Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

But starting in December 2020, visitors to the Swiss Alps will be able to enjoy the best of both by taking a ride on the Goldenpass Express, in a panoramic train designed by Pininfarina .The Italian design firm is best known for its work in the automotive realm, collaborating most famously with Ferrari on the F40, Testarossa, GTO, Daytona, and more.

Blow Out Your Knee? Hope Your Surgeon's Got a VR Headset

Blow Out Your Knee? Hope Your Surgeon's Got a VR Headset

In a pilot study conducted at UCLA and presented recently at a meeting of orthopedic surgeons, medical students who practiced a common procedure in VR significantly outperformed those who used conventional preparation methods.

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

Here is a force diagram for a tiny object pulling a massive object with no friction. For the train (object B), a frictional force is pulling to the right.

Self-Parking Garages, Robovans, and More Car News This Week

Self-Parking Garages, Robovans, and More Car News This Week

Speaking of electrics, we watched Ford’s prototype battery-powered Ford F-150 haul a train, saw Cruise delay its plans to launch a robo-taxi service in San Francisco, and inspected financials from Tesla showing that while deliveries are up, so are losses.

A Preview of Mueller's Testimony, an Electric Ford F-150, and More News

A Preview of Mueller's Testimony, an Electric Ford F-150, and More News

Robert Mueller visits Congress tomorrow, the most popular vehicle in America is going electric, and the youths are fueling a Snapchat comeback. Don't, however, expect any shattering new details—if we know anything about Robert Mueller, it's that he's probably going to stick pretty close to the book.

Snowpiercer Trains an Eye on TV—and Its Genre DNA Runs Deep

Snowpiercer Trains an Eye on TV—and Its Genre DNA Runs Deep

Snowpiercer , the latest transplatform skipping stone, finally let folks on board at the a San Diego Comic-Con panel on the upcoming television series today—and from the look of things, it's drawing not just on its own previous iterations, but a few other genre properties as well.

‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Picard,’ and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con

‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Picard,’ and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con

Westworld , Star Trek: Picard , Watchmen , Snowpiercer , and so many more. For show co-creator Jonathan Nolan, Season 3 is all about “The New World.” On Saturday, fans got a glimpse into what that new world was: a sleek, beautiful place that looks more threatening than any bleak future ever presented in science fiction.

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News. Amazon makes an expensive pledge to its workers, a hacker group hits 17,000 domains, and butt plugs are being used for scientific research. A card-skimming hacker group hit 17,000 domains and counting.

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

“The greatest threat to the viability of military facilities in eastern North Carolina is not wind farms, it’s the encroachment of houses and homes on the training area,” Castellaw says.

Genetically Tweaked Viruses Just Saved a Very Sick Teen

Genetically Tweaked Viruses Just Saved a Very Sick Teen

The girl, though, has been receiving a cocktail of three phages from Hatfull’s lab since June—including two that were genetically modified to better attack her bacteria. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recently committed $100 million to better detect, prevent, and treat the chronic lung infections that often develop resistance as a result of antibiotic escalation.

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.Now, a leading group of researchers from MIT have found a different answer, in a paper that was presented earlier this week: adversarial examples only look like hallucinations to people .

Freshwater fish swim their all for science

Freshwater fish swim their all for science

NIWA freshwater fish scientists are trying to understand how long they can swim at given speeds – between rests - and how much variation there is between fish of the same species.

Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine

Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine

For one thing, a surgical implant, Zuckerberg told Zittrain, wouldn’t scale well: “If you’re actually trying to build things that everyone is going to use, you’re going to want to focus on the noninvasive things.” The technology that Zuckerberg described is a shower-cap-looking device that surrounds a brain and discovers connections between particular thoughts and particular blood flows or brain activity, presumably to assist the glasses or headsets manufactured by Oculus VR, which is part of Facebook.

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

The first time I saw the Helsinki company’s prototype headset, nearly two years ago, it was little more than a kludge: an Oculus Rift that Varjo had rigged to project an ultra-high-resolution micro display into the center of my field of view.

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

But that would mean tech companies are training their engineers and data scientists on understanding cognitive bias, as well as how to “combat” it. To counter algorithmic, machine, and AI bias, human intelligence must be incorporated into solutions, as opposed to an over-reliance on so-called “pure” data.

