To Hold Tech Accountable, Look to Public Health
by J. Nathan Matias on March 26, 2023 at 1:00 pm
The field of public health has transformed medicine, yet failed the most vulnerable. This trajectory can be avoided.
Imploring TikTok to “Think of the Children” Misses the Point
by Vittoria Elliott on March 25, 2023 at 11:00 am
In last week's hearing, lawmakers kept focusing on the harms TikTok inflicts on kids. Until they take steps to solve these problems, that's a distraction.
AI Loves—and Loathes—Language
by David Auerbach on March 22, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Deep learning networks may look like brains, but that doesn’t mean they can think like humans. On the ever-expanding meganet, that’s a problem.
The End of ‘Life’ As You Know It
by Leo Kim on March 21, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Society’s outdated ideas about what it means to be alive are obstructing progress on some of today’s most pressing issues.
How Venture Capital Can Avoid the Next Silicon Valley Bank Fiasco
by Del Johnson on March 18, 2023 at 11:00 am
The crisis exposed Big VC’s flaws. It’s time to rethink venture capital’s power—and reimagine investment in innovation.
You Don’t Have to Be a Jerk to Resist the Bots
by Katherine Cross on March 17, 2023 at 3:41 pm
The next phase of tech capitalism will demand more, not less, of your humanity.
AI Will Make Human Art More Valuable
by Krzysztof Pelc on March 16, 2023 at 1:00 pm
If history is any indication, society will continue to favor the artistic output of people.
An AI Told Me I Had Cancer
by Meredith Broussard on March 15, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Why was an AI looking through my medical records and how did it work? I decided to find out.
Neuromarketing and the Battle for Your Brain
by Nita Farahany on March 14, 2023 at 1:00 pm
You experience subtle and overt manipulation on the web every day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t think and act for yourself.
The Case for Regulating Platform Design
by Hany Farid, Brandie M. Nonnecke on March 13, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Focusing on Section 230 protection for user-generated content is detracting from the real threat: apps’ negligent design choices.
On Asphyxiation From Trains and Other Inaccurate Predictions
by Rose Eveleth on March 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm
The internet loves to poke fun at people who got it wrong, but those ridiculed forecasters might get the last laugh.
An AI ‘Sexbot’ Fed My Hidden Desires—and Then Refused to Play
by Tabi Jensen on March 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm
Late-night curiosity about the NSFW depths of a chatbot unleashed my fantasies—until we were censored.
Doctor Unions Are Good for Your Health
by Leila Haghighat on March 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Physicians across the US are unionizing, which can lead to better working conditions for health care providers and greater advocacy for patients.
The Era of Faked CCTV Has Truly Arrived
by Hossein Derakhshan on March 7, 2023 at 2:00 pm
Bad actors are manipulating scenes to cover their tracks, fueling “malinformation” that is tough to contain.
TikTok’s Screen-Time Limits Are the Real Distraction
by Phillip Maciak on March 7, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Kids today face problems far larger than their social media usage. Restrictions feed into a moral panic without addressing the root cause of their anxiety.
When It Comes to OnlyFans, Humans Can Outcompete AI
by Lux Alptraum on March 5, 2023 at 12:00 pm
When people pay for sexual media, they’re seeking more than an anonymous image. AI cannot replicate the underlying desires that drive sex work.
Survivors Suffer When Judges Misunderstand Social Media
by Carly Lewis on March 2, 2023 at 2:00 pm
In sexual assault cases, the complainant’s fate may depend on the judge’s awareness of how various online communications platforms work.
A Unique Experiment That Could Make Social Media Better
by Jonathan Stray , Gillian Hadfield on March 2, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Academic researchers weren’t getting anywhere by criticizing Big Tech platforms, so we decided to try collaborating instead.
How WIRED Will Use Generative AI Tools
by Gideon Lichfield on March 2, 2023 at 11:00 am
Some publications are already using text and image generators. Here’s how WIRED will—and won’t—use the technology.
I Asked an Algorithm to Optimize My Life. Here's What Happened
by Lucy Liu on March 1, 2023 at 2:00 pm
I spend all day making decisions, and they’re not always good ones. Could an algorithm do a better job of deciding what’s best for me?