Natural History, Not Technology, Will Dictate Our Destiny

Natural History, Not Technology, Will Dictate Our Destiny

This story is adapted from A Natural History of the Future: What the Laws of Biology Tell Us About the Destiny of the Human Species, by Rob Dunn.Knowing about these laws helps us understand the future into which we are—arms flailing, coal burning, and full speed ahead—hurling ourselves.

Where Parents Can Get Help with Climate Anxiety

Where Parents Can Get Help with Climate Anxiety

Sherrell is a climate activist who is grappling with the decision of whether to have a child, and his anguish and uncertainty comes through on every page, along with vivid and concrete fears for the future.

Battlefield 2042 Turns the Climate Crisis Into a Playground

Battlefield 2042 Turns the Climate Crisis Into a Playground

During November's COP26 summit , the world’s largest polluters, the US and China, refused to make even a loose and nonbinding commitment to move away from coal over the next few decades.

Sodium Batteries May Power Your New Electric Car

Sodium Batteries May Power Your New Electric Car

But starting in 2023, it will begin placing sodium cells alongside lithium ones inside the battery packs that power electric cars.As more mines open, there will probably be enough lithium to power all the world’s vehicles, Meng says.

The Future Is Bleak. Pondering Pangaea Gives Me Hope

The Future Is Bleak. Pondering Pangaea Gives Me Hope

Like gazing at the stars, contemplating the so-called deep future of Earth with a new supercontinent can take the sting out of bleak climate predictions for the nearer term.

Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

WIRED : Climate change is no longer really this kind of nebulous idea that a lot of people didn't think affected their lives personally.Susan Clayton : There's very good evidence about impacts on mental health of extreme weather events—obviously big storms, wildfires, floods, that kind of thing.

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

What Is It. RE:WIRED is a two-day virtual global event that brings together some of the top names in technology, business, and culture to discuss the world’s biggest challenges and how we solve them.

Virtual CES Was As Surreal As We All Suspected It Would Be

Virtual CES Was As Surreal As We All Suspected It Would Be

But as this week wore on, as I watched online keynote sessions and marketing videos promising sharp visions of the future, the value of an all-virtual CES actually became less clear.

How to Find the Perfect Music and Podcasts, Faster

How to Find the Perfect Music and Podcasts, Faster

If a song doesn’t fit into an existing playlist, consider making a new one around how the song makes you feel or the time of day you would want to listen to it in the future.

Robots Are Stringing Together These Adidas Running Shoes

Robots Are Stringing Together These Adidas Running Shoes

Strung," the technology sees a robot quickly place more than a thousand individual threads at mind-bending angles across the material part of the shoe.“There have basically been two ways to make a textile: there's weaving, and there's knitting,” says Fionn Corcoran-Tadd, an innovation designer at Adidas’ Futurecraft lab, where Strung was created.

The Apocalypse Doesn’t Need an Instagram Filter

The Apocalypse Doesn’t Need an Instagram Filter

And then he said, “If you really want to get fancy and play with photography, you can dye your prints with toner.” We had to compensate for that not-so-nice camera by taking a uniquely shaped photo and applying unique colorations to it and making an art statement out of it rather than trying to keep it as its own thing, which is trying to represent reality.

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

“We were trying to pay some homage to the original two films while making it feel like it was contemporary," Parisot told Ars about how he approached bringing the Bill and Ted franchise into the 21st century.

A Glimpse at the Shiny, Ritzy Bathroom of Tomorrow

A Glimpse at the Shiny, Ritzy Bathroom of Tomorrow

You might have thought that your mini skin-care fridge was impressive, that you had a fancy faucet, or that your LED-lighted mirror was high tech, but folks, you haven't seen anything yet.

Google Is Launching a Global Earthquake-Detection Network

Google Is Launching a Global Earthquake-Detection Network

Proactive earthquake alerts will only be in California for now (which already has ShakeAlert and an established data set), and Google says that "over the coming year, you can expect to see the earthquake alerts coming to more states and countries using Android’s phone-based earthquake detection.".

