Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

“The IPCC tells us that we have the knowledge and the technology to get this done through a rapid shift from fossil fuels to renewable and alternative fuels,” said Inger Andersen, under-secretary-general of the UN and executive director of the UN Environment Program, speaking at the press conference.

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

On Thursday, as Bulletin members celebrate the clock’s 75th anniversary, they will update the time again, when it could tick slightly toward or away from the apocalypse.“The Doomsday Clock has been called the most iconic piece of graphic art of the 20th century, and I think it’s proving to be as powerful in the 21st.

Stop Telling Kids They’ll Die From Climate Change

Stop Telling Kids They’ll Die From Climate Change

Another told a journalist that the hunger was “nothing compared to what we can expect when the climate crisis unleashes a famine here in Europe in 20 years.” I couldn’t work out where this claim was coming from.

The UN Climate Report: All Is Not Well—but All Is Not Lost

The UN Climate Report: All Is Not Well—but All Is Not Lost

That’s a significant update from a previous IPCC report that predicted that the planet would hit the 1.5 milestone at around the year 2040, says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, who wasn’t involved in the report.

Outriders Is Grinning Through the Apocalypse

Outriders Is Grinning Through the Apocalypse

Partway through Outriders, the player character—the “Outrider”—is tasked with finding a lieutenant who’s gone missing in one of the sprawling battlefields that cover the fictional planet of Enoch.

Is It Time for an Emergency Rollout of Carbon-Eating Machines?

Is It Time for an Emergency Rollout of Carbon-Eating Machines?

The researchers found that with an annual investment of between 1 and 2 percent of the global gross domestic product, humanity could scale up a DAC network to remove around 2.3 gigatons of CO2 annually by the year 2050.

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

“They produce this, I think, very eye-catching and also strong message that these two types of stocks—the biomass stock and anthropogenic mass—they are actually at a crossover point more or less in 2020, plus or minus a couple of years,” says social ecologist Fridolin Krausmann of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, who wasn’t involved in the research but was a peer reviewer for the paper.

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

My colleague Tim Beatley and I argue in a new book, Biophilic Cities for an Urban Century, that at their moment of triumph and fastest growth, cities need nature more than ever.

Hate Social Media? You’ll Love This Documentary

Hate Social Media? You’ll Love This Documentary

The film begins with an offscreen producer asking technologists what, exactly, is wrong with social media.

Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side

Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side

In Netflix ’s new superhero movie Project Power, the Big Bad is the inventor of a drug called power, which either gives you temporary superpowers or busts your chest open like a dropped water balloon.

TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

TikTok may very well be the future of the image.Sign up for our Longreads newsletter for the best features, ideas, and investigations from WIRED.And they're built, by design, on a kind of appropriation—the original lip-syncing app required users to mime existing audio.

Blurring Faces Is Anti-Journalistic and Anti-Human

Blurring Faces Is Anti-Journalistic and Anti-Human

The photo, from a photographer I follow in New York City, had a bar across the eyes of a protester, blurring his facial features.

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Anadol creates mesmerizing art installations by seeking out interesting data sets and processing them into swirling visualizations of how computers capture the world and people in it.Anadol used machine learning to group photos and morph between them, creating flickering images of the city as recorded by many different people.

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

If you could press a button to merge your mind with an artificial intelligence computer—expanding your brain power, your memory, and your creative capacity—would you take the leap?“I would press it in a microsecond,” says Sebastian Thrun, who previously led Stanford University’s AI Lab. Turning yourself into a cyborg might sound like pure sci-fi, but recent progress in AI, neural implants , and wearable gadgets make it seem increasingly imaginable.

We're All 'P-Hacking' Now

We're All 'P-Hacking' Now

The p refers to the p-value, a ridiculously complicated statistical entity that’s essentially a measure of how surprising the results of a study would be if the effect you’re looking for wasn’t there.

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

“I think especially for young people, we are actually discouraged often not to dive into that, because it's overwhelming and scary,” said Kelsey Juliana, the lead plaintiff, in a conversation with WIRED senior editor Sandra Upson.

Enter the Capitalocene: How Climate Change Will Ruin Capitalism

Enter the Capitalocene: How Climate Change Will Ruin Capitalism

WIRED sat down with Moore to talk about what got us into this mess, why capitalism won’t survive it, and what a brighter future might actually look like.WIRED: Is capitalism compatible at all with any movement on climate change.

How to Practice Long-Term Thinking in a Distracted World

How to Practice Long-Term Thinking in a Distracted World

We're living longer than our grandparents or their grandparents, and we're going to need to think about our own futures and how we plan for them.

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

In fact, college students can learn about these issues in a wide range of existing fields: Science & Technology Studies (STS), communication, sociology, anthropology, political science, cognitive science, and digital humanities, to name a few.

The Power, and Limits, of Artificial Intelligence

The Power, and Limits, of Artificial Intelligence

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.First off, it’s true that AI is overhyped. Part of that is a natural evolution: AI improves at a given task when it learns from new data, and the world is producing more data every second.

Technology That Could End Humanity—and How to Stop It

Technology That Could End Humanity—and How to Stop It

His latest paper, The Vulnerable World Hypothesis , widens the lens to look at other ways technology could ultimately devastate civilization, and how humanity might try to avoid that fate.

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.

Game of Thrones Recap: So Much for Breaking the Wheel

Game of Thrones Recap: So Much for Breaking the Wheel

Something being true might sound like an extremely fake idea in a story about dragons and zombies, but it relies on things that absolutely have to exist for narratives to work: consistency, relatability, and surprise.

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

After announcing a few weeks ago that it will limit the top speed of all its new cars to 112 mph, Volvo will roll out efforts to eliminate impaired driving, keep young drivers in check, and help its competitors benefit from its years of safety research.

Watch a Human Try to Fight Off That Door-Opening Robot Dog

Watch a Human Try to Fight Off That Door-Opening Robot Dog

In this week's episode, a human with a hockey stick does everything in his power to stop the robot from opening the door, including tugging on the machine, which struggles in an ...

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

To pursue the idea, Sitnikov founded StartRocket, which plans to use a hundreds-strong constellation of CubeSats, each equipped with a reflective sail, to display ads, and perhaps emergency and event-based messages.

Travel a Familiar World Created by a Copy Machine

Travel a Familiar World Created by a Copy Machine

But Dominique Teufen’s Toshiba e-Studio 255 is lucky: It gets to see the world.Snow-capped mountains, shimmering beaches, a glacial lake: These breathtaking scenes aren't exactly real—Teufen creates them with found materials on the glass—but that's part of the fun.Related StoriesLaura MalloneeNorman Rockwell's Four Freedoms Recast for Modern AmericaMichael HardyClose Encounters at AlienCon, Where Ancient Aliens Fans MeetLaura MalloneeThe Secret Tools Magicians Use to Fool You"When people look at these landscapes, they think they're photographed," Teufen says.

Anthropocene vs Meghalayan: why geologists are fighting over whether humans are a force of nature

Anthropocene vs Meghalayan: why geologists are fighting over whether humans are a force of nature

Over the past decade, more and more scientists have agreed that human impact on Earth is so significant that we have entered a completely new geological phase, called the Anthropocene, including a group convened to agree a formal definition.