The Future Could Be Blissful—If Humans Don’t Go Extinct First
WIRED talked with long-termist philosopher William MacAskill about human extinction, Elon Musk, and his new book, What We Owe the Future.
If AI Is Predicting Your Future, Are You Still Free?
Part of being human is being able to defy the odds. Algorithmic prophecies undermine that.
Birth Control TikTok Is a Symptom of Medicine's Bigger Problem
Influencers are encouraging people to ditch hormonal contraception. Fixing feeds will require mending mistrust between doctors and patients.
How Can Society Prepare for the Moral Norms of Tomorrow?
The moral framework of future generations may be a radical departure from the past—and the present. Axiological open-mindedness could help bridge that gap.
How the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Raid Could Expose Trump’s Secrets
The former president tried to connect the raid to the Watergate burglars. His privacy problems do relate to Nixon’s scandal—but not in the way he thinks.
In Humanity's Collective Unconscious, the Body Is a Bad Dream
When DALL-E Mini presented a powerful new canvas, people's imaginations drifted in a clinical direction. Why?
Humanity's Biggest Problems Require a Whole New Media Mode
In this era of climate change and crisis, it's time for formats as varied, animal, and leafy as the world they seek to represent.
BeReal and the Doomed Quest for Online Authenticity
The buzzy “anti-Instagram” app is the natural next step in a social media cycle that’s played out many times before—and it’s unlikely to work.
Alex Jones’ Accidental Text Dump Is Hilarious—and Alarming
The conspiracy theorist's breathtakingly silly blunder underscores the urgent need to revamp ediscovery in US law.
Forget Disruption. Tech Needs to Fetishize Stability
Breaking things is an ethos for the bored, for people who live in reasonable climates and don’t have tanks in the street. That isn’t us anymore.
2 Refugee Crises—and Their Dark Lessons for the Coming Famine
Disinformation dehumanized one group of refugees as a 'demographic weapon,' even as another was welcomed with open arms.
After Going Solar, I Felt the Bliss of Sudden Abundance
My rooftop panels showed me that a world powered by renewables would be an overflowing horn of plenty, with fast, sporty cars and comfy homes.
Pandemic Death Counts Are Numbing. There’s Another Way to Process
Data visceralization goes beyond mortality statistics to help people grieve.
A Lawsuit Against Meta Shows the Emptiness of Social Enterprises
Foreign-owned organizations like Sama and Tala offer feel-good promises but take advantage of weak labor protections and poor accountability.