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What Is CamperForce? Amazon's Nomadic Retiree Army | WIRED
In a company presentation, one slide read, “Jeff Bezos has predicted that, by the year 2020, one out of every four workampers in the United States will have worked for Amazon.”
Amazon  CamperForce  employment  casualisation  elderly  USA  Wired  2017 
4 weeks ago by inspiral
James Damore’s Google Memo Gets Science All Wrong | WIRED
The problem is, the science in Damore’s memo is still very much in play, and his analysis of its implications is at best politically naive and at worst dangerous. The memo is a species of discourse peculiar to politically polarized times: cherry-picking scientific evidence to support a preexisting point of view. It’s an exercise not in rational argument but in rhetorical point scoring. And a careful walk through the science proves it.
JamesDamore  Google  gender  sexism  research  review  Wired  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
The “Work from Home” Dream Doesn’t Work | WIRED
TECHNOLOGY DIDN’T KILL THE OFFICE. INSTEAD IT MADE COWORKING SPACES EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN TODAY’S GIG-ECONOMY WORLD.
employment  trends  freelanceeconomy  WeWork  coworking  Wired  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
IBM’s Watson Won Jeopardy! But Can It Win the New AI Biz? | WIRED
IN RETROSPECT, THERE was much more at stake than a mere $1 million when IBM’s Watson computer faced off against two Jeopardy! champions back in 2011. The bot’s victory gave Big Blue a shot at conjuring up a new line of business at the perfect possible moment. A series of advances in image and speech recognition was about to trigger a frenzy of investment and excitement about the moneymaking potential of artificial intelligence.
Six years later, it’s fair to ask whether that plan could have been better executed. IBM today is even more urgently in need of new business, with quarterly results released earlier this week showing that revenue has declined for 21 consecutive quarters. CEO Ginny Rommety has made a habit of talking about Watson as a kind of savior, and the company declared this week that this part of the business is growing. But IBM won’t release details on Watson’s financial performance, and skeptics abound. Last week, investment bank Jefferies released a report warning shareholders not to expect IBM’s investments in AI to repay themselves; Watson, it said, risks being eclipsed by competing AI platforms from Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.
IBM  IBMWatson  artificialintelligence  machinelearning  review  critique  Wired  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act | WIRED
Why does Glass work so well in those private settings when it so totally flopped in public? Perhaps because in the enterprise world, Glass is not an outgrowth of the intrusive and distracting smart phone, but a tool for getting work done and nothing else. The Enterprise Edition runs only the single application necessary to do the job. There’s no Facebooking, Tweeting, Snapping, notifications, or rage-generating headlines. “Glass in an enterprise setting is not a toy,” says Lundquist. “It’s a tool that enhances our ability to perform as professionals.”
GoogleGlass  augmentedreality  mixedreality  enterprise  review  advocacy  Wired  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
Russia's Cyberwar on Ukraine Is a Blueprint For What's to Come | WIRED
And the blackouts weren’t just isolated attacks. They were part of a digital blitzkrieg that has pummeled Ukraine for the past three years—a sustained cyber­assault unlike any the world has ever seen. A hacker army has systematically undermined practically every sector of Ukraine: media, finance, transportation, military, politics, energy. Wave after wave of intrusions have deleted data, destroyed computers, and in some cases paralyzed organizations’ most basic functions. “You can’t really find a space in Ukraine where there hasn’t been an attack,” says Kenneth Geers, a NATO ambassador who focuses on cybersecurity.
hacking  war  cyberwarfare  infrastructure  internationalrelations  Russia  Ukraine  USA  Wired  2017 
june 2017 by inspiral
The Quantum Computer Factory That’s Taking on Google and IBM | WIRED
No company is yet very close to offering up a quantum computer ready to do useful work existing computers can't. But Google has pledged to commercialize the technology within five years. IBM offers a cloud platform intended as a warmup for a future commercial service that lets developers and researchers play with a prototype chip located in Big Blue’s labs. After a few years of mostly staying quiet, Rigetti is now entering the fray. The company on Tuesday launched its own cloud platform, called Forest, where developers can write code for simulated quantum computers, and some partners get to access the startup's existing quantum hardware. Rigetti gave WIRED a peek at the new manufacturing facility in Fremont—grandly dubbed Fab-1—that just started making chips for testing at the company's headquarters in Berkeley.
quantumcomputing  hardware  innovation  Rigetti  startup  review  Wired  2017 
june 2017 by inspiral
The Orange Is the New Black Netflix Hack Was a Terrible Idea | WIRED
Consider that in 2011, BitTorrent accounted for 23 percent of daily internet traffic in North America, according to network-equipment company Sandvine. By last year, that number sat at under 5 percent. “There’s always going to be the floor of people that are always going to be torrenting,” says Sandvine spokesperson Dan Deeth. That group will surely enjoy whatever Piper’s up to in season five. But the idea that so small a cohort might prompt Netflix to negotiate with hackers seems absurd.
