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Google Has a Plan to Stop Its New AI From Being Dirty and Rude

Silicon Valley CEOs usually focus on the positives when announcing their company’s next big thing. In 2007, Apple’s Steve Jobs lauded the first iPhone’s “revolutionary user interface” and “breakthrough software.” Google CEO...

How Starlink Scrambled to Keep Ukraine Online

On March 29, Ukrainian forces rolled into the shattered streets of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, littered with blackened wreckage and dead bodies. The destruction had knocked all 24 of the city’s cell...

Europe’s New Law Will Force Secretive TikTok to Open Up

Social networks grow up faster these days. It took Facebook eight years to reach 1 billion users but TikTok got there in just five. The fast-growing short-video app got squeezed by political...

The Future of the Web Is Marketing Copy Generated by Algorithms

As we move further into the 21st century, more and more aspects of our lives are being controlled by algorithms. Facebook decides which posts we see in our newsfeed, Google shows us...

The Race to Save Social Posts That May Prove Russian War Crimes

Tom Simonite is a senior writer for WIRED in San Francisco covering artificial intelligence and its effects on the world. He once trained an artificial neural network to generate seascapes and is...

TikTok’s Black Box Obscures Its Role in Russia’s War

Ten days into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, TikTok announced it had suspended new posts from Russian accounts due to the country’s new “fake news” law. But the company was quieter about a...

Deepfake Zelensky Was Quickly Defeated. The Next One May Not Be

Other conflicts and political leaders may be less fortunate, and could be more vulnerable to disruption by deepfakes, says Sam Gregory, who works on deepfakes policy at the nonprofit Witness.Zelensky’s high profile...

Online Sleuths Are Using Face Recognition to ID Russian Soldiers

On March 1, Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, posted a short video on Telegram in which a cheery bearded soldier stood before a line of tanks clanking down a road under an overcast...

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