Uber May Be Banned From London, One of Its Biggest Markets

Uber May Be Banned From London, One of Its Biggest Markets

London’s transportation regulator won’t renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, threatening the ride-hail giant’s future in one of its biggest markets.On Monday, the agency Transport for London, which regulates taxis and for-hire vehicles in the city, said it has identified “a pattern of failures” by Uber that threatened rider safety, and that Uber…

Climate Change Is Brutal for Everyone, But Worse for Women

Climate Change Is Brutal for Everyone, But Worse for Women

The climate crisis is so epic, so vicious, so wide-reaching, that at this point there are few aspects of the human experience it isn’t transforming. Supercharged wildfires are devastating California, heat waves are killing more people and more crops, cities are struggling to adapt to strange new climates. The global transformation underway is also increasingly…

UN Secretary-General: US-China Tech Split Worse Than Cold War

UN Secretary-General: US-China Tech Split Worse Than Cold War

On Friday, WIRED spoke with António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, about a topic of increasingly grave concern to him: the fracturing of the internet and the possibility that a technology meant to bring nations together might drive them apart. The conversation has been lightly edited for clarity.Nicholas Thompson: It’s an honor to…

Even Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrencies Can Spill Your Secrets

Even Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrencies Can Spill Your Secrets

In the Harry Potter universe, there’s a handy spell for when you need to stop someone from spilling your secret plans or shit-talking during a duel. It’s called Mimblewimble, otherwise known as the tongue-tying curse. It’s also the name of a privacy technology designed for cryptocurrencies—because, well, somebody’s gotta keep crypto weird.The first coins to…

Tainted Data Can Teach Algorithms the Wrong Lessons

Tainted Data Can Teach Algorithms the Wrong Lessons

An important leap for artificial intelligence in recent years is machines’ ability to teach themselves, through endless practice, to solve problems, from mastering ancient board games to navigating busy roads.But a few subtle tweaks in the training regime can poison this “reinforcement learning,” so that the resulting algorithm responds—like a sleeper agent—to a specified trigger…

The Sega Genesis Mini is $30 off for Black Friday

The Sega Genesis Mini is $30 off for Black Friday

The Genesis Mini was produced by Sega’s longtime partner M2, which specializes in painstakingly detailed emulation. And it’s not just the software that’s impressive; the console itself is a faithful, though miniaturized, recreation of the Model 1 Genesis, complete with a non-functioning volume slider and cartridge slot dust flap. This puts the Genesis Mini in…