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Why too much investment in your startup can be as bad as too little

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Public Domain Pictures When news broke that Oracle had paid $850 million for ad-tech auditor Moat in May, there were eyebrows raised from Shoreditch to Silicon Valley. It’s a lot of money, even in the super-inflated terms of US venture capitalists. Work Smarter: insights, lessons and tips from the world’s most successful people Work Smarter:…

The gig economy threatens to takes us back to pre-Industrial Revolution times

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DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / Getty The price of your Deliveroo dinner? £2.50 plus the cost of food. Tip optional. The price of your Uber ride? £2.50, then 15p/minute. Tips will be optional, one day (eight years post-launch). The price of your next day Amazon delivery? With £79-a-year Prime membership, nothing (or 21p a day, depending on…

Translations from across the world prove we are united by goodness and beauty

StanRohrer/iStock At times, it can feel like the world is more divided than it is united. It is all too easy to be separated by miles, ideas, or by languages. However, recent studies into the most popular translated word choices across the world remind us of our commonality. ADVERTISEMENT Subscribe to WIRED A collaboration between…

Plotting the next pandemic: ominous virus maps attempt to predict future diseases

Warmer colours highlight areas predicted to be of greatest value for discovering novel zoonotic viruses. a: All wild mammals b: Carnivores c: Even-toed ungulates. d: Bats e: Primates f: Rodents Kevin J. Olival et al Predicting pandemics is a vital part of pre-emptive healthcare. But making assumptions about human viral outbreaks is fraught with difficulty…

From Trump to string theory and supernovas: five science lectures to expand your mind

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Shutterstock Jeffrey Sachs Surviving Trump and overcoming climate change: American economist Jeffrey Sachs ponders on some of the greatest threats facing mankind. ADVERTISEMENT Brian Greene String theory and the fabric of spacetime: Struggling to understand string theory and the fabric of spacetime? In this lecture, theoretical physicist Brian Greene makes everything clear. Sort of. ADVERTISEMENT…

WIRED Awake June 23: YouTube’s new video format bridges the gap to VR

Google Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, YouTube has launched its new VR180 video format as a stepping stone to virtual reality, Google has urged the US government to clarify laws on international data seizure warrants, Facebook has launched its Online Civil Courage Initiative to tackle rising extremism in the UK and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED…

Facebook launches Online Civil Courage Initiative to tackle rising extremism in the UK

iStock Facebook has been name-checked in nearly every recent report about the dangers of online extremism, from enabling extremists to broadcast their views through live video to failing to take down hate speech and offensive, dangerous content. ADVERTISEMENT It’s now taking action. In partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Facebook is launching the Online…

In an uncertain world, security lies in your own fingerprints

labsas / iStock As technology continues to progress, people are provided with new ways to connect with each other – and new ways to be exploited. ADVERTISEMENT Speaking at WIRED Money 2017, Ajay Bhalla, head of security at Mastercard, addressed the need to safeguard against these risks. Confused about blockchain? You should be Confused about…

AI is hurtling forwards like a rocket but no one is behind the controls

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Madedee/iStock To understand the potential risks of artificial intelligence, think of it like a rocket. Curiosity Rover is now running science experiments without human help Curiosity Rover is now running science experiments without human help ADVERTISEMENT “Nobody is working on the steering mechanism,” jokes programmer and physicist Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype and one of…

Each of the dancing shapes in this Oskar Fischinger film are made from paper and wires

[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Vibrant circles pulse across the screen, emanating from nowhere in psychedelic colours and speeds, then drifting hypnotically into the distance, suddenly replaced by another series of circles spinning as though in orbit. It’s an animation, but not as we know it. The best Google Doodles celebrating tech, science and culture The best…

The Wonkavator is real! Behold the maglev Multi lift that goes up, down and left to right

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The Wonkavator can go sideways, and slantways, and longways, and backways, and square ways, and front ways,” Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka announces at the end of the 1971 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. More than 45 years later, multinational conglomerate ThyssenKrupp is turning this fiction into fact. In Rottweil, 100 kilometres south-east of Stuttgart,…

UK’s largest self-driving car tests are coming to Milton Keynes and Coventry

Autodrive The UK has grand plans for autonomous vehicles. The government wants the country to be “at the forefront” of self-driving cars and it believes the industry in the UK will be worth £28 billion in the next 17 years. ADVERTISEMENT As a result, proposals for autonomous car insurance laws have been created; there are…

