Director Paul Feig once had a "lovely relationship with the internet." That's before trolls attacked his reboot with four female leads.
Supporting The War Against Terror, one update at a time
Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists.…
Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic set out to document the last dark skies around North America. The post Breathtaking Photos of a World Without Light Pollution appeared first on WIRED.
Cory Doctorow's new book Walkaway centers on the rise of a counterculture built on open-source technology that fabricates nearly everything from the "feedstock" provided by the refuse and wreckage of a world ravaged by climate change and economic ruin.
In a conversation with Ars, Doctorow discussed that and some of the other underlying themes that influenced Walkaway—including his previous novels, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Makers. He also talked about the role of science fiction in mapping out the future and how close we actually are to a "post-scarcity" world.
Ars: As I read Walkaway, there was sense a revisiting of some old themes for you.
Without loads of data, we have problems that not even the most intelligent machine learning systems can solve. Simple directions become extremely difficult without a destination. Navigating and processing a healthcare claim is impossible without a payer identified. Finding the best vet for a pet is difficult without knowing the species.
Machine learning is about intelligence, but that intelligence requires data. Drug design, ad placement and web searches all can dramatically improve with machine learning agents or intelligent agents that have the ability to adapt and make decisions based on changing environments. This is where we enter the space of agent-based modeling (ABM). The difference between an agent that appears to have humanistic characteristics and an agent that continually runs into the wall, determined to clean that one-inch spot that was missed, is the ability to adapt.
Marvel's intergalactic adventure is bursting with fun. Here are the five things you should keep your eyes peeled for. Caution: minor spoilers.
A woman in Wisconsin said she suffered second-degree burns when her fitness tracker exploded.
More people than ever are regular users of the message-in-brief platform, but it is still losing money.
Critical design bug caused havoc on 30 March
Neatgear has cocked up its cloud management service, losing data stored locally on ReadyNAS devices' shared folders worldwide – and customers have complained to The Register about only being informed four weeks later.…
All that packing and cracking comes up lacking once you apply a little efficiency gapping. The post Gerrymandering Has a Solution After All. It's Called Math appeared first on WIRED.
Records highest quarterly operating profit in its history
Korean DRAMmer and NAND fabber SK Hynix reported revenue rises and record profits in its first 2017 quarter.…
The Trump administration's decision to terminate its predecessor's Clean Power Plan, accomplished via an executive order, would seem to be a carefully crafted decision with an air of finality about it. It neatly avoided rejecting mainstream climate science, opting instead to eliminate the only federal plan for doing anything about it.
The reality is far more complex. Unlike other actions by the Obama administration, which occurred late in his second term, the Clean Power Plan had gone through the entire federal rulemaking process. To get rid of it, the process has to be repeated in its entirety. And the scientific document that formed the foundation for the Clean Power Plan won't be touched by the reversal. Its existence is likely to leave the Trump EPA in a legally awkward position, one where they'll have to come up with some regulation to tackle climate change.Making and breaking the rules
While federal regulatory actions can often seem arbitrary, they're the result of a highly formalized process. To begin with, they're grounded in some regulatory activity that Congress has delegated to the executive branch. For example, it would be unreasonable to expect that Congress could pass individual laws to ensure the safety of every chemical humans might be exposed to. Instead, Congress has determined under which circumstances regulatory agencies can act on a chemical and provided guidelines on what those actions can entail.
Commentary: Dual-cameras on smartphones are officially a thing. But will phone makers stop at just two?
Reolink's Argus security camera takes a lot of the best parts from Netgear's Arlo, but costs a lot less.
If Big Blue still has a future, it's in cloud.
Build it and they will come. Maybe
"5G doesn't mean anything to us," says Kirill Filippov, chief executive of SPB TV, an OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV provider touting live 360 VR in 4G at this year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.…
A new map charts Northeast Syrtis---a promising potential landing site for NASA's next Mars rover---in unprecedented detail. The post The Best Map Yet of What Could Be NASA's Next Mars Landing Site appeared first on WIRED.
And Trump's 'fake news' bleating harms US tradition of defending free press
The UK has dropped two places on the World Press Freedom Index following the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act and threats to pursue journalists reporting on national security.…
Search result snippets have made Google an arbiter of facts. Now it wants to outsource the job. The post Google Wants You to Help Fix the Fake-Fact Problem It Created appeared first on WIRED.
Tech is a huge growth industry, but it comes at a price. The solution will have to come from people working to move beyond winner-take-all urbanism. The post Tech Made Cities Too Expensive. Here’s How to Fix It appeared first on WIRED.