Wikipedia is essentially a massive RPG

The very first edition to Wikipedia took place on January 15, 2001. Today, the online encyclopedia officially turns 20, on the date known as Wikipedia day. One of WIRED’s early…

I’m not a soldier, but I was trained to kill

1. “Our numbers are increasing every year” On a hazy November morning just after sunrise, I pulled up to a shooting range in central Texas with a borrowed AR-15 and…

Worried about your company’s AI ethics? These startups are here to help.

Parity is among a growing number of startups promising organizations ways to develop, monitor, and patch their AI models. They offer a range of products and services ranging from bias…

Why TikTok (and everyone) sings Sea Chanteys

The monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything that happens in the world of WIRED culture, from movies to memes, from TV to Twitter. Earlier this week, it seemed…

A Guide to Becoming an Online Ethics Investigator

But this activity raises complex ethical and practical questions. How can you, an ordinary person, be an ethical digital activist? What matters if you go too far? How can you…

About the Pandemic Technology Project

As covid-19 began to spread around the world, an avalanche of new digital services and data-driven approaches emerged to help respond to a pandemic. From smartphone exposure notifications to vaccine…

CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and a Glimpse of the Future

The Consumer Electronics Show was virtual this year, and the WIRED Gear team looked through all of the zooms to bring you this list of nearly 80 products, trends, thoughts,…

AIs who read sentences can also detect viral mutations

In a study published in Science today, Berger and his colleagues put several of these strands together and use NLP to predict mutations in viruses that allow them to avoid…

Can an AI predict the language of the viral mutation?

Viruses lead a rather repetitive existence. They enter a cell, hijack its machines into a viral copier, and those copies make their way to other cells armed with instructions to…

These five AI developments will shape 2021 and beyond

2020 has been a deeply difficult year for citizens, businesses and governments around the world. As covid-19 spread, requiring far-reaching health and safety restrictions, artificial intelligence (AI) applications have played…