You’re Expecting Too Much Out of Boston Dynamics’ Robots

At the WIRED25 festival in San Francisco Sunday evening, Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot got onstage and did what no other quadruped robot has done before: It danced the running man like it was born to. It was a bit more, well, robotic than a human, but it illustrated...

Free Speech in the Age of Algorithmic Megaphones

Yesterday Facebook took down 559 domestic political pages and 251 accounts for violating its terms of service on coordinated inauthentic behavior—“networks of accounts or Pages working to mislead others about who they are, and what they are doing.” While Facebook has...

Antibiotics May Soon Become Useless. Now What?

In early October, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new antibiotic: Nuzyra, generic name omadacycline. Omadacycline is a tweaked version of a tetracycline, a class of drugs that have been around since the very beginning of the antibiotic era; it works...

Microsoft Calls a Truce in the Linux Patent Wars

Microsoft wants to make peace with Linux, saying this week that it will allow more than 2,600 other companies, including longtime rivals like Google and IBM, to use the technology behind 60,000 Microsoft patents for their own Linux-related open source projects. That...

How Tech Swagger Triggered the Era of Distrust in Government

Last month, I heard Jill Lepore give a talk about These Truths, her single-volume history of America from the 15th century through the 2016 presidential election. She got her biggest laugh when she made fun of WIRED for predicting in 2000 that the internet would both...

Three Commandments for Technology Optimists

The impacts of new technologies are unpredictable: Inventors hyperbolize a revolutionary technology when it emerges, but it’s impossible for society to anticipate its long-term effects. Because new technologies are so powerful and incomprehensible, responsible...

What Is Voldemorting? The Ultimate SEO Dis

"I'm so tired of all the bad news on birdsite." "Yeah, there's just too much about The Cheeto." Cheeto and birdsite might not be common vocabulary, but the phrases are strangely interpretable. It's easy to jump from Cheeto to Donald Trump or from birdsite to Twitter....