Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build a Border Wall

A company named Anduril Industries is testing a sophisticated digital wall, called Lattice, to prevent unauthorized crossings along the US-Mexico border. Instead of using a fence and barbed wire, Lattice uses cameras, virtual reality and radar. If the system works, Anduril hopes to become a major player in the defense industry. But are the politcal values of its co-founder, Palmer Luckey, reason for concern?

Source: Wired
Published: Jun 11, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,627 words)

The Untold Story of Robert Mueller’s Time in Combat

At Wired, Garrett M. Graff reports on how serving in Vietnam instilled a discipline and relentlessness in Robert S. Mueller that underpins his approach to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Source: Wired
Published: May 15, 2018
Length: 33 minutes (8,279 words)

The Robot Assault On Fukushima

How one little robot bravely went where no human could, to document the extent of the damage at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant so that Japanese scientists can figure out how to clean it up.

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 26, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,613 words)

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)