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ChatGPT Spit Out Sensitive Data When Told to Repeat ‘Poem’ Forever

Plus: A major ransomware crackdown, the arrest of Ukraine’s cybersecurity chief, and a hack-for-hire entrepreneur charged with attempted murder.

Published on 2 December 2023 | 2:00 pm

Best Ebook Subscription and Audiobook Services (2023)

You can read countless ebooks, listen to audiobooks, and browse comics with one of these WIRED-tested digital reading subscriptions.

Published on 2 December 2023 | 2:00 pm

Climate Cookbooks Are Here to Change How You Eat

Sustainable diets have been around for ages. An emerging cookbook genre that tackles the climate crisis signals a new appetite for change.

Published on 2 December 2023 | 1:00 pm

Withings ScanWatch 2 Review: Attractive Smartwatch Hybrid, Pricey Subscription

This elegant hybrid smartwatch adds temperature tracking to heart rate, ECG, and blood oxygen levels, but the subscription left me cold.

Published on 2 December 2023 | 12:00 pm

Ozempic Could Also Help You Drink Less Alcohol

Mounting evidence bolsters the idea that drugs like semaglutide—better known as Ozempic or Wegovy—can hamper a thirst for booze.

Published on 2 December 2023 | 12:00 pm

Was Bobi the World’s Oldest Dog—or a Fraud?

A quest to uncover the truth about Bobi, named the “oldest dog ever” by Guinness World Records, led to dog fur experts and conspiracy theories, and left me with serious questions about how world records are verified.

Published on 2 December 2023 | 12:00 pm

15 Best Mattresses You Can Buy Online (2023)

We've spent months and years testing dozens of bed-in-a-box hybrid, foam, innerspring, and certified organic mattresses.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 10:36 pm

The 25 Best Shows on Max (aka HBO Max) Right Now

With offerings like Rap Sh!t and The Gilded Age, Max is a streaming paradise of “it’s not TV” television.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 9:23 pm

When It Comes to January 6 Lawsuits, a Court Splits Donald Trump in Two

A federal court ruled on Friday that Trump, as president, may be able to avoid civil action for his role in the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. But candidate Trump is something different.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 8:51 pm

George Santos Was All Hot Air

The fabulist New York congressperson, who thirsted after the media spotlight, was expelled Friday from the House of Representatives in a historic first.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 6:48 pm

Dungeons & Dragons Is a Household Name Again

Thanks to a wildly popular ruleset, a new movie, and celebrity endorsements, Dungeons & Dragons has gone totally mainstream.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 6:06 pm

The Cybertruck Must Be Huge—or It Will Dig Tesla’s Grave

If Musk fulfils just 15 percent of Cybertruck preorders, it would equal the annual unit sales of Toyota. If the polarizing EV flops, Tesla could be in big trouble.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 4:15 pm

8 Best Indoor Security Cameras (2023): For Homes and Apartments

Cameras can offer peace of mind, but choose carefully when you’re inviting one into your home.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 3:00 pm

America’s Far Right Is Calling for Civil War in Ireland

Following last week’s riots in Dublin, an alliance between far-right, anti-immigration influencers in the US and Ireland continues to grow.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 2:23 pm

The Year of ChatGPT and Living Generatively

In November last year, OpenAI launched a “low key research preview” called ChatGPT. What happened next transformed the tech industry—and perhaps humanity’s future.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 2:00 pm

‘Authentic’ Is 2023’s Word of the Year. You Read That Right

In a year dominated by artificial intