An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

My hunch was confirmed later that year, at a tech conference in Oslo, when Dame Marina Warner, the visionary polymath and today the president of the Royal Society of Literature, fielded a disturbing question about pornography from the illustrious philosopher and early Edge member John Searle.

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

To complement these findings, Ocean Cleanup used data on winds and currents to show that when pieces of plastic come out of, say, rivers, they tend to stick around the coastline.Ocean Cleanup reckons that in total, just .06 percent of plastics from the shore and coastline make their way into gyres.

Exxon, J&J, P&G, Others United on Carbon Tax Plan

Exxon, J&J, P&G, Others United on Carbon Tax Plan

The more detailed blueprint set to be unveiled Wednesday by the Climate Leadership Council calls for a $40 tax to be levied on each ton of carbon dioxide, with the fee increasing at least 5% every year and proceeds rebated to American consumers.

The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties

The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties

All group chats are invasions of privacy—bits of private life invading professional and social spheres throughout the day.Bachelor parties are portals back to younger selves, their group chats instant time machines.

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

But a group of security researchers told Motherboard this week they found what look like election infrastructure online in 10 states, including swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida.

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.

California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans

California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans

Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.The Trump administration questions the science around climate change, and wants to ditch the Obama-era rules.

Using AI, and Film, to Track Tear Gas Use Against Civilians

Using AI, and Film, to Track Tear Gas Use Against Civilians

The film documents how London nonprofit Forensic Architecture is developing machine learning software that could help uncover where Triple Chaser grenades are being launched or thrown. A mesmerizing sequence at the film’s heart strobes through images that Forensic Architecture used to train machine learning software to recognize Triple Chaser grenades.

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Lee's group has been instrumental in helping people get emoji representation by guiding them through the daunting process of preparing a proposal for the Unicode Consortium. The new is meant to make the basic requirements more clear, and hopefully encourage more people to get involved in the emoji proposal process.

An Amazon Phishing Scam Hits Just in Time For Prime Day

An Amazon Phishing Scam Hits Just in Time For Prime Day

The kit is called 16Shop; its author goes by the handle DevilScreaM.In both the Apple and Amazon campaigns, 16Shop makes it easy for anyone to craft an email that looks like it comes from a major tech company, with a PDF attached.

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News. Amazon makes an expensive pledge to its workers, a hacker group hits 17,000 domains, and butt plugs are being used for scientific research. A card-skimming hacker group hit 17,000 domains and counting.

China Distributes Spyware at Its Border and Beyond

China Distributes Spyware at Its Border and Beyond

Though they are developed by well-known companies and the location sharing is advertised for accepted uses, these apps also have the potential to be exploited by attackers who have access to victim devices.

Hackers Target US Power, Amazon Clones a Neighborhood, and More News

Hackers Target US Power, Amazon Clones a Neighborhood, and More News

Hackers Target US Power, Amazon Clones a Neighborhood, and More News. Amazon cloned an entire neighborhood, a dangerous hacker group takes aim at the US electrical grid, and the world remembers a running great. Amazon cloned a neighborhood to test its delivery robots.

The Oddball Delights of Los Espookys

The Oddball Delights of Los Espookys

Los Espookys is a Spanish-language series focused on a quartet of self-described "horror technicians" who live in an unnamed Latin American country. Equally outfitted by four eccentrics, Los Espookys is led by the goth-loving Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco in an ace performance), who wears all-black ensembles and speaks with a warm rasp.

The Highly Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers Have Probed the US Grid

The Highly Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers Have Probed the US Grid

or E-ISAC, and the critical infrastructure security firm Dragos have been tracking a group of sophisticated hackers carrying out broad scans of dozens of US power grid targets, apparently looking for entry points into their networks.

White House Rejects Carmaker Plea for California Pact on Emissions

White House Rejects Carmaker Plea for California Pact on Emissions

White House spokesman Judd Deere, responding to the letter on Friday, said the California Air Resource Board “failed to put forward a productive alternative, and we are moving forward to finalize a rule with the goal of promoting safer, cleaner, and more affordable vehicles.”.

Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

Foster’s team has a paper in review on actual, longer-term health consequences among the turnaways, but it’s not out yet, and I didn’t find any research comparing outcomes in states with different abortion access levels beyond when women get abortions during a pregnancy—second-trimester abortions become more common—and the admittedly blunt statistical instruments of maternal and infant mortality.

