VR Could Be the Most Powerful Teaching Tool Since the PC

VR Could Be the Most Powerful Teaching Tool Since the PC

With new self-contained headsets on the market like the Oculus Rift S , which do away with finicky external tracking sensors, it's easier than ever to integrate them into a classroom environment. They might not work with Chromebooks yet—but it's only a matter of time.

Uber’s $5 Billion Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News

Uber’s $5 Billion Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News

And a new report questions whether the century’s sexiest transportation companies, the ride-hailers at Uber and Lyft, are doing enough to keep recalled vehicles off their platform .Some miraculous things happened this week, too.

A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News

A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News

A gull strike forced a Russian airliner to land in a cornfield, Instagram is getting into the fact-checking game, and new technology is catching lightning from afar.

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Material Safety Data Sheets, the chemical equivalent of technology user terms and conditions, have offered descriptions of those hazards since the early 1900s. Even if users don’t read the safety data sheet, they are greeted by this bright, unavoidable summary of material hazards every time they look at the container.

Self-Driving Trucks Are Ready to Do Business in Texas

Self-Driving Trucks Are Ready to Do Business in Texas

Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.But when the pair went looking for a place to operate the self-driving trucks they’re building through their year-old startup, Kodiak Robotics , Silicon Valley—really, all of California—was never on the table.

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

When Google's next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, arrives this fall, it will respond to a series of gesture interactions—a pinch of the fingers, or a wave of the hand—without the user ever needing to touch the screen.

To Compete With Mattress Startups, Tempur Sealy Plugs Into Data

To Compete With Mattress Startups, Tempur Sealy Plugs Into Data

Murray, who admits to being a snorer himself, says Sleeptracker uses technology to help people in two ways: “through information, at a time when people are craving that, and by helping them to automatically sleep better when they’re in bed.” He hopes that it will earn the company a new cohort of snore-free, easy-sleeping customers.

The Terrible Anxiety of Location Sharing Apps

The Terrible Anxiety of Location Sharing Apps

“When you invite this technology to mediate your care relations of whatever kind, you’re also inviting it to do so through its own limited bandwidth, it’s own limited algorithms,” says Natasha Schüll, a professor of media culture and communication at NYU and author of the book Addiction by Design .

Apple Spends $1 Billion to Take Control of Its 5G Destiny

Apple Spends $1 Billion to Take Control of Its 5G Destiny

Apple said Thursday that it will spend $1 billion to buy most of Intel’s business that makes modems for smart­phones—the crucial chips that connect devices to cell net­works and Wi-Fi. The deal gives the iPhone maker new power to customize and control the technology inside its mobile devices at a time when the industry is moving to new and faster 5G cellular connections .Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien. That’s why Tarter and her colleagues have worked to diversify their approach, considering other ways an alien species might leave a “technosignature.” Maybe they like lasers.

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

The group of researchers considering this possibility were called cancer immunotherapists, and by the time Emily Whitehead showed up at the hospital, they had already spent decades on the problem.

Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

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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.

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

About a week after I talk to Tobias and Asprey on the phone, I’m parking my 2007 Jeep Liberty among the hulking Mercedes G-Wagens at the Beverly Hilton for the sixth annual Biohacking Conference, hosted for the first time by Upgrade Labs.

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

Kade Crockford, director of ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty Program, says findings like these surprise her even given the chaotic, unregulated intersection of law enforcement and facial recognition.

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

Big financial services companies, including JP Morgan and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, are experimenting with blockchains and blockchain-like technologies to improve the efficiency of trading stocks and other assets.

The New App Gem Takes a Unique Approach to News Recommendations

The New App Gem Takes a Unique Approach to News Recommendations

Escape Crappy News Recommendation Algorithms With the Gem App. Elena Lacey; Getty Images. Boldizsar quit Calm and began working on an app that would deliver the news with a more useful algorithm. Gem still recommends news articles algorithmically—including a daily “gem,” the article you're most likely to enjoy.

'Mirror Worlds' Creator Wants to Displace Facebook—With Blockchain

'Mirror Worlds' Creator Wants to Displace Facebook—With Blockchain

For me, this is an opportunity to take some action on a public issue that I think is really important," says David Gelernter of his new blockchain venture.

Intel's New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic

Intel's New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic

It was a celebration of how exponential upgrades from the chip industry have propelled progress in technology and society over the past 50 years—and an argument that the party’s not over.“It's going to keep going,” said Jim Keller, a semiconductor rock star who joined Intel last year as senior vice president of silicon engineering, and a cohost of the event.

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

Over the first half of the BRAIN initiative, scientists and engineers have developed technologies to discover and catalog the unique electrical properties of brain cells and to begin to reveal how they work together to generate sensations and movements.

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

In fact, college students can learn about these issues in a wide range of existing fields: Science & Technology Studies (STS), communication, sociology, anthropology, political science, cognitive science, and digital humanities, to name a few.

The AI-Fueled, Anxious Hopefulness of Disney's Smart House

The AI-Fueled, Anxious Hopefulness of Disney's Smart House

I remember Smart House , which came out 20 years ago today, not just because it was cool—a Star Trek for our generation—but because it offered a view of the future where technology was designed to protect us, to look after us when our parents were away, to make us dinner on demand.

A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications

A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications

This was just at the time when cell phones all looked like this, a nine-keypad at the bottom and a little tiny screen, and all you could basically do is text and [make and receive] phone calls.

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

The Planetary Society pressed on and a decade later launched the LightSail 1 into low Earth orbit. In 2010, the Japanese space agency launched IKAROS , which used solar sailing as its only form of propulsion on a mission to Venus and demonstrated that the technology actually worked for the first time.

Waymo Goes Global With Renault-Nissan Partnership

Waymo Goes Global With Renault-Nissan Partnership

Waymo has signed an agreement to work with Renault and Nissan on issues surrounding self-driving car technology, the companies said Thursday. The French government has said it wants self-driving tech by 2020 or 2022, and legislation to allow some autonomous vehicles in the country is currently in the works.

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.

What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained

What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained

Simply put, ray tracing is a technique that makes light in video games behave like it does in real life. This newfound excitement around ray tracing comes just as home gaming hardware is on the cusp of being able to process lighting effects in real time.

The Most Delicious Foods Will Fall Victim to Climate Change

The Most Delicious Foods Will Fall Victim to Climate Change

She recently sat down with me at Betaworks to discuss lab-grown meat, GMOs, and why we need to really think through how technology can save our coffee from the climate crisis.

The Strange Mating Rituals of Self-Driving Car Companies

The Strange Mating Rituals of Self-Driving Car Companies

Even a few years ago, when General Motors acquired Cruise and Ford poured money into Argo, self-driving tech companies and more traditional automotive giants understood that they needed to work together to get passengers into robocars.

Aurora's Latest Deal Will Be a Heavy-Duty Test With Chrysler

Aurora's Latest Deal Will Be a Heavy-Duty Test With Chrysler

Aurora, the developer of self-driving technology run by a trio of industry veterans, has signed a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , to figure out how to build its “Driver” into FCA’s commercial vehicles.

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