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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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Should Data Scientists Adhere to a Hippocratic Oath?
by / on 08/02/2018 at 16:00 / in WIRED

Should Data Scientists Adhere to a Hippocratic Oath?

THE TECH INDUSTRY is having a moment of reflection. Even Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook are talking openly about the downsides of software and algorithms mediating our lives. And while calls for regulation have been met with increased lobbying to block or shape any rules, some people around the industry are entertaining forms of self regulation. One idea swirling around: […]

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Why Tether’s Collapse Would Be Bad for Cryptocurrencies
by / on 31/01/2018 at 15:00 / in WIRED

Why Tether’s Collapse Would Be Bad for Cryptocurrencies

THE CRYPTOCURRENCY WORLD, with its volatility, is all about FUD—fear, uncertainty, doubt. And nothing is generating more FUD right now than an unusual currency called tether. Unlike bitcoin and its many siblings, tether is what is called a stablecoin, an entity designed to not fluctuate in value. With most cryptocurrencies prone to wild swings, tether offers people who dabble in the […]

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How Petroleum-Based Products are Transforming Prosthetics
by / on 14/12/2017 at 19:00 / in WIRED

How Petroleum-Based Products are Transforming Prosthetics

MOST OF US never think twice about how effortlessly our brain communicates with our limbs. You look, you reach, you grab or step. For many amputees, however, prosthetics are slow and cumbersome, a faint shadow of a healthy arm or leg. That’s changing quickly through a combination of breakthroughs in the oil, natural gas, and healthcare industries, where a powerful combination […]

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This Scientist Wants to Bring ‘Star Trek’ Values to Congress
by / on 07/12/2017 at 10:00 / in WIRED

This Scientist Wants to Bring ‘Star Trek’ Values to Congress

Vulcanologist Jess Phoenix never expected to be involved in politics. Until recently her life revolved around science—traveling the world to study different volcanoes and running an educational nonprofit. But the environmental record of the Trump administration has motivated her to run for Congress. “These guys are basically gutting every environmental protection that existed,” Phoenix says in Episode 284 of the […]

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When Robots Invade the Kitchen
by / on 28/11/2017 at 10:00 / in WIRED

When Robots Invade the Kitchen

BURGER FLIPPERS, PIZZA tossers, and latte frothers, watch your backs: Gordon, Sally, and Kona are coming for you. (And they never need to take a sick day.) Over the last few years, a growing army of efficient cost-cutting robots has arrived to automate a range of food prep tasks, from whipping up salads for the Palo Alto lunchtime rush to […]

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The Robocall Nightmare Is Only Getting Worse—But Help Is Here
by / on 21/11/2017 at 12:00 / in WIRED

The Robocall Nightmare Is Only Getting Worse—But Help Is Here

YOU PROBABLY GET robocalls all the time. Some pretend to be from the IRS, others come from a phone number very similar to yours. And then there’s the rash of free airline tickets/problem with your credit card/complete this short survey intrusions. If it feels like they’re cropping up more than ever, you’re right. The blocking service YouMailestimates that 2.49 billion […]

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Netflix Knows Some Very Strange Things About Public Viewing Habits
by / on 15/11/2017 at 15:00 / in WIRED

Netflix Knows Some Very Strange Things About Public Viewing Habits

“Netflixing in Public”—the act of watching Netflix out in the world, not to be confused with “Netflix and chill”—is officially a thing. Ever since smartphones got fast enough to stream on-the-go, folks have gotten more and more used to watching TV and movies almost anywhere. Don’t believe us? Go watch the line at Whole Foods for an hour, or ride […]

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How One Woman’s Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her
by / on 14/11/2017 at 11:30 / in WIRED

How One Woman’s Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

THE FIRST TIME the police arrived on her doorstep, in March of 2015, Courtney Allen was elated. She rushed to the door alongside her dogs, a pair of eager Norwegian elkhounds, to greet them. “Is this about our case?” she asked. The police looked at her in confusion. They didn’t know what case she was talking about. Courtney felt her […]

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