Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR

Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR

The kind that Punchdrunk, the theater company behind immersive shows like Sleep No More, knows better than anyone.Now Punchdrunk and Niantic, the developer of Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite , are announcing a collaboration that will span multiple projects.

Airbnb Quietly Fired Hundreds of Contract Workers. I'm One of Them

Airbnb Quietly Fired Hundreds of Contract Workers. I'm One of Them

My office life resembled that of any full-time employee: I snacked on charcuterie boards and fresh ahi poke bowls, rejiggered my calendar to accommodate conflicting meetings, and cheered for employees on their work anniversaries (a peculiar Silicon Valley ritual that celebrates equity accruing).Unlike full-time employees, contract workers aren’t entitled to Airbnb’s premium health care, generous 401(k), unlimited paid vacation time, transportation coverage, and stock options.

25 Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts on Sale Now

25 Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts on Sale Now

We already have a Father's Day Gift Guide if you're looking for ideas, but since time is running out, we hunted the web for deals on some of our favorite gear that might put a smile on your dad's face.

Baidu Breaks Off an AI Alliance Amid Strained US-China Ties

Baidu Breaks Off an AI Alliance Amid Strained US-China Ties

Chinese search giant Baidu has left The Partnership on AI (PAI), a US-led effort to foster collaboration on the ethical challenges raised by artificial intelligence .Baidu is said to have cited the cost of membership and recent financial pressures for the move.

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

In at least 20 states, from Florida to Michigan to Texas to California, incarcerated workers are making hand sanitizer, face masks, and protective gowns at prison manufacturing facilities.Social distancing is hard in prison workplaces, and incarcerated people are unable to self-quarantine to avoid Covid-19 when they’re off the job.

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

The magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic will largely depend on how quickly safe and effective vaccines and treatments can be developed and tested.As these methods take off in the coming years, we will be able to test all trillions of possible solutions to each health problem very quickly.

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

“That bubble actually acts as like a sponge for tiny particles like sea salt, viruses, bacteria, and—potentially—plastics, as it comes up through the water column,” says University of Strathclyde microplastic researcher Deonie Allen, co-lead on the new research.

Fantastical Plans Are on Hold, and More Car News This Week

Fantastical Plans Are on Hold, and More Car News This Week

It turns out OK !WIRED contributor Eric Adams checks in on some of the 250 or so companies working to build flying cars and sees dark days ahead .Au revoir to Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs’ ambitious plans to develop a small slice of Toronto in its tech-y image, which were canceled this week .As US cities begin to consider reopening, some restaurants wonder : Would it be safer for people to eat out in the street.

GMOs Could be a Key to Sustainable Farming

GMOs Could be a Key to Sustainable Farming

Illustration: Alvaro DominguezBut unfortunately, the packages on my counter and elsewhere in my kitchen, like my fancy organic sauerkraut (“Our passion for healthy, natural living is reflected in all our products”), told me very little that was relevant to climate change .

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

It might seem more productive to read our Coronavirus Gear and Supplies Guide and start filling your pantry with canned goods and essentials, but cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home can help lower the chances you or a loved one will contract Covid-19 and lower the chances you might spread it to someone else.

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

To help flatten the curve of Covid-19 cases, universities across the nation have closed, and many professors are scrambling to transition to teaching online.Both of us have experience teaching lab courses in person, which often already involve an online interface for sharing syllabi, files, grades, and to foster student discussion.

How Long Does the Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?

How Long Does the Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?

And similarly, while the researchers tested how long the virus can survive in aerosols suspended in the air, they didn’t actually sample the air around infected people.

A Disease Tracker Backed by Gates and Zuckerberg Tackles Covid-19

A Disease Tracker Backed by Gates and Zuckerberg Tackles Covid-19

IDSeq started out as a research project in the UC San Francisco lab of biochemist Joe DeRisi, where 17 years ago his team built technology that identified the coronavirus that causes SARS.

Recycled Nuclear Waste Will Power a New Reactor

Recycled Nuclear Waste Will Power a New Reactor

For the past year, scientists at INL have started recycling spent uranium to meet the fuel needs of a new generation of small commercial reactors.

