Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles. For Snap, the maker of the ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, it's preparing by making a new pair of sunglasses: Spectacles 3.This isn’t Snap’s first rodeo.

New Google Gestures, the Capital One Hacker, and More News

New Google Gestures, the Capital One Hacker, and More News

The touchless phone-gestures of the future are here, the Capital One hacker didn't cover her tracks, and we've got some suggestions for cleaning up your air.

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

And of course, there were the dancing robots, which anyone attending the Gray Area Festival could sign up to physically merge with. "When humans first started making art, with the earliest examples we have in the caves of Chauvet and Lascaux—those were completely immersive and site-specific art experiences," says Threw.

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

Kade Crockford, director of ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty Program, says findings like these surprise her even given the chaotic, unregulated intersection of law enforcement and facial recognition.

Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week

Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week

What the Boeing 737 MAX and the car you drive might have in common .If, by chance, you did not have time to page through all 1,524 pages of Sidewalk Labs’ ambitious plans to remake a slice of Toronto in Google’s image, here’s what you need to know .Electric car sales are struggling, but Arnold Schwarzenegger, plus an army of savvy marketers , are here to help.

Argentina's Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Argentina's Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Extreme weather events are a leading cause of blackouts around the world and the blackout in Argentina is a reminder that our electric grids aren’t ready to handle the increasing intensity of storms resulting from climate change.

Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

Understanding how the Antarctic oceans work is vital to predicting the world’s future climate and the implications of climate change for humankind and the planet.

The Future of 'Destiny 2' Looks Pretty Swell

The Future of 'Destiny 2' Looks Pretty Swell

Earlier this week, Bungie ran a stream detailing the future of Destiny 2 and revealing the first major moves of the game and the company since they both split from Activision a few months back.

A Dystopian Vision of the Future: Toxic but Candy Sweet

A Dystopian Vision of the Future: Toxic but Candy Sweet

Like other imaginary futures, Klint's is insanely dark and pessimistic, but also extremely fun to look at: Ethereal cyborgs clad in plastic wander a barren, candy-colored Earth swirling in chemicals—toxic and sweet at the same time.

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

To address this deforestation, a forest-smart approach to mining requires strong governance to manage the development and impacts of the mining sector, protect forests on a landscape level, and recognize and protect local community tenure and rights.

Star Wars Fans Know Nostalgia Well. It’s Time to Build a Future

Star Wars Fans Know Nostalgia Well. It’s Time to Build a Future

Now, though, with plans for future movies still uncertain and the new Disney+ Star Wars series set well before the latest trilogy, I'm thinking maybe I was wrong.

The Plan to Dodge a Killer Asteroid—Maybe Even Good Ol' Bennu

The Plan to Dodge a Killer Asteroid—Maybe Even Good Ol' Bennu

This year, the fictional killer asteroid that got their blood pumping was fake-discovered on March 26, 2019.Somewhere between 100 and 300 meters across, this rock could crash into Earth at several points in the future, most likely on April 29, 2027.

Markiplier Is Not Done With YouTube

Markiplier Is Not Done With YouTube

“It was getting to me that I was making videos I wasn’t really proud of, that I wasn’t using them to really learn anything.” Now, he’s ready for that rare luxury in influencerland: time off.

It's a Short Hop From Fortnite to a New AI Best Friend

It's a Short Hop From Fortnite to a New AI Best Friend

What got lost amid the headlines, though, was that Epic—both with Fortnite and through companies like Magic Leap using Unreal Engine to build mixed-reality AI characters—is shaping our connected virtual future in subtle but surprising ways.

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

In response, Jeff Bezos told an audience at WIRED's own 25th anniversary conference, “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble.” But who would come and work on AI for the federal government or US military when the perks of Silicon Valley are spectacularly more attractive?

The Detroit Auto Show Proves Americans Sure Love SUVs

The Detroit Auto Show Proves Americans Sure Love SUVs

Even the few electric cars at the Detroit show are SUVs. Infiniti is showing the QX Inspiration Concept, a swoopy crossover, it calls a look at its fully-electrified future.

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

That industry is based on the idea that quiet, efficient, and safe air taxis (aka flying cars) with electric power and high-tech control systems will allow safe operation by either computers or human pilots with minimal specialized training.

