Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

Parked in a Berlin platz at night, the concept car gleams, city lights dancing off its sinuous lines. I crouch down next to its hood to admire its shape, and as the paint twinkles, a word etched faintly on the tire catches my eye. SPEEDGRIPP. Each letter pristine,...

Will Identity Politics Force the Stubborn Mind to Adapt?

I have a new friend, Melissa, who goes by “they.” Singular “they” has existed since Chaucer’s day, but for the past five years it’s been pressed into service as an epicene, addling reactionaries. I know others who use “they,” but with Melissa, rather than merely play...

Opportunity Rover Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

What kind of a week includes Congress turning on the president, Barbies in wheelchairs, adorable wire fox terriers, and actual, genuine discussion over where politicians fall on the moldy jam issue? Your answer, of course, should simply be, "Oh, just any ol' week in...

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

The long and Martian road: In August 2010, the Opportunity rover looked back and took a photo of its tracks in the Red Planet’s sand. This image features the lovely ripples of small dunes created by the wind, similar to the ones we have here on Earth. Opportunity took...

The Eye-Popping Alita: Battle Angel Never Ends—Literally

I'm going to go ahead and spoil Alita: Battle Angel for you. Not because I'm a dick, but because revealing the ending tells you nothing about the plot and will ruin absolutely nothing about the film. It ends—drum roll, please—with Alita (Rosa Salazar), sword in hand,...

Personal Data Collection: The Complete Wired Guide

On the internet, the personal data users give away for free is transformed into a precious commodity. The puppy photos people upload train machines to be smarter. The questions they ask Google uncover humanity’s deepest prejudices. And their location histories tell...

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

News spread on Tuesday that Lyndon LaRouche, the dogged global conspiracy theorist and fringe United States presidential candidate, died at age 96. To those familiar with LaRouche’s theories, which for a New Yorker like me means anyone who rode the subway or met...

Two Satellites Almost Crashed. Here’s How They Dodged It

The first alert came on January 27. Two small satellites, whirling through Earth's low orbits, had “the potential for a conjunction.” Those are the words Major Cody Chiles, spokesperson for the Joint Force Space Component Command, uses to mean "the chance of a...

Californians Trust the Weed Industry More Than Social Media

No matter how you phrase it, Californians are increasingly convinced that the tech industry needs government intervention. Edelman’s annual Trust Barometer survey, released Wednesday, found that 58 percent of Californians think the tech industry should be “more...

20 Quirky Monospaced Fonts for Personal and Commercial Use

Unlike proportional fonts, monospaced fonts consist of characters that all have the same width. This unique characteristic of monospaced fonts makes it easy to quickly tell the number of characters there are in a line, which incidentally is one of the advantages...