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The history of our relationship with technology is simple: we purchased machines and devices that we expected to fulfill a certain need. Be it a computer for sending emails, an e-reader for reading books on the go, or a smartwatch for helping us stay on top of notifications, we interact with technology with predictable reciprocity. […] The post Has Artificial Intelligence Outsmarted Our Emotions? appeared first on WIRED.

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Facebook’s social network got so big, it had to build the thing an entirely new foundation. It’s a story that shows just how far the giants of the internet must go to ensure that their services can reliably juggle traffic from hundreds of millions of people across the globe. It wasn’t just that Facebook had […] The post How Facebook’s Programming Tools Are Remaking Wikipedia, Baidu, and Box appeared first on WIRED.

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While the official attendance is not in yet for the OpenStack Design Summit Paris,  the final figure will likely be near 5,000 with representatives from 60 nations.  During his keynote speech, OpenStack Foundation COO Mark Collier said attendance was “very impressive growth” for an open source software community that is only four years old. What fuels […] The post Is Your Cloud Open by Design, and Open for Business? appeared first on WIRED.

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David Chang, the chef behind the acclaimed Momofuku restaurant group in New York City, talks culinary risk taking at WIRED by Design. The post David Chang Shares the Secrets Behind Momofuku’s Delicious Success appeared first on WIRED.

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DC Comics recently announced Convergence, a new crossover event slated for 2015 that, well, isn't exactly easy to grok. Since a lot of people—including comics fans—keep asking what it's all about, we've decided it might be time to try to explain what, exactly, is going on with what DC co-publisher Jim Lee calls "the most meta epic event we've done." Because it sure is. The post What Is Going on With DC Comics’ Super Confusing Convergence? appeared first on WIRED.

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How can an average person slow down the advance of antibiotic resistance? A healthcare coalition asks you to buy an antibiotic-free Thanksgiving turkey. The post To Slow Down Drug Resistance in Health Care, Buy an Antibiotic-Free Turkey for Thanksgiving appeared first on WIRED.

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Relief, by Julien Maire, is a short movie made by projecting light through 85 3-D printed figurines. The post This Movie’s Film Reel Is Actually a Conveyor Belt of 3-D Printed Figurines appeared first on WIRED.

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How do you test for self-awareness in an animal? There’s that old standby, the mirror test. So far, only great apes, dolphins, elephants, and magpies have been shown to recognize their mirror images. But scientists don’t agree on exactly what this test measures. There are also tests of so-called metacognition, thinking about thinking, or monitoring […] The post Monkeys Know What They’re Doing appeared first on WIRED.

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After four months, the eruption at Holuhraun in Iceland is still producing lava flows and causing air and water quality problems from sulfur dioxide. The post Holuhraun Eruption in Iceland Still Going Strong appeared first on WIRED.

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Clarity is a small, keychain-sized wearable air pollution sensor aimed at tracking air quality in badly polluted places, like China. The post This Wearable Detects Pollution to Build Air Quality Maps in Real Time appeared first on WIRED.

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Though people might disagree on how to solve a problem, they can at least agree that the problem exists. Or can they? A new study finds that deeply held beliefs can undermine rationality: when confronted with solutions that challenged deeply-held values, people may be inclined to disbelieve the problem. The post How People’s Political Passions Distort Their Sense of Reality appeared first on WIRED.

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The dangers of a warming climate are frequently presented through an economic or an existential lens, either as a financial gamble whose costs may ultimately outweigh the short-term benefits, or a foreboding reflection of our unwise proclivity toward planetary engineering. But to Howard Frumkin, Dean and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the […] The post Climate Change Will be Hazardous to Your Health appeared first on WIRED.

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A single human showing explicit bias can only ever affect a finite number of people. An algorithm, on the other hand, has the potential to impact the lives of exponentially more. The post Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives appeared first on WIRED.

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The fable of the unicorn was one of the more famous passages in what are known as bestiaries, gorgeous compendiums of creatures both real and imagined that sold like mad---second only to the Bible itself. While they were passed off as solid knowledge, bestiaries were almost always wildly wrong about the natural world. Nonetheless, these charming tomes were indispensable to the beginnings of modern science, helping lay the groundwork for the field of zoology as we know it. The post Fantastically Wrong: Unicorns Dig Virgin Women, and Other Lessons From Medieval Bestiaries appeared first on WIRED.

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We turned off traction control, put it in first gear, held on the brakes, and slammed on the gas. The post Nothing But 8 GIFs of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Doing Burnouts appeared first on WIRED.

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With the rise and fall of the Silk Road—and then its rise again and fall again—the last couple of years have cast new light on the Dark Web. But when a news organization as reputable as 60 Minutes describes the Dark Web as “a vast, secret, cyber underworld” that accounts for “90% of the Internet,” it’s time for a refresher. The post Hacker Lexicon: What Is the Dark Web? appeared first on WIRED.

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As smartphone-toting citizens prod municipal officials, cities around the world are embracing high-tech solutions to lots of problems. The post 11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans appeared first on WIRED.

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On Monday, plans were announced for a new New York City park. There are a lot of flashy details attached to the Pier 55 news. The post A $170M Floating Park Designed for NYC’s Hudson River appeared first on WIRED.

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AvaTech's innovative new hardware/software tool could be the biggest advance in backcountry safety since the original transceiver locator beacon. The post Data-Gathering Snow Probe Will Help Skiers Avoid Avalanches appeared first on WIRED.

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From the kitchen to the couch to the yard, use this gear to complement your turkey, goose, or ham with a side dish of The Future. The post 13 Gadgets That’ll Blast Your Thanksgiving Into the Future appeared first on WIRED.

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Before writer-director Philip Kaufman brought Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff to the big screen in 1983, onscreen astronauts were little more than alien quarry or asteroid bait. In Kaufman's hands, however, spaceflight became a far more human pursuit—a story not of external threats but inner resolve. With its three-hour-plus run time and unconventional structure, the film—which tells the story of test pilots like Chuck Yeager and Gordon Cooper as they break the sound barrier and launch toward the exosphere—was almost as daring as its subject. (Kaufman calls it “the longest movie ever made without a plot.”) But it introduced an entire cinematic genre, what Quentin Tarantino has called the “hip epic,” inspiring everyone from Michael Bay to James Cameron, who hired its cinematographer for Titanic. Its dialog has become a go-to signifier of human accomplishment; director Rian Johnson celebrated landing his Star Wars gig by tweeting a clip from the movie. “Phil really pulled it off,” George Lucas says. None other than Christopher Nolan has called it “an almost perfect movie. The post An Oral History of the Epic Space Film The Right Stuff appeared first on WIRED.

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The Audioengine B2s take the innards of the company's A2+ speakers and puts them in a Bluetooth speaker with a 24-bit DAC. The post Audioengine Promises Premium Bass With Its High-End Bluetooth Speaker appeared first on WIRED.

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Stand up. Look at your feet. Now imagine boring a hole straight down. After nearly 8,000 miles that hole would break through to the other side—another hemisphere, another culture, another season, another world. Wherever it ends up, you and the other side are at antipodes, diametrically opposed points on Earth. The post Incredible Photos Taken at Exact Opposite Ends of the Earth appeared first on WIRED.

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The Galaxy Note 4 offers the most true-to-life colors on its display compared to leading tablets and phablets, according to DisplayMate's research. The post Galaxy Note 4’s Display Offers the Most Realistic Colors, Study Shows appeared first on WIRED.

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