A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

Thomas Dietterich, a professor at Oregon State University and former president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, says he has “huge respect” for the researchers behind the new Stanford center, and he believes they are genuinely concerned about the problems these models raise.

LA Police Are Collecting Detainees' Social Media Information

LA Police Are Collecting Detainees' Social Media Information

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) instructs officers to collect social media account information and email addresses when they interview people they have detained, according to documents obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. ARS TECHNICA.

Fleeing Disaster Is Hard. Climate Change Is Making It Harder

Fleeing Disaster Is Hard. Climate Change Is Making It Harder

“More frequent, severe, and faster-growing wildfires and hurricanes increase the size and frequency of disasters and evacuations, and decrease the warning time,” says Keith Porter, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Natural Hazards Center.

The Spit-Swapping Roaring '20s Post-Pandemic Summer Terrifies Me

The Spit-Swapping Roaring '20s Post-Pandemic Summer Terrifies Me

I’m sipping on this toxic cocktail of social anxiety and perfectionism all the time.When it’s come to “expectations about these social obligations,” she says, “the pressure is off in a lot of ways.” Although there’s been an overwhelming need for anxiety and depression services during the pandemic, Brown says, her clinic has noticed that patients who struggle predominantly with social anxiety haven’t been seeking treatment.

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

To alleviate the standoffs, Changi is using software developed by Open Robotics, a nonprofit, to let robots from different manufacturers talk to each other and negotiate safe passage.

A Year Ago I Asked: How Bad Could Covid Get? Now We Know

A Year Ago I Asked: How Bad Could Covid Get? Now We Know

Publicly, at least, no one was yet using the “p word.” Although scientists were aware that pandemics were a possibility, like the 2009 H1N1 swine flu, it had been more than a century since the emergence of a virus capable of infecting a third of the world's population and killing millions of people.

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

Uber said Monday it would sell off the self-driving unit that was the result of that raid, the Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technologies Group.Aurora isn’t planning to build a self-driving car or truck itself; instead, it’s developing the complex software that will power autonomous vehicles.

Desperate Gamers Camp Out in the Pandemic for $700 GPUs

Desperate Gamers Camp Out in the Pandemic for $700 GPUs

And for weeks, Micro Center employees across the country have arrived at work to find eager gamers —sometimes over a dozen of them—waiting not so patiently for the hot GPU.

The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed

The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed

Three days later and 1,200 miles south, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the players of the NBA launched a work stoppage in response.“We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable,” George Hill said in an interview.

Raptor Rescue: When Bird Injuries Warrant Rehab

Raptor Rescue: When Bird Injuries Warrant Rehab

“It can be a shot in the dark, but we let the center know what the injury is and they tell us if it’s worth transporting,” says Gerren Steel, Idaho Department of Fish and Game volunteer service coordinator.

Why Is It So Hard to Study Covid-Related Smell Loss?

Why Is It So Hard to Study Covid-Related Smell Loss?

But smell screening tools aren’t widespread yet, and researchers are still trying to puzzle out how prevalent anosmia is among Covid-19 patients, and why it lasts only a few weeks in some people and months in others.

Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros

Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros

But I’ll be honest, I did not see this one coming: A robot named Curly just mastered the sport of curling , beating two Korean national teams.

Nvidia's Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World

Nvidia's Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World

Arm, located in Cambridge, England, licenses designs known as instruction-set architectures for central processing unit (CPU) chips, an alternative to those made by Intel , to companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, and Huawei.Only recently have some companies, including Amazon , begun adapting Arm’s designs to make more efficient new data center chips.

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

The targets include many election-adjacent organizations, according to researchers at Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center, including political campaigns, advocacy groups, think tanks, political parties, and political consultants serving both Republicans and Democrats.

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

In a blog post, Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook’s latest election-related policies, including its plan to deal with the possibility that a winner won’t be officially declared on Election Day. The company plans to use its new Voting Information Center “to prepare people for the possibility that it may take a while to get official results.” On Election Day, the information center will include authoritative information from Reuters and the National Election Pool.

