The Final, Terrible Voyage of the Nautilus

Kim Wall went for a ride on a submarine, hoping to write a story about a maker of “extreme machines.” She never did. In a search for answers, May Jeong traveled to Denmark to investigate the tragic and senseless murder of her friend — a young journalist in the prime of her life.

Author: May Jeong
Source: Wired
Published: Feb 15, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,044 words)

It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

Tactics that erode trust and attention have become the new censorship. They may not be breaking any existing laws, but they are effectively upending many conceptual, legal, and ethical assumptions we have around free speech.

Source: Wired
Published: Jan 16, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,600 words)

How to Win Founders and Influence Everybody

Some of the best communications strategists remain highly influential yet invisible. Here’s how Margit Wennmachers became one of tech’s best.

Source: Wired
Published: Jan 21, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,824 words)

The Dirty Secret of the World’s Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

Climate change is real, but the Paris Climate Agreement’s goals for keeping global tempurature from rising 2°C relies on a dubious greenhouse gas mitigation technology called BECCS.

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 10, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,951 words)

Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by the Government

A new study on the Eastern Band population of Cherokee, North Carolina — a group of people who receive hefty bi-annual payments from the local casino — indicates that yes, a basic guaranteed income can be a very positive thing that has no influence on the number of people who work full time.

Source: Wired
Published: Nov 12, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,344 words)

Love in the Time of Robots

Hiroshi Ishi­guro has spent his entire life in pursuit of creating a lifelike android. But what kind of life is he trying to instill in them? For Ishi­guro, other people are just mirrors and conversation is just a set of stimuli. Can a genius inventor create a near-human if he doesn’t really understand his own kind?

Author: Alex Mar
Source: Wired
Published: Oct 17, 2017
Length: 49 minutes (12,300 words)

How One Syrian Fought to the Death for a Free Internet

When Bassel Khartabil tried to create an open internet culture in Syria,  the government executed him. Thousands of other Syrians have disappeared.

Author: Alice Su
Source: Wired
Published: Sep 27, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,830 words)

Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World

How the legendary internet fact-finding site snopes.com came to be, and how a messy divorce and ownership and control squabbles have threatened the site’s existence.

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 20, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,873 words)

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them.

A former Google design ethicist insists that our minds have been hijacked in an arms race for our attention. He also insists that, with the help of a Hippocratic Oath for software designers, we can win.

Source: Wired
Published: Jul 26, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

Instagram’s Kevin Systrom Wants to Clean Up the Internet

The photo sharing service has built tools and algorithms to remove offensive comments for its 700 million users with the hope that it will reduce the amount of toxicity they experience online.

Source: Wired
Published: Aug 14, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,363 words)