Category Archives: Viral

13 Great Tech Deals: Cameras, Laptops, Watches, and More

This weekend is WIRED25, our two-day live event featuring the ideas, innovations, and icons helping to build a better future. If you’re in the Bay Area, there’s still time to visit us this weekend. Many of the people that we spoke to in our November

How Do We Bring Equality to Data Ownership and Usage?

“Science at its core is systematically racist and sexist,” said computational biologist Laura Boykin at the WIRED 25 conference in San Francisco on Friday. Boykin works for the Cassava Virus Action Project, which uses DNA sequencing technology to help farmers in Africa find pathogens in

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit

Make way for the future. Friday, WIRED25 returns to San Francisco for two days packed with forward-thinking talks and activities by some of the world’s most innovative and influential people. We’ll have climate activists and CEOs, actors and authors, scientists and engineers—plus a guy who

AI Researcher Anca Dragan on Helping Robots Understand Humans 

When humans and robots cross paths, the results aren’t just frustrating—the autonomous car, say, that’s too shy to turn left—they can also be fatal. Consider last year’s Uber crash, in which the self-driving algorithms weren’t coded to yield to an unexpected human jaywalker. At the

It’s Time to Rethink Your Data—Including Your Smell Data

We don’t mean to be impolite, but—your personal data is showing. It’s everywhere. Facebook and Google and Amazon and a million other companies scoop it up and then dish it out, for billions of dollars, to advertisers and analysts and anyone else who wants to

Ben Horowitz on a Murder, Genghis Khan, and Corporate Culture

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, thinks that the best way to convey to executives the importance of new employee orientation is through a story about a brutal prison murder. At the WIRED25 Festival in San Francisco on Friday, Horowitz said that

The Race to Bring Meat Alternatives to Scale

Uma Valeti makes a lot of promises, but one weighs heavier on his mind than others. He’s only got a few years to make good on the pledge he recently made to his daughter. That on the day she graduates high school, he’ll throw a

Slack’s Stewart Butterfield on Making Workers More Productive—or Not

Stewart Butterfield, one of the cofounders of Slack, acknowledged at the WIRED25 conference in San Francisco on Friday that it’s difficult to tell whether the company’s workplace-messaging software actually makes companies more productive. “Economic measures of the impact of productivity in IT investment, for like