The Sound of Merlin: Like Shazam, but for Birds

The Sound of Merlin: Like Shazam, but for Birds

So I dutifully downloaded the Merlin App, practiced with my binoculars (to the concern of my neighbors), and spent time with the different quizzes and tutorials on eBird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s online birding mecca, learning to recognize different birds by their songs and calls.

This Magnetic Desk Is a Neat Freak’s Dream

This Magnetic Desk Is a Neat Freak’s Dream

I once nearly drilled a hole in my desk just to run the wire from my old mechanical keyboard to my desktop PC underneath instead of strewn over the top like a layabout.The cable management features run on top of the desk and below it.

New weapon in fight against invasive aquatic weeds

New weapon in fight against invasive aquatic weeds

Inside is a computer containing an artificial intelligence-based detector that has been trained to identify targeted invasive weed species and log their locations in real-time."The development of these detector modules will enable a rapid and cost-effective detection and mapping that can be used over large areas.".

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

We talked about it over a number of conversations, and I think the key question here is: Can AI actually get to that empathy, by understanding human emotions, controlling them through something like a work of art.

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

The Facebook algorithm, called Seer (for SElf-supERvised), fed on more than a billion images scraped from Instagram , deciding for itself which objects look alike.LeCun says self-supervised learning could have many useful applications, for instance learning to read medical images without the need for labeling so many scans and x-rays.

Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher’s Firing

Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher’s Firing

Earlier this year, Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru sent a Twitter message to University of Washington professor Emily Bender.“This article is a very solid and well-researched piece of work,” says Julien Cornebise, an honorary associate professor at University College London who has seen a draft of the paper.

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

Because winds blow in various directions at each altitude, the AI-based controller was programmed to use reinforcement learning, or RL, to search a database of historic records and current weather reports to predict the best elevation to keep the balloon in one place.

Our 100+ Favorite Cyber Monday Deals Still Available Today

Our 100+ Favorite Cyber Monday Deals Still Available Today

We combed through our many Cyber Monday guides and picked out the best deals still on sale.Be sure to check out WIRED's many other holiday buying guides for more of the gear we’ve tested and recommend.

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

Well before Cyber Monday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X .We hope our favorite Cyber Monday video game and accessory deals will help in these trying times.

21 Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoors Gear (2020): Weights, Fitness Trackers, and More

21 Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoors Gear (2020): Weights, Fitness Trackers, and More

We've waded through tons of Black Friday deals for the best fitness and outdoor gear that will help you stay in shape this cold winter.Running Gear Deals.Check out our Outdoor Gift Guide and roundup of the Best Outdoor Furniture and Gear for more picks.

28 Best Black Friday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

28 Best Black Friday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

Well before Black Friday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X .We hope our favorite Black Friday video game and accessory deals will help in these trying times.

The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online

The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online

WIRED's Gear team has tested hundreds of products across nearly every category, and we're hunting all weekend long for truly impressive deals on the gadgets and gizmos we think are worthwhile.Pandemic Gear Deals.

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

It might not seem like much, but figuring out when to seek clarification requires considerable artificial intelligence , and it’s a step towards having machines learn from humans on the fly.“The ability for clarification will be a fundamental property of any good conversational artificial agent,” says Roger Levy, a professor at MIT who specializes in AI and linguistics.

The Pandemic Is Forcing Everyone to Face the Digital Divide

The Pandemic Is Forcing Everyone to Face the Digital Divide

Attempting to teach and learn from home has put a tremendous strain on all parents, teachers, and students, but for families without access to high-speed broadband or the (proper number of) devices for kids to work off of, the upcoming school year poses the possibility that those children will fall even farther behind .

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

“Deep neural networks are very computationally expensive,” says Song Han, an assistant professor at MIT who specializes in developing more efficient forms of deep learning and is not an author on Thompson’s paper.

