Altruism Still Fuels the Web. Businesses Love to Exploit It

Altruism Still Fuels the Web. Businesses Love to Exploit It

As a social scientist myself, I can say that convincing a colleague from the past that Wikipedia and Linux actually work the way they do would be a pretty huge lift.

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

NIC manager Sadie Mills says staff on research vessels and fisheries observers use identification guides to help them to identify common species and over the past few years have become much more proficient at what they do.

Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text

Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text

Lily Hay Newman covers information security, digital privacy, and hacking for WIRED.Silvanovich, who worked on the research with fellow Project Zero member Samuel Groß, got interested in interaction-less bugs because of a recent, dramatic WhatsApp vulnerability that allowed nation-state spies to compromise a phone just by calling it—even if the recipient didn’t answer the call.

Intel Ice Lake Processors: Specs, Details, Release Date

Intel Ice Lake Processors: Specs, Details, Release Date

The company has also been teasing Project Athena, a new set of laptop specifications and performance expectations that Intel says it will co-engineer with PC makers.

A Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles

A Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles

Understanding basic patterns in the biogeography of an urban area is the focus of a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

It aspires to be a central outlet for the study of all manner of internet abuse, assembling for visiting researchers the necessary machine learning tools, big data analysts, and perhaps most importantly, access to major tech platforms' user data—a key to the project that may hinge on which tech firms cooperate, and to what degree.

Cold War–Era Bunker Mania Forever Altered Albania

Cold War–Era Bunker Mania Forever Altered Albania

"I believe the local community has missed an opportunity to be the guardians of remembrance for those who suffered under Enver Hoxha, and also denied themselves a huge income from tourism," Hackman says.

The Extinct Birds Project

The Extinct Birds Project

Artwork © Alberto Rey, The Extinct Birds Project Even in crowded museums, I can usually count on having the bird specimen displays to myself. Rey began pursuing the project in 2015, when he gazed at a drawer of extinct birds at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

NIWA reveals Arrowtown air quality standards breached every time temperature plummets

NIWA reveals Arrowtown air quality standards breached every time temperature plummets

That’s more than double the national standard of 50, with hourly concentrations peaking at 314 micrograms per cubic metre,” says project leader NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley.

Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data

Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data

On Monday, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs released more detailed plans for Toronto, the site of the Google sister company’s first attempt to bring its techified, digital-forward sensibility to a full-scale development project.

Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes

Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes

By combining DNA sequence data with gene expression profiles from deer, goats, and sheep, the consortium scientists identified a handful of genes that work together to keep such species cancer-free, even as they grow pounds of new tissue on their heads each year.

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Regulators in Europe are worried that Libra could become a systemic risk to the global financial system and rival central banks; a member of the US Congress called for Facebook to halt development until it answers questions about privacy; officials elsewhere have expressed fears that any cryptocurrency may help users evade global sanctions or launder money.

How Facial Recognition Is Fighting Child Sex Trafficking

How Facial Recognition Is Fighting Child Sex Trafficking

Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.Using Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Spotlight quickly returned a list of online sex ads featuring the girl’s photo. Thorn has previously built language processing tools to help law enforcement officers find child abuse content on the dark web.

Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

Understanding how the Antarctic oceans work is vital to predicting the world’s future climate and the implications of climate change for humankind and the planet.

How Amazon Cloned a Neighborhood to Test Its Delivery Robots

How Amazon Cloned a Neighborhood to Test Its Delivery Robots

Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.Bratlien had encountered Scout , a delivery robot Amazon is testing in the area, including by ferrying real orders to customers.

Bridging the Internet's Digital Language Divide

Bridging the Internet's Digital Language Divide

At the same time, corporations like Google have built programs that make it easier to access online content in different languages, like Google Translate.

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

So Al Shafei wrote to the internet infrastructure company Cloudflare and its initiative "Project Galileo," which offers free defense tools and technical support to human rights groups, activists, journalists, and artistic organizations around the world.

LGBTQ+ Youth Prefer to Seek Mental Health Help Digitally

LGBTQ+ Youth Prefer to Seek Mental Health Help Digitally

Birkett was not involved with the Trevor Project's report but has done similar research and says the new survey is particularly significant because of the dearth of data around the topic of LGBTQ+ mental health, particularly when it comes to transgender young people.

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

Also on the show, the hosts cover the latest news about products from Amazon and Google, and also give a preview of what to expect from Apple’s WWDC developer conference that takes place next week.

Shell Carbon-Capture Plant Hits 4 Million Ton Milestone Early

Shell Carbon-Capture Plant Hits 4 Million Ton Milestone Early

The Quest facility, which sequesters emissions from the Scotford Upgrader near Edmonton, Alberta, started up in November 2015 and has since run ahead of its target of capturing 1 million tons of carbon a year, said Anne Halladay, a geophysicist who has been an adviser on the project since it was in construction in 2014.

Adam Savage on Lists, More Lists, and the Power of Checkboxes

Adam Savage on Lists, More Lists, and the Power of Checkboxes

As I move through the day building out my top scope, I keep crossing off each item in turn, and as the list of checkboxes starts to color in, I can see, in a physical, graphical form, how I’m doing.

NIWA mapping Whakatipu lake floor

NIWA mapping Whakatipu lake floor

For the first time the Whakatipu lake floor will be mapped to build a picture of the potential for local tsunami hazards in the future.

The CIA Sets Up Shop on Tor, the Anonymous Internet

The CIA Sets Up Shop on Tor, the Anonymous Internet

The anonymity service has been open source since its public release in 2002, and it transitioned to being overseen by a nonprofit, dubbed the Tor Project, in 2006.It can seem confusing at first that the US government would fund the creation of a tool that has since been used by criminals and foreign governments to conduct secret operations.

Students, scientists, citizens study Arrowtown’s ailing air

Students, scientists, citizens study Arrowtown’s ailing air

Recent analysis by NIWA has shown that about 800,000 New Zealanders are exposed to fine particles in the air that exceed World Health Organisation guidelines every winter, the majority of which is due to home heating emissions.

The Government Shutdown Killed an Artist's Space Sculpture

The Government Shutdown Killed an Artist's Space Sculpture

According to the release put out by the Nevada Museum of Art, after the satellite was deployed it successfully established communication with ground stations on Earth, but the sheer number of satellites being deployed meant the Air Force was “unable to distinguish between [the satellites] and could not assign tracking numbers to many of them.” Without a NORAD tracking ID, the FCC wouldn’t give the okay to Paglen’s team to deploy the reflective balloon contained in the satellite.

The Quiet Beauty of High-Octane Sports Cars

The Quiet Beauty of High-Octane Sports Cars

Images in the project span portraiture, reportage, and action photos, some of which were shot from the sweltering cabin of a drifting car. In time, then, Young's photos might join Higley's poem as dedications to bygone eras.

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.

The Plan to Grab the World's Carbon With Supercharged Plants

The Plan to Grab the World's Carbon With Supercharged Plants

That’s how Chory and the team plan to scale up their solution: by convincing farmers that suberin-rich crops will not only help with climate change, but also help feed the growing populations of the world.

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

To that end, Bhutan embarked on the $1.29 million Improving Resilience to Seismic Risk project funded by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Technical Assistance Program to Support Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

The WIRED Guide to Open Source Software

The WIRED Guide to Open Source Software

Google open sourced its artificial intelligence engine, TensorFlow, in 2015, enabling companies and researchers to build applications using some of the same software the search giant used to create tools that search photos, recognize spoken words, and translate languages.

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