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

It’s the infrastructure that will let GM compete in an industry increasingly ruled by software—and give its customers all the high-tech goodies they’ve come to expect, from high-res screens to booty-shaking safety features .Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.“It’s the brain and nervous system of the vehicle,” says Al Adams, GM’s director of electrical components and subsystems, who led its development.

Global Takedown Shows the Anatomy of a Modern Cybercriminal Supply Chain

Global Takedown Shows the Anatomy of a Modern Cybercriminal Supply Chain

On Thursday, police in six countries along with the US Justice Department and Europol announced the takedown of Goznym—linked with another operation known as Avalanche, an associated cybercrime operation that was largely dismantled in 2016 —including the arrest of five of its members across Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.One of the 52 experts who worked on the guidelines argues that foundation is flawed—thanks to the tech industry. Benkler says the program is an example of how the tech industry is becoming too influential over how society governs and scrutinizes the effects of AI.

The FCC's Plan to Stop Robocalls Sounds Awfully Familiar

The FCC's Plan to Stop Robocalls Sounds Awfully Familiar

FCC chairman Ajit Pai, left, has announced a new proposal to combat robocalls. Still, carriers have argued the FCC does need to clarify whether they can legally implement robocall blocking on an opt-out basis, after a legal challenge to Wheeler’s rule left that in doubt.

WhatsApp Was Hacked, Your Computer Was Exposed, and More News

WhatsApp Was Hacked, Your Computer Was Exposed, and More News

Hackers got into pretty much everything, and Amazon is paying employees to quit. The NSO Group, an Israeli spy firm, injected malware onto targeted phones in order to steal data by simply placing a phone call.

How Hackers Broke WhatsApp With Just a Phone Call

How Hackers Broke WhatsApp With Just a Phone Call

But a new Financial Times report alleges that the notorious Israeli spy firm NSO Group developed a WhatsApp exploit that could inject malware onto targeted phones—and steal data from them—simply by calling them.

Daimler Plans to Make Its Cars Carbon Neutral by 2039

Daimler Plans to Make Its Cars Carbon Neutral by 2039

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler AG has set the most ambitious target of any major automaker to cut its planet-warming emissions, promising a fully carbon-neutral fleet of passenger cars by 2039.The German company said Monday that electric vehicles will make up more than half its total car sales by 2030, and that it’s working to roll out lines of zero-emissions trucks, vans, and buses.

Robert Mueller Won't Testify Next Week After All

Robert Mueller Won't Testify Next Week After All

Look no further than reports this week that a hacker collective known as Fxmsp compromised three unnamed US antivirus companies, and is selling the purported source code and network access online for $300,000.

The Society Is a Smart Show With Too Many Dumb Teens

The Society Is a Smart Show With Too Many Dumb Teens

In an early episode of The Society , Netflix's new YA drama about power and privilege in a socialist adultless future, a group of teens gather to play a game of Fugitive.

Humans Made This Planet Hell. Hopefully We Can Help Some Species Adapt

Humans Made This Planet Hell. Hopefully We Can Help Some Species Adapt

Theoretically, this genetic diversity would make the bats more resilient to climate change, because a population that’s more adapted to arid conditions can interbreed with a population that’s less so, in essence “gifting” the cold-adapted population the genes necessary to survive a warmer world.

'Fake News Victims' Meet With Twitter and Facebook

'Fake News Victims' Meet With Twitter and Facebook

The discussions organized by Avaaz served as a counterpoint to all that pressure, as individual victims of online harassment campaigns came forward to tell tech companies exactly how they’ve been hurt by the hate and hoaxes that have festered on their platforms.

Why Is Facebook Abetting Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy?

Why Is Facebook Abetting Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy?

When I asked Fishman to justify this policy, he said it’s designed to keep Facebook on the right side of the law, which prohibits Americans from providing “material support” to any group deemed a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.”.

The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day Vulnerability—Into Multiple Enemies' Hands

The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day Vulnerability—Into Multiple Enemies' Hands

Most notably, Symantec says the Chinese group's hacking had planted an NSA backdoor on the network of its victims using a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft's Server Message Block or SMB software, also seemingly learned by studying the NSA's hacking tools.