Category Archives: Viral



Today’s Cartoon: Cryptocookies

WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. It is the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant transformation. The WIRED conversation illuminates how technology is changing every aspect of our lives—from culture to business, science to design. The breakthroughs

The PlantWave Device Lets Your Houseplants Play Music

In 2012, the artists Joe Patitucci and Alex Tyson set up a jungle’s worth of tropical plants in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and invited them to perform. People filed in to stand and listen as the Data Garden Quartet, a botanical orchestra, gave its

We’re Killing the Oceans, and We’ll Pay Dearly for It

When the sun sets on the human race, and the cause of death isn’t an asteroid scorching the Earth, whoever or whatever comes after our kind might uncover the documents that defined us—the Magna Carta, any number of national constitutions and international treaties, classic works

Why the Internet Thinks Tropical Storm Karen Is Hilarious

A shock of hair, festooned with chunky highlights, is currently barreling toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The style is odd, and dated: shorter in the back than the front, with long, side-swept bangs framing its swirling storm winds of a face. It looks

A Group of Google Contractors Has Voted to Unionize

About 80 Google contractors in Pittsburgh voted to unionize with United Steelworkers on Tuesday, in a historic move for white-collar workers at the search giant. The tech workers, who are employed by Google contractor HCL Technologies, are only a few of the many contractors that

Remember The Dress? Here’s Why We All See Colors Differently

When The Dress went viral in 2015—driving tens of millions of online onlookers into existential conniptions over whether the garment was blue and black or white and gold—it didn’t just break the internet, it broke color science as researchers had conceived of it up to

Apple’s AR Glasses Are Hiding in Plain Sight

All of which matches up with the thought that Apple is planning a small, lightweight product—one that lives up to the term “wearable” by being more like smart glasses instead of an unwieldy Microsoft HoloLens. “Fifty-eight degrees doesn’t sound like much compared to an Oculus