WIRED Awake July 22: New self-driving car trials are coming to UK roads this year

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Ford Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, autonomous vehicle road trials in the UK will test cars’ ability to communicate with each other, a Honda Motor Company factory was temporarily taken out of service by a WannaCry malware attack, a study has found that extra virgin olive oil protects against Alzheimer’s in mice and more. ADVERTISEMENT…

Curiosity Rover can now hunt for certain types of rock without human help

[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Mars, at least as far as we know, is a planet populated entirely by robots. Our efforts to make them more autonomous and explore the rocky surface on their own have been successful. In turn, these bots are being able to teach us more about our closest neighbour in the Solar System….

Get Even review: bland, fiddly game is a far cry from Call of Duty

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Get Even isn’t what you think it is – but then again, you may not know what to think about the game to begin with. Few titles rely so heavily on mystery and deliberate opaqueness prior to release as Bandai Namco’s latest, where the preview phase essentially amounted to the Cartman gambit. The main difference…

Emotional and authentic: how Labour won the internet

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn comforts a local resident in west London after the fire at Grenfell Tower, on June 15, 2017 David Mirzoeff/Getty Just like writers, political analysts are given to the ‘narrative fallacy’. It’s the tendency to take a bunch of complicated and even random facts and boil them down into a simple but…

Queen’s speech shows the government is pushing through with plans to control the web

Getty Images / CARL COURT / Stringer As prime minister Theresa May is facing calls to resign, her attempts to create a government are moving ahead. May’s plans for the next two years of parliament have been laid out today in the Queen’s speech. ADVERTISEMENT Theresa May’s comments on regulating ‘cyberspace’ are ‘intellectually lazy’, claim…

You can now build group Spotify playlists on Facebook – even if you don’t have a Spotify account

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Spotify Spotify has announced a Group Playlists extension for Facebook’s Messenger that lets you create playlists with friends. ADVERTISEMENT Subscribe to WIRED With Group Playlists for Messenger, you can all contribute to a playlist for parties, road trips, or groups. While Spotify has already supported collaborative playlists across different platforms, including desktop, iPhone, iPad, and…

Lenovo’s ludicrous vision of future laptops involves no hinges and a flexible screen

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Lenovo As futuristic technologies go, devices that can be folded in half and carried around offer a supreme level of luxury. This vision is one that laptop maker Lenovo wants to achieve. ADVERTISEMENT Stretchy ‘pad’ turns your arm into the ultimate flexible touchscreen Stretchy ‘pad’ turns your arm into the ultimate flexible touchscreen At an…

Twitter and Facebook have become ‘vessels of propaganda and manipulation’

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marrio31 / iStock Whether you live in a democracy or under an authoritarian regime, the social media content you are exposed to is being funnelled through a filter of propaganda that is expertly crafted to manipulate your opinions. Here’s how much it costs to buy ‘fake news’ online Here’s how much it costs to buy…

Kickstarter’s Yancey Strickler: tech companies need to be better citizens

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Crowdfunding has a trust problem. Since Kickstarter’s founding in 2009, the idea has gone from a fringe notion to a major economic force; according to some metrics, crowdfunding in total is now approaching or perhaps exceeding capital provided by traditional VC firms. It’s given us Oculus and Cards Against Humanity, and in…

Scientists just took a major step towards achieving nuclear fusion

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Eurofusion With the potential to provide almost limitless energy, free of any radioactive by-product or greenhouse gases, nuclear fusion is the goal many are aiming to achieve. ADVERTISEMENT Creating a system to harness the power of nuclear fusion is proving difficult, however. Now, researchers think they have taken a step closer to that goal. It…

Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber’s CEO

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Wikimedia Commons Following months of scandals, court cases, and a personal tragedy, the New York Times is reporting that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned. ADVERTISEMENT Mike Isaac at the Times claims Kalanick stepped down overnight from his position at the ride-sharing firm after a “shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on…

Stephen Hawking: humanity must go interstellar soon or risk annihilation

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Leon Csernohlavek Physicist Stephen Hawking has reasserted his view that humans must become an interstellar species in the near future or risk “being annihilated”. ADVERTISEMENT “The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is difficult for me to be positive,” the professor said in a speech given via video link to the…

