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It Still Doesn’t Really Matter What A.I. Can Score on IQ Tests

Measuring human intelligence is already a pretty controversial and complicated process, not the least because there’s stringent definition for what intelligence even is. So it goes without saying that trying to measure machine intelligence is another iteration of an already flawed process. Show More Summary

The Problem With the “Pipeline”

If you’ve spent any time listening to conversations about STEM education, you’ve surely heard about the pipeline. Different groups talk about variations of the pipeline. Some describe a pipeline from science education to a STEM career,...Show More Summary

More Than Uber

Google’s parent company Alphabet doubled down on its investments in the ride-hailing space on Thursday, leading a $1 billion round in ridesharing company Lyft. The move may seem curious to those familiar with Google’s investment history. Show More Summary

Here’s How to Watch Uranus in the Sky

Thursday evening is a good time to take a few minutes to go outside, get some fresh air, and look up—because you’ll be able to see Uranus, bigger and brighter than ever before. It won’t be as close as the moon, of course, but for something...Show More Summary

Google, Facebook, and Twitter Have No Excuse for Letting Russia Meddle in the 2016 Election

The ad opens with a woman with a heavy French accent welcoming viewers to visit the Islamic State of France, where French school children are trained to defend the caliphate and the Mona Lisa is redressed in a burka. This fictional tourism...Show More Summary

Snap Decisions

Evan Spiegel, Snap’s 27-year-old CEO, isn’t in the habit of explaining himself to the public. Until recently, he rarely had to: Snapchat’s wild popularity, especially with teens, spoke for him. The eight months since Snap went public,...Show More Summary

No Hipster Antitrust at the FTC

Trump has landed on his pick to lead the Federal Trade Commission: Joe Simons, an antitrust lawyer who formerly represented Microsoft, as the White House announced Thursday. The FTC is the independent government agency tasked with reviewing mergers, scoping out anti-competitive behavior, and protecting consumer privacy and security. Show More Summary

Alphabet, Google’s Parent, Leads $1 Billion Investment Round in Lyft

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has led a $1 billion round of investment into Lyft, the ridesharing company announced on Thursday. CapitalG, Alphabet's venture fund, is also sending its partner David Lawee to be a member of Lyft’s board. Show More Summary

This Bill Would Help Stop Russia From Buying Online Election Ads

Thanks to a recent revelation from Google, we now know that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube—three of the most prominent online platforms in the U.S.—sold political ads to the Russians ahead of the 2016 election. Congress has long beenShow More Summary

Native American Tribe Helping Supercomputer Company Sue Amazon and Microsoft

A Native American tribe has sued Amazon and Microsoft for patent infringement. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe recently acquired supercomputer patents from SRC Labs, which is a co-plaintiff with the tribe in the suits. The deal is a part of a legal gambit that involves the tribe invoking its right to sovereign immunity, a U.S. Show More Summary

This Boulder City Council Candidate Wants People to Tell Him How to Vote—Using an App

Camilo Casas’ campaign for the Boulder City Council hinges on a single question: What if you could directly influence your representative’s vote with a few taps of your smartphone? Casas wants to offer voters that opportunity with Parti.vote,...Show More Summary

Smallpox Could Again Be a Serious Threat

SynBioBeta, which bills itself as the world’s premier forum for innovators and investors interested in synthetic biology, concluded its sixth annual conference in San Francisco earlier this month. Companies from across the country and from around the world delivered presentations on how they are finding biological solutions to human problems. Show More Summary

Google’s AI Has Made Some Pretty Huge Leaps This Week

When DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI defeated Lee Sedol, the Korean Go champion, for the first time last year, it stunned the world. Many, including Sedol himself, didn’t expect an AI to have mastered the complicated board game, but it won four out of five matches—proving it could compete with the best human players. Show More Summary

My Quantified Monster and Me

When I think back to the demons of my childhood, I almost always linger longest on the rust monster. Though it resembled a crudely drawn armadillo, it was the size of a mountain lion. Other, more dangerous, beasts lived in the caves where I found it; there were neither claws on its three-toed feet nor fangs in its mouth. Show More Summary

Free Fake Melania

Melania Trump, with her big sunglasses, belted ensembles, and face-framing brown mane, has what you might call a signature look, one that wouldn’t be all that hard to re-create on another woman of similar height and build if, for some reason, another Melania was required. Show More Summary

Former Tesla Factory Workers Allege Racist Insults and Graffiti In Lawsuit

Three former Tesla factory workers filed a lawsuit Monday in a California state court alleging that the company’s Fremont factory was a “hotbed for racist behavior.” The plaintiffs, who are black, say that racist slurs and Jim Crow-era imagery were pronounced in the factory, yet upper management failed to respond to their complaints. Show More Summary

Last Month’s Jobs Report Hints at Our Climate-Changed Economy’s Future

After seven years on the up, the U.S. economy took a big hit in September. Some 33,000 jobs were lost, according to the latest monthly report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While there are plenty of factors at play, from the...Show More Summary

The Imaginary Apple

There’s a room at the Queens Museum’s Never Built New York, an exhibition of the city’s architectural paths not taken, that collects forgotten designs for the very land on which the museum sits. For nearly a century, Flushing Meadows–Corona...Show More Summary

Twitter Is Rolling Out Stricter Rules on Sexual Abuse, Violence, and Hate Speech

We now have some specifics on the new rules that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised on Friday to curb abuse, harassment, and hate speech on the social media platform. Wired obtained an email outlining the new policies that Twitter sent to its Trust and Safety Council, a group of academics and advocates, on Tuesday night. Show More Summary

Future Tense Newsletter: Unhappy Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Greetings, Future Tensers, Just in time for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Reps. Tom Graves, R–Georgia, and Kyrsten Sinema, D–Arizona, introduced a revised version of the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act, which would allow companies to access computers that don’t belong to them in the name of self-defense. Show More Summary

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