China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

In the quarantined Chinese city of Wuhan, health workers fighting the explosive outbreak of a new coronavirus have been improvising for weeks, trying to provide whatever care they can for Covid-19 patients whose symptoms range from a cough and fever to severe pneumonia, septic shock, and organ failure. In addition to treating these symptoms with…

Voting App Flaws Could Have Let Hackers Manipulate Results

Voting App Flaws Could Have Let Hackers Manipulate Results

West Virginia and Oregon have both recently deployed a mobile voting app called Voatz to facilitate absentee voting. But Voatz now turns out to have major security flaws, according to researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—including vulnerabilities that could let a hacker manipulate results.The newly unearthed bugs could allow an attacker to reveal someone’s…

The Influencer Election Is Here

The Influencer Election Is Here

“Hello Mr. Salad,” the Instagram message from presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg begins. “Can you post this meme to make me seem cool for the upcoming Democratic primary?” A screenshot of this message was posted on Instagram this week by KaleSalad, a meme account with 3.5 million followers—and, as of now, an official allegiance with the…

Sony Envisions an AI-Fueled World, From Kitchen Bots to Games

Sony Envisions an AI-Fueled World, From Kitchen Bots to Games

In 1997, Hiroaki Kitano, a research scientist at Sony, helped organize the first Robocup, a robot soccer tournament that attracted teams of robotics and artificial intelligence researchers to compete in the picturesque city of Nagoya, Japan.At the start of the first day, two teams of robots took to the pitch. As the machines twitched and…

You May Not Even Know You’re Spreading Lies

You May Not Even Know You’re Spreading Lies

Misinformation and disinformation are two different things. One is spread by people who genuinely believe what they’re saying; the other by those who aim to sow chaos and confusion. That distinction matters. But in the cacophonous swirl of social media, it’s not always possible to tell which is which. Not only can intentional and inadvertent…

There Were 646,152 Things to Watch on TV Last Year

There Were 646,152 Things to Watch on TV Last Year

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. So, now that you’ve recovered from your Oscars hangover, are you dying to know what’s been happening in the world of entertainment and culture? You are? Good. Here we go.There Were 646,152 Things to Watch on TV in 2019Folks like to joke…