CollegeHumor Helped Shape Online Comedy. What Went Wrong?

CollegeHumor Helped Shape Online Comedy. What Went Wrong?

The challenges faced by the online comedy ecosystem in the past decade are intertwined with the rise of social media, which fueled many outlets’ mainstream popularity but also ultimately complicated their existence.

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

Today, YouTube announced that it will exclusively stream three behemoth esports leagues—the Call of Duty League, the Overwatch League, and Hearthstone Esports, all controlled by Activision Blizzard—that had lived primarily on the game streaming platform Twitch.

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

And, of course, as there are now roughly six streaming television services per adult in the continental United States, NBC is also planning to roll out an ambitious line-up of originals in order to compete with rivals like Disney+, CBS All Access, and Quibi .To that end, it has ordered dozens of pilots and several full seasons of new shows to lure viewers into adding yet another paid subscription into their monthly budget.

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The lens will sit right on the cornea, and Ashley Tuan, vice president of medical devices at Mojo Vision, tells me it will be just like wearing normal contacts.

A Smart Contact Lens, Trouble for Water Bears, and More News

A Smart Contact Lens, Trouble for Water Bears, and More News

The future is in sight and water bears face a plight, but first: a cartoon about a Duolingo inheritance .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

What I remember most from those press conferences in 2010 was the assuredness that millions of people somehow actively wanted to have to put glasses on their faces in order to watch television.

The Decade That YouTube Changed TV

The Decade That YouTube Changed TV

Taking over TV is quite the coup for a platform that got its start just 15 years ago above a pizzeria in San Mateo, California, and it’s not just late-night television that’s ceding territory to the big red play button.

The Pentagon's AI Chief Prepares for Battle

The Pentagon's AI Chief Prepares for Battle

Jack Shanahan describes as the “lower consequence missions” that the Pentagon is using to demonstrate how it can integrate artificial intelligence into its weapons systems.

Star Wars: The Complete WIRED Guide

Star Wars: The Complete WIRED Guide

A long time ago, in a small town far, far away, a young man named George Lucas had an idea for a story:A simple young farmboy gets a magic sword from an old wizard so he can defeat an evil knight, rescue a princess, and save the world.

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

“It’s basically the same, we would just present the metrics to the managers after the shift.” Presto says it's testing the technology at multiple restaurants across the country, but declined to name any other than Outback.

Facebook Is Losing Its Cover for Libra As More Members Flee

Facebook Is Losing Its Cover for Libra As More Members Flee

Last week, PayPal became the first to defect from the 28-member Libra Association, declining to participate in Facebook’s vision for global payments—a vision it helped seed .

Facebook's Latest Purchase Gets Inside Users' Heads—Literally

Facebook's Latest Purchase Gets Inside Users' Heads—Literally

The startup it purchased is CTRL-Labs (pronounced “Control” labs), a four-year-old company that uses a mix of machine learning and neuroscience to allow people to manipulate computer interfaces simply by brainpower.“It captures your intention so you can share a photo with a friend using an imperceptible movement or just by, well, intending to,” says Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth in a statement about the company’s new toy.

A Single Math Model Explains Many Mysteries of Vision

A Single Math Model Explains Many Mysteries of Vision

Young, Shapley, and Chariker’s work accepts the demanding, unintuitive biology of the visual cortex as is—and tries to explain how the phenomenon of vision is still possible.“I think their model is an improvement in that it’s really founded on the real brain anatomy.

Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend

Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend

Also, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to Universal, and Batwoman is the future.The dynamic duo behind The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse —Phil Lord and Chris Miller —are going to Universal Pictures.

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

Davies has been making television in the United Kingdom for a long time, and his résumé caroms among family melodrama, multiply-gendered sex stories, and science fiction.

Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things

Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things

And everyone described the faces of all four humans as green.“We were expecting to see that people match fruit to have a little subtle tinge of typical fruit color, and skin to have a typical tinge of typical skin color,” says Bevil Conway, a color vision researcher at NIH and the lead author on a new paper about this research.

Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up

Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up

Jenkins argued that the real problem was not the new media, but rather the myth of childhood innocence itself: The myth of “childhood innocence” “empties” children of any thoughts of their own, stripping them of their own political agency and social agendas so that they may become vehicles for adult needs, desires, and politics .

