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How a Genealogy Website Led to the Alleged Golden State Killer

Powerful tools are now available to anyone who wants to look for a DNA match, which has troubling privacy implications.<p><i>Updated on April 27 12:45 p.m. ET.</i><p>When the East Area Rapist broke into the home of his first victim in 1976, human DNA had not yet been sequenced. When he reemerged as the Original …

Genealogy

Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate

BERLIN — Security is tight at this brick building on the western edge of Berlin. Inside, a sign warns: “Everybody without a badge is a potential spy!”<p>Spread over five floors, hundreds of men and women sit in rows of six scanning their computer screens. All have signed nondisclosure agreements. Four …

Internet

What Is Consciousness?

INNOVATIONS IN<p>Scientists are beginning to unravel a mystery that has long vexed philosophers.<p>Christof Koch<p>Christof Koch is chief scientist and …

Consciousness

8 ADVANCED ROBOTS ANIMAL YOU NEED TO SEE

Wildlife Crime Technology Project

Over four and a half years, the Google.org-funded Wildlife Crime Technology Project (WCTP) provided WWF a platform to innovate and test a number of …

Wildlife

Ian Cheng's art is inspired by The Sims and created with AI

What if works of art could feel how you thought about them? What if installations were intelligent, playing out stories and searching for meaning …

InterAct

Why We Can't Innovate

<b>“</b>Ad Hoc, slow, short-term, insular.” That’s the overall characterization of corporate innovation processes that appears in a recent “State of Innovation” report by CB Insights, based on a survey of 677 Corporate Strategy executives. While a lot about the identity of the firms in the sample remains …

Innovation

Conserve elephants. They hold a scientific mirror up to humans

THE symbol of the World Wide Fund for Nature is a giant panda. The panda’s black-and-white pelage certainly makes for a striking logo. But, though …

Wildlife

Big Data, AI & Tech Trends Case Studies

Big Data

The Creepy Genetics Behind the Golden State Killer Case

For the dozen years between 1974 and 1986, he rained down terror across the state of California. He went by many names: the East Side Rapist, the …

Genealogy

Nvidia's new AI creates disturbingly convincing fake videos

Nvidia continues to pave a path towards the end of reality as we know it. The company recently made an AI capable of creating images of people out of thin air. Now, it’s made one that can change the weather, turn day into night, and change a leopard’s spots.<p>AI researchers for the company developed …

Honestly, what the heck is happening on YouTube?

One of the internet's most famed catchphrases is about porn: that any sort of erotica you could want or imagine, no matter how niche or messed up, …

Internet

OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per …

Bill Clinton

Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI

Artificial intelligence and brain–computer interfaces must respect and preserve people's privacy, identity, agency and equality, say Rafael Yuste, …

Artificial Intelligence

Creative machines will be the next weapon in our fake news war

When it comes to the threat posed by artificial intelligence, we need to be a lot more worried about ‘machine creativity’.<p>At the workshop held at New …

Instagram’s CEO Wants to Clean Up the Internet—But Is That a Good @&#$ing Idea? | WIRED

SCROLL DOWN<p>SCROLL DOWN<p>SCROLL DOWN<p>Instagram’s Kevin Systrom wants to clean up the &#%$@! internet.<p>by Nicholas Thompson | photographs by Art Streiber | …

Total number of Websites

Year <br>(June)<p>Websites<p>Change<p>Internet Users<p>Users per<br>Website<p>Websites …

Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality?

A new technology—virtual embodiment—challenges our understanding of who and what we are.<p>Thomas Metzinger had his first out-of-body experience when he was nineteen. He was on a ten-week meditation retreat in the Westerwald, a mountainous area near his home, in Frankfurt. After a long day of yoga and …

Inside the Alexa Prize

The first interactor—a muscular man in his fifties with a shaved head and a black V-neck sweater—walks into a conference room and sits in a low-slung …

Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His …

Journalism

Watch Watch MIT’s Hypnotic Robot Fish Swim a Coral Reef | WIRED Video | CNE

Watch MIT’s Hypnotic Robot Fish Swim a Coral Reef<p>Researchers detail the evolution of the world’s strangest fish, and describe how it could be a …

MIT

The GANfather: The man who’s given machines the gift of imagination - MIT Technology Review

One night in 2014, Ian Goodfellow went drinking to celebrate with a fellow doctoral student who had just graduated. At Les 3 Brasseurs (The Three …

Deep Learning

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

Artificial Intelligence

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News - The Atlantic

“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote.<p><i>To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app.</i><p>It was hyperbole three centuries ago. But it is a factual description of social media, according to an ambitious and first-of-its-kind study …

Social Media

Raiders of the Lost Web

If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can.<p>The web, as it appears at any one moment, is a phantasmagoria. It’s not a place in any reliable sense of the word. It is not a repository. It is not a library. It is a constantly changing …

Searching for Lost Knowledge in the Age of Intelligent Machines

As search engines are radically reinvented, computers and people are becoming partners in exploration.<p>The most mysterious technological object on the planet should have been destroyed at least three times.<p>First, the device made it through a violent shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea. Then, it sat …

Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

New algorithms show how swarms of very simple robots can be made to work together as a group.<p>One strategy would be to appoint a leader that …

Computer Science

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.<p>You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario …

Artificial Intelligence Learns to Learn Entirely on Its Own

A new version of AlphaGo needed no human instruction to figure out how to clobber the best Go player in the world — itself.<p>A mere 19 months after …

Artificial Intelligence

It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

For most of modern history, the easiest way to block the spread of an idea was to keep it from being mechanically disseminated. Shutter the …