OrangeistheNewBlack  piracy  television  film  movies  BitTorrent  decline  streamingmedia  Netflix  review  Wired  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
An Unprecedented Heist Hijacked a Brazilian Bank’s Entire Online Operation | WIRED
THE TRADITIONAL MODEL of hacking a bank isn’t so different from the old-fashioned method of robbing one. Thieves get in, get the goods, and get out. But one enterprising group of hackers targeting a Brazilian bank seems to have taken a more comprehensive and devious approach: One weekend afternoon, they rerouted all of the bank’s online customers to perfectly reconstructed fakes of the bank’s properties, where the marks obediently handed over their account information.
banking  hacking  security  fraud  review  Brazil  Wired  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Google's TPU Chip Helped It Avoid Building Dozens of New Data Centers | WIRED
At that time, Google was just beginning to drive its voice recognition services with deep neural networks, complex mathematical systems that can learn particular tasks by analyzing vast amounts of data. In recent years, this form of machine learning has rapidly reinvented not just voice recognition, but image recognition, machine translation, internet search, and more. In moving to this method, Google saw error rates drop a good 25 percent. But the shift required a lot of extra horsepower.

Rather than double its data center footprint, Google instead built its own computer chip specifically for running deep neural networks, called the Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU. “It makes sense to have a solution there that is much more energy efficient,” says Norm Jouppi, one of the more than 70 engineers who worked on the chip. In fact, the TPU outperforms standard processors by 30 to 80 times in the TOPS/Watt measure, a metric of efficiency.
Google  datacentre  voicerecognition  microchips  neuralnetworks  Wired  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker | WIRED
The gang’s strategy represented an evolutionary leap in organized crime: Now they could do everything remotely, never touching a US jurisdiction.
hacking  botnet  Zeus  GameOverZeus  JabberZeus  crime  USA  Russia  Wired  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
Elon Musk's OpenAI and Google's DeepMind release their AI playgrounds to everyone
Artificial intelligence developed by the likes of Google's DeepMind and Elon Musk's OpenAI is taught within the confines of game worlds – including navigating around mazes, dodging deadly cliffs, playing laser tag and flying through space.
artificialintelligence  gaming  training  DeepMind  OpenAI  evolution  Wired  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Facebook Manages to Squeeze an AI Into Its Mobile App | WIRED
Typically, neural networks run on large numbers of computer servers packed into data centers on the other side of the Internet—they don’t work unless your phone is online—but with its new app, Facebook takes a different approach. The Picasso filter is driven by a neural network efficient enough to run on the phone itself. “We perceive the world in real-time,” Mehanna says. “Why wouldn’t you want the same thing from your AI?”

Already available in Ireland and due soon here in the States, this new Facebook app is another sign that deep neural networks will push beyond the data center and onto phones, cameras, and various other devices spread across the so-called Internet of Things. Last summer, Google squeezed a neural network into its Google Translate app, which can identify words in photos and translate them in new languages. And so many other operations, including the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, are developing similarly svelte neural networks.
Facebook  neuralnetworks  mobileapps  photography  launch  filters  innovation  Wired  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Product Review: Sony PlayStation VR | WIRED
But while nothing about the PSVR can be said to be better than the headsets that Oculus and HTC turned out earlier this year—other than ergonomics—that’s not what matters. Not at all, in fact. What matters is that this thing works in your living room. What matters is that it’s comfortable, immersive, and intuitive. What matters is that it invites people to see what you’re doing, even participate in what you’re doing (which it does, via asymmetric games like VR Playroom—which is free, and might just turn out to be the Wii Sports of the platform.) What matters is that, while it’s not cheap by any stretch, it’s at $400 a not-out-of-the-realm-of-possibility purchase for holiday presents, high school kids with jobs, and people who already have a PS4 and want to see what the fuss is about.
