Uncertainty Isn't Always a Problem—It Can Be the Solution

Uncertainty Isn't Always a Problem—It Can Be the Solution

We had eight suitcases plus carry-on bags, and were flying from Hartford to New York on TWA, connecting to a flight to Toronto on Air Canada.Not wanting to wait three days for a standby flight, we piled into a cab and headed to the Greyhound Terminal in downtown Manhattan.

A History of Plans to Nuke Hurricanes (and Other Stuff Too)

A History of Plans to Nuke Hurricanes (and Other Stuff Too)

In those heady early years of the atomic age, many scientists imagined a world where humans could routinely use nuclear weapons to cleave the earth and remake its climate.

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

Should I delete my tweets ?If those ideas find their way onto the main platform, we might see a version of Twitter that's a little less about viral rage and a little more about talking to people you like.

Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched

Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched

If a leading candidate for mayor gets his way, residents of Salt Lake City may soon be able to drop their transit cards from their wallets, purses, and pockets, Former state senator Jim Dabakis wants to eliminate fares on the six-county Utah Transit Authority network of buses and light rail.

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. Amazon is systematically going through every branch of the idea tree around what retail is, and doing it without any pride.

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

Big financial services companies, including JP Morgan and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, are experimenting with blockchains and blockchain-like technologies to improve the efficiency of trading stocks and other assets.

Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole

Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole

Which means that today, when you register a site through Google that uses ".app," ".dev," or ".page," that page and any you build off of it are automatically added to a list that all mainstream browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, and Opera, check when they're setting up encrypted web connections.

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

“These offshore CO2 storage facilities are probably a reasonable idea because the benefits of storing 1 million tons per year of carbon are larger than the effects of the leakage that may occur,” says Klaus Wallmann, professor of marine biogeochemistry at the GEOMAR Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, and an author of the report.

Netflix's Rim of the World Shows Where Sci-Fi Is Headed

Netflix's Rim of the World Shows Where Sci-Fi Is Headed

If the movie Rim of the World , premiering on Netflix today, looks a little familiar to you, that's on purpose. Like, Rim of the World is the kind of perfectly fun mid-list movie that, as Stentz says, used to get made all the time.

Central Asia's Wild Soviet Architecture

Central Asia's Wild Soviet Architecture

Through their photos, Conte and Perego want to puncture the idea that there is a single, monolithic Soviet architectural style. Designed mostly by Moscow-trained architects, the buildings Conte and Perego photographed are all executed with a recognizably Soviet aesthetic, although many include touches inspired by local traditions.

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

Terrorists should not feel free to upload terrible images of slaughter, but neither should they be empowered to empty people’s bank accounts or to tap the phones of presidents and prime ministers.“But,” people say, “What if only legitimate requests can get into the protected communications?” Weaknesses in computer systems are discovered by attackers all the time.

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

Everybody says, “This is a smart idea, but we're not actually going to be able to design computers this way.” Explain why you persisted and why you were so confident that you had found something important. And on small data sets, other methods, like things called support vector machines worked a little bit better.

How to Build, and Keep Building, a Cathedral Like Notre-Dame

How to Build, and Keep Building, a Cathedral Like Notre-Dame

“There is a subtlety to heritage architecture that is quite elegant, and there is a danger with contemporary materials and methods that you could do something outrageous,” says Douglas Pritchard, an architect at Johns Hopkins University who has made detailed 3D scans of Cologne Cathedral, begun in 1284.

We Launched a Paywall. It Worked! Mostly.

We Launched a Paywall. It Worked! Mostly.

About half the stories are the kinds of pieces I would expect to lead to subscriptions: meaty features that got lots of traffic.

Brain-Machine Interfaces Could Give Us All Superpowers

Brain-Machine Interfaces Could Give Us All Superpowers

Taryn Southern, the co-director of the film, says she began thinking about the brain just as shows like Black Mirror and Westworld , which play on the relationship between humans and technology, began their ascendency.

