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.

OpenAI’s Text Generator Is Going Commercial

OpenAI’s Text Generator Is Going Commercial

Last spring, artificial intelligence research institute OpenAI said it had made software so good at generating text—including fake news articles—that it was too dangerous to release .Machine-learning algorithms are directed to analyze vast collections of text scraped from the web to discover the statistical patterns in language use.

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

On Wednesday, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were supposed to launch to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

Bushfire smoke continues trip around world

Bushfire smoke continues trip around world

The bushfires also caused a spike in carbon monoxide readings earlier in the year and last month NIWA scientists documented ash deposits on the South Island glaciers originating from the Australian fires.

You Can Now Check If Your ISP Uses Basic Security Measures

You Can Now Check If Your ISP Uses Basic Security Measures

Is BGP Safe Yet will test your ISP by offering a legitimate route and an invalid one to load two pages.Prince explains that during a disruption like the Russian telecom incident, ISPs using BGP best practices would identify the issue, often called a "route leak," and reject it in favor of a legitimate route.

The Devastating Decline of a Brilliant Young Coder

The Devastating Decline of a Brilliant Young Coder

On Friday, September 13, 2019, Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn, cofounders of the San Francisco internet security firm Cloudflare , stood on a slim marble balcony overlooking the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is a Lot of Filler, Mostly Killer

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is a Lot of Filler, Mostly Killer

First released in 1997 on the Sony PlayStation, it ushered in a new era of Japanese role-playing games, and in the process, its story—begrudging hero Cloud Strife and a ragtag band of idealists and hangers-on fight the captivatingly evil Sephiroth for the sake of the planet—became larger than life for a lot of players.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Overwhelms With Spectacle

Final Fantasy VII Remake Overwhelms With Spectacle

This feels like Final Fantasy VII filtered, not just through modern sensibilities, but through the modern aesthetics of Final Fantasy itself, a game series that relied upon a sense of contemporary slickness to build a new identity for itself as its place in the vanguard of Japanese role-playing games fell away in the past two console generations.

Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Whale experts like Kerr want tissue samples to determine the health of the beasts, the problem being that it's somewhat difficult to do a biopsy on an enormous creature that only periodically comes to the surface to breathe.

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

Like a meteor rocketing toward Earth, Music Twitter had converged for its first real moment of the decade—a presaging of future times and trends.This decade, music streaming platforms merely archived culture; they didn’t shape it in the way that we like to believe.

The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

Ensconced in the elements, Libbrecht scans his board with an archaeologist’s patience, looking for perfect snowflakes and other snow crystals.Now, Libbrecht’s work on snow has crystallized in a new model that attempts to explain why snowflakes and other snow crystals form the way they do.

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Hackers are surging and cloud providers are splurging, but first: a cartoon about eyewear from the future .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

Katie Anstett, a 16-year-old slime-trepreneur of Instagram fame, guided newbies as they shaped their own goo, as part of the workshop hosted by WIRED's Louise Matsakis.

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.

Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud

Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud

Microsoft’s model is more like the existing computing industry, where cloud providers allow customers to choose processors from companies such as Intel and AMD, says William Hurley, CEO of startup Strangeworks, which offers a service for programmers to build and collaborate with quantum computing tools from IBM, Google, and others.

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Amazon was seen as the favorite because it dominates the cloud computing market, and already had major government contracts, including with the CIA .

Cloudflare Launches Its Security-Focused Mobile VPN, Again

Cloudflare Launches Its Security-Focused Mobile VPN, Again

The VPN builds on Cloudflare's existing mobile app 1.1.1.1, which encrypts "domain name system" connections, so your internet service provider or other lurkers can't see which websites you access.

Space Photos of the Week: Spying on Jupiter

Space Photos of the Week: Spying on Jupiter

Photograph: Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSDid you know Jupiter has rings?Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRIThis May, the spacecraft swooped outward in its orbit and captured this stunning photo of Jupiter and its turbulent atmosphere from 11,600 miles away.

IPad Artists, Don't Brush Off Adobe Fresco

IPad Artists, Don't Brush Off Adobe Fresco

It was purpose-built for the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to give digital artists a fully-featured desktop-grade art creation app nestled in with their existing desktop apps, with a couple tricks up its sleeve.

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

Rocket Lab. A helicopter may soon catch a rocket, a radioactive cloud from 2017 has been pinned to Russia, and porn made a surprise appearance on a livestream.Rocket Lab. A strange radioactive cloud likely came from Russia.

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Matt Simon covers cannabis, robots, and climate science for WIRED.Weirder still, on top of there typically being not enough heat to form deep convective clouds in the Arctic, there’s also a limit to how high these things can build up into the atmosphere.

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?

What Happens Now. Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince announced Sunday that his company would stop providing protection for internet for 8chan, after a series of mass shooting manifestos were posted on the forum.

Nintendo's Reportedly Fixing Those Broken Joy-Cons for Free

Nintendo's Reportedly Fixing Those Broken Joy-Cons for Free

Well, we have some new details on Google Stadia 's approach to the cloud, a look at Nintendo's evolving customer service procedures, and a very good game recommendation. Remember last week, when I talked about Joy-Con drift, a huge problem affecting a lot of people's Nintendo Switch controllers?

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

So Al Shafei wrote to the internet infrastructure company Cloudflare and its initiative "Project Galileo," which offers free defense tools and technical support to human rights groups, activists, journalists, and artistic organizations around the world.

How a Google Cloud Catch-22 Broke the Internet

How a Google Cloud Catch-22 Broke the Internet

In those moments, Google has to triage among not just user traffic but also the network’s control plane, which tells the network where to route traffic, and management traffic, which encompasses the sort of administrative tools that Google engineers would need to correct, say, a configuration problem that knocks a bunch of the internet offline.

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Today the company's cloud computing division announced that it will pay $2.6 billion for the business intelligence/analytics company Looker. Vesset says business intelligence software is a $12.7 billion market that IDC expects to continue growing.

Google May Have Finally Made a Truly Usable Voice Assistant

Google May Have Finally Made a Truly Usable Voice Assistant

CEO Sundar Pichai called that a “milestone” because it means software that traditionally lives in Google’s cloud servers can be installed in Pixel smartphones Google will launch later this year, allowing the devices to respond to a person’s voice much more quickly.

Google's Making It Easier to Safeguard Sensitive Data Troves

Google's Making It Easier to Safeguard Sensitive Data Troves

And while the Data Loss Prevention API can be customized based on specific types of data an administrator wants to catch—like patient information in a medical setting, or credit card numbers in a business—DLP also needs to be comprehensive enough to catch things organizations don’t know they’re looking for.

The Tricky Ethics of Google's Cloud Ambitions

The Tricky Ethics of Google's Cloud Ambitions

Google’s attempt to wrest more cloud computing dollars from market leaders Amazon and Microsoft got a new boss late last year. Microsoft has its own internal ethical review process for AI deals and also says it has turned down some AI projects .

Cloudflare Says Its New VPN Service Won’t Slow You Down

Cloudflare Says Its New VPN Service Won’t Slow You Down

The technology that Cloudflare is betting will make Warp fast is a protocol invented by Google called QUIC, and it could one day make the rest of the internet faster and more reliable.