As a nerdy, nature-loving kid growing up in France, Barbara Belvisi daydreamed about life on other planets: giant domes filled with lush plants and exotic flowers like the ones she'd painted on her bedroom walls. But adult life beckoned: She studied finance and business and built a career investing in "deep tech"--VC speak for companies whose progress relies on innovations in science or engineering. In 2014, she cofounded Hardware Club, an investment firm dedicated to physical, connected products and robotics. Now, she's realizing her childhood fantasies as the founder and CEO of Interstellar Lab--which has set itself the ambitious goal of building inflatable pods that can support life on other planets. "I had to learn a lot about aerospace, life support, agriculture, and architecture to start this one," she says.
While Elon Musk has been busy taking over Twitter, his brain-computer interface company Neuralink has been working on refining its technology, which is aimed at creating implants that allow a direct line of communication between the human brain and computers. Called brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs for short, these systems use tiny electrodes placed in the brain to "read" signals from nearby neurons. In 2019, Musk claimed his company's device would eventually allow people to achieve a "symbiosis with artificial intelligence." The company, founded in 2016, is still far from merging our brains with AI. In a livestreamed "show and tell" event Wednesday evening, the Neuralink team presented a grab bag of improvements to its technology.
Three years ago, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors made history by becoming the first city in the nation to ban use of facial recognition technology by local government. Last night, the board went in a different direction, giving police the right to kill a criminal suspect with a teleoperated robot if they believe there is an imminent threat of death to police or members of the public. Assistant police chief David Lazar said ahead of the vote that killer robots might be needed in scenarios involving mass shootings or suicide bombers, citing the Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas in 2017 and the killing of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, in 2016. Dallas police ultimately used explosives strapped to a Remotec F5A bomb disposal robot--a model also possessed by the San Francisco Police Department--to kill that suspect. The new administrative code requires a police chief to authorize use of deadly force involving a robot and to first consider de-escalation or an alternative use of force.
Throughout my two decades in Silicon Valley, I have seen effective altruism (EA)--a movement consisting of an overwhelmingly white male group based largely out of Oxford University and Silicon Valley--gain alarming levels of influence. EA is currently being scrutinized due to its association with Sam Bankman-Fried's crypto scandal, but less has been written about how the ideology is now driving the research agenda in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), creating a race to proliferate harmful systems, ironically in the name of "AI safety." EA is defined by the Center for Effective Altruism as "an intellectual project, using evidence and reason to figure out how to benefit others as much as possible." And "evidence and reason" have led many EAs to conclude that the most pressing problem in the world is preventing an apocalypse where an artificially generally intelligent being (AGI) created by humans exterminates us. To prevent this apocalypse, EA's career advice center, 80,000 hours, lists "AI safety technical research" and "shaping future governance of AI" as the top two recommended careers for EAs to go into, and the billionaire EA class funds initiatives attempting to stop an AGI apocalypse.
CYBER MONDAY IS officially over, but many of our favorite deals are still available. If you took an extended holiday from screens or celebrated Buy Nothing Weekend, fear not, some deals remain. We combed through our many Cyber Monday guides and picked out the items still on sale. It's unclear how long they'll last, and many may even start to expire before the day's end, but have a look if you're still hunting for holiday bargains. We test products year-round and handpicked these deals. Products that are sold out or no longer discounted as of publishing will be crossed out . We'll update this guide throughout the week. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Check out our Best Cheap Phones and the Best iPhones guides for more recommendations and context. You can also find more picks in our Best Tablets, Best iPads, and Best Amazon Fire Tablets guides. Samsung's fourth-gen folding phones still have a futuristic feel ...
