Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

“The IPCC tells us that we have the knowledge and the technology to get this done through a rapid shift from fossil fuels to renewable and alternative fuels,” said Inger Andersen, under-secretary-general of the UN and executive director of the UN Environment Program, speaking at the press conference.

What Will Replace Insects When They're Gone?

What Will Replace Insects When They're Gone?

This story is adapted from The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World, by Oliver Milman.If the fall of insects’ tiny empires causes whole ecosystems to unravel, toppling previously solid certainties about the way our world functions, what then.

Tropical seafloor secrets revealed

Tropical seafloor secrets revealed

NIWA scientists and Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) have used satellite technology to chart the Cook Islands’ seafloor in never-before-seen detail.The work was done as part of Seabed 2030 - a collaborative project to produce a definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030.

Cutting-edge AI sea craft helping scientists count fish

Cutting-edge AI sea craft helping scientists count fish

“Hoki are one of the species we research – they have major spawning events, but we are currently only able to collect data on these for a few weeks every two years.NIWA hopes to be routinely using the vessel for monitoring fish within the next five years.

Surveying scallop populations with artificial intelligence

Surveying scallop populations with artificial intelligence

To ensure the fishing surveys have the least impact possible, NIWA has been working with the University of Canterbury and Fisheries New Zealand to develop a non-invasive method of counting scallop populations.

Distance Wireless Charging Made a Minor Comeback at CES 2022

Distance Wireless Charging Made a Minor Comeback at CES 2022

Just wireless power beamed through the air by a router, much like Wi-Fi. The potential benefits for medical devices, sensors, cameras, and a host of other battery-powered gadgets are easy to grasp.

Can Being Reminded of My Death Improve My Life?

Can Being Reminded of My Death Improve My Life?

Death-reminder apps are essentially a Doomsday Clock for the individual.Its inspirational quotes about mortality are meant to remind users to pause and take stock of what they’re doing, a sort of companion to the many mindfulness apps.

The Quest to Trap Carbon in Stone—and Beat Climate Change

The Quest to Trap Carbon in Stone—and Beat Climate Change

“Thirty years down the road, this can be one of the largest industries on the planet,” enthused Gebald (slightly broader, curly brown hair).A nearby geothermal plant provides clean power to Climeworks' carbon capture facility.

When It Comes to Buses, Will Hydrogen or Electric Win?

When It Comes to Buses, Will Hydrogen or Electric Win?

But hydrogen technology and infrastructure is more expensive, says Collins, while the skill sets in the industry for using electric buses are also likely higher than for hydrogen.

These Deepfake Voices Can Help Trans Gamers

These Deepfake Voices Can Help Trans Gamers

More than 100 people asked if the technology could ease the dysphoria caused by a mismatch between their voice and gender identities.“We realized many people don’t feel they can participate in online communities because their voice puts them at greater risk,” Pappas, Modulate’s CEO, says.

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

Soon after the White House announced a sweeping new array of Covid-19 policies last week, vaccine mandates chief among them, some states began speaking out in opposition to the national directives.

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

What Is It. RE:WIRED is a two-day virtual global event that brings together some of the top names in technology, business, and culture to discuss the world’s biggest challenges and how we solve them.

A Stroke Study Reveals the Future of Human Augmentation

A Stroke Study Reveals the Future of Human Augmentation

As seen in the trial, when the vagus nerve receives extra stimulation, it causes the brain to release neuromodulators, which regulate the body’s responses.

What Apple Can Do Next to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

What Apple Can Do Next to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

Technology companies are required by US law to report any CSAM they find online to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a US nonprofit child-safety organization, but Apple has historically lagged behind its competitors.

Whoop’s New Wearable Can Go on Your Wrist—or in Your Clothes

Whoop’s New Wearable Can Go on Your Wrist—or in Your Clothes

Buyers might also notice their dollars disappearing when they factor in a $24 per month subscription to Whoop’s fitness-tracking software platform—the hardware is included in that—and the cost of Whoop’s new apparel, which includes $69 boxers, a $79 sports bra, and $109 leggings.

