The WIRED Guide to Influencers

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

Influencers like Luka Sabbat, a model-turned-actor with two million followers on Instagram, can charge upwards of $40,000 to promote products in story and feed posts.

Star Wars: The Complete WIRED Guide

Star Wars: The Complete WIRED Guide

A long time ago, in a small town far, far away, a young man named George Lucas had an idea for a story:A simple young farmboy gets a magic sword from an old wizard so he can defeat an evil knight, rescue a princess, and save the world.

All Our Favorite Box Mattresses Are on Sale for Labor Day

All Our Favorite Box Mattresses Are on Sale for Labor Day

Earlier this year, I lounged around on 25 of the top memory foam and hybrid (individually wrapped springs + foam) mattresses you can order online.You can read all about it in WIRED's Best Mattress You Can Buy in a Box guide.

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

Big financial services companies, including JP Morgan and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, are experimenting with blockchains and blockchain-like technologies to improve the efficiency of trading stocks and other assets.

The WIRED Guide to Open Source Software

The WIRED Guide to Open Source Software

Google open sourced its artificial intelligence engine, TensorFlow, in 2015, enabling companies and researchers to build applications using some of the same software the search giant used to create tools that search photos, recognize spoken words, and translate languages.

Exclusive: What to Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation

Exclusive: What to Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation

It’s why we’re sitting here, secreted away in a conference room at Sony’s headquarters in Foster City, California, where Cerny is finally detailing the inner workings of the as-yet-unnamed console that will replace the PS4.Senior correspondent Peter Rubin covers culture and technology for WIRED.If history is any guide, it will eventually be dubbed the PlayStation 5.

The WIRED Guide to Cannabis

The WIRED Guide to Cannabis

It’s called the entourage, or ensemble, effect: THC doesn’t work alone to produce a high, but instead interacts with other compounds in the plant.

Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Data Breaches This week, a security researcher found that Chinese company SenseNets, which allegedly facilitates that facial recognition tracking, had left a database containing the associated data completely exposed online.

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Artificial Intelligence Hammond cofounded a startup called Narrative Science that generates business documents like financial reports by translating data into text.

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Tawfiq says that Enoff differs from competing anonymous reporting platforms because of its sign-up policies, which don’t require users to verify that they work at a particular organization; they only have to have the company’s join link or code.

Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives

Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Cal Newport, author of the new book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World , says he’s had to convince younger users that connecting with people oin the internet is not the same as Facebook or Instagram.

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

If they’re pessimists, they tend to find negative ones." LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction In the latest issue of Nature Human Behavior , Przybylski and coauthor Amy Orben use a novel statistical method to show why scientists studying these colossal data sets have been getting such different results and why most of the associations researchers have found, positive and negative, are very small—and probably not worth freaking out about.

VW’s Robo-Cars Get a Boost From Luminar’s Lidar

VW’s Robo-Cars Get a Boost From Luminar’s Lidar

Resolution is what lets the computer identify that obstacle as another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Self-Driving CarsSince this summer, AID has been running its Munich-based fleet of autonomous E-golfs (about a dozen strong, and soon to be replaced with Audi E-trons) with two roof-mounted forward-facing Luminar lidars.

Embrace a Fake Meat Future for Its Lesser-Known Benefits

Embrace a Fake Meat Future for Its Lesser-Known Benefits

The company aims to release it in two years.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate ChangeTo get to true mass adoption, fake meat will need to compete favorably with the real thing on multiple fronts.

The WIRED Guide to 5G

The WIRED Guide to 5G

The FCC regulates who can use which ranges, or bands, of frequencies to prevent users from interfering with each other’s signals.Low-Band FrequenciesBands below 1 GHz traditionally used by broadcast radio and television as well as mobile networks; they easily cover large distances and travel through walls, but those are now so crowded that carriers are turning to the higher range of the spectrum.Mid-Band SpectrumThe range of the wireless spectrum from 1 GHz to 6 GHz, used by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and many other applications.