The holiday shopping season reaches its peak when Cyber Monday deals roll around. Sales are often better than on Black Friday, but with every retailer promising the best Cyber Monday discounts, it can be tricky to work out what deals to snag and when to pass. Luckily, we have done the hard work for you. WIRED reviewers try countless gadgets, tools, and digital delights of all kinds every week, and we have developed smart shopping tips and tricks to weed out fake discounts and bring you the real deals. We can say with confidence that these are the absolute best Cyber Monday deals you're going to find. You will find regular updates as products go out of stock and prices change, and we'll keep scouring to find more deals worth grabbing. Updated November 28 at 8 pm: We've added more deals, including a meal kit, a gimbal, and smart lights. We've also updated pricing and availability on deals. We test products year-round and handpicked these deals. Products that are sold out or no longer discounted as of publishing will be crossed out . We'll update this guide through Cyber Monday. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Just like upgrading the bed you sleep on, few things will improve your life like a good chair. If you park your body in front of a desk all day, it's a good idea to give the humble chair more attention. Some of our favorites are on sale right now. See our Best Office Chairs guide for more. Our top office chair pick is a bit cheaper right now. We've tested more than 35 office chairs in the past year and this is the one to get based on comfort, quality, adjustability, and price. At this price, you'd be hard-pressed to find a cheaper way to get seven points of adjustment. The only thing we don't like is that pet hair tends to cling, so keep a lint roller handy. The Zeph looks wonderful--there are dozens of color customizations--but the only adjustment you can make is to raise the seat up or down. You might think that would make for an uncomfortable chair, but it doesn't. This lack of adjustability is by design as the Zeph is designed to mold to your body. We do suggest you get the seat pad and arms, which add a smidge more comfort, though it does jack the price up a bit. The Zeph is compact, making it a great option for smaller spaces. The humble Hyken is our favorite budget office chair. It reclines, has a breathable mesh fabric on the back and seat, and it's sturdy. You even get a headrest and lumbar support. After more than three years of continuous sitting, WIRED reviewers say the mesh has compressed a bit, but it's still comfy. If you want to seriously up your home office game, the Embody is the chair to get. This price is for the titanium base, but you can save some money if you go for the graphite. It's stylish and comfortable with an array of knobs and levers that let you tailor the chair to your body like a bespoke suit.
Making a house a home takes time, and often … a lot of money. Luckily, with Cyber Monday, there are plenty of great deals on all your household needs. Whether you're building up your kitchen appliances, syncing up all your smart home gadgets, or simply trying to clear the air, there's something on sale for you. Updated November 28: We've added the Ooni Koda, Stasher Bags, and smart lights and plugs. We test products year-round and handpicked these deals. Products that are sold out or no longer discounted as of publishing will be crossed out . We'll update this guide throughout Cyber Monday. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. This highly coveted countertop accessory is on sale yet again for Cyber Monday.
Sonos makes some of our favorite speakers because you can seamlessly connect several throughout your home, all without having to wrangle with pesky cables. It started its Cyber Monday sales early, but they're going strong. You'll find discounts on some of our favorite speakers, soundbars, and subwoofers. The sale runs through November 28. It's a great opportunity to build a surround sound setup.
It's a great time to upgrade your home theater thanks to some excellent Cyber Monday TV and soundbar deals. If you've yet to take the plunge to a modern 4K TV, or you are still listening to your favorite shows and movies through those tinny built-in TV speakers, there are massive reasons to upgrade. Modern home theater technology now has better backlighting, sharper resolution, and immersive surround sound for less money required than ever before. Go on, convert your living room into a mini cinema. Updated Monday, November 28: We've added two new TV deals on sets from LG and Sony and moved a group of dead TV deals to the bottom of the article, just in case you want to check if they're back in stock. We've also updated prices and retailers throughout.
There are hundreds and hundreds of products across the web on sale today for Cyber Monday. How do you cut through the clutter to find a genuinely good deal? Well, one way is to hunt through the two-dozen guides we have up and running here at WIRED. We vet deals on products we've tested and recommend in categories ranging from multicookers to smartphones. But there are still so many darn deals. That's why we've put together this guide--we've boiled it down to the best Cyber Monday deals by category, and linked out to our broader coverage if you're looking for more.