PlaystationVR  virtualreality  review  Wired  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Could This Be the Year Movies Stopped Mattering? | WIRED
Clearly, film still has an impact—it’s just that, in 2016, that impact feels diffuse, and is certainly difficult to ascertain. Which is why we need one of those mass-audience, culture-shifting flicks more than ever: Not only do they bring us together, physically and emotionally, they supply us with images and ideas that trickle down and influence all art, even if takes years for that influence to be felt. Maybe, in the next few months, that kind of movie will arrive, and restore film back to its peak pop-culture powers. If so, it will give 2016 a cheer-worthy comeback story, one with big names, a killer third-act twist, and plenty of suspense. Who knows? Maybe they’ll even make an awesome TV series about it someday.
film  movies  culture  review  decline  Wired  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
College Won’t Train You for a Job, and That’s Just Fine | WIRED
But a college education is not about job training—sorry, but it’s true. I’ve talked about the difference between college education and workforce development before—so let me just add one thought. How many jobs are there today that didn’t even exist 10 years ago? How do you train for a job that doesn’t exist?
university  education  guide  study  Wired  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Facebook is changing News Feed to show you more from friends and family
Facebook is changing the way its News Feed works to make it focus on posts from friends and family.

The company has said the social network will not focus on posts from publishers, including pages and news organisations, as much as it currently does.

"We’ve heard from our community that people are still worried about missing important updates from the friends they care about," Lars Backstrom, the company's engineering director said in a blog post.
Facebook  Newsfeed  webjournalism  update  friends  Wired  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Inside the weird world of co-living, Silicon Valley’s attempt to solve the housing crisis
After the co-working boom, co-living is the next logical step. WIRED moves in for a week to embrace an emerging trend (linen included)
coliving  accommodation  housing  review  PureHouse  FoundersHouse  The  Loft  GramercyHouse  Common  TheCollective  WeWork  trends  Wired  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
How the Textbook Industry Tries to Hook Your Prof | WIRED
The biggest problem in this three-party system (publisher-student-faculty) is that it’s difficult for the faculty to consider textbook cost. If you haven’t noticed, textbooks can be quite expensive. If I was buying a book for myself, I absolutely would consider the price—and many faculty do take this into consideration. But you could see how students could end up with a pricier textbook because that’s what the instructor picked.
academia  textbook  market  critique  Wired  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare | WIRED
ONE THURSDAY IN January 2001, Maksym Igor Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. While Popov could have been mistaken for an exchange student applying for a visa, in truth he was a hacker, part of an Eastern European gang that had been raiding US companies and carrying out extortion and fraud. A wave of such attacks was portending a new kind of cold war, between the US and organized criminals in the former Soviet bloc, and Popov, baby-faced and pudgy, with glasses and a crew cut, was about to become the conflict’s first defector.
hacking  Ukraine  security  FBI  MaksymIgorPopov  profile  USA  creditcards  fraud  Wired  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Huawei Just Copied the iPhone—Down to the Last Screw | WIRED
The world needs tech companies to innovate rather than chase Apple through its walled garden. It needs more repairable, recyclable products. But no one is smart enough, or brave enough, to do that. In their misguided and single-minded focus to emulate Jony Ive, these companies are copying everything Apple does, down to the last screw.
Huawei  Apple  smartphones  productdesign  hardware  recycling  critique  Wired  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Tech Upended Banks and Stock Trading. Insurance Is Next | WIRED
These kinds of tracking devices, along with smart cars and homes, may lead not just to safer lives but more personalized insurance, McWaters explains. That’s because in theory, if insurance companies can better track what you do, when, where, and how, they could proactively manage your risk—and charge you accordingly. Your car could tell you what route to take when your normal drive home is blocked in a snowstorm. It knows you tend to skid in the ice. Your smart house could send you alerts to remind you that your iron is still on. It knows you’re the forgetful type. And your wristband could tell you to get up and take an extra walk. It’s good for your health—and for your policy.
insurance  insurtech  opportunity  growth  review  aggregator  personalisation  quantifiedself  MarmaladeInsurance  InsuretheBox  Beam  BizInsure  GoCompare  GoogleCompare  Oscar  Vitality  Wired  2015 
may 2016 by inspiral
Half of all mobile games money comes from 0.19% of users (Wired UK)
There's a problem though -- a new report concludes that 48 percent of all mobile games spending comes from a miniscule 0.19 percent of users.