Netflix launches adventure book-style shows that let you choose where the story goes next

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Netflix Netflix has finally unveiled its long-rumoured ‘adventure story’-style titles that let you, the viewer, choose what happens next in the story. Orphan Black is our pick for best Netflix series of the week Orphan Black is our pick for best Netflix series of the week ADVERTISEMENT Aimed at children, the first ‘Interactive Storytelling’ title…

Sky and 21st Century Fox merger could get the go ahead next week

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Getty Images / Justin Sullivan / Staff The UK government will decide whether Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox can purchase Sky next week, following two reports being produced by two regulators. ADVERTISEMENT Karen Bradley, the UK’s culture secretary, has confirmed the communications regulator, Ofcom, and the Competition and Markets Authority have provided her with recommendations…

‘Quantum gambling’ could make betting fairer for all involved

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Getty Images Gambling only works if the playing field is fair between the two parties. However, because of the nature of it, both have something to gain or lose. ADVERTISEMENT Historically, it has been difficult to ensure fair play in gambling for this reason, without getting a third party to step in to oversee things….

Google launches AI-powered job search engine

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Google Google is transforming itself into an artificial intelligence and machine learning company. Sundar Pichai’s firm is using these technologies to improve search results, translate languages, and help you manage a bulging email inbox. ADVERTISEMENT Machine learning versus AI: what’s the difference? Machine learning versus AI: what’s the difference? The latest use of machine learning…

The key to boosting your phone’s battery life? Seaweed

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Carrageenan, an unexpected battery stabilizer, is extracted from red seaweed. DeborahMaxemow/ iStock Despite batteries powering almost every gadget we use, they are remarkably ineffective at holding their charge for long periods of time. The answer could come from an unlikely place: seaweed. ADVERTISEMENT Subscribe to WIRED Common Lithium-sulphur batteries have twice the energy density of…

London Symphony Orchestra is bringing its music to life with motion capture

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT London Symphony Orchestra has more digital recordings than any other orchestra in the world. Since opening in 1904, they have gone from gramophone recordings to digitised film scores. Now, after 113 years of classical music, the orchestra is moving into new territory: forming a visual identity with motion capture technology. At a…

EU wants to ban encryption backdoors to protect your data from governments and the law

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iStock / lvcandy A group of European members of Parliament has proposed new legislation that would require end-to-end encryption be used across all digital communications. ADVERTISEMENT The Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs put forward the plans as part of a bid to ensure messages sent between people cannot be hacked by…

What the UK can learn from Singapore’s smart city

Julie Hoyas Since I arrived in Singapore in 2015, I often get the feeling that I’m living in the future. I cruise through immigration at Changi Airport, scanning my passport and thumb without breaking stride. I surf a 1Gbps fibre connection at home and work from a buzzing co-working space full of startups. Through the…

Wired Awake June 20: EU proposal supports end-to-end encryption for all

Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, a European parliamentary proposal supports end-to-end encryption as a basic right, Spotify is testing sponsored content for free listeners, WhatsApp’s URL checking service can leak your IP address and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by 8am. Click here to sign up to…

How Pandemic gave board games an ingenious plot twist

David Doran Board games are undergoing a revival – and for the first time, players’ cardboard crimes have real-world consequences. It all started with a game of Cluedo: “I always wondered why they kept getting invited to dinner when all they did was murder people,” says Rob Daviau, co-designer of Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, the…

Nasa has found 10 new planets that could host alien life

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NASA/JPL-Caltech Ten potentially habitable worlds have been announced today by Nasa. They are part of a group of 219 exoplanets revealed by the space agency in its eighth Kepler planet catalogue. ADVERTISEMENT The ten planets are Earth-sized and in the habitable zone of their stars. This means they are at just the right distance for…

This is the new economic model for humanity

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Rational Economic Man: standing alone, money in his hand, calculator in his head, ego in his heart, and nature at his feet Marcia Mihotich In the age of the selfie, one particular self-portrait matters more than the rest: the image of humanity that has been created by economists. Like most selfies, this one distorts reality,…

Pokémon Go’s new team battles are the game’s biggest overhaul since it launched

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Niantic Those people still playing Pokémon Go might find their experience temporarily curtailed today, as Pokémon Gyms are disabled. It’s for the best though – when they return, they’ll be better than ever. ADVERTISEMENT “The Gym Battle system, the way it works, is kind of broken,” Archit Bhargava, Niantic’s global product marketing lead told WIRED…

