological crisis but a philosophical crisis.”—Yuval Noah Harari, surely the most-read author in Silicon Valley, in conversation with Tristan Harris, surely one of the most influential voices of the past year.

Google's Algorithm Isn't Biased, It's Just Not Human

Google's Algorithm Isn't Biased, It's Just Not Human

And at Tuesday's questioning of Pichai by the House Judiciary Committee, a string of Republicans hit their cues, insisting that the negative results from a Google search of their names or favored legislation must have been personally typed out by vengeful programmers in far-left California.Noam Cohen is an Ideas contributor at WIRED, a writer living in Brooklyn, and the author of The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball.Pichai patiently explained what an algorithm was and how Google’s algorithm had no reason to offend Republicans.

Thin, Flexible New Solar Cells Could Soon Line Your Shirt

Thin, Flexible New Solar Cells Could Soon Line Your Shirt

These combination or “multi-junction” cells have already hit efficiencies above 40 percent—twice that of a traditional solar panel on the market today.“The most important thing to getting this technology to the market is being very open to unique use cases,” says Paul Meissner, CEO of Silicon Valley-based startup Energy Everywhere, one of a handful of new companies trying to develop perovskite, along with other unproven technologies.

A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny

A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny

Bitcoin is dominated by a small cadre of investors, and “mining” new coins is so expensive and electricity-draining that only large institutions can participate; Facebook’s advertising system is exploited by foreign governments and other malevolent political actors who have had free rein to spread disinformation and discord; and Google’s informal structure allows leaders to believe they can act in secret to dispense with credible accusations of harassment.In Freeman’s unstinting language, this rhetoric of openness “becomes a smokescreen for the strong or the lucky to establish unquestioned hegemony over others.”Because “Tyranny” explains how things work, as opposed to how people say things work, it has become a touchstone for social critics of all stripes.

Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? The Case for and Against

Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? The Case for and Against

Speaking first in support of the resolution, Silicon Valley has lost its soul, Noam Cohen, journalist and author of "The Know-It-Alls." Ladies and gentlemen, Noam Cohen.Noam Cohen: So I wanted everyone to take a moment and think about the first time they used the internet 20, 25 years ago.

Top US Intelligence Official Sue Gordon Wants Silicon Valley on Her Side

Top US Intelligence Official Sue Gordon Wants Silicon Valley on Her Side

Artificial intelligence, she says, presents a huge opportunity for the government and the private sector, but the risks of its being abused, biased, or deployed by foreign adversaries is so real that the government and tech companies should be collaborate to secure it.Some in tech openly agree with that notion—Bezos told the audience at WIRED 25 last month that “if big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in a lot of trouble”—much of the rank and file are uneasy or flat-out hostile to the idea of working with the government on matters of war.Google, in particular, has had a recently rocky relationship.

The DIY Tinkerers Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

The DIY Tinkerers Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

“High school students can now do things that the best researchers in the world could not have done a few years ago,” says Andrew Ng, an AI researcher and entrepreneur who has led big projects at Google and China’s Baidu.The A.I. IssueClive ThompsonHow to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common SenseJessi HempelFei-Fei Li's Quest to Make AI Better for HumanityShaun RavivThe Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AIPeople like Ng have big hopes for the amateur AI explosion: They want it to spread the technology’s potential far from Silicon Valley, physically and culturally, to see what happens when tech outsiders “train” neural networks according to their own priorities and ways of seeing the world.

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

It’s a contrarian idea that questions conventional thinking about international aid, it has low overhead, it’s easily scalable using mobile phones, and it’s measurable.Faye, the GiveDirectly cofounder, called the study “the first ever A/B test for USAID.” Zeitlin, the Georgetown professor and coauthor of the study, says this research aligns with Silicon Valley’s interest in disruptive ideas because it questions the effectiveness of traditional aid programs.A recent cash-transfer study showed early gains disappearing over time.

Silicon Valley Wants to Use Algorithms for Debt Collection

Silicon Valley Wants to Use Algorithms for Debt Collection

To Ohad Samet, cofounder and CEO of TrueAccord, a San Francisco debt-collection startup that has raised nearly $30 million, it’s a software problem.“We believe that we can use technology to radically change the user experience and really help people with their day-to-day finances,” he says.Instead of robocalls that go unanswered, letters lost in a pile of mail, and pushy collection agents who work on commission, TrueAccord contacts people through email, text, and the occasional Facebook ad, nudging you to check your inbox for an email from TrueAccord.