This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

Wen leads a team at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI), a government-sponsored research lab that’s testing a powerful new language algorithm—something similar to GPT-3, a program revealed in June by researchers at OpenAI that digests large amounts of text and can generate remarkably coherent, free-flowing language.

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

“This model opens up a lot of possibilities, and it creates a dynamic where workers can leverage their power through an organization,” says Wes McEnany, the East Coast lead for CWA’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees.

The DC Insurrection Lays Bare the Fiction of America

The DC Insurrection Lays Bare the Fiction of America

That fiction was on grand display Wednesday when a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were voting to confirm the presidential election results.It was photographed by Saul Loeb and depicts three rioters in repose.

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

More than 150 years ago, a renowned physician named John Snow walked the gritty streets of London’s working-class Golden Square neighborhood, not far from his office in the city’s Soho district, knocking on the doors of residents felled by the cholera epidemic.

The Error of Fighting a Public Health War With Medical Weapons

The Error of Fighting a Public Health War With Medical Weapons

It was a singular medical triumph, from the first known case of a novel, fatal infectious disease to vaccines against it in just about a year.It’s a classic challenge—a fight between the public health of a society and the medical choices of, well, you.

Wet, warm, cold, dry – the holidays with a bit of everything

Wet, warm, cold, dry – the holidays with a bit of everything

But before heading off to the bach, beach, or boat, here’s five things you should know about regarding the 2020 Christmas climate, according to NIWA forecaster Ben Noll: The wet — although the Christmas/New Year period will feature plenty of dry weather, Christmas Eve will be an exception.

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

As World War II may seem to baby boomers and 9/11 to Gen Z, children born during and after 2020 may view memories of the pandemic, the smoke-choked orange skies over Australia and the American West, protests in the streets, an endless election, and a hologram of a deceased father wishing his daughter a happy birthday as a bizarre fairytale.

In Colombia, Saving the Rivers that Remain

In Colombia, Saving the Rivers that Remain

In the Magdalena basin itself, some of its tributaries could transport us to those forested landscapes crossed by a river of crystal-clear water, such as the Samaná Norte River, or the Otún River, to name the closest ones, which also have unique ecological value.

Trust in Vaccines Grows, Distribution Faces Challenges, and More Coronavirus News

Trust in Vaccines Grows, Distribution Faces Challenges, and More Coronavirus News

Trust in vaccines grows slightly, distribution faces challenges, and legislators plan for the next stage.

Climate Change Is Intensifying the Tsunami Threat in Alaska

Climate Change Is Intensifying the Tsunami Threat in Alaska

This destabilization is being driven by climate change: Tsunamis are becoming more likely in Alaska as hillsides, formerly reinforced by glaciers and solidly frozen ground, loosen their hold on once-stable slopes.Climate change makes land more unstable and increases the risk of landslide-caused tsunamis.

Putting Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max Is a Smart Move

Putting Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max Is a Smart Move

Now, with theater attendance plummeting as Americans quarantine, services like Disney+, Peacock, and HBO Max allow their corporate owners to test whether going straight to consumers with major movie releases the same day they hit the big screen is a viable option.

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

Many experts were looking to Saturday’s Million MAGA March as a kind of violence-and-extremism barometer, but, much like the election itself, it wasn’t decisive enough to be entirely comforting.“Trump was just kind of a golden goose,” says Shannon Reid, who researches street gangs and white power at UNC Charlotte.

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Every winter, volunteers from Seattle Mountain Rescue are dispatched to the sites of dozens of harrowing incidents: They rescue backcountry skiers buried in avalanches, help injured hikers descend slick trails—and once, they even removed the wreckage of a single-engine plane from a mountainside.

Conserving India’s Overlooked Freshwater Ecosystems

Conserving India’s Overlooked Freshwater Ecosystems

India boasts of a rich and vast freshwater resource network (rivers, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater), which occupies about 4 percent of the country’s area and supports its 1 billion people (17 percent of the world’s population).

Ransomware Hits Dozens of Hospitals in an Unprecedented Wave

Ransomware Hits Dozens of Hospitals in an Unprecedented Wave

The US government alert lays out recommendations and best practices for how hospitals can protect themselves, and private firms like Mandiant have been sharing "indicators of comprise" as well, so health care facilities can monitor their systems extra closely and try to head off potential attacks.