Atari boss confirms the company is working on a new console

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Getty Images / Science & Society Picture Library / Contributor At the start of June, Atari released a 21 second video that captured the imagination of gamers in a certain age bracket. The short clip, in which a camera passes closely over an object with wooden side, hinted that the firm was set to produce…

Climate change data is being transformed into beautiful, haunting symphonies

What is the sound of a dying planet? Translating hard facts into feeling is the issue of our age – and it is the task Climate Symphony have appointed themselves. A collective of artists and scientists, the London-based team are inspiring action by transforming climate change data into music. Ten years ago, old-school graphs and…

Google’s using a combination of AI and humans to remove extremist videos from YouTube

Jacob Burge Earlier this year, YouTube lost millions in advertising revenue with major brands temporarily pausing spending as it was revealed their names were appearing next to videos with extremist views. ADVERTISEMENT How Facebook is using AI to tackle terrorism online How Facebook is using AI to tackle terrorism online The Google-owned video platform has…

Albert Penello on Xbox One X: console generations could soon be a thing of the past

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Microsoft’s Albert Penello believes the Xbox One could mark a major change in the endless cycle of console releases ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images When Microsoft announced Project Scorpio at E3 2016, it marked a major shift. Unlike the slimmed down versions of baseline hardware that both Microsoft and chief rival Sony had produced for previous consoles,…

WIRED Awake June 19: YouTube outlines new measures against extremism

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Getty / AFP / Staff Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, YouTube is taking new steps to counter extremist content on its network, Amazon is buying US grocery chain Whole Foods, Elon Musk has spoken to LA’s mayor about creating a tunnel network, and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday…

AI and machine learning will make everyone a musician

Music has always been at the cutting edge of technology so it’s no surprise that artificial intelligence and machine learning is pushing its boundaries. As AIs that can carry out elements of the creative process continues to evolve, should artists be worried about the machines taking over? Probably not, says Douglas Eck, research scientist at…

Mario + Rabbids hands on: a gaming crossover you never knew you wanted

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Ubisoft When the first Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle images leaked in May, showing Nintendo’s iconic mascot crossing paths with Ubisoft’s raucous mischief makers in what was presumed to be an RPG, the reaction was a mixture of curiosity and confusion. ADVERTISEMENT When it was announced at Ubisoft’s E3 2017 conference and revealed to be…

Kodak’s Super8 revival is leading a new wave of retro nostalgia

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Sun Lee We’ve had the vinyl revival – now physical film is now making a comeback. The Kodak Super 8 camera puts a digital spin on a 52-year-old format: “It’s going to change the way Super 8 is used,” says Josh Robertson, a film community manager at Kodak. ADVERTISEMENT The life, death and rebirth of…

Taxidermy owls, monkeys and echidnas are being repaired back to glory at a London museum

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There’s something funny-looking about the Grant Museum of Zoology’s taxidermy long-eared owl. An otherwise very well-preserved specimen, it wears a rather un-owl-like expression of shocked consternation, thanks to a pair of bright orange googly eyes that have been stuck on in mismatching directions. This is one of many faults and flaws that the museum will…

The new Nokia 3310: hip or hype?

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Festival season is well and truly upon us, and while you may have already missed the Isle Of Wight, with Glastonbury next week, Wireless and Latitude in July and Reading and Green Man in August, plus myriad others, the time has come to think festival tech. Don’t worry, we aren’t going to give you a…

Playing Sea of Thieves with randoms will make you want to walk the plank

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Microsoft The Golden Age of Piracy was a time of savagery. Between the violence, the seaborne diseases, and simple malnutrition, the average pirate’s life was a short one. After playing Rare’s Sea of Thieves at E3 2017, it’s safe to add another entry to the list of causes of death for pirates: bloody useless crew…

China now has an robo-grocery store that will drive to your door

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Amazon’s vision for the future of shopping involves stores without humans and an automated purchasing process. While it may sound ambitious, the online retailer is already in the process of creating the first versions. China’s bonkers elevated bus is real and already on the road China’s bonkers elevated bus is real and…

