WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

For the 2 billion of those people who also use the encrypted communication service WhatsApp, now more than ever is a time for calling, messaging, and seeking trustworthy information.Cathcart says WhatsApp's priority, even more so during the pandemic, is to elevate accurate information and support fact-checking organizations around the world.

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

In the Foo Camp session, Stanford Law School’s Nate Persily, cohead of Social Science One, said that after 20 months of negotiations, Facebook was finally releasing the data to researchers.

Tinder Swipes Right on AI to Help Stop Harassment

Tinder Swipes Right on AI to Help Stop Harassment

Now, Tinder is turning to artificial intelligence to help people dealing with grossness in the DMs. The popular online dating app will use machine learning to automatically screen for potentially offensive messages.

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

The best children’s nature books are not only a pleasure to read, but also ignite curiosity and encourage kids to get out and explore the world around them.Wake Up, Woods is produced by the Indiana Native Plant Society, but this is not just a book for the Hoosier State.

As 5G Rolls Out, Troubling New Security Flaws Emerge

As 5G Rolls Out, Troubling New Security Flaws Emerge

The researchers from Purdue University and the University of Iowa are detailing 11 new design issues in 5G protocols that could expose your location, downgrade your service to old mobile data networks, run up your wireless bills, or even track when you make calls, text, or browse the web.

Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart

Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart

In the first part, Americans who scored high on an empathy scale showed higher levels of “affective polarization”—defined as the difference between the favorability rating they gave their political party and the rating they gave the opposing party.

The Internet Archive Is Making Wikipedia More Reliable

The Internet Archive Is Making Wikipedia More Reliable

The organization eventually hopes to allow users to view and borrow every book cited by Wikipedia, with the ultimate goal being to digitize every book ever published.“Our goal is to be a library that’s useful and reachable by more people,” says Mark Graham, director of the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine service.

Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture

Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture

Antioch met the demand, and a sleepy Yellow Springs, Ohio, liberal arts school of 500 students became a national laughingstock.In 2004, Dave Chappelle released a sketch, “Love Contract,” whose subject was formalized consent policies like Antioch’s.

OpenAI Said Its Code Was Risky. Two Grads Re-Created It Anyway

OpenAI Said Its Code Was Risky. Two Grads Re-Created It Anyway

The report also said that a smaller version of GPT-2 OpenAI had released was roughly as good as the full withheld one at creating fake news articles.Gokaslan and Cohen did make contact with OpenAI Thursday, after a tweet announcing their release began circulating among AI researchers.

The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties

The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties

All group chats are invasions of privacy—bits of private life invading professional and social spheres throughout the day.Bachelor parties are portals back to younger selves, their group chats instant time machines.

IPad Artists, Don't Brush Off Adobe Fresco

IPad Artists, Don't Brush Off Adobe Fresco

It was purpose-built for the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to give digital artists a fully-featured desktop-grade art creation app nestled in with their existing desktop apps, with a couple tricks up its sleeve.

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

For several decades, textbook publishers followed the same basic model: Pitch a hefty tome of knowledge to faculty for inclusion in lesson plans; charge students an equally hefty sum; revise and update its content as needed every few years.

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

What unfolds before us, to quote Susan Murray and Laura Ouelette in 2008's Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture, "is an unstable text that encourages viewers to test out their own notions of the real, the ordinary, and the intimate against the representation before them.".

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Lee's group has been instrumental in helping people get emoji representation by guiding them through the daunting process of preparing a proposal for the Unicode Consortium. The new is meant to make the basic requirements more clear, and hopefully encourage more people to get involved in the emoji proposal process.

Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

It happened again: Google announced today that it's the latest tech giant to have accidentally stored user passwords unprotected in plaintext. But a bug in G Suite's password recovery feature for administrators caused unprotected passwords to be stored in the infrastructure of a control panel, called the admin console.

Scientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and X-Rays

Scientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and X-Rays

The project is part of a recent trend in the last few years, where more historians have been trying to use data science to mine new information out of old texts.

'Captain Marvel' Shows How Trolls Lost Their Edge

'Captain Marvel' Shows How Trolls Lost Their Edge

(To be fair—sorry, Kate McKinnon—it wasn't a great movie .) Then the same trolls went after Rogue One , Black Panther , Wonder Woman , and Star Wars: The Last Jedi : complaining that casting women and people of color was racist, sexist, and childhood-ruining; launching #boycott campaigns; spreading fake news stories designed to damage ticket sales; and carpeting the internet with bad-faith pre-release negative reviews.

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Artificial Intelligence Hammond cofounded a startup called Narrative Science that generates business documents like financial reports by translating data into text.

Your Next Game Night Partner? A Computer

Your Next Game Night Partner? A Computer

The bot you’ll play Iconary with was created by applying machine learning algorithms to records of more than 100,000 Iconary games played by humans, drawing and guessing around 75,000 different phrases.

Switch Your Devices to Dark Mode to Give Your Eyes a Break

Switch Your Devices to Dark Mode to Give Your Eyes a Break

Windows XP, released in 2001, featured multiple high-contrast themes and the option to change the color of the user interface, which allowed for a more natural appearance that isn’t much different than the few well-designed dark modes of today.

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Here's a string of animals and hearts from a three year old:🦄🐴🦋🐛🐤🐦🐦🐧🐔🐣🐶🐱🐭🐰🐰🐰❄️❄️🌦🌈🔥💥☀️🍓🥞❣️💙💚💛🧡🔒💕💜🖤💞💞💗💖💘🕉💝☸️💟These emoji texts are adorable, but as a linguist, I'm interested in what kids are trying to communicate.

The Widely-Spoken Languages We Still Can’t Translate Online

The Widely-Spoken Languages We Still Can’t Translate Online

For the first round, the teams have 24 hours to figure out as much useful information as possible from social media, blogs, and news reports, with the help of a few resources like a basic dictionary and an hour of time with a native speaker of the language.

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Despite the challenges they bring, some social platforms are already using AI to analyze memes, including Facebook, which this week shared details about how it uses a tool called Rosetta to analyze photos and videos that contain text.Facebook says it already uses Rosetta to help automatically detect content that violates things like its hate speech policy.

Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Instead, they leave it to the campaigns to thoroughly vet their volunteers, just as they would a phone-banker or in-person canvasser."The more barriers to entry you have, the less likely trolls are to jump through them," says Souweine, who founded Relay after leading Sanders' national texting program in 2016.He found out about the phony O'Rourke text the way most people did: On Twitter.

I Invented Autocorrect. Sorry About That; You're Welcome

I Invented Autocorrect. Sorry About That; You're Welcome

To be a smartphone user is to accept the ergonomics and software of small touchscreen keyboards.When I started working with a small team of engineers and designers at Apple in late 2005 to create a touchscreen operating system for Purple—the codename of the super-secret skunk works project that became the iPhone—we didn’t know if typing on a small, touch-sensitive sheet of glass was technologically feasible or a fool’s errand.