A Bolivian 'Cloud Forest' Reveals a Bonanza of New Species

A Bolivian 'Cloud Forest' Reveals a Bonanza of New Species

But a high-altitude Bolivian cloud forest has staked its claim as a global biodiversity hotspot as biologists announced today that they discovered an amazing 20 species new to science, including a poisonous viper, a super tiny frog, and four species each of orchids and butterflies.

The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect

The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect

High-rise buildings in some parts of Los Angeles may sway four times as much during an earthquake as those in the downtown area, according to a study that reveals new information about how underlying geology transmits a big quake’s power into buildings above.

Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae Say Tech Can Do Well—and Do Good

Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae Say Tech Can Do Well—and Do Good

Two vanguard venture capitalists are sending shockwaves through Big Tech by arguing it doesn’t have to choose.“If you talk to the young people of today, what you hear so often is ‘we want to do good,’” Katie Rae, CEO and managing partner of The Engine, said at the WIRED25 event.

Platforms' Election 'Fixes' Are Rooted in Flawed Philosophy

Platforms' Election 'Fixes' Are Rooted in Flawed Philosophy

Three and a half years ago, as the country came to understand the outsize role of social media manipulation in electing Donald Trump, you might have imagined that by the next time around the major platforms would have profoundly changed the way politics is conducted online and come to grips with essential design flaws.

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The cataclysm cut off telegraph communication with the East Coast, swamped the state’s new capital, and submerged the entire Central Valley under as much as 15 feet of water.

Kano's New Kids Laptop Is Repairable, Cheap, and Runs Windows

Kano's New Kids Laptop Is Repairable, Cheap, and Runs Windows

Now, thanks in part to a new partnership with Microsoft, Kano is releasing the Kano PC, a cheap, powerful, and repairable Windows laptop aimed at the education market.Microsoft, which has struggled of late against iPads and Chromebooks in the education market, gets a new way to put Windows into schools.

A Bird’s Epic Migration Stuns Scientists and Wins Online Fans

A Bird’s Epic Migration Stuns Scientists and Wins Online Fans

Last month, he was the only bird to return safely with his tracker intact.“It’s an amazingly long migration,” says Chris Hewson, senior research ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology, who said Onon’s 26,000-kilometer round trip was one of the longest journeys recorded by any land bird.

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

CEO Steve Huffman promised to honor the request and said in a post on Reddit that the company will update its content moderation policies and “do the hard work of making sure we are living up to our values.”.

Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

This enhanced status would come not only from our gratitude to these companies for stepping up during a tough time, but from the recognition that we have been too slow to incorporate new technologies in our lives.

The 2020 Election Shows the Techlash Has Only Gone So Far

The 2020 Election Shows the Techlash Has Only Gone So Far

Elizabeth Warren, who has been criticizing monopolistic corporations for years, trained her fire on Silicon Valley early last year with an audacious plan to break up Big Tech , a call that Bernie Sanders joined.

Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture

Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture

Then companies like Google came along and reinvented the rat race into something with purpose and, along the way, confused work with the rest of life.Cargill, a major distributor of agricultural products, recently redesigned its offices with an open layout and adopted a more liberal remote-work policy.

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Simon Denny's “Amazon worker cage patent drawing as virtual King Island Brown Thornbill cage, US 9,280,157 B2: ‘System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace,’ 2016.”Photograph: Jesse Hunniford/de Young MuseumDenny’s artwork now stands in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, part of a new show that examines humans’ changing role in a world saturated with intelligent machines.

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Within days of Fowler’s post, which described firsthand how the company tolerated sexual harassment and ignored discrimination against women, Uber was under siege, forced to authorize an outside investigation that would lead to the departure of its bro-tastic CEO Travis Kalanick.

The Millennial Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

The Millennial Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

Courtesy of FSGWhat makes this all the more frustrating is that Wiener can write an immaculate sentence.

Andrew Yang Is Not Full of Shit

Andrew Yang Is Not Full of Shit

It’s 7 pm on a Monday night in October , and Andrew Yang, the most idiosyncratic of presidential candidates , is about to storm a stage in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park.If Yang is the candidate of Silicon Valley, he’s the one driving a Humvee up the wrong side of the 101.