The FDA Just OK'd Emergency Use of Plasma for Covid-19

The FDA Just OK'd Emergency Use of Plasma for Covid-19

Based on the president’s comments and those of FDA head Stephen Hahn and HHS director Alex Azar, the data that tipped plasma into getting this Emergency Use Authorization came from a nationwide program to give people wider access to convalescent plasma, led by researchers at the Mayo Clinic.

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

In interviews with WIRED, the people behind some of cloud gaming’s biggest services and data center organizations lifted the curtain on the infrastructure powering these immaterial services.“We live in a culture of ‘instant’ when it comes to any kind of electronic media,” says Microsoft corporate vice president of cloud gaming Kareem Choudhry.

Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

DDOSecrets founder Emma Best tells WIRED that the hacked files came from Anonymous—or at least a source self-representing as part of that group, given that under Anonymous' loose, leaderless structure anyone can declare themselves a member."It's the largest published hack of American law enforcement agencies," Emma Best, cofounder of DDOSecrets, wrote in a series of text messages.

The ADL Calls Out Steam for Giving Extremists a Pass

The ADL Calls Out Steam for Giving Extremists a Pass

“It’s an effective platform for extremists, because there’s a very public acknowledgement of a lack of content moderation,” says Daniel Kelley, the assistant director of the ADL’s center for technology and society.

How to Whirl a Squirrel off of a Bird Feeder

How to Whirl a Squirrel off of a Bird Feeder

Now usually, a squirrel will jump off a bird feeder that starts to spin—but not the one in this viral video.But what is the force-paired object pushing on the squirrel?When you drop that apple, the gravitational force increases its speed as it falls, thus increasing its momentum.

The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

New York governor Andrew Cuomo estimated Tuesday that the state would need 140,000 hospital beds to care for the incoming wave of Covid-19 patients, with an apex coming within 14 to 21 days.Enter the USACE.New York governor Andrew Cuomo toured construction of temporary hospital space at the Javitz Center this week.

Most Kids Only Get Mildly Sick From Covid-19—but Not All

Most Kids Only Get Mildly Sick From Covid-19—but Not All

The study, released on March 4 by researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Shenzhen and Johns Hopkins University, used Chinese CDC data on about 1,200 people exposed to Covid-19 patients to determine if the virus infected different age groups at different rates.

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Now, some public health experts say they are skeptical that Trump’s European travel ban will contain the spread of the novel coronavirus here in the United States.

No, a Border Wall Won't Stop Coronavirus

No, a Border Wall Won't Stop Coronavirus

Instead of prioritizing physical barriers at all, especially at the southern border, researchers say that the US should be focused on limiting Covid-19 spread at ports of entry around the country through screening and home quarantine orders.

Construction Workers Embrace the Robots That Do Their Jobs

Construction Workers Embrace the Robots That Do Their Jobs

Although Built’s product is designed to remove workers from the cab of construction equipment, IUOE’s director of construction training, Chris Treml, says the union wants to train its members to work with the technology.

A Disease Tracker Backed by Gates and Zuckerberg Tackles Covid-19

A Disease Tracker Backed by Gates and Zuckerberg Tackles Covid-19

IDSeq started out as a research project in the UC San Francisco lab of biochemist Joe DeRisi, where 17 years ago his team built technology that identified the coronavirus that causes SARS.

Kids Can Get Covid-19. They Just Don't Get That Sick

Kids Can Get Covid-19. They Just Don't Get That Sick

In a recent analysis by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins and in China of more than 72,000 confirmed cases from China, children under the age of 10 accounted for less than 1 percent of all infections.

Think Flash Floods Are Bad? Buckle Up for Flash Droughts

Think Flash Floods Are Bad? Buckle Up for Flash Droughts

For scientists to actually quantify how things might get worse in the future thanks to climate change, they need objective measurements.

Data Centers Aren't Devouring the Planet's Electricity—Yet

Data Centers Aren't Devouring the Planet's Electricity—Yet

At the same time, the report warns that there’s no guarantee that the efficiency drive will continue in the face of data-hungry new technologies such as artificial intelligence and 5G.Some previous analyses have suggested data center energy use has doubled, or more, over the last decade.

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The CDC specified only that the patient was in California; the California Department of Public Health announced that the patient was a resident of Solano County—which, as other reports have pointed out, is the location of one of the Air Force bases being used for quarantines of people who’ve returned to the US from countries with the disease.