Neon Genesis Evangelion Is Remarkably Relevant in 2019

Neon Genesis Evangelion Is Remarkably Relevant in 2019

Neon Genesis Evangelion is forcing a television culture that has largely ignored anime to actually pay attention. My hope, then, is that the sudden critical interest in Neon Genesis Evangelion , which had almost no Western critical attention outside of far niche publications as recently as a month ago, is a sign of publications rethinking and re-attenuating themselves to 2019's television atmosphere.

Welp, We Might Be Getting a 'Final Fantasy XIV' TV Show

Welp, We Might Be Getting a 'Final Fantasy XIV' TV Show

This week, Sony is looking to make a Final Fantasy XIV show, and also, uh, there's Budweiser-related news? As PC Gamer reports, Sony's working on a live-action television show about the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Final Fantasy XIV .

Game of Thrones and the End of the Last Great Watercooler Show

Game of Thrones and the End of the Last Great Watercooler Show

HBO wants you to know that it's going to be just fine without Game of Thrones . When Game of Thrones debuted eight years ago, the age of binge-streaming whole seasons of television shows had yet to dawn.

A New View of Bird Vision

A New View of Bird Vision

Birds see in four classes of color – blue, red, green and shorter wavelengths – violet or ultraviolet (UV) – depending on the species. Similar studies have looked at the role of the UV color spectrum in the way turkeys select their mates.

Watch Microsoft Build 2019 Right Here

Watch Microsoft Build 2019 Right Here

Microsoft Build, the company's annual developer conference, begins on Monday in Seattle. We're also likely to hear updates about Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing service, and the new vision for Windows.

Uber Recruits Some Rich Friends to Drive its Autonomous Cars

Uber Recruits Some Rich Friends to Drive its Autonomous Cars

Make that at least $1 billion: According to the filing, Uber spent $457 million in 2018 on research and development for autonomous vehicles (and its other tech moonshots, like “flying taxis” )—a figure up 19 percent from 2017.So it was good news for Uber—not to mention the potential shareholders circling its IPO—when it announced a major investment into its Autonomous Technology Group from a Japanese consortium on Thursday.

Twitter Goes Dark. Or at Least the App Interface Does

Twitter Goes Dark. Or at Least the App Interface Does

The social media platform is rolling out a new version of Dark Mode, the color palette for its interface designed to relieve your eye strain by replacing the bright white background with a darkened one.

Best Xbox One Console Bundles and Deals for 2019

Best Xbox One Console Bundles and Deals for 2019

The Best Xbox One Deals, Bundles, and Essentials Online Microsoft With its impressive performance and support for the latest television tech, the Xbox One X is the go-to console for enthusiasts.

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

Unity Might Be Going Public, Which Could Be Troubling for the Independent Developers Who Rely on Unity Unity Technologies, the company behind the incredibly popular Unity game engine, might be up for an IPO in 2020, according to rumors rounded up by Variety .

Don't Blame Fortnite for Activision-Blizzard's Layoffs

Don't Blame Fortnite for Activision-Blizzard's Layoffs

There is a Fortnite Effect, yes, but it's not being caused by the game's continuing utter dominance—the source is a lack of original thinking among developers and investors both. Activision-Blizzard announced that it would pour money into its games, increasing development staff up to 20 percent over the next year.

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

Later calls to the public to rise to the moment include the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-World War II Western Europe; JFK in June of 1963 demanding civil rights legislation, and Lyndon Johnson re-affirming and expanding that a year later, and then articulating a vision for a “great society” that launched a series of government programs ranging from public housing to Medicaid.

Monkeys With Superpower Eyes Could Help Cure Color Blindness

Monkeys With Superpower Eyes Could Help Cure Color Blindness

(It affects about 1 percent of human men and a far smaller fraction of women; the more common form of red-green colorblindness, a mutation called "deuteranopia" in the cone that senses greenish, medium-wavelength light is a little more common—like 6 percent of men.) The implication of all those likewise-envisioned brothers was that Daltonism somehow ran in families—though Darwin’s Origin of Species and the concept of evolution were still six decades in the future.

Sustainable Mobility for All: Changing the mindset, changing policies

Sustainable Mobility for All: Changing the mindset, changing policies

Two years in the works, the 55 Member organizations have agreed on a common vision for sustainable mobility articulated around four simple policy goals: universal access, efficiency, safety, and green mobility.