We're Giving Away One of Our Favorite TVs

We're Giving Away One of Our Favorite TVs

We like it so much that we've spent a couple of months trying to get one to give away to a lucky reader.Read the official rules , accept the terms and conditions, and fill out the form below to enter.

The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore’s Law Alive

The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore’s Law Alive

EUV uses some extraordinary engineering to shrink the wavelength of light used to make chips, and it should help continue that streak.Inside ASML’s machine, EUV light bounces off several mirrors before passing through the reticle, which moves with nanoscale precision to align the layers on the silicon.

AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

From his perspective, appraisers and claims adjusters, paid by insurance companies, generally want to pay less for repairs than he thinks his shop deserves.“I'd say 99.9 percent of the estimates are incorrect,” says Jeff McDowell, who owns Leslie's Auto Body in Fords, New Jersey.

BMW’s Virtual Factory Uses AI to Hone the Assembly Line

BMW’s Virtual Factory Uses AI to Hone the Assembly Line

Grüeneisl says machine-learning algorithms can simulate robots performing complex maneuvers to find the most efficient process.

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

In my job as a technology journalist, I’ve spent the past dozen years tweeting, checking in, joining online groups, experimenting with digital payments, wearing multiple activity trackers, trying every “story” app and applying every gauzy photo filter.

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Five years ago today, WhatsApp completed our roll out of end-to-end encryption, which provides people all over the world with the ability to communicate privately and securely.

The UK Is Trying to Stop Facebook's End-to-End Encryption

The UK Is Trying to Stop Facebook's End-to-End Encryption

An early draft of the report, seen by WIRED, says that increased usage of end-to-end encryption would protect adults’ privacy at the expense of children’s safety, and that any strategy adopted by technology companies to mitigate the effect of end-to-end encryption will “almost certainly be less effective than the current ability to scan for harmful content.”.

The US Is Finally Trying to Unlock the Power of Wave Energy

The US Is Finally Trying to Unlock the Power of Wave Energy

Their energy potential is astonishing—researchers estimate that waves off the coasts of the United States could generate as much as 2.64 trillion kilowatt-hours annually, equivalent to 64 percent of the country’s total electricity generation in 2019.But capturing the immense power radiating across our oceans’ surfaces is no easy feat—wave energy technology is challenging to engineer, startup costs are high, and testing in open ocean waters is a regulatory nightmare.

Intel Wants to Revive US Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

Intel Wants to Revive US Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

But at the same time, Intel said it would outsource production of some of its most advanced chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.“It's a pretty deep hole for Intel,” says Linley Gwennap, president of the Linley Group, a chip industry analyst firm.

Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency

Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency

Geared toward professionals whose own careers have been upended by these forces, the Resilience Residency offers a unique opportunity for non-journalists to report powerful stories from their changing fields and start new conversations about the future.

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

AI could allow multiple aircraft to “swarm” together in ways that could change the dynamics of air combat.“One of the things that really stands out is the ability to enable what you would call swarm warfare—rapidly overwhelming opponents,” says Chris Gentile, an ex–Air Force fighter pilot who is a program manager at EpiSci, a military contractor that is developing the technology for the contest, dubbed Air Combat Evolution.

So Long, Fry's. I Learned Everything About Gadgets From You

So Long, Fry's. I Learned Everything About Gadgets From You

Fry's was among the only places you could see the entire home technology revolution sprawled out in front of you.Our family outpost in Wilsonville, Oregon was the home of excuse-based electronics purchasing for the entire Portland region.

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

Daniel Greenberg, a member of MSCHF, claims there’s a serious side to Spot’s Rampage though.Because the robot periodically checks in with Boston Dynamics servers, it would theoretically be possible to disable the Spot that MSCHF is using.

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

On Friday, researcher Margaret Mitchell said she had been fired from the company’s AI lab, Google Brain, where she previously co-led a group working on ethical approaches to artificial intelligence.

What Happens When You Swap a Human Gene With a Neanderthal’s?

What Happens When You Swap a Human Gene With a Neanderthal’s?

And the researchers found that neural tissue made of these cells has notable differences from the same tissue grown with the modern human version of this gene.What the researchers wanted to do is find a gene where both Neanderthals and Denisovans had one version and nearly all modern humans had another.