Harley-Davidson's Electric LiveWire Motorcycle Debuts at CES

Harley-Davidson's Electric LiveWire Motorcycle Debuts at CES

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Harley-Davidson announced it has started taking pre-orders for the LiveWire, the all-electric motorcycle it first showed off in 2014.

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

As we gather contributions from public and private stakeholders around the world, here’s where the conversation on transport and climate stands so far: Waste-to-energy technologies offer a promising alternative to more traditional renewable energy.

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

If Beale Street Could Talk's Barry Jenkins on the Future of Filmmaking"Progress has been made,” says the director about the state of black cinema in 2018, “and it's going to be sustained."Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesBefore our conversation even begins, Barry Jenkins coughs up an apology.

32 Hours in Chandler, Arizona, the Self-Driving Capital of the World

32 Hours in Chandler, Arizona, the Self-Driving Capital of the World

“In many ways, Phoenix is the perfect place for us to get started: It’s got wide but complex roads, and it’s a large city with sprawling suburbs that give us a lot of room for growth,” says Dan Chu, who oversees product at the self-driving car company.

GM's Job Cuts Are Another Sign of a Future With Fewer Cars

GM's Job Cuts Are Another Sign of a Future With Fewer Cars

The automaker showed off a crossover EV, the Buick Velite 6, at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, and said it plans to start selling the vehicle in China next year.

A Government Climate Study Contradicts the President

A Government Climate Study Contradicts the President

A new government report—1,600 pages, two and a half years of work, hundreds of authors, 13 participating agencies—warns that by the end of the century, unchecked climate change could cause tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in losses and damage.

How a Dig at Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in 'Mortal Engines'

How a Dig at Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in 'Mortal Engines'

How Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in Peter Jackson's New Movie“We thought it was worth making a little comment,” says Jackson, who produced and co-wrote the screenplay for the forthcoming Mortal Engines.UniversalEarly on in Mortal Engines, the forthcoming movie based on Philip Reeve's book, a small Bavarian population gets consumed by the moving metropolis of "London." (The movie, like the book, is set in a future where roving "predator cities" ingest smaller towns for their resources.) As its citizens are forced to resettle in their new home, voices on loudspeakers tell them where to go and what to do.

This Week In the Future of Cars: Women Pay More for Transit

This Week In the Future of Cars: Women Pay More for Transit

If the thought of holiday traffic next week is already getting you down, then we also have (futuristic) options for getting up and over it.HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this weekPublic transit is supposed to be equally accessible to anyone, but as Aarian Marshall reports, women pay a “pink transport tax.” In New York City, women pay $36 to $50 extra per month just to get around, mainly due to safety concerns.

Fieldays - farming for the future

Fieldays - farming for the future

NIWA’s Chief Scientist, Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards, Dr Sam Dean says that by making sound choices now, and in the future, farmers can adapt, increase resilience, and reduce risks and costs for themselves and future owners of their farms.

Social business, youth and technology to accelerate climate action to 1.5°C

Social business, youth and technology to accelerate climate action to 1.5°C

Yunus also highlighted the important role of today’s youth during the UNGA Social Business, Youth and Technology event: “You are the most powerful generation in the human history with all technology available, and the most vulnerable if you do not behave right.” This was followed by Connect4Climate presenting the Youth Unstoppable call-to-action video that showcased young voices who don’t want to waste time, who want to be ambitious, and above all, want to act on climate: “We are the next leaders and we are unstoppable.”

Climate Change Might Double the Cost of a Beer

Climate Change Might Double the Cost of a Beer

American tipplers will see beer prices rise up to $1.94 under the extreme events, the study said, and barley farmers will export more to other nations.Davis, who has published several papers on climate change and the Chinese economy, says many extreme drought and heat events will force farmers to feed barley to livestock instead of selling it to domestic breweries.

Kim Stanley Robinson Writes Like the Past to Warn of the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson Writes Like the Past to Warn of the Future

Genre, as always, is a good tool for taking big ideas and making them fight.Robinson has been writing since the 1980s, but it was arguably Red Mars, the first book in a trilogy about the colonization and terraforming of you-know-where, for which he became best known.

A Tale of Two Paths to the World in 2050

A Tale of Two Paths to the World in 2050

© Carlton Ward Jr. Today, 26 years after my first visit, the Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve is 11,500 acres of beautifully restored, healthy and functioning native Central Florida habitat and a testament to the power and potential of both nature and people to change, to reimagine, rethink, restore and adjust from a business-as-usual mindset to a world of wider possibilities.

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