Flirty or Friendzone? New AI Scans Your Texts for True Love

Flirty or Friendzone? New AI Scans Your Texts for True Love

"Based on the data, people who have romantic intent use the words 'night' and 'dream' a lot more," says Lee. Other apps have used similar models to juice up sales pitches, advise employees on messaging the boss, or generate context-specific email replies.

Yelp Is Overhauling Its App to Emphasize Personalization

Yelp Is Overhauling Its App to Emphasize Personalization

Yelp has long given users the ability to filter search results based on dozens of different criteria, including what type of cuisine a restaurant offers and whether it has vegan or vegetarian options.

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

He writes about science and miscellaneous geekery for WIRED.Importantly, the people being tested, upwards of 2,000 of them, were all native speakers of Swedish, an old language that has learned a new trick.

How to Share Books and Movies Through Amazon Household

How to Share Books and Movies Through Amazon Household

Amazon’s first step in its plan for world domination seems to be making sure that every single person alive is a shopper with an Amazon Prime account. Sign someone else up and they can share access to Amazon's media services, as well as free Prime delivery.

Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

If Neuralink’s technologies work as Musk and his team intend, they’ll be able to pick up signals from across a person’s brain—first from the motor cortex that controls movement but eventually throughout your think-meat—and turn them into machine-readable code that a computer can understand.

Health Brands Hims and Hers Flout Facebook’s Rules on Drug Ads

Health Brands Hims and Hers Flout Facebook’s Rules on Drug Ads

Such ads violate Facebook policies that prohibit promoting the sale or use of prescription drugs or suggesting that users have a specific condition. A Facebook spokesperson said that three Hims ads identified by WIRED violated Facebook’s policies by specifically referencing prescription drugs.

Twitter Will Quarantine Politicians’ Tweets If They Violate Rules—Finally

Twitter Will Quarantine Politicians’ Tweets If They Violate Rules—Finally

Public officials whose tweets are restricted for violating the platform’s rules will not be notified directly, nor will they have an opportunity to appeal the decision, Twitter confirmed.“There won't be any appeals and there won't be any communication to the user, however, it [the restriction] will be noticed very quickly,” the spokesperson said, chuckling.

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I could see a public API endpoint that was returning the data for this feed, meaning that anyone could make a GET request (like a simple page load) to see the latest 20 transactions made on the app by anyone around the world.

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

Each piece is kinetic; a sensor picks up the image of the viewer, and the screen moves to "reflect" the form of the person standing in front.

California Lawmakers Move to Protect Gig-Economy Workers

California Lawmakers Move to Protect Gig-Economy Workers

The California Assembly passed legislation on Wednesday that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of workers by requiring companies like Uber , Postmates, Amazon Flex, and others to recognize much of their workforce as employees entitled to labor protections and benefits.

Does Twitter Even Know How to Tweet?

Does Twitter Even Know How to Tweet?

Earlier this week, the company announced that it’s accepting applicants for a new position at the company, a Tweeter in Chief, a “master in the art of Twitter,” to take ownership of the official account. “FYI: there IS an edit button,” @Twitter tweeted.

This AI Uses Echolocation to Identify What You're Doing

This AI Uses Echolocation to Identify What You're Doing

Based at the Wuhan University of Technology, in China, Guo’s team has tested its microphone array on four different college students and found that they can identify whether the person is sitting, standing, walking, or falling, with complete accuracy, they report in a paper published today in Applied Physics Letters . Some work with sound data, like Guo; others are developing better image recognition algorithms.

What Tech Companies Pay Employees in 2019

What Tech Companies Pay Employees in 2019

But Facebook reported that the compensation of its median employee declined almost 5 percent last year, to $228,651—the biggest decline among the companies in WIRED’s analysis. A spokesperson says median pay for Amazon’s US employees last year was $35,096; on November 1, the company lifted its minimum US wage to $15 an hour.

When Google Serves Ads in Iran, Advertisers Pay the Price

When Google Serves Ads in Iran, Advertisers Pay the Price

Advertisers say that Google makes it far too easy to accidentally run ads in countries under US sanctions like Iran, North Korea, or Syria. And yet, Google still serves ads in these places, which means advertisers can inadvertently spend money reaching people in countries where they’re largely barred from doing business.

