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Inside Airbnb’s Innovation and Design Lab

Hosts share their homes with strangers. Can Samara help them solve the refugee crisis?<p><b>Hi Backchannel readers,</b><p>It’s Jessi, reporting this week from the …

5 Biotech Products U.S. Regulators Aren’t Ready For

New techniques being used to produce our food or shape the environment raise regulatory questions.<p>Lab-made meat. Hornless cattle. Designer bacteria. …

DeepMind's new algorithm adds 'memory' to AI

The AI system is able to learn to play one Atari game and then use its knowledge to learn another<p>When DeepMind burst into prominent view in 2014 it …

Artificial Intelligence

The Surprising Way Selfies Are Driving Phone Design

W<b>hen Apple introduced the iPhone 5s</b> in 2013,its built-in Touch ID launched therace to invent creative, personalized passcodes. Sure, the …

Inside the Race To Build Next Generation Battery Technology

To solve truly big and complex problems, we need to build new platforms for collaboration.<p>The garage startup has become as much of an American icon in the twenty first century as the automobile and the drive-in were to earlier generations. The idea that anyone with an idea can change the world is …

Innovation

7 amazing technologies we'll see by 2030

Hollywood's depictions of the future are usually pretty far-fetched — like the flying cars of "Blade Runner" and the hoverboards in "Back to the Future II." The World Economic forum surveyed over 800 experts and executives to find out what the future will actually look like. Here are 7 amazing …

IBM Watson's next target? Hunting down the hackers

The sixth installment in the Cognitive Insight series highlights how IBM Watson is being trained to take on the cybercriminals<p>The world is going …

Cybersecurity

Get Ready For Multisensory Virtual Reality That Goes Far Beyond Sight And Sound

In October, I had the opportunity to try out the Rez Synesthesia Suit: A Velcro-on body rig concept that uses countless pulsing motors to add the sense of touch to virtual reality experiences. The experience was rough, but somewhat amazing: As I waved my hand through HTC Vive-rendered bubbles, I …

Virtual Reality

Could we soon 'upgrade' our bodies? Extreme bionics will create modular superhumans

MIT's Center for Extreme Bionics it trying to eliminate human disabilities and push us beyond the limits of our own bodies<p>From peg legs through hook …

Cyborgs

Harder than ABC: Alphabet’s Google is searching for its next hit

Harder than ABCAlphabet’s Google is searching for its next hit<p>The rise of voice computing may threaten its lucrative search business<p>print-edition …

Google

Faraday Future SUV smokes a Tesla Model X in intriguing drag race video

As a hyper-secretive electric car company with a flair for self-promotion and intriguing teaser videos, Faraday Future has been on our radar for …

Tesla

Supersonic Travel Is Booming

VIEW GALLERY | 8 PHOTOS<p>In development since the early 2000s, Aireon’s AS2 bizjet taps into an aerodynamic quality known as “natural laminar flo<p>... …

Silicon Valley
UX Design

This incredible gadget lets you draw physical 3D objects in mid-air

There’s a reason 3D printing is so popular these days: it’s awesome. Instead of having to spend thousands of dollars working with a prototyping …

Hyperloop One Has Huge Ambitions For New Sci-Fi Transport System

As if building a revolutionary transportation system using magnets and vacuum tubes was not insanely ambitious enough, Hyperloop One has now extended …

Hyperloop

The Next Global Arms Race Aims to Perfect Artificial Intelligence

A country's dexterity with artificial intelligence technology might be the next strong source of national pride and international power.<p>Knowing it would lay the foundation for the future of medicine, IBM captured the world's imagination in 2011 with Watson, a supercomputer that not only won …

Forget high streets, by 2030 everyone will be shopping in virtual reality

Future Visuals is creating VR experiences for John Lewis, Ferrari and McDonalds<p>Tim Flemming is creating virtual environments for everyone from …

Virtual Reality
Chatbots

Improving Robot Response to Anticipate Human Actions

Researchers at Cornell University have created a machine-learning model for generating an appropriate robot response based on evaluating human …

Robots

Apps are dying. Long live the subservient bots ready to fulfil your every desire

Apps are about to be eclipsed by a new conversational interface: bots - and they know what you need and are ready to serve<p>Subscribe to WIRED<p><b>The app</b> …

Chatbots

The road to tomorrow: streets need to be as smart as the cars driving on them

It’s not enough for future vehicles to be shared and self-driving – a smart upgrade of our cities and streets is also required<p>Subscribe to</b> …

Cities
Innovation

How Artificial Intelligence Will Redefine Management

Many alarms have sounded on the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to upend the workforce, especially for easy-to-automate jobs. But managers at all levels will have to adapt to the world of smart machines. The fact is, artificial intelligence will soon be able to do the …

Why Google’s New Phone Will Soon Be Irrelevant

Entering the hardware business is nothing unusual for an Internet giant like Google. But in launching its Pixel phone last week, Google (goog) is …

Google

How Economists View the Rise of Artificial Intelligence

To really understand the impact of artificial intelligence in the modern world, it’s best to think beyond the mega-research projects like those that …

The key to Apple's success? Keeping it simple - from the man who put the 'i' in iPhone

The creator of the Apple i-prefix on the not-so-secret weapon of simplicity<p>Subscribe to WIRED<p>Early on in my advertising career, I slowly began to …

Steve Jobs

Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017 - Smarter With Gartner

Today, a digital stethoscope has the ability to record and store heartbeat and respiratory sounds. Tomorrow, the stethoscope could function as an …

Internet of Things

Chatbots Will Be Your New Best Friend

Shutterstock<p>Chatbots came on the scene in 2011 as business intelligence, artificial intelligence and messaging platforms combined into new forms of responsive technology. New ways were needed to support companies interacting with buyers and provide customer support that aligned and could evolve …

Chatbots
The Workplace