The figures come from mobile marketing firm Swrve, as reported by VentureBeat. Swrve also found that those who do spend money on mobile games only do so rarely -- for 64 percent of players, only once per month, with 6.5 percent making five or more in-game purchases.
mobilegaming  revenues  concentration  mobileapps  review  research  Swrve  Venturebeat  Wired  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
The Epic Story of Dropbox’s Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire | WIRED
ami Aljamal witnessed this movement firsthand. He built this new breed of streamlined machine inside Twitter and at the new DCS arm of Dell—an effort to recapture some of the market the company lost when companies like Google started designing their own hardware. Now, he designs machines at Dropbox. Like Google and Amazon and Microsoft, Dropbox decided it needed machines that fit its unique needs.
Dropbox  cloudcomputing  AmazonWebServices  migration  storage  Wired  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Why Bitcoin Will Thrive First in the Developing World | WIRED
But the calculus changes as you look beyond the US. Bitcoin and other digital currencies like litecoin and dogecoin provide a way of inexpensively moving money across borders, an important alternative to a mainstay like Western Union. Perhaps more importantly, they offer a means of spending and storing money if you don’t have a bank account or a credit card, which is quite common in the developing world. Nigera is a prime example. According to a 2014 report from Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access—a nonprofit backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to promote financial freedom in Nigeria—just 36 percent of the local population has access to traditional banking services.
Blockchain  financialservices  emergingmarkets  inclusion  foreignexchange  Stellar  Bitpay  microfinanceinstitutions  Wired  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Peach social network: what is it, and why should you join? (Wired UK)
Described as a mixture between Twitter and Slack, Peach was founded by Dom Hofmann, co-founder of Vine. App-only, rather than web based, Peach is based on 'friends' rather than 'followers' and is notable mainly for its command-line inspired design -- typing 'g' brings up gifs, 'sa' to bring up Safari or 'draw' to draw something. Brands have already got on board -- if you friend Merriam Webster, they'll send you their Word of the Day, for example.

Peach
Peach  socialmedia  profile  review  Wired  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Autonomous Drone That Seats One Is a Special Kind of Crazy | WIRED
Today at CES in Las Vegas, EHang announced what it hopes will become the next big thing in bigwig tech: a passenger-ready drone that will fly you around the city at the touch of a button in its smartphone app. The autonomous ‘copter, which EHang calls 184 and says will cost between $200,000 and $300,000, can carry passengers of up to about 260 pounds for 23 minutes on a single charge.
drones  EHang  launch  review  Wired  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Welcome to the Metastructure: The New Internet of Transportation | WIRED
Individually, the new tools and technologies for moving around are interesting; put them together and you get something profound. Connect these new systems and individual networks to each other and they self-­assemble into a transportation super-­network. It’s decentralized, offers multiple routes from node to node, carries any kind of person or thing to any kind of place, and adjusts itself in real time.

Sound familiar? Of course it does. That’s how the Internet works. (Remember when it was called the information superhighway? It’s like that, but for actual highways.) This decentralized approach to remapping our physical roads is fundamentally (and finally) changing everything about how we get around. Bus, train, ferry, Lyft, self-­driving car, hyperloop, or a combination of all of these things—it doesn’t matter. Think of it this way: To the new transportation supernetwork, you and I are just data. It doesn’t matter where we want to go; it just knows how to get us there—faster, cheaper, and utterly in control.
transport  evolution  trends  selfdrivingvehicles  automation  network  Wired  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Here's What We Need to Do to Get VR to Take Off | WIRED
AS COMPANIES LIKE Oculus, Valve, and Google address virtual reality’s technological hurdles, the interesting problems in VR no longer hinge on the question, “Can we do this?” Instead, for those working in the field, the question to ask—the one that will truly drive adoption—is “What can we do with this?”

It’s an exciting opportunity for those willing to step up and create brand new experiences. But just as the transition from still photography to film opened the door to a universe of new creative possibilities, the transition to VR requires a nearly complete re-imagining of the content creation process.
virtualreality  challenges  review  framerates  translation  Wired  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
New Clues Suggest Craig Wright, Suspected Bitcoin Creator, May Be a Hoaxer | WIRED
WHEN WIRED NAMED Craig Wright Tuesday as the most likely suspect to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of bitcoin, we laid out two possibilities that outweighed any others: “Either Wright invented bitcoin, or he’s a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did.” Three days later, new clues point to that second, strange scenario.
SatoshiNakamoto  Bitcoin  founder  critique  review  wired  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Tumblr's New Messenger Is Chat for the Cool Kids | WIRED
Unlike Facebook Messenger or services like WhatsApp, Karp says this is a tool for connecting people who actually don’t know each other in the real world. They may have the same interests and often reblog each other’s work, but have never met in real life. With that in mind, adding instant messaging to Tumblr’s roster of services changes its identity a bit—it’ll be more of a way for creative types to connect over shared interests—but Karp thinks it’s a natural evolution. He says Tumblr has always adapted to how his users were using it.
