An Artist Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam

An Artist Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam

Almost three years ago, artist Simon Weckert noticed something unusual at a May Day demonstration in Berlin: Google Maps showed there was a massive traffic jam, even though there were zero cars on the road. Soon enough, Weckert realized that it was the mass of people, or more specifically their smartphones, that had inadvertently tricked…

YouTube Will Police Political Videos More Closely

YouTube Will Police Political Videos More Closely

As the 202016 election begins in earnest with Monday’s Iowa caucuses, YouTube is cracking down on election-related disinformation in an attempt to protect users. Google’s video-sharing site has long had policies barring deceptive practices and engagement manipulation, but in a blog post on Monday, the company specified that the rules would also apply to a…

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

It’s perhaps the best known and more worrisome of climate feedback loops: As the planet warms, permafrost—landscapes of frozen soil and rock—begins to thaw. And when it does, microbes consume organic matter, releasing CO2 and methane into the atmosphere, leading to more warming, more thawing, and even more carbon emissions.But here’s something you’ve probably never…

The New James Bond *No Time to Die* Trailer Is a Metaphor

The New James Bond *No Time to Die* Trailer Is a Metaphor

Hello, dear readers. Welcome to today’s post-Super Bowl edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s culture news roundup. As you might imagine, this latest installment includes a few of the Big Game trailers that dropped during last night’s Super Bowl LIV. There’s also some other cool news about David Byrne and Disney+’s Loki show. Tune in.The New…

The Eerie Repopulation of the Fukushima Exclusion Zone

The Eerie Repopulation of the Fukushima Exclusion Zone

In March, when cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom, the Japanese leg of the Olympic Torch relay will kick off at a soccer stadium 12 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (yes, that nuclear power plant). A nearby sports complex will also host the Games’ baseball and softball matches. That’s bound to surprise…

One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack

One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack

In May 2019, WIRED joined the One Free Press Coalition, a united group of preeminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide. Today, the coalition is issuing its eighth monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases demand…

The Internet Is a Toxic Hellscape—But We Can Fix It

The Internet Is a Toxic Hellscape—But We Can Fix It

This is an argument against nihilism.It begins with me lying on the floor of my office before class. I’ve brought in an old yoga mat and two one-pound packages of rice, which I’ve wrapped in a canvas Trader Joe’s bag and placed on my chest. I’m taking slow breaths, preparing myself under my makeshift weighted…

Alphabet Flirts With $1 Trillion but Needs a Second Act

Alphabet Flirts With $1 Trillion but Needs a Second Act

Alphabet, née Google, reports fourth-quarter financial result Monday, after weeks in which its market capitalization has bounced around $1 trillion. Only three other US companies have reached that milestone: Apple, Microsoft, and, for a while on Friday, Amazon.WIRED OPINIONABOUTZachary Karabell is a WIRED contributor and president of River Twice Research.So what now? No company, especially…

Today’s Cartoons: Robot Barista

Today’s Cartoons: Robot Barista

Monday, February 3, 2020. By Jon Adams, with cartooncollections.com. One scientist develops a model for making the perfect espresso by unlocking the secrets of the time-grind-water axis. Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology. Check back here for more laughs throughout the week. And if that’s still not…