The Fantasy and the Cyberpunk Futurism of Singapore

The Fantasy and the Cyberpunk Futurism of Singapore

Gibson describes “the sensation of trying to connect psychically with the old Singapore [as] rather painful, as though Disneyland's New Orleans Square had been erected on the site of the actual French Quarter, obliterating it in the process but leaving in its place a glassy simulacrum.” In 2020, this is only more true of Singapore.

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

PTC’s software combines several different approaches to AI, like generative adversarial networks and genetic algorithms.A generative adversarial network is a game-like approach in which two machine-learning algorithms face off against one another in a competition to design the most optimized component.

'If Found' Is an Essential Game About Letting Go of the Past

'If Found' Is an Essential Game About Letting Go of the Past

Cassiopea's far-flung adventure feels less grounded, both literally and in the written details, which come off somewhat more cartoonish than Kasio's more personal narrative in a way that doesn't necessarily do the game a service.

5 Free Digital Comics to Spend Time With During Lockdown

5 Free Digital Comics to Spend Time With During Lockdown

For comic book fans, though, there's a bit of a silver lining: All kinds of publishers are making a lot of their material available for free right now.

As Deaths Mount, Trump’s Disinformation Strategy Will Adapt

As Deaths Mount, Trump’s Disinformation Strategy Will Adapt

That included the nation’s most prominent coronavirus truther: “Just stay calm,” Donald Trump said on March 10, “it will go away.” Two months later, as the official death count pushes above 70,000, this approach is obsolete.

Seeds of Change: Ensuring the Future for Healthy Prairies

Seeds of Change: Ensuring the Future for Healthy Prairies

In Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, The Nature Conservancy is taking action to adopt a new approach to prairie restoration to help native plants respond to changing conditions.

How We Will All Solve the Climate Crisis

How We Will All Solve the Climate Crisis

Children who are now in booster seats, all around the world, are going to be inventing solutions to the crisis, and they'll need support, investment, and, yes, well-designed capitalism to get them off the ground.

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

It’s also home to the World Health Organization, which has been a critical source of expertise and information throughout the Covid-19 crisis.That’s because the root of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t really a virus, it’s poor governance and under-investment in prevention, crisis-oriented capacity, and government institutions.

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

A leading anxiety in both the technology and foreign policy worlds today is China’s purported edge in the artificial intelligence race.

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.

The End of the BlackBerry Is Officially Upon Us

The End of the BlackBerry Is Officially Upon Us

Today, BlackBerry Mobile posted what amounts to an amicable breakup note on Twitter, saying that TCL's license to the BlackBerry brand would expire August 31, 2020, at which point the two companies would go their separate ways.

How to Levitate Objects With Sound (and Break Your Mind)

How to Levitate Objects With Sound (and Break Your Mind)

But at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, physicist Chris Benmore and his colleagues are levitating objects with an unlikely tool: sound.Beyond the entertainment value, acoustic levitation is helping Benmore and his team do science: They're suspending pharmaceuticals and watching how molecules interact, by pointing the most intense X-ray source in the western hemisphere at the acoustic levitator.

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving unit, hosted a big party in San Francisco to launch Origin , an electric six-seat, steering wheel-free vehicle that it says is the future of shared autonomy.

A Smart Contact Lens, Trouble for Water Bears, and More News

A Smart Contact Lens, Trouble for Water Bears, and More News

The future is in sight and water bears face a plight, but first: a cartoon about a Duolingo inheritance .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Los Angeles, 'Blade Runner,' and the Theory of Relativity

Los Angeles, 'Blade Runner,' and the Theory of Relativity

That’s called rotational frame-dragging—a massive object carries its past and future with it while it spins forward.The reason people say it doesn’t have any history is that its timeline gets pulled along, not entirely consensually, as the city bumbles into the future.

Come Hang Out With WIRED at Our 2-Day Festival

Come Hang Out With WIRED at Our 2-Day Festival

You see, there are only a few working days left before WIRED25, our two-day live event that, in many ways, brings to life the November issue of WIRED, titled Have a Nice Future: Stories of 25 People Racing to Save Us .A few months back, as we began planning the November issue, we started to feel that national malaise, the distress that surrounded the environment, health, cybersecurity, politics.