Tumblr  messaging  mobilemessaging  launch  interests  socialmedia  socialnetworking  Wired  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Stop Calling Google Cardboard's 360-Degree Videos 'VR' | WIRED
With technology as potentially polarizing as VR, I worry that the slightest hiccup will have a negative impact on people’s perception—and adoption—of that tech. And The New York Times giving millions of people access to the limited VR experience of Google Cardboard and 360 video could prove to be a surprising setback for the new technology. Because VR is tightly integrated with your sense of vision, bad experiences have a real, physical impact on users. Unlike a web page, where breaking design rules results in long load times or a page that’s difficult to navigate, breaking the rules in VR can induce nausea and even vomiting. And when bad design can make users physically ill, it’s less than an inconvenience—it’s a threat to the growth of VR itself.
360video  virtualreality  innovation  critique  Wired  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
After Paris Attacks, Here's What the CIA Director Gets Wrong About Encryption | WIRED
But there are several holes in the argument that forcing backdoors on companies will make us all more secure. While doing this would no doubt make things easier for the intelligence and law enforcement communities, it would come at a grave societal cost—and a different security cost—and still fail to solve some of the problems intelligence agencies say they have with surveillance.
terrorism  ISIS  surveillance  encryption  privacy  backdoor  critique  Wired  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Porn Business Isn't Anything Like You Think It Is | WIRED
Some of it may have been true in years past. But no longer. A colleague of mine calls this a meso-idea, an idea that has ceased to be true but that people continue to repeat, ad infinitum, as if it still was. With the rise of mobile devices and platforms from the likes of Apple and Google, not to mention the proliferation of free videos on YouTube-like porn sites, the adult industry is in a bind. Money is hard to come by, and as the industry struggles to find new revenue streams, it’s facing extra competition from mainstream social media. Its very identity is being stolen as the world evolves both technologically and culturally.
pornography  tech  innovation  critique  Mikandi  SiliconValley  Wired  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Wall Street Officially Opens Its Arms to Bitcoin Invaders | WIRED
The flip side is that the bitcoin blockchain isn’t always as secure as some would lead you to believe—and it’s doesn’t operate at speeds suited to the public equities markets. But these are the kinds of things Chain aims to fix. In essence, it offers technology that lets companies run their own private blockchain networks and connect their network to each other in faster and more secure ways.
Blockchain  banking  WallStreet  opportunity  Chain  startup  Wired  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Sorry Ello, the Real Anti-Facebook Is Good Old Email | WIRED
Yes, this means TinyLetter isn’t about to catch up with Twitter and its 316 million active monthly users, let alone Facebook’s 1.5 billion. But it doesn’t actually have to displace social networks to succeed. Rather, it provides a viable way for people to reach an audience without depending exclusively on Facebook or anyone else’s closed platform.
TinyLetter  profile  email  opportunity  growth  Wired  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Facebook's Human-Powered Assistant May Just Supercharge AI | WIRED
In the larger world of AI-driven personal assistants, M may seem like a regression. And as Facebook tests the tool with the public, it’s unclear whether this human-machine partnership can keep pace as the project expands to an ever-larger audience. But in a counterintuitive way, M may actually be a step forward for AI.
MAssistant  FacebookMessenger  Facebook  ArtificialIntelligence  neuralnetworks  virtualassistant  Wired  2015 
august 2015 by inspiral
We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership | WIRED
If you bought it, you should own it—simple as that. It’s time corporate lawyers left the bullshit to the farmers, who actually need it.
Copyright  ownership  JohnDeere  GM  critique  DMCA  Wired  2015 
april 2015 by inspiral
Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones | WIRED
g the White House landing, DJI felt it had to take action. So last Thursday it pushed a “mandatory firmware update” for its Phantom 2 that would prevent the drone from flying in a 15.5 mile radius of the White House. So far it’s the only drone-maker installing what’s k
drones  security  terrorism  geofencing  USA  regulations  Wired  2015 
february 2015 by inspiral
The Robotification of Society is Coming | WIRED
As I’ve said many times, college isn’t about getting ready for a job. A university degree is about learning to be more human. This means that humans that work on a college degree should take all sorts of classes. They should learn to paint and write a poem. They should be able to explore the world with science. They should practice communicating and reflecting on our past. These are the things that make us human.
automation  trends  robotification  employment  education  Wired  2015 
january 2015 by inspiral
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