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Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that the Russians and the Chinese were eavesdropping on President Donald Trump's personal cellphone and using the information gleaned to better influence his behavior.
In February, the spaceflight company founded by Elon Musk conducted a test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which successfully sent its payload into orbit around the sun.
Everyone knows how to picture the special operations troopers of, for example, the Army's elite Delta Force: Rough-looking customers with custom carbines and advanced night vision goggles stepping off the skids of a black helicopter…
Richard K. Morgan has spent most of the past decade working on his fantasy trilogy A Land Fit For Heroes.
A series of unsettling incidents and heated discussions on social media have put the peer review process itself under scrutiny.
This is a story of getting the good out of the bad, said Mario Jurić.
Your brain is an inexhaustible source of secure passwords—but you might not have to remember anything. Passwords and PINs with letters and numbers are relatively easily hacked, hard to remember and generally insecure.
Pairing artificial intelligence and the blockchain might be what you would expect from a scammer looking to make a quick buck in 2018.
Donald Trump often claims Facebook and Google are "rigged" to favor the political left. Now he's building a 2020 campaign infrastructure that can circumvent them.
Last week, Pepper the robot spoke before Parliament, but this kind of stunt distracts from the real issues AI provokes.
In September 2017, barely two months before Virginians went to the polls to pick a new governor, the state's board of elections convened an emergency session. The crisis at hand? Touchscreen voting machines.
The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified passengers.
Would you trust a Manchurian Candidate or a Terminator to heal you? Shouldn't you automatically distrust anyone who has received a brain implant by the military?
In his testimony before Congress this year, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, addressed concerns about the strategically disseminated misinformation known as fake news that may have affected the outcome of the…
For over 50 years, the exponential shrinking of circuit components on chips predicted by Gordon Moore has allowed all sorts of modern wonders, from personal computers and mobile phones to social media and smart cars.
If aliens are trying to talk to us (or even if they are not), Jill Tarter will be the one to find them.
Looking to modernize voting practices, speed waiting times at the polls, increase voter turnout and generally make voting more convenient, many government officials—and some companies hawking voting systems—are looking to an …
Artificial intelligence research has a lot to learn from nature.
In September, Eric Schmidt, the former Google chief executive and Alphabet chairman, said that in the next 10 to 15 years, the internet would most likely be split in two—one internet led by China and one internet led by the United…
At the WIRED25 festival in San Francisco Sunday evening, Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot got onstage and did what no other quadruped robot has done before: It danced the running man like it was born to.
Late in 2016, then-US President Barack Obama mused in an interview with The New Yorker magazine that he had probably been elected because his campaign had begun before the old media order collapsed.
More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every desk.
The great social media cleanup of the past two years hasn't seemed to leave it much cleaner.
The data was like nothing Margaret Kivelson and her team of physicists ever expected.
This year, John Badham's WarGames—one of the movies most beloved by hackers, techies, and tech policy wonks (like me!)—celebrates its 35th anniversary.
Microsoft is currently running an interesting set of hardware experiments.
Should American citizens get a new Bill of Rights for the internet?
The Turing Lectures of 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureates Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun were highlights of the welcome session of …
Maybe we can just design away the need to teach computational thinking
The sector was developed in the second half of the 16th century, and was in widespread use until the end …
Many computer scientists doubted ad hoc methods would ever give …
Smartphones and consumer cameras increasingly give professional photographers a run …
A new framework is being used to secure the 2020 …