Could Biden Rebuild the Economy by Funding Green Energy?

Could Biden Rebuild the Economy by Funding Green Energy?

“It turns out, that's really important for creating a grid with a lot of renewable energy, because there's all that difference in climate across the entire United States,” says Louisiana State University environmental scientist Brian Snyder.

Dolly Parton Thinks Her New Album Title Is ‘Corny’

Dolly Parton Thinks Her New Album Title Is ‘Corny’

In the latest WIRED Autocomplete Interview, she took on a few of them, providing insight on everything from her songwriting process to her role as Miley Cyrus' fairy godmother.And, in other Parton news, she thinks the title of her new album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, is a little hokey.

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

Two days after morbid Sunday, Johnson was transferred to intensive care.His former communications director Will Walden assured the British public that Johnson was “far fitter than he looks.” Try not to become too much of a BMI know-it-all.

Anthony Fauci Has Some Very Good Reasons to Be Optimistic

Anthony Fauci Has Some Very Good Reasons to Be Optimistic

And Mask Guy Fauci reiterated the importance of masks and other basic measures for slowing the spread of Covid as the country enters the winter flu season.

Covid Vaccines in Phase III, New Risk Calculators, and More Coronavirus News

Covid Vaccines in Phase III, New Risk Calculators, and More Coronavirus News

More vaccines enter Phase III trials, researchers continue to learn about the long-term impacts of Covid-19, and risk calculation becomes increasingly difficult as the country reopens.New tools aim to help you calculate risk as cases rise and the country reopens.

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

After watching up close as a woman is sexually harassed in her place of work, you might gain more understanding of the power imbalance between genders.The goal of Messy Truth is to immerse viewers in situations where they normally would not find themselves because of their gender, their race, or where they live.

A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

Courtesy of NOAASo if you’re looking at the HRRR-Smoke map, on that same left-hand menu, click on “Near Surface Smoke.” This gives you smoke concentrations at about 8 meters off the ground, which are indicated on a light-blue-to-purple color scale at top right on the map.

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

Citizen Lab's latest report, published earlier this week, finds that between January and May this year, more than 2,000 keywords related to the pandemic were suppressed on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, which has more than 1 billion users in the country.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves new projects

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves new projects

21 August 2020, Rome - The Board of the Green Climate Fund today approved several new projects, including one for Côte d'Ivoire that marks the first time the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has helped an African country obtain a grant from the international entity.

What to Know Before Sending Your Kids Back to School Online

What to Know Before Sending Your Kids Back to School Online

That pandemic has already forced some school districts to close or hurriedly switch their classroom models to incorporate online classes or shorter school days.In a normal school year, Breanne Wiggins would have been prepared to welcome her new students by now.

How the Pandemic Reshaped Election Campaigns—Maybe Forever

How the Pandemic Reshaped Election Campaigns—Maybe Forever

Fortunately for candidates, both major parties already had digital infrastructure in place for grassroots fundraising: The Democrats launched ActBlue in 2004, and this cycle expanded the platform to all registered candidates, including presidential, for the first time; Republicans launched their equivalent, WinRed, in 2019.The Republican National Committee has also more than tripled the size of its email list since 2016, according to a spokesperson.

The YOLOers vs. Distancers Feud Is Tearing Us Apart

The YOLOers vs. Distancers Feud Is Tearing Us Apart

From my vantage here in Central Texas, home to one of the largest groups of the newly Covid-immune, I've noticed that all these wonderful antibodies are actually making our existing, pandemic-related social cohesion problems considerably worse.

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

First comes young Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) humping his way through a Korean War trench battle while planes roar overhead and dramatic music swells.

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

The connectivity blackout, which also includes landline phones, appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid widespread protests and increasing social unrest over Belarus' presidential election Sunday.

Microsoft’s Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok

Microsoft’s Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok

“I don't think that the Chinese government will be upset with Microsoft if the TikTok deal goes ahead,” says Anupam Chander, a professor at Georgetown University who studies China.“I don't think that the Chinese government will be upset with Microsoft if the TikTok deal goes ahead.”.