Why Zuckerberg’s Embrace of Mayor Pete Should Worry You

Why Zuckerberg’s Embrace of Mayor Pete Should Worry You

Buttigieg connected with his important supporters when he was not quite a teenager, making friends at Harvard with Facebook’s early team and other soon-to-be Silicon Valley figures like Mylavarapu, who volunteered with Buttigieg as part of Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

The Style Maven Astrophysicists of Silicon Valley

The Style Maven Astrophysicists of Silicon Valley

And while machine learning now constitutes its own field of study, because scientists from fields like astrophysicists have been working with those kinds of models for years, they’re natural hires on data science teams.“We were already in Big Data before Big Data became a thing,” says Sudeep Das, an astrophysicist who now works at Netflix.

'Super Pumped' Benefits From Hindsight in Its Complex Portrait of Uber

'Super Pumped' Benefits From Hindsight in Its Complex Portrait of Uber

Still, Super Pumped is an essential read, functioning, in a way, as a reverse translation engine—techspeak to plainspeak—to decode the industry’s dizzying ascent over the past decade, to the point where decisions made by a roomful of men on Market Street now have the power to change the face of a city or dictate wages and tips (or lack thereof) for millions of drivers.

Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three

Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three

Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three. NGC 3169 is a spiral galaxy, and the angle at which Hubble catches it gives us a good perspective on what’s happening there.

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Similarly, one might at first worry whether Silicon Valley food apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Seamless will survive the public outrage following a recent New York Times exposé of the hamster-wheel existence of the delivery people who use the apps to make a living.

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

Why, just last week Trump hosted a social network conference—held in the East Wing of the White House no less—where the president and the assembled right-wing pot-stirrers made loud noises about the alleged bias that platforms like Twitter and Facebook have against conservatives.

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

“The notion that they all see themselves in fierce competition I think strains credulity,” said representative David Cicilline a House antitrust hearing featuring executives from major tech companies.

Google Will Now Require Suppliers to Give Benefits to Workers

Google Will Now Require Suppliers to Give Benefits to Workers

But after sustained protest from contractors and employees, Google said Tuesday it will require outside companies that supply it labor to offer better working conditions, including comprehensive health care, 12 weeks of parental leave, and a $15-per-hour minimum wage.

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

WIRED sat down with Przegalinska at SXSW this week to talk about the monumental challenge of replicating human intonation, why the future of humanoid robots may not be particularly bright, and what happens when you let students teach a chatbot how to talk.

This Big Facebook Critic Fears Tech’s Business Model

This Big Facebook Critic Fears Tech’s Business Model

"I just wish we could have created it without some of the business model characteristics that are causing the harm." Nicola Gell/Getty Images Longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee met Mark Zuckerberg in 2006, when the Facebook CEO was just 22 and his two-year-old company still only catered to university students.

'Kara Versus Jack' Proves That Twitter Needs an Edit Button

'Kara Versus Jack' Proves That Twitter Needs an Edit Button

'Kara Versus Jack' Proves That Twitter Needs an Edit Button Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images On Tuesday afternoon, New York Times technology columnist and Recode editor-at-large Kara Swisher interviewed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey— on Twitter, in what Swisher called a “live chat.” She peppered Dorsey with hard questions about why the platform is still so full of abuse and pushed for specific examples of how Dorsey has improved the “health” of conversations on Twitter.

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions “My mom just would really love it if I got a job at Google," says former tech worker and first-time novelist Kathy Wang.

Bitcoin Exposed Silicon Valley's Ultimate Aim: Making Money

Bitcoin Exposed Silicon Valley's Ultimate Aim: Making Money

(At the time, my reporting appeared in the business section of a national newspaper, but as should be obvious by now I didn’t have much of a knack for business or dystopian fantasy.) If you think companies like Facebook and Google are about manipulating the public to make money without concern about the damage done to society, then the bitcoin story should be your ur-text.

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the past year, separate teams of researchers have dug up, pulverized and laser-blasted pieces of rock that may contain life dating to 3.7, 3.95 and maybe even 4.28 billion years ago.

A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny

A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny

Bitcoin is dominated by a small cadre of investors, and “mining” new coins is so expensive and electricity-draining that only large institutions can participate; Facebook’s advertising system is exploited by foreign governments and other malevolent political actors who have had free rein to spread disinformation and discord; and Google’s informal structure allows leaders to believe they can act in secret to dispense with credible accusations of harassment.In Freeman’s unstinting language, this rhetoric of openness “becomes a smokescreen for the strong or the lucky to establish unquestioned hegemony over others.”Because “Tyranny” explains how things work, as opposed to how people say things work, it has become a touchstone for social critics of all stripes.