How to Trade In or Sell Your iPhone (2020): Swappa, Gazelle, uSell

How to Trade In or Sell Your iPhone (2020): Swappa, Gazelle, uSell

We've compared some popular services for trading in an old device for cash or store credit.Comparing prices on all these services highlights some tips for maximizing the resale value of your phone.

How School Shutdowns Have Longterm Effects on Children

How School Shutdowns Have Longterm Effects on Children

But with schools closed for more than 1.3 billion schoolchildren worldwide, natural disasters can provide researchers with useful insight into a question they, and locked-down parents everywhere, are now asking: will the coronavirus shutdown have a long-term impact on children.

Get Outside (In Your Backyard) With REI's Anniversary Sale

Get Outside (In Your Backyard) With REI's Anniversary Sale

One of our favorite retailers, REI, is holding its yearly anniversary sale, which is a great time to pick up running gear at up to 30 percent off.

When Schools Reopen, Don't Ditch Online Learning

When Schools Reopen, Don't Ditch Online Learning

A promising approach is hybrid or blended learning, which integrates online components with traditional classroom practices.Blended learning promotes the vital classroom connections that students and professors value, while also providing new modes of engagement.

Google's Assistant-Powered Smart Speakers Are on Sale

Google's Assistant-Powered Smart Speakers Are on Sale

Still, it's worth checking out our guide on how to make your smart speaker as private as possible .If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.We've linked to applicable reviews for the devices mentioned below, but you might also want to check out our Best Smart Speakers buying guide.

AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

has developed a platform that consists of off-the-shelf robot arms equipped with cameras, a special gripper, and plenty of computer power for figuring out how to grasp objects tossed into warehouse bins.

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

These “gauge-equivariant convolutional neural networks,” or gauge CNNs, developed at the University of Amsterdam and Qualcomm AI Research by Taco Cohen, Maurice Weiler, Berkay Kicanaoglu and Max Welling, can detect patterns not only in 2D arrays of pixels, but also on spheres and asymmetrically curved objects.

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

He also lamented the limitations of that technology, which involves designing software called artificial neural networks that can get better at a specific task by experience or seeing labeled examples of correct answers.“We’re kind of like the dog who caught the car,” Aguera y Arcas said.

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

Stanley is a pioneer in a field of artificial intelligence called neuroevolution, which co-opts the principles of biological evolution to design smarter algorithms.One day Stanley spotted something resembling an alien face on the site and began evolving it, selecting a child and grandchild and so on.

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

In March, Yoshua Bengio received a share of the Turing Award, the highest accolade in computer science, for contributions to the development of deep learning—the technique that triggered a renaissance in artificial intelligence , leading to advances in self-driving cars , real-time speech translation , and facial recognition .Now, Bengio says deep learning needs to be fixed.

The Style Maven Astrophysicists of Silicon Valley

The Style Maven Astrophysicists of Silicon Valley

And while machine learning now constitutes its own field of study, because scientists from fields like astrophysicists have been working with those kinds of models for years, they’re natural hires on data science teams.“We were already in Big Data before Big Data became a thing,” says Sudeep Das, an astrophysicist who now works at Netflix.

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

For several decades, textbook publishers followed the same basic model: Pitch a hefty tome of knowledge to faculty for inclusion in lesson plans; charge students an equally hefty sum; revise and update its content as needed every few years.

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 Tactical Drivers Learn Crazy-Ass Maneuvers

How Tactical Drivers Learn Crazy-Ass Maneuvers

Those fancy car maneuvers you see in action movies aren’t all about good looks. Most students at the school are security or special operations professionals, there to learn about “tactical mobility.” Tactical mobility sounds fancy, but it’s “basically having excellent car control, so if something happens, you’re capable of handling your vehicle and its occupants safely,” says Wyatt Knox, the special projects director at the school.

Apex Legends Succeeds By Keeping It Simple

Apex Legends Succeeds By Keeping It Simple

Developed by Respawn Entertainment, creators of the Titanfall series, its approach to the mega-popular genre has found a large, eager audience, one that's interested to see what changes and growth the game will have in store as its first season continues.