As Snow Disappears, the Sierras and Rockies Are Shrinking

As Snow Disappears, the Sierras and Rockies Are Shrinking

“For the future, that percentage will keep increasing,” says Zeng, who presented his findings at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate ChangeAt the same time, the length of the snow season shrank by 34 days for the snowiest regions.

How Do You Publish the Work of a Scientific Villain?

How Do You Publish the Work of a Scientific Villain?

A paper describing this work is reportedly under peer review, and a second one about additional Crispr experiments in human embryos was rejected by an international journal over ethical and scientific concerns, STAT reported Monday morning.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to CrisprScientists are beginning to grapple with the very real possibility that He’s work may never be awarded publication status, along with its attendant sheen of legitimacy.

The WIRED Guide to Data Breaches

The WIRED Guide to Data Breaches

The site the company set up for victims was itself vulnerable to attack, and it asked for the last six digits of people's Social Security numbers to check if their data had been impacted by the breach.

Scientist Who Crispr’d Babies Bucked His Own Ethics Policy

Scientist Who Crispr’d Babies Bucked His Own Ethics Policy

“Two beautiful little Chinese girls, Lulu and Nana, came crying into the world as healthy as any other babies a few weeks ago,” the scientist, He Jiankiu, said in the first of five promotional videos posted to YouTube hours after MIT Technology Review broke the news.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to CrisprLulu and Nana are reported to have a genetic mutation, courtesy of Crispr, that makes it harder for HIV to invade and infect their white blood cells.

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Researchers at LakeDiamond, a spinoff of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, think their solution could be the dilithium crystal of roaming drones.They have developed an artificial diamond that can help a laser beam maintain its quality over much longer ranges, and say ground-based networks of these diamond-enhanced power sources could send drones flying great distances, without wasting power to haul their big batteries around.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to DronesLakeDiamond CEO Pascal Gallo says the company’s lab-created diamond—a smooth, tiny rectangle placed directly in front of the laser source—can convert a low-power laser diode into a beam with consistent, parallel rays that can stretch several hundred meters.

The WIRED Guide to Online Shopping (and Digital Retail, Too)

The WIRED Guide to Online Shopping (and Digital Retail, Too)

“Get Big Fast” gave way to “Minimum Viable Product.”The Latest Shopping TechStock BotsWalmart partnered with Bossa Nova Robotics to deploy inventory-tracking droids in 50 stores this year.Virtual ShowroomsHardware giant Lowe’s debuted its “Holoroom” last year, which guides headset-clad DIYers through home improvement projects in VR.Face TimeGourmet confectioner Lolli & Pops recently installed facial recognition cameras in stores to flag regulars and compile customized shopping recommendations.Mirror, MirrorFashion retailer Farfetch unveiled touchscreen mirrors and clothing racks that sense when an item is removed—then beam a virtual version to the shopper's smartphone.Cinderella ScannersNew Balance and Fleet Feet Sports recently introduced scanners by Volumental that generate a 3D virtual model of your feet in five seconds.

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

The Camp Fire comes just a year after the second most destructive blaze, the Tubbs Fire, struck the city of Santa Rosa to the south of Paradise, leveling 5,500 structures and killing 22.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate Change“How could this happen?” says Stephen Pyne, a fire researcher at Arizona State University.

The WIRED Guide to Climate Change

The WIRED Guide to Climate Change

To keep the climate livable, we may need to prepare for a new era of geoengineering.How this Global Climate Shift Got StartedIf we want to go all the way back to the beginning, we could take you to the Industrial Revolution—the point after which climate scientists start to see a global shift in temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

Take a Good Look, America. This Is What the Reckoning Looks Like

Take a Good Look, America. This Is What the Reckoning Looks Like

That turns out to be a myth—frogs are smarter than that.Humans aren’t, at least when it comes to climate change.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate ChangeFor nearly a week, fires of unprecedented speed and ferocity have been tearing through California.