What's So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

What's So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

Overall, however, Gouzoules’ data suggests that humans are pretty good at distinguishing screams from other nonverbal vocalizations, regardless of whether they’re fearful, excited, or aggressive.

Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility

Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility

Last Day of Spring is a visual novel that shows a trans person's struggle to find safety in a society built to exclude her from the very concept. Last Day of Spring feels like an honest look at Haru's struggle to find safety in a society built to exclude her from the very concept.

Instagram Can Find Misleading Posts—but Won’t Take Them Down

Instagram Can Find Misleading Posts—but Won’t Take Them Down

The spokesperson said Facebook’s and Instagram’s approaches to misleading posts differ in part because Instagram lacks a re-share button and the content users see in their Instagram feeds comes solely from accounts they have chosen to follow, unlike on Facebook.

Fighting Measles, LA Pulls a Classic Move: Quarantine

Fighting Measles, LA Pulls a Classic Move: Quarantine

“This is a legally binding order that’s issued when we want to prevent the increased risk of infection,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health, at a press conference on Friday.

Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

As researchers like Hill and Koellinger move forward with mining the world’s DNA deposits, policymakers will soon have to decide on which side of the veil polygenic scores for things like income, education, and intelligence belong.

What Will Game of Thrones Mean When It's All Over?

What Will Game of Thrones Mean When It's All Over?

Starting Sunday, HBO's Game of Thrones will air the first of six episodes that, to put it bluntly, will have to complete the story of dozens of hours of television spanning eight years. Game of Thrones ' Final Season Might Be .

Facebook Rolls Out More Features for Dead People

Facebook Rolls Out More Features for Dead People

Facebook has to balance the interests of grieving loved ones with the privacy of someone who is now dead, says Alice Ely, a product manager at Facebook.“We have a hard stance against never allowing anybody to log into [someone else’s] account, but that’s exactly why we wanted to create a legacy contact to give [people] these controls to manage the profile after the person has passed away,” she explains.

Researchers Built an "Online Lie Detector." Honestly, That Could Be a Problem

Researchers Built an "Online Lie Detector." Honestly, That Could Be a Problem

Not only does the study not necessarily serve as the basis of any kind of reliable truth-telling algorithm, but it makes potentially dangerous claims: A text-based "online polygraph" that's faulty, they warn, could have far worse social and ethical implications if adopted than leaving those determinations up to human judgment.

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

Guillaume Chaslot, who previously worked on recommendations at YouTube but now works to document their flaws , says those problems stem from companies designing systems designed primarily to maximize the time users spend on their services.

The Mosque Shooter Exploited the Power of the Internet

The Mosque Shooter Exploited the Power of the Internet

Mark Baker/AP After each new horrific mass shooting, an all-too-familiar cycle often plays out: Reporters (myself included) race to attempt to unpack an alleged shooter’s possible motivations by piecing together clues from their social media accounts and online postings before it all gets scrubbed from the internet.

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

“Harry spends a lot of time in Midtown, sometimes goes to parks, and rides the subway,” Crowley says, looking over the data Foursquare has assembled from the person’s use of popular apps and geotagging services.

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

Isabella Wren , a Hong Kong-based fashion brand, sells tailor-made jackets, dresses, and trousers with a proprietary body scanning technology that lifts a woman's exact measurements from a few photos.

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes

Before the online era, you would need to shell out a lot of money to print a fake newspaper, or it would look like an obvious counterfeit. We need to find digital equivalents, especially to verify the time and place of documents, photographs, and videos, as well as to authenticate individual identities.

A Crypto Exchange CEO Dies—With the Only Key to $137 Million

A Crypto Exchange CEO Dies—With the Only Key to $137 Million

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia last week, Jennifer Robertson, widow of QuadrigaCX CEO Gerry Cotten, wrote that the company owes its customers $190 million, but can’t access the funds to pay them back.

It’s Time to Rethink Who’s Best Suited for Space Travel

It’s Time to Rethink Who’s Best Suited for Space Travel

Nelson also points out that most astronauts have no prior experience relying on technology for their movement and lives, whereas people with disabilities do so every day.

YouTube Will Crack Down on Toxic Videos, But It Won’t Be Easy

YouTube Will Crack Down on Toxic Videos, But It Won’t Be Easy

The company announced the shift in a blog post on Friday, writing that it would begin cracking down on so-called "borderline content" that comes close to violating its community standards without quite crossing the line.