Smartphone Launch Events Are Silly

Smartphone Launch Events Are Silly

It did what most tech companies set out to do when they host a big event: Announce shiny new products (Galaxy S20!This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED senior associate editor Julian Chokkattu and WIRED contributor Boone Ashworth join co-host Lauren Goode to chat about all things Samsung and more.

Crispr'd Cells Show Promise in First US Human Safety Trial

Crispr'd Cells Show Promise in First US Human Safety Trial

Last year, each cancer patient received infusions of about 100 million of their own T cells, which had been genetically modified in a University of Pennsylvania lab.

This Company Hires Gig Workers—as Employees

This Company Hires Gig Workers—as Employees

Roston candidly compares his business to gig economy apps, offering algorithmic job matching and work-when-you-want flexibility.Three of the four companies selected by the city—Lime , Uber, and Bird-owned Scoot—told WIRED they still use staffing agencies to hire W-2 employees.

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

The Commerce Department is, in fact, still weighing further AI software controls, and the Trump administration is increasingly scrutinizing how Silicon Valley interacts with China.“I don’t think any US government official expects to keep China from developing AI—they are doing quite well—but they don’t want companies like Google or Microsoft helping them,” says James Lewis, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington DC think tank.

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Vermont’s Department of Labor wrote in a 2017 bulletin that the “usual course of [Uber]’s business is the provision of a technology platform to its drivers, in exchange for a service fee.” But one federal judge in California called the distinction between technology and transportation company “fatally flawed.” (Uber settled that lawsuit by workers in March 2019, for $20 million.).

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

The other was a tax credit that allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.After that, individuals won’t receive any tax credits for installing solar on their homes, and business owners will receive a paltry 10 percent.

An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

Perhaps you even know about things like event horizons, the boundary outside of which escape becomes possible, and gravitational waves , the ripples that black holes generate in the cosmic fabric when they collide.

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

Another private forensics lab, in Texas, began building its own crowdsourced database exclusively for police searches this year.But when the child rapist Jeffrey Epstein died, and more of his nominally philanthropic donations became public, science faced a reckoning.

Meet the Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers

Meet the Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers

And for a smaller core of cybersecurity practitioners within that massive readership, it’s become a kind of legend: the ur-narrative of a lone hacker hunter, a text that has inspired an entire generation of network defenders chasing their own anomalies through a vastly larger, infinitely more malicious internet.

It's Coders Versus Human Pilots in This Drone Race

It's Coders Versus Human Pilots in This Drone Race

It’s a matter of time, experts say, before automated drones will whir past humans in increasingly popular competitions hosted by the Drone Racing League —and before they can use similar technology to handle complicated tasks in real life.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Hand Over Alphabet’s Reins

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Hand Over Alphabet’s Reins

As the company faces a series of antitrust investigations and mounting employee unrest, its two cofounders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, announced on Tuesday they were stepping down from their leadership roles at the company.

How Overexcited Neurons Might Affect How You Age

How Overexcited Neurons Might Affect How You Age

But recently in Nature, Bruce Yankner, a professor of genetics and neurology at Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues reported on a previously overlooked controller of life span: the activity level of neurons in the brain.

Alphabet's Dream of an 'Everyday Robot' Is Just Out of Reach

Alphabet's Dream of an 'Everyday Robot' Is Just Out of Reach

The robots can reduce that down to less than 4 percent, helping Alphabet meet city of Mountain View recycling goals.“We haven't solved the whole problem, but we've made enough progress that we have high confidence that we're onto something,” says Brondmo.

The 8-Hour Workday Is a Counterproductive Lie

The 8-Hour Workday Is a Counterproductive Lie

Like most people writing hot takes and think pieces about productivity, I’m focusing on knowledge workers here—those of us who work at desks, mostly in front of computers, in offices or from home.

Finally, We Can ‘Like’ Apple’s Keyboards Again

Finally, We Can ‘Like’ Apple’s Keyboards Again

Show Notes: Read Adrienne So’s story about how Instagram is testing hiding likes here , and watch Arielle’s full conversation with Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri here .

Meet the Immigrants Who Took On Amazon

Meet the Immigrants Who Took On Amazon

According to Awood, about 35 ­people took part in the walkout; Amazon would later say, yet again, that only 15 employees participated and it didn’t see the event as a strike, either.