Coronavirus Has Created a Sex Boom—but Maybe Not a Baby Boom

Coronavirus Has Created a Sex Boom—but Maybe Not a Baby Boom

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Lelo, a Swedish luxury sex toy brand, says it has seen sales increase by 40 percent.Illicit Encounters, a dating website for those seeking extra-marital affairs, has experienced a 15 percent increase in activity based on this time last year.

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

When prosecutors moved in February of this year to nullify Manafort’s cooperation agreement with them—because he violated the deal by lying about his contacts with Kostya—a lead prosecutor told Judge Jackson that Manafort’s lies went “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.” In particular, the government asserted, Manafort had shared Trump polling data with Kostya, leaving many to wonder and speculate about why he might have done such a thing.

'Heartbeat' Bills Get the Science of Fetal Heartbeats All Wrong

'Heartbeat' Bills Get the Science of Fetal Heartbeats All Wrong

These bills generally say that a “fetal heartbeat” helps predict whether a pregnancy will result in a living baby; the model legislation many states use refers to that fetal cardiac activity as a marker of “an unborn human individual,” defining a moment where alive-ness starts.

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

Everybody says, “This is a smart idea, but we're not actually going to be able to design computers this way.” Explain why you persisted and why you were so confident that you had found something important. And on small data sets, other methods, like things called support vector machines worked a little bit better.

The Best Speed Climbers Dash up Walls With a Time-Saving Move

The Best Speed Climbers Dash up Walls With a Time-Saving Move

It's essentially the Fosbury flop of speed climbing: For the athletes like Fishman who can pull it off, the Reza can shave tenths of a second from their overall times.

Andrew Yang's Presidential Bid Is So Very 21st Century

Andrew Yang's Presidential Bid Is So Very 21st Century

He’s applying that approach to more standard issue problems, like labor, climate change, and the economy, but giving them a decidedly tech-forward approach: how (and why) we should define robots, what use might geoengineering have in saving the planet, and should the government embrace universal basic income and give every American a $1,000 check.

One Man’s Obsessive Fight to Reclaim His Cambridge Analytica Data

One Man’s Obsessive Fight to Reclaim His Cambridge Analytica Data

Former SCL contractor Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica last March, telling *The Guardian* and *The New York Times* that the company misappropriated the data of tens of millions of Facebook users and used it for political purposes during the 2016 presidential election in the US.

Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days

Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days

Sean Parker : So I see this thing, and I emailed some email address at Facebook, and I basically said, “I’ve been working with Friendster for a while, and I’d just like to meet you guys and see if maybe there’s anything to talk about.” And so we set up this meeting in New York—I have no idea why it was in New York—and Mark and I just started talking about product design and what I thought the product needed.

Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse

Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse

In other words, our internet-and-smartphone-driven age does not represent, as we might think, its own huge shift from the Enlightenment tradition, but rather the most recent stages of a shift that started with disembodied voices and faces streaming out of clunky boxes.Two of the most accessible and relevant of this canon are similar in topic, though written nearly a generation apart: Daniel Boorstin’s The Image and Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death.

Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell

Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell

Then Tesla would start ramping up to 5,000 cars a week, the benchmark Musk had said the company needed to achieve.SIGN UP TODAYSign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.In the summer of 2016, however—soon after customers began reserving Model 3s—Musk called a meeting that changed everything, according to multiple people who attended or were briefed on the gathering.

The WIRED Guide to Data Breaches

The WIRED Guide to Data Breaches

The site the company set up for victims was itself vulnerable to attack, and it asked for the last six digits of people's Social Security numbers to check if their data had been impacted by the breach.

Watch 2 Helicopter Pilots Pull Off A Daring Wildfire Rescue

Watch 2 Helicopter Pilots Pull Off A Daring Wildfire Rescue

But it’s a no-go when you’re on atop a narrow ridge cluttered with bushes with barely enough room for the aircraft, and when you can only get one skid down safely: You can’t rely on the ground to support you.“That means he’s still flying the helicopter,” Brevik says.

Facebook Moves to Limit Hate Speech as ‘Times’ Scandal Swirls

Facebook Moves to Limit Hate Speech as ‘Times’ Scandal Swirls

Facebook Moves to Limit Toxic Content as Scandal SwirlsTOM BRENNER/The New York Times/ReduxMark Zuckerberg would like you to know that despite a scathing report in The New York Times, which depicts Facebook as a ruthless and selfish corporate behemoth, things are getting better—at least, the way he sees it.In a lengthy call with reporters Thursday, and an equally lengthy "note" published on Facebook, the company's CEO laid out a litany of changes Facebook is making, designed to curb toxic content on the platform and provide more transparency into the decisions on content.

When We Almost Stopped Climate Change

When We Almost Stopped Climate Change

And if you’re interested in advertising with “The Daily,” write to us at [email protected] do I listen to ‘The Daily’?July 16, 2018Nathaniel Rich contributed reporting.“When We Almost Stopped Climate Change” was produced by Clare Toeniskoetter, with help from Michael Simon Johnson, and edited by Paige Cowett and Lisa Tobin.“The Daily” is produced by Theo Balcomb, Annie Brown, Jessica Cheung, Paige Cowett, Lynsea Garrison, Michael Simon Johnson, Andy Mills, Rachel Quester, Ike Sriskandarajah and Clare Toeniskoetter, with editing help from Larissa Anderson.