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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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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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