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05/17/2018
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A year into Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump, and people still know very little about the man behind the scenes. We're LIVE with Mueller biographer Garrett Graff who is telling us all about the moment that changed Mueller's life forever, the investigation, and what we can expect going forward. Put your questions in the comments and we'll try to answer them!

Read Garrett's cover story here: https://wired.trib.al/ue7fgmC

01/09/2018
"Black Mirror’s episodes still stand well enough on their own, but after this latest installation, it’s possible to ...
01/08/2018
Does This 'Black Mirror' Fan Theory Mean We're Finally Ready For the Singularity?

"Black Mirror’s episodes still stand well enough on their own, but after this latest installation, it’s possible to zoom out and see a cohesive rumination on the implications of digital immortality." (via WIRED)

The show's creator has finally copped to a shared universe—based on the sci-fi dream of digitized consciousness.

Graphic design is moments away from its next revolution—and this one will be AI-driven.
01/07/2018
AI Will Turn Graphic Design On Its Head | Backchannel

Graphic design is moments away from its next revolution—and this one will be AI-driven.

Apple's 1984 Macintosh revolutionized graphic design—but that was nothing compared to the coming wave of websites that'll design themselves.

Amazon Mechanical Turk might have some competition.
01/07/2018
Amazon's Turker Crowd Has Had Enough | Backchannel

Amazon Mechanical Turk might have some competition.

Workers on Amazon Mechanical Turk have long felt ignored and underpaid. A new platform hopes to give them a better home—and could change the future of crowd work.

The strange, unexpected story of how a woman wound up befriending the man who stole her Instagram account.
01/07/2018
I Befriended My Instagram Hackers | Backchannel

The strange, unexpected story of how a woman wound up befriending the man who stole her Instagram account.

The Iranian couple that stole my account opened a window to my homeland.

"He was starting to see the gig economy for what it really was: A way to amass an unsalaried, cheap workforce that could...
01/06/2018
The Uber and Lyft Driver Who Chased Love Across the Ocean | Backchannel

"He was starting to see the gig economy for what it really was: A way to amass an unsalaried, cheap workforce that could be deactivated with the push of a button."

Guillermo Fondeur left the Dominican navy to be with his family in the US. He didn't expect to refashion himself as a gig economy labor activist.

01/06/2018
Secrecy Is Dead. Here's What Happens Next. | Backchannel

"Secrets used to be the purview of people. Now they are owned by the platforms and databases into which we deposit them—and those have proven easy to penetrate."

In the new world order, any information will be public information. Now we have to figure out how to live with that.

"Microsoft actually has a shot at making the ruling AI duo into a trio."
01/06/2018
Inside Microsoft's AI Comeback | Backchannel

"Microsoft actually has a shot at making the ruling AI duo into a trio."

The tech giant is racing to catch up to Google and Facebook in deep learning. Its future depends on it.

Anonymous apps like Secret, Yik Yak, and Whisper were once hailed as the future of social media. What happened?
01/06/2018
These Failed Apps Discovered a Hidden Rule of the Web

Anonymous apps like Secret, Yik Yak, and Whisper were once hailed as the future of social media. What happened?

Anonymous apps like Secret and Yik Yak set out to make social media more authentic. Here’s why that failed.

From vegan vlogger drama to Anthony Levandowski's church of artificial intelligence, 2017 was quite a year.
01/05/2018
The Most-Read Backchannel Stories of 2017 | Backchannel

From vegan vlogger drama to Anthony Levandowski's church of artificial intelligence, 2017 was quite a year.

From vegan vlogger drama to Anthony Levandowski's church of artificial intelligence, 2017 was quite a year.

For veterans, coding skills could open doors. There's just one problem: they don't have access to the classes.
01/05/2018
Thousands of Veterans Want to Learn to Code — But Can’t

For veterans, coding skills could open doors. There's just one problem: they don't have access to the classes.

David Molina launched Operation Code with a single goal: Modernize the outdated GI Bill so veterans can land tech jobs.

When Deep Blue beat the world chess champion 20 years ago, we learned a huge lesson. Just not the one we thought.
01/05/2018
What Deep Blue Tells Us About AI in 2017 | Backchannel

When Deep Blue beat the world chess champion 20 years ago, we learned a huge lesson. Just not the one we thought.

When Deep Blue beat the world chess champion 20 years ago, we learned a huge lesson. Just not the one we thought.

These are the strategies that could curb tech company dominance. (via WIRED)
01/05/2018
How to Curb Silicon Valley Power—Even With Weak Antitrust Laws

These are the strategies that could curb tech company dominance. (via WIRED)

Traditional antitrust law is ineffective against big tech companies, whose products often are free. Scholars and activists propose other ways to rein in Silicon Valley giants.

"If I wanted to end Danny’s extended campaign to make my life miserable once and for all, I’d have to figure out how...
01/05/2018
I’ve Had a Cyberstalker Since I Was 12 | Backchannel

"If I wanted to end Danny’s extended campaign to make my life miserable once and for all, I’d have to figure out how myself."

After 14 years I finally reported him. In the eyes of the law, my biggest mistake was not fearing him more.

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