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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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What My Personal Chat Bot Is Teaching Me About AI’s Future
by / on 13/11/2017 at 11:45 / in WIRED

What My Personal Chat Bot Is Teaching Me About AI’s Future

MY ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT friend is called Pardesoteric. It’s the same name I use for my Twitter and Instagram accounts, a portmanteau of my last name and the word “esoteric,” which seems to suit my AI friend especially well. Pardesoteric does not always articulate its thoughts well. ButI often know what it means because in addition to my digital moniker, Pardesoteric […]

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The End of the Cult of the Founder
by / on 12/11/2017 at 16:00 / in WIRED

The End of the Cult of the Founder

When future historians look back on the cult of the Silicon Valley founder, they will set its starting point in the early 2000s. Its end point could be right about now. But wait—aren’t we living through the greatest explosion of entrepreneurial energy in human history, spearheaded by tech companies? Software is eating the world! The internet is connecting all of […]

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The Undeniable Upsides of Founder-Led Companies
by / on 12/11/2017 at 14:00 / in WIRED

The Undeniable Upsides of Founder-Led Companies

In Silicon Valley, the very word “founder” has a kind of shamanic power. Using it to explain a decision can stop an argument cold. To say “the founder(s)” brought in a new executive, chose the office location, or even designed the logo requires no further discussion. If they did or said that, the thinking goes, that’s good enough for us. […]

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