Uber meltdown, E3 highlights: Podcast 322

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Coming up today: taxidermy innovation, a growing crisis at Uber and all the highlights from this year’s E3 games show. Keep up-to-date with the WIRED podcast: In iTunes for your computer, iPhone, iPod and iPad or get the RSS feed for other podcast catchers. Music by: Filip Hnizdo Show produced and edited by: James Temperton

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop and Surface Pro arrive in the UK

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Microsoft has released its latest venture into the personal computing market in the UK. Following on from the Surface Book, the Surface Laptop is the first device to launch with Windows 10 S installed. It’s joined by a mildly updated Surface Pro. ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft’s new Surface Pro gets a bump in battery life and performance…

How the Xbox One X helped Forza 7 shine on older consoles

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Microsoft The announcement of the Xbox One X at E3 2017 was inevitable. Almost as inevitable was a 4K outing for Forza, the company’s big-name racing franchise. Forza Motorsport 7 really is a showcase for everything the One X can do, pumping out meticulously modelled vehicles roaring around effectively photorealistic tracks in 4K HDR, all…

The enduring problem of fighting high-rise fires

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ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images The fire that raged through a London apartment building on Wednesday night horrified engineers for more than its terrible human cost—at least 17 people died in the blaze at the 24-story tall Grenfell Tower, and London authorities expect to find more as they search the still-smoldering ruin. It was a disaster made…

Twitter’s had a subtle redesign to make it easier to understand

Amid poor financial results last year Twitter announced it was resetting itself. This included lots of small changes, CEO Jack Dorsey said at the time. The latest of these small changes has been rolled out. ADVERTISEMENT Twitter’s latest earnings call confirm it isn’t failing, it’s resetting Twitter’s latest earnings call confirm it isn’t failing, it’s…

Quantum-encrypted communication satellites could be a reality within five years

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Google/ESA A laser in space has measured quantum states on Earth, 38,000km away, for the first time. ADVERTISEMENT Encryption explained: how apps and sites keep your private data safe (and why that’s important) Encryption explained: how apps and sites keep your private data safe (and why that’s important) This means a network of satellites communicating…

Marvel vs Capcom Infinite hands on: button-mashing meets fighting game skills

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Capcom If you stop and think about it, the Marvel vs Capcom crossover fighting games have always been a strange combination. Marvel’s pantheon of iconic superheroes are all cut from similar cloth, linked by the shared universe of their source material. Capcom’s half of the equation aren’t even all from the same franchise, resulting in…

Bloodstained hands-on: Castlevania creator’s gamble pays off

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Koji Igarashi Koji Igarashi didn’t create Konami’s Castlevania but he did serve as its series producer for years, becoming synonymous with the franchise and its blend of exploration, pixel-perfect platforming, and relentless challenge. When Konami shifted its attention away from traditional video games, Igarashi left and went solo, set on delivering his own unadulterated vision…

Facebook teaches bots how to negotiate. They learn to lie instead

iStock / sdCrea Facebook’s 100,000-strong bot empire is booming – but it has a problem. Each bot is designed to offer a different service through the Messenger app: it could book you a car, or order a delivery, for instance. The point is to improve customer experiences, but also to massively expand Messenger’s commercial selling…

IBM, Yubico and Google added to WIRED Security speakers

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Six new speakers have been confirmed for WIRED Security, the second annual one day summit taking place on the September 28 at King’s Place London. Curated to explain and predict cybersecurity’s big threats and trends, WIRED Security showcases industry leaders, innovators, and the new thinking guiding the approaches to existing and potential security challenges. ADVERTISEMENT…

WIRED Live 2017: Partners

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Headline Sponsor ADVERTISEMENT Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection…

WIRED Live: 2017 Speakers

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WIRED Live home Returning to Tobacco Dock in November, the WIRED world will come to life for a multi-sensory experience curated by the WIRED editorial team. ADVERTISEMENT Meet the inspiration behind some of WIRED’s most favourite features as they take the stage to share their most compelling stories – and in the process, inspire you…

Finally catching up with the rest of the internet, Facebook just added a GIF button

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Facebook In recent years, Facebook’s NewsFeed has become increasingly full of ‘rich’ media. Long text posts are not as common as the auto play videos, pictures and slightly bizarre text on coloured backgrounds. The latest small tweak from the social network is set to make feeds even more interactive. ADVERTISEMENT Facebook Messenger bots let you…

