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Inside the Crypto World’s Biggest Scandal
by / on 19/06/2018 at 11:00 / in WIRED

Inside the Crypto World’s Biggest Scandal

Arthur and Kathleen Breitman thought they held the secret to building a new decentralized utopia. On the way, they plunged into a new kind of hell. A crypto-tragedy in three acts. ONE DAY IN the spring of 2010, Kathleen McCaffrey, a sophomore at New York University, received an invitation from a stranger named Arthur Breitman. On the basis of what […]

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Elon Musk and the Unnerving Influence of Twitter’s Power Users
by / on 06/06/2018 at 11:00 / in WIRED

Elon Musk and the Unnerving Influence of Twitter’s Power Users

Elon Musk is tweeting up a storm, and he’s loving every minute of it. With 21 million followers, Musk has emerged as one of the defining Twitter voices of 2018, someone who will happily and democratically engage with anybody who @s him. Like other gazillionaires before him—Rupert Murdoch, Marc Andreessen—he’s found in Twitter a fun and unfiltered platform for self-expression. […]

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A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture
by / on 24/05/2018 at 11:00 / in WIRED

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

When a chemist raised concerns about the blood testing machines’ high error rates, she was ignored. So she resigned. ALAN BEAM WAS sitting in his office reviewing lab reports when Theranos CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes poked her head in and asked him to follow her. She wanted to show him something. They stepped outside the lab into an area of […]

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AI Can Help Cybersecurity—If It Can Fight Through the Hype
by / on 29/04/2018 at 12:00 / in WIRED

AI Can Help Cybersecurity—If It Can Fight Through the Hype

WALKING THE ENORMOUS exhibition halls at the recent RSA security conference in San Francisco, you could have easily gotten the impression that digital defense was a solved problem. Amidst branded t-shirts and water bottles, each booth hawked software and hardware that promised impenetrable defenses and peace of mind. The breakthrough powering these new panaceas? Artificial intelligence that, the sales pitch invariably goes, can […]

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Thought-Reading Machines and the Death of Love
by / on 19/04/2018 at 12:15 / in WIRED

Thought-Reading Machines and the Death of Love

LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN ONCE imagined that everyone had a box with something in it called a “beetle.” Denying the possibility of private language, the philosopher wrote, “No one can look into anyone else’s box, and everyone says he knows what a beetle is only by looking at his beetle.” Wittgenstein meant that we learn a word by observing the rules governing its use, but no […]

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The Paradox of Universal Basic Income
by / on 29/03/2018 at 16:00 / in WIRED

The Paradox of Universal Basic Income

Liberals and conservatives alike love—and fear—the idea of giving free money to everyone. But we have to try it anyway. ON DECEMBER 15, 2017, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, issued adamning report on his visit to the United States. He cited data from the Stanford Center on Inequality and Poverty, whichreports that […]

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Meltdown, Spectre, and the Costs of Unchecked Innovation
by / on 18/03/2018 at 11:00 / in WIRED

Meltdown, Spectre, and the Costs of Unchecked Innovation

When the blockbuster twin security exploits known as Meltdown and Spectre appeared in early 2018, Mozilla was among the first to respond, retroactively changing several behaviors of Firefox to help prevent them. Both attacks rely on using high-speed timing measurements to detect sensitive information, so somewhat counterintuitively, the patches had to decrease the speed of seemingly mundane computations. The first […]

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Why Are There Few Women in Tech? Watch a Recruiting Session
by / on 08/03/2018 at 15:30 / in WIRED

Why Are There Few Women in Tech? Watch a Recruiting Session

EACH AUTUMN, BUSINESSES flock to elite universities like Harvard and Stanford to recruit engineers for their first post-university jobs. Curious students pile into classrooms to hear recruiters deliver their best pitches. These are the first moments when prospective employees size up a company’s culture and assess whether they can see themselves reflected in its future. More often than not, this is […]

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The WIRED Guide to Bitcoin
by / on 19/02/2018 at 14:00 / in WIRED

The WIRED Guide to Bitcoin

The cryptocurrency represents amazing technological advances. Bitcoin has a way to go before it’s a a true replacement for, or even adjunct to, the global financial system. BITCOIN IS A digital currency. Like other currencies, you can use it to buy things from merchants that accept it, such as Overstock.com, or, as is more often the case, hold on to it […]

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Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators
by / on 14/02/2018 at 15:00 / in WIRED

Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators

DO NOT LET their names fool you. The silicon places—Silicon Slopes, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Peach, Silicon Bayou, Silicon Shire, Silicon Desert, Silicon Holler, Silicon Hill and, separately, Silicon Hills—do not aspire to become “the next Silicon Valley.” Sure, the country’s burgeoning tech enclaves in Utah and Kentucky and Oregon draw inspiration from the original. And sure, they’d love to have even a tiny fraction of the wealth, […]

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