This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI

This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI

In February, the House passed a bill that blocks the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies like FEMA and Customs and Border Protection from buying foreign drones.

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

To memorize these, Dellis recommends starting by turning each one of those items into an easily-remembered image.This technique of linking images with places is called the memory palace, and it’s particularly useful for remembering the order of certain elements, says Shaw.

Congress Needs to Make Silicon Valley EARN IT

Congress Needs to Make Silicon Valley EARN IT

In its original form, this act would have established a commission tasked with outlining best practices for responding to the global pandemic of the online sexual exploitation of children.

Hummingbirds Can See Colors We Can’t Even Imagine

Hummingbirds Can See Colors We Can’t Even Imagine

On top of each was a special light containing blue, red, green, and UV LEDs behind a diffuser, allowing the researchers to light up the feeder in a variety of nonspectral colors.

5G Was Going to Unite the World—Instead It's Tearing Us Apart

5G Was Going to Unite the World—Instead It's Tearing Us Apart

A growing number of countries are aligning with either a Western or a Chinese version of the tech.“National security and commercial interests are all entangled, and it's very hard to separate them,” says Scott Wallsten, president of the Technology Policy Institute, a think tank.

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

In interviews with WIRED, the people behind some of cloud gaming’s biggest services and data center organizations lifted the curtain on the infrastructure powering these immaterial services.“We live in a culture of ‘instant’ when it comes to any kind of electronic media,” says Microsoft corporate vice president of cloud gaming Kareem Choudhry.

Is It Legal for Cops to Force You to Unlock Your Phone?

Is It Legal for Cops to Force You to Unlock Your Phone?

On the other hand, if the government can show that the suspect knows both the password and which specific documents are in the safe—perhaps because the suspect described the safe's contents during an interrogation—then all courts agree that the suspect can be forced to open the safe.

Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

While Alphabet's Waymo is focusing on self-driving tech and leaving the car building to places like Detroit, Zoox has stuck to its plan to design a robotaxi from the ground up—and operate a ride-hail service.

When Doctors and Patients Talk About Death Over Zoom

When Doctors and Patients Talk About Death Over Zoom

As Covid-19 patients started to flood New York City’s hospitals, Claire Ankuda and Chris Woodrell, palliative care doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital, realized they were going to need backup.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

They say it allows anyone with a laptop and less than a thousand dollars of equipment—just a telescope and a $400 electro-optical sensor—to listen in on any sounds in a room that's hundreds of feet away in real-time, simply by observing the minuscule vibrations those sounds create on the glass surface of a light bulb inside.

The Internet Needs a New Architecture that Puts Users First

The Internet Needs a New Architecture that Puts Users First

This competitive architecture would deliver an experience that values real-time connectivity over one-way advertising and puts control with the user, not with big tech platforms.

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

This week IBM, Amazon , and Microsoft all said they would halt sales of facial recognition to US police and called on Congress to impose rules on use of the technology.

OpenAI’s Text Generator Is Going Commercial

OpenAI’s Text Generator Is Going Commercial

Last spring, artificial intelligence research institute OpenAI said it had made software so good at generating text—including fake news articles—that it was too dangerous to release .Machine-learning algorithms are directed to analyze vast collections of text scraped from the web to discover the statistical patterns in language use.

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial-recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody Is Talking About

The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody Is Talking About

It might surprise you to know that in the United States there are several hundred cities that intentionally discharge untreated, raw sewage into their coastal waters whenever their sewer systems are overwhelmed with stormwater.

When Health Care Moves Online, Many Patients Are Left Behind

When Health Care Moves Online, Many Patients Are Left Behind

“It also means my patient population is at the bottom of the list for access to the technology that’s needed to effectively do telemedicine.”.“When you need telemedicine everywhere, you see a vulnerable population that doesn’t have the means to use it,” Harwell says.

Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread

Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread

“We are very much interested in the automated tracking of students,” says Michael Sawyers, superintendent for New Albany-Plain Schools.A small but growing surveillance industry has sprung up around Covid already, with firms pitching everything from temperature-tracking infrared cameras and contact tracing apps to wireless beacons and smart cameras to help enforce social distancing at work.

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

CEO Steve Huffman promised to honor the request and said in a post on Reddit that the company will update its content moderation policies and “do the hard work of making sure we are living up to our values.”.

Remote Work Has Its Perks, Until You Want a Promotion

Remote Work Has Its Perks, Until You Want a Promotion

People who have studied or practiced remote work say leaders like Zuckerberg and their executives will have to tear themselves from their Bay Area roots—in some cases physically—if they are to avoid making their new legions of remote workers second-class employees.

How Kickstarter Employees Formed a Union

How Kickstarter Employees Formed a Union

“Perry came back and just destroyed the culture, pushed out a lot of really good people,” says Taylor Moore, a former employee who worked at the company on the outreach team at the time and was part of the first group of employees who decided to organize a union.

Sundar Pichai Says Google Doesn't Plan to Go Entirely Remote

Sundar Pichai Says Google Doesn't Plan to Go Entirely Remote

The 47-year-old CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet (he assumed the latter post from cofounder Larry Page in December 2019) was already dealing with antitrust allegations, employee unrest , and a feeling that as a trillion-dollar behemoth dominating global search and advertising, the company’s mojo as a charming innovator was fading.

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.

The US Will Help a Taiwan Firm Build a Chip Plant in Arizona

The US Will Help a Taiwan Firm Build a Chip Plant in Arizona

In a one-two punch aimed at China’s rising technological prowess, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s leading contract manufacturer of chips, said it would build a manufacturing plant in the US and the White House announced new rules to block Huawei ’s access to such cutting-edge components.

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Scraps Its Ambitious Toronto Project

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Scraps Its Ambitious Toronto Project

And the Google sister company founded to digitize and techify urban planning would collect data on all of it, in a quest to perfect city living.

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

But ever since communities around the globe started sheltering in place as part of a widespread effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 , various apps have tweaked their subscriptions and blasted out marketing emails to offer potential customers free trials.

The US Supreme Court Rules That Laws Can’t Be Paywalled

The US Supreme Court Rules That Laws Can’t Be Paywalled

The state claimed to own the copyright for the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and sued a nonprofit called Public.The copyright status of the annotated code matters because the state doesn't publish any other official version.

Flying Cars Could Take Off Soon, If We Let the Military Help

Flying Cars Could Take Off Soon, If We Let the Military Help

Our new program, Agility Prime, leverages unique Air Force assets—test ranges, safety certifications, and military missions capable of logging steady flight hours—to build confidence in the technology, attract investors, and hopefully expedite domestic commercialization.Flying cars aren’t the only commercial technology the military can help accelerate.

'Expert Twitter' Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs

'Expert Twitter' Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs

During the pandemic, however, when our affinities have turned toward a desperate craving for useful information, the dynamics of this algorithm now serve a crucial purpose: helping to surface otherwise hard to find niche experts.

Google's Head of Quantum Computing Hardware Resigns

Google's Head of Quantum Computing Hardware Resigns

In a blog post, Pichai said the milestone affirmed his belief that quantum computers might one day tackle problems like climate change , and name-checked John Martinis, who had established Google’s quantum hardware group in 2014.Here’s what Pichai didn’t mention: Soon after the team had first got its quantum supremacy experiment working a few months earlier, Martinis says, he had been reassigned from a leadership position to an advisory one.