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

“In 2013, when the government shut down for two weeks, it took the FAA nearly six months to get the school back up to a normal level of training capabilities,” says Sharon LaRue, a professor of air traffic control at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat The device picks up sweat secretions from the person’s skin and channels the fluid into a chemical reagent mixed with food dye that turns the patch different colors—like a pH strip for sweat.

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season

Getty Images As flu season nears its annual peak, between eight and nine and a half million people in the US have already been sickened by various strains of the respiratory virus, according to new estimates released Friday by federal health officials.

The Bold Robocar Roaming Las Vegas Without a Human Backup

The Bold Robocar Roaming Las Vegas Without a Human Backup

The Bold Robocar Roaming Las Vegas Without a Human Backup Yandex's team got to Vegas two weeks before CES to map the roads and hand-annotate the results to mark lanes, traffic lights, and other stationary objects.

The Insane Numbers Behind Cycling's Most Masochistic Race

The Insane Numbers Behind Cycling's Most Masochistic Race

"The whole point is to push your body and your mind to a place they've never been before," says Stevens, who recently visited WIRED's offices in San Francisco to give me a taste of what it's like to pedal one's ever-living brains out.

The Simple Engineering That Will Keep NYC's L Train Rolling

The Simple Engineering That Will Keep NYC's L Train Rolling

Explaining its full shutdown plan in 2016, the MTA said the tunnel’s bench walls “must be replaced to protect the structural integrity of the two tubes [east and west] that carry trains through the tunnel.” Replacing these things involves jackhammering away concrete, removing the rubble, replacing the cabling inside, setting new concrete, and having it dry.

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging TunnelOn Tuesday, the Boring Company showed off its $10 million, 1.14-mile test tunnel to an excited group of fans at an event in Hawthorne, California.BoringFrom a parking lot in a quiet, manufacturing-dominated suburb of Los Angeles, Elon Musk and his Boring Company tonight unveiled what he believes is the future of “mass transit” and the best way to eliminate the scourge of traffic: electric, autonomous vehicles carrying an extra set of wheels, shooting through layers of thin tunnels at speeds up to 150 mph.If that sounds a little fantastical—well, duh.

Automakers Denounce 'Unrealistic' EU Emissions Targets

Automakers Denounce 'Unrealistic' EU Emissions Targets

German and other European automakers warned on Dec. 17 that EU plans to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and vans by 2030 are "totally unrealistic" without a network to recharge electric cars and more effort to retrain workers.

AI Has Started Cleaning Up Facebook, but Can It Finish?

AI Has Started Cleaning Up Facebook, but Can It Finish?

Facebook says it is expanding its relationship with Nigerian fact checking organizations and NGOs—as well as its use of machine learning to flag hate speech and violent images.Invited to look ahead, Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, concedes that preventing incidents like that from ever happening is impossible.

I Embraced the PopSocket and It Changed My Damn Life

I Embraced the PopSocket and It Changed My Damn Life

Giving in to the gripper felt like an admission of my addiction to my phone, that my device is constantly in my hand or within reach. Since I’ve had a Popsocket gripper attached to my phone, I’m not as reluctant to use my device on the train.

We Made Our Own Artificial Intelligence Art, and So Can You

We Made Our Own Artificial Intelligence Art, and So Can You

I decided to try them after talking with Barrat in the course of writing about self-taught AI experts in the December issue of WIRED, and learning that a Parisian art collective called Obvious used his recipes and code to create a work that sold at Christie’s for $432,500.Barrat makes art using artificial neural networks, webs of math that have spawned the recent AI boom by enabling projects like self-driving cars and automated cancer detection.

The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors

The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors

“Finding those individuals is currently very difficult,” says Logan.In this study, dogs were trained to sniff out malaria through the scent of the disease in samples of socks worn by infected children.Medical Detection DogsAn entomologist by training, Logan spent the early years of his career trying to understand why some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others.

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

But Can It Understand This Headline?Casey ChinIn 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers’ ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled images from a database called ImageNet. It ushered in an exciting phase for computer vision, as it became clear that a model trained using ImageNet could help tackle all sorts of image-recognition problems.

This Hyper-Real Robot Will Cry and Bleed on Med Students

This Hyper-Real Robot Will Cry and Bleed on Med Students

If you like, you can even speak through the robot, with a system that turns your voice into that of a 5-year-old.One of the reasons for building Hal was to train medical workers on how to approach children, who may not be forthcoming about their symptoms.