US government tried to ‘bribe’ Telegram devs, founder claims

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Getty Images / Steve Jennings / Stringer Pavel Durov, the founder of encrypted messaging app Telegram, has claimed that United States government officials tried to bribe him and his staff to install backdoors into its service. ADVERTISEMENT WhatsApp beats Telegram to be crowned the most secure messaging app WhatsApp beats Telegram to be crowned the…

The stunning Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina

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When an F1 and Indy 500 racing legend joins forces with an iconic Italian design company to produce a new hypercar, it is likely the result will be diverting, to say the least. But the co-creation of Emerson Fittipaldi, Pininfarina and German engineering firm HWA goes some considerable way beyond amusement. The EF7 Vision Gran…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for June 15

March 2016: Maximum Arctic ice level at record low NASA Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, the EU is not prepared to renegotiate the Paris Climate Agreement with the USA, the founder of the Telegram encrypted chat app says the FBI offered bribes to implement a backdoor in the service, Facebook is adding animated GIF comments…

New wireless charging technique could power electric cars while they’re moving

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Shanhui Fan and Sid Assawaworrarit with their charging system prototype Mark Shwartz/Stanford University Imagine an electric car that charges up as it’s zooming along the highway. The road is the charger, able to wirelessly transmit power to a vehicle while it’s in motion. ADVERTISEMENT This vision could be a step closer thanks to work by…

Facts have to prevail over fear, says CEO of the Gates Foundation

Getty Images “Facts are better than fear,” Susan Desmond-Hellmann, the CEO of the Gates Foundation, said in an interview with WIRED Tuesday, repeating the call to action she made on Monday to an audience of scientists at the University of Cambridge. “The public needs good quality information about science and truth. Scientists should take more…

The EU’s top court just made it easier for ISPs to block torrenting sites

Getty Images / AFP / Stringer Internet service providers across the EU will have more power to block torrenting and file sharing websites after one of the region’s top courts ruled such services are likely to be infringing on copyright. ADVERTISEMENT The Pirate Bay and similar sites, the Court of Justice of the European Union…

UpVote 9: Evan Davis on fake news, bullsh*t and the election fallout

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In this week’s episode of UpVote, we’re joined by Newsnight and Dragons’ Den presenter Evan Davis, who talks to us about his new book on the topic of post-truth in politics and beyond. It’s been a few days since the shock general election result ended in a hung parliament, and we’re still waiting for prime…

Evan Davis: ‘the Tories are in a little bit of a mess’

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Evan Davis at the WIRED and Ars Technica office WIRED A few days on from one of the most extraordinary general elections in recent British political history, the new political landscape is still taking shape. Despite the astonishing result, it may be that nothing has changed. ADVERTISEMENT If Theresa May forms a minority government with…

This earpiece can translate foreign languages in seconds

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The Babel fish has arrived. Sort of. ADVERTISEMENT An artificial-intelligence powered earpiece that can translate spoken conversations has gone on sale for $179 (£140). Developed by Australian startup Lingmo International, the Translate One2One uses IBM Watson’s natural language understanding technology to understand both the words and context being spoken, before purportedly delivering a near-instant translation….

This robot uses deep learning to write and play its own music

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Artificial intelligence has proved itself incredibly capable of analysing images, now its getting rhythm in the form of a four-armed, marimba-playing robot. Novels, pop songs and artwork: AI is taking on culture Novels, pop songs and artwork: AI is taking on culture The robot, named Shimon, was given a vast amount of…

DeepMind’s AI can now learn from human preferences

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Bakal / iStock One of artificial intelligence’s biggest problems is the need for handholding from pesky humans. New research by DeepMind and OpenAI aims to help an AI learn about the world around it based on minimal, non-technical feedback. ADVERTISEMENT DeepMind’s new algorithm adds ‘memory’ to AI DeepMind’s new algorithm adds ‘memory’ to AI It’s…

Assassin’s Creed Origins hands on: 4K and eagles to the rescue

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Ubisoft It’s been two years since the last core Assassin’s Creed game, when Syndicate took the war between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order to a smoggy, crime-ridden Victorian London. By that point, nine core games into the series, the formula was starting to feel predictable. ADVERTISEMENT Ubisoft itself seemed to agree, abstaining from…