Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch is introducing a new tool that the company believes will mitigate bot attacks wreaking havoc in chatrooms on the video game streaming site.The trouble with bot attacks is that Twitch can’t just ban one or one hundred accounts associated with these raids and be done with it.

Portraits of a Neighborhood’s ‘Wood Wide Web’

Portraits of a Neighborhood’s ‘Wood Wide Web’

When the pandemic hit, photographer Andres Gonzalez retreated to his home in Vallejo, north of the San Francisco Bay. He started devouring novels, including Richard Powers' climate epic The Overstory, which was inspired partly by the forest ecologist Suzanne Simard's research on mycorrhizal networks.

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

User traffic has nearly tripled since the start of the year, to 4 million monthly unique visitors, the most since early 2016, according to Google Analytics.The new team tapped the surge in traffic to conduct user research and test ways to moderate content, including AI tools from Amazon and Microsoft .

My Glitchy, Glorious Day at a Conference for Virtual Beings

My Glitchy, Glorious Day at a Conference for Virtual Beings

Lars Buttler is a real person, but he is the CEO of AI Foundation, a company that makes fake ones: trainable, artificially intelligent agents that might one day take the place of a human personal assistant, a customer service representative, or you yourself (if you aspire to omnipresence or digital deathlessness).

How World of Warcraft Has Evolved With the Internet

How World of Warcraft Has Evolved With the Internet

“Games are very rapidly solved these days,” says Ion Hazzikostas, the game director of World of Warcraft.Hazzikostas, known to the World of Warcraft community as Watcher, has developed the 16-year-old massively multiplayer online role-playing game since 2008.

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A chatbot developed by artificial intelligence researchers at shows that combining a huge amount of training data with a little artificial empathy, personality, and general knowledge can go some way toward fostering the illusion of good chitchat.

‘Star Trek: Picard,’ Fancy Sheets, and the Meaning of Home

‘Star Trek: Picard,’ Fancy Sheets, and the Meaning of Home

Star Trek: Picard, the new reloading of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) universe, explores contemporary disasters—refugees denied havens, racist paranoia, travel bans, genocide—but, if I may, I’d like to land into this world on its soft furnishings.

The Stranger Things Season 4 Trailer Is Full of Surprises

The Stranger Things Season 4 Trailer Is Full of Surprises

Today might be a holiday in the US, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty of news to get through, including some updates on Stranger Things and The Batman.Here’s the First Stranger Things Season 4 Trailer.

Today's Cartoon: Airplane Mode

Today's Cartoon: Airplane Mode

This week WIRED is publishing a series on parenting —from surveilling our teens to helping our kids navigate fake news and misinformation.Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

But for a brief moment, as 2009 turned into 2010, we had a glimpse of what a different social web might look like.Later, when the site became an international craze with over 30 million users, Ternovskiy would describe Chatroulette as “one hundred percent my window into the world.”.

New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals

New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals

“But the number of discoveries is increasing.” To qualify as new minerals, these materials must be never-before-seen natural combinations of one or more elements in solid form, arranged in a repeating structure.

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

WIRED sat down with Przegalinska at SXSW this week to talk about the monumental challenge of replicating human intonation, why the future of humanoid robots may not be particularly bright, and what happens when you let students teach a chatbot how to talk.

George’s Long Farewell: Why One Snail’s Death Became International News

George’s Long Farewell: Why One Snail’s Death Became International News

Photo © David Sischo On a relatively warm Hawai‘ian day, the first of the new year, a colorful snail named George drew its last breath, and with it marked the end of an entire species.