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

To cover the travel and material expenses for such a project, they turned to the internet, where they found a few dozen strangers willing to fund their little scheme thanks to a brand-new platform called Kickstarter.

Twitter Users Are Richer and More Woke Than the Rest of Us

Twitter Users Are Richer and More Woke Than the Rest of Us

On Wednesday, Pew Research released a report that compares Twitter users to the rest of the US population. Pew surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,791 adult Twitter users about everything from their income and education to their thoughts on issues like race and immigration.

A Wild Plan to Crowdsource the Fight Against Misinformation

A Wild Plan to Crowdsource the Fight Against Misinformation

She’s currently the director of a new group called Civic, the Coalition to Integrate Values Into the Information Commons—which she runs with former founding director of the International Fact-Checking Network, Alexios Mantzarlis—and she came to TED 2019 to lay out her vision for the coalition: to bring the power of crowdsourcing to the fight against misinformation online.

TED 2019: I Promise Not to Roll My Eyes at Your TED Talk

TED 2019: I Promise Not to Roll My Eyes at Your TED Talk

The TED Conference, which has taken place annually since 1990, was founded on the principle that spreading ideas from passionate people can change the world. I will be attending all the TED talks.

The Plan to Save the Rhino With a Cervix-Navigating Robot

The Plan to Save the Rhino With a Cervix-Navigating Robot

“It’s composed of a number of interlocking ridges or rings that makes it look like a number of S's connected to each other for 8 to 12 inches,” says Barbara Durrant, director of reproductive sciences at the San Diego Zoo.

Prince Harry Hates Fortnite, How Hackers Use Facebook, And More News

Prince Harry Hates Fortnite, How Hackers Use Facebook, And More News

Prince Harry Hates Fortnite, How Hackers Use Facebook, And More News. Like any soon-to-be-parent, Prince Harry is developing thoughts on parenting. More News You Can Use. Think you're ready for Alexa to know your sensitive medical information?

Mastercard Wades Into Murky Waters With Its New Digital ID

Mastercard Wades Into Murky Waters With Its New Digital ID

In December, Mastercard announced that it was working to develop an international digital identity scheme which could be used as a flexible verifier for financial transactions, government interactions, or online services.

A Clever New Strategy for Treating Cancer, Thanks to Darwin

A Clever New Strategy for Treating Cancer, Thanks to Darwin

In 2014 the Moffitt team managed to get the first small study to test this adaptive therapy approach off the ground, recruiting Robert Butler and a small group of other men with advanced prostate cancer.

Psychedelic Portraits Made With a Hunk of Beveled Glass

Psychedelic Portraits Made With a Hunk of Beveled Glass

"I think every person ended up licking the glass or just smearing their entire face against it to get really interesting color fields with the makeup and sweat mixing," Whitmore says.

The Air Force Wants to Give You Its Credit Card

The Air Force Wants to Give You Its Credit Card

He’s going to be leading a pitch day for the Air Force this week in New York City, and he spoke with WIRED about that and also where he sees the future of military technology going—from AI to hypersonic weapons to space.

What's the Value of a Facebook Cryptocoin?

What's the Value of a Facebook Cryptocoin?

With a centralized approach, Facebook could sidestep the sluggishness and high costs of decentralized blockchains, like Bitcoin, and keep an eye on nefarious uses of its coin.

Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids

Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids

“When you visit the same piece of sky again and again, you can recognize, ‘Oh, this galaxy has a new star in it that was not there when we were there a year or three months ago,” says Rick White, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute , which hosts Pan-STARRS’s archive.

'Apex Legends' Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of 'Fortnite'

'Apex Legends' Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of 'Fortnite'

Apex Legends ' ping system is a means to fix that, while also empowering players who, for many valid reasons, maybe don't want to have active conversations with random teammates.

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

The dilemma raises several questions: How does it feel to be a black scientist who owes much to James Watson in general, and in my case, is linked to his specific pedigree?

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions “My mom just would really love it if I got a job at Google," says former tech worker and first-time novelist Kathy Wang.