Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

I found it fitting that the first time Congress got to question the entire quartet of the most powerful tech CEOs, none were actually in the room.The distance didn’t just free them from the sweaty scrum of camera people, protesters, press tables, and face-to-face questioning from legislators enjoying the home-court advantage.

What’s This? A Bipartisan Plan for AI and National Security

What’s This? A Bipartisan Plan for AI and National Security

Although Capitol Hill is increasingly divided, the bipartisan duo claim to see an emerging consensus that China poses a serious threat and that supporting US tech development is a vital remedy.“American leadership and advanced technology has been critical to our success since World War II, and we are in a race with the government of China,” Hurd says.

Russia Tested a Space Weapon Last Week

Russia Tested a Space Weapon Last Week

This week, WIRED broke the news of a Russian military intelligence hacking campaign that dates all the way back to December 2018.

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

“One of the things I was also blown away by was the amount of data and tech that is already in what is the oldest industry,” Nadella said when asked why his company pursued the partnership.

The UAE’s First Mars Mission Is a Robo-Meteorologist

The UAE’s First Mars Mission Is a Robo-Meteorologist

These days, Al-Amiri is quarantining near the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, where Hope is expected to depart on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet next week.“Thankfully, the most critical tests were done before the pandemic started, because two days after the team flew in, Japan imposed a two-week quarantine.”.

Why Massive Saharan Dust Plumes Are Blowing Into the US

Why Massive Saharan Dust Plumes Are Blowing Into the US

It’s the worst Saharan dust event the island has seen in 15, maybe 20 years, says Olga Mayol-Bracero, an atmospheric chemist at the University of Puerto Rico.

Baidu Breaks Off an AI Alliance Amid Strained US-China Ties

Baidu Breaks Off an AI Alliance Amid Strained US-China Ties

Chinese search giant Baidu has left The Partnership on AI (PAI), a US-led effort to foster collaboration on the ethical challenges raised by artificial intelligence .Baidu is said to have cited the cost of membership and recent financial pressures for the move.

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

“It’s all fine and good for helping human moderators, but it's obviously not even close to the level of accuracy that you need,” says Hany Farid, a professor at UC Berkeley and an authority on digital forensics, who is familiar with the Facebook-led project.

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Perhaps the clearest sign that three-term Texas congressman Ratcliffe is manifestly unqualified to serve as the nation’s director of national intelligence isn’t the fact that he embellished his résumé, nor that only a minority of the US Senate would vote to confirm him, nor that the first time he was floated for the post last summer he was so soundly rejected that he withdrew almost immediately.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Have Dropped 17 Percent During the Pandemic

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Have Dropped 17 Percent During the Pandemic

Each sector comes with its own unique dynamics: Air traffic has of course plummeted, but that industry only accounts for 3 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions in a normal year.

The US Says Chinese Hackers Went Too Far During the Covid-19 Crisis

The US Says Chinese Hackers Went Too Far During the Covid-19 Crisis

"These actors have been observed attempting to identify and illicitly obtain valuable intellectual property and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing from networks and personnel affiliated with Covid-19-related research," the joint announcement says.

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit

But the real star of the show is a small solar panel developed by the physicists at the Naval Research Lab that will be used to conduct the first orbital experiment with space-based solar power.

Spies Say Covid-19 Isn't Manmade

Spies Say Covid-19 Isn't Manmade

Kicking white nationalists and other extremists off of your platform also seems like it shouldn't be controversial, and yet Steam continues to give neo-Nazis and other bad actors a wide berth .We also took a look at a hacking group that managed to sneak malware into the Google Play Store repeatedly over several years.

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A chatbot developed by artificial intelligence researchers at shows that combining a huge amount of training data with a little artificial empathy, personality, and general knowledge can go some way toward fostering the illusion of good chitchat.

The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Ransomware's Long Game

The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Ransomware's Long Game

New research from Microsoft shows that ransomware attackers are actively making that crisis worse, forcing health care and critical infrastructure organizations to pay up when they can least afford downtime.The Microsoft researchers often observed attackers getting their initial network access by exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in victims' web infrastructure.

How Apple and Google's Social Distancing Maps Work

How Apple and Google's Social Distancing Maps Work

In other words, it counts how many times people request driving, walking, or transit directions during a day, and then plots the number of those requests on a chart.

This Map Shows the Global Spread of Zero-Day Hacking Techniques

This Map Shows the Global Spread of Zero-Day Hacking Techniques

But today, the global map of zero-day hacking has expanded far beyond the United States, Russia, and China, as more countries than ever buy themselves a spot on it.

SpaceX Competitor OneWeb Is Reportedly Bankrupt

SpaceX Competitor OneWeb Is Reportedly Bankrupt

It was the company’s second launch of the year and brought the total number of OneWeb satellites in orbit to 74.It’s too early to tell what will become of OneWeb’s assets as it moves through bankruptcy protection, people familiar with the proceedings told WIRED.

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

A leading anxiety in both the technology and foreign policy worlds today is China’s purported edge in the artificial intelligence race.

SETI@Home Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] quickly grew into what its collaborator, the nonprofit Planetary Society, has called its “most successful public participation project ever undertaken.” As WIRED reported in 2000, within months of [email protected]’s launch, more than 2.6 million people in 226 countries were volunteering their spare processing power to parse the mounds of data generated by alien-hunting radio telescopes.

Satellite Cell Towers Will Beam 4G to Your Phone

Satellite Cell Towers Will Beam 4G to Your Phone

Now a handful of companies are working to fix this problem by building satellites that can connect to regular cell phones and provide high-bandwidth mobile data anywhere on earth.

Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You

Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You

One night, before turning in for bed, you’ll scroll through Instagram, admiring one acquaintance in particular, deciding to follow their bio link to a private subscription-only page where they offer “premium” content (mostly nudes).

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

This kind of spontaneous yet coherent storytelling is extremely difficult for artificial intelligence , even as AI has mastered more constrained board games such as chess and Go. The best text-generating AI programs too often produce confused and disjointed prose.

Clearview AI's Massive Client List Got Hacked

Clearview AI's Massive Client List Got Hacked

A declassified study by the intelligent community’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board shared with Congress this week revealed that the metadata program cost $100 million, and only on two occasions produced information that the FBI didn’t already possess.

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

28 February 2020, Rome - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu became today one of the first signatories of a ethical resolution on Artificial Intelligence (AI) endorsed by Pope Francis, stressing the importance of minimizing this new technology's risks while exploiting its potential benefits.

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Outside the chess world, however, Kasparov is best known for losing to a machine.What’s important is how we deal with our mistakes, with negative experience.1997 was an unpleasant experience, but it helped me understand the future of human-machine collaboration.

How Trump Hollowed Out US National Security

How Trump Hollowed Out US National Security

As Richard Grenell, the current US ambassador to Germany, starts his second day on the job as the nation’s acting director of national intelligence, his arrival also marks the ouster of not only his predecessor, Joseph Maguire, but reportedly also of DNI principal executive Andrew Hallman.

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The company has put a $50 million infusion towards building out features that make it not just secure, but accessible to normals .A Clever New App Makes Suing Robocallers a CinchThe good people at DoNotPay have previously automated the arduous processes of fighting parking tickets and canceling subscriptions.

Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles

Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles

Marsteller was sure that her pocket monster menagerie was gone forever until Wednesday, when she signed up for Pokémon Home, a cloud service that consolidates Pokémon from a dozen games across several Nintendo consoles.

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

The star on the right shoulder of the Orion constellation is a red supergiant called Betelgeuse.Photograph: ESOThis image, taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, shows how huge and lopsided Betelgeuse really is.