To Make Fairer AI, Physicists Peer Inside Its Black Box

To Make Fairer AI, Physicists Peer Inside Its Black Box

Specifically, Pierini has begun simulating proton collisions with an AI algorithm known as a generative adversarial network, or GAN.But physicist Brian Nord of Fermilab uses algorithms derived from facial-recognition technology to identify abnormal-looking galaxies whose light is warped by curved spacetime.

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?

There’s a lot of discussion about artificial consciousness and the possibility of machines gaining self-awareness once they become sufficiently complex.As it happens, one of the most convincing cases for internet consciousness stems from a theory of mind that was developed to account for precisely this kind of unified experience.

Hulu’s New Comedy Woke Is Perfectly Absurd

Hulu’s New Comedy Woke Is Perfectly Absurd

Keef Knight, the protagonist of Hulu’s surreal new social justice comedy Woke, talks to his markers.Prior to the police brutality, Knight—played by Lamorne Morris, finally getting his own sitcom after many years of carrying New Girl on his back—was broke, complacent, and liked to “keep it light.” His roommates are a goofy, ultimately loveable but also unsettling send-up of San Francisco: Clovis (T.

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Drunk-Walking

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Drunk-Walking

In fact, scientists from University of Pittsburgh just published research showing that, in the lab at least, they can use smartphone motion data to detect if a subject is intoxicated, with an average accuracy of 93 percent.

The First Repeat Covid-19 Infection Case Isn’t All Bad News

The First Repeat Covid-19 Infection Case Isn’t All Bad News

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic , scientists have been saying that if the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, sticks around long enough, people are likely to catch it more than once.On Monday, researchers at Hong Kong University presented the first confirmation that this can, in fact, happen with SARS-CoV-2.

How the Pandemic Reshaped Election Campaigns—Maybe Forever

How the Pandemic Reshaped Election Campaigns—Maybe Forever

Fortunately for candidates, both major parties already had digital infrastructure in place for grassroots fundraising: The Democrats launched ActBlue in 2004, and this cycle expanded the platform to all registered candidates, including presidential, for the first time; Republicans launched their equivalent, WinRed, in 2019.The Republican National Committee has also more than tripled the size of its email list since 2016, according to a spokesperson.

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Heat exhaustion is a culmination of overheating, dehydration, and other factors overloading the body's cooling system, which causes a lot of problems.As a Wilderness First Responder, dealing with people suffering from heat exhaustion is one of the toughest parts of the role, because they often don't want to be helped.

A Hidden Risk for Domestic Violence Victims: Family Phone Plans

A Hidden Risk for Domestic Violence Victims: Family Phone Plans

Researchers at St. Vincent’s lab provide free technology assistance to survivors in New York City in partnership with the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, many of whom are struggling with the privacy implications of being on a shared family plan.

My Glitchy, Glorious Day at a Conference for Virtual Beings

My Glitchy, Glorious Day at a Conference for Virtual Beings

Lars Buttler is a real person, but he is the CEO of AI Foundation, a company that makes fake ones: trainable, artificially intelligent agents that might one day take the place of a human personal assistant, a customer service representative, or you yourself (if you aspire to omnipresence or digital deathlessness).

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for Covid-19

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for Covid-19

This means that the herd immunity threshold will also be higher than 60 percent in some places and lower in others.“I think the range of R0 consistent with data for Covid-19 is larger than most people give credit to,” said Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University, who has been advising health officials in Massachusetts and abroad.

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

They’re options to “share computer sound” and “optimize screen sharing for video clip.” Make sure both boxes are checked.It’s a third-party browser extension that allows up to 50 people to watch anything on Netflix together.

The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless

The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless

At the beginning of 2020, a business that offered you a real person in real time to help you with your needs would be considered a luxury and somewhat exempt from the forces of frictionlessness.

No, You Don't Need to See President Trump's Medical Records

No, You Don't Need to See President Trump's Medical Records

The president Streisand-effected the issue by, of course, tweeting about it: “The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery.”.

How TikTok's 'For You' Algorithm Works

How TikTok's 'For You' Algorithm Works

These people may or may not follow the creator already, but TikTok has determined they may be more likely to engage with the video, based on their past behavior.

How to Clean Up Your Old Social Media Posts

How to Clean Up Your Old Social Media Posts

From here pick Manage activity and Your posts to see everything you've ever posted (you might have to use the Filters button to limit what's shown on-screen).Use the tick boxes on the left to select the posts you want to manage, then you've got two options: Archive hides the posts from everyone else on Facebook except you, while Recycle bin deletes the posts but allows you to recover them for a period of 30 days.

Your Most Vexing New Coronavirus Questions, Answered

Your Most Vexing New Coronavirus Questions, Answered

Kind of the vehicle for this is these little creatures that you feel like if they were real, we would be covering the heck out of them at WIRED, they're called Kentukis.

Twitter's Newest Trick Relies on Tracking More of Your Clicks

Twitter's Newest Trick Relies on Tracking More of Your Clicks

Twitter introduced a new feature Wednesday that prompts users to read links to articles before sharing them.But making the feature work requires a level of tracking, and risk, that users likely aren’t aware of.

What's Confusing About Calling Covid-19 Cases ‘Asymptomatic’

What's Confusing About Calling Covid-19 Cases ‘Asymptomatic’

That’s different from “presymptomatic” cases, in which people without symptoms test positive but later go on to show signs of illness.“There’s a lot of jargon out there and it’s even confusing to scientists,” says Ashleigh Tuite, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto.

Georgia’s Failure Shows How Not to Run an Election in the Pandemic

Georgia’s Failure Shows How Not to Run an Election in the Pandemic

Here’s how in-person voting should look during the coronavirus pandemic: lots of polling places, fully staffed with well-protected election workers, each serving small numbers of voters who are able to quickly get in and out without having to congregate at length in close quarters.

Zynn, the Hot New Video App, Is Full of Stolen Content

Zynn, the Hot New Video App, Is Full of Stolen Content

The account also began posting videos taken from her official social media profiles on February 19, months before Zynn became available for download.

Who Discovered the First Vaccine?

Who Discovered the First Vaccine?

But it’s the original variolation—not Jenner’s vaccine—that first established the efficacy of the crazy, and at the time ludicrously dangerous, idea upon which nearly all vaccines rely: the intentional infection of a healthy person with a weakened pathogen to bequeath immunity.

Twitter Finally Fact-Checked Trump. It’s a Bit of a Mess

Twitter Finally Fact-Checked Trump. It’s a Bit of a Mess

Take one of the three bullet points in the top “What you need to know” section: “Though Trump targeted California, mail-in ballots are already used in some states, including Oregon, Utah and Nebraska.” This statement is itself misleading.

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

As the robot rolls along, the camera watches passing pedestrians, while ProxEmo overlays each human with that 16-joint skeleton—the objective measurement of gaits, which the algorithm has learned to associate with certain emotions.

How to Throw a Karaoke Party on Zoom

How to Throw a Karaoke Party on Zoom

You’ll also need a Watch2Gether link, which is where you’ll be assembling your queue of karaoke tracks.YouTube has a plethora of karaoke videos, many like what you’d find in a bar or private room.

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A chatbot developed by artificial intelligence researchers at shows that combining a huge amount of training data with a little artificial empathy, personality, and general knowledge can go some way toward fostering the illusion of good chitchat.

Is Apple and Google's Covid-19 Contact Tracing a Privacy Risk?

Is Apple and Google's Covid-19 Contact Tracing a Privacy Risk?

Security and privacy-focused technologists have pointed to a long list of potential flaws in Apple and Google's system , including techniques that could reveal the identities of Covid-19 positive users or help advertisers track them, false positives from trolls, mistaken self-diagnoses, and faulty signals between phones.

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

“The only way that these sort of things can be effective, if we take that model from other countries, is if you test far more cases than come up positive,” says Sham Kakade, a computer scientist at the University of Washington and a coauthor of PACT, a similar set of contact tracing protocols.

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

I had been invited to lead a conversation with a handful of artists about the climate crisis and their place in it.Something remarkable has happened to the climate conversation in the past two years.We Climate People are used to being a small group.

The Top Reason Not to Ditch an iPhone for Android? WhatsApp

The Top Reason Not to Ditch an iPhone for Android? WhatsApp

If you’ve spent years sending private messages, videos and photos over WhatsApp on your iPhone, then you should think twice about switching to Android.

Google Will Not Save America From Coronavirus

Google Will Not Save America From Coronavirus

The weirdness began on Friday night, when President Trump announced that Google would soon launch a nationwide website that would guide people through the process of deciding whether they should be tested for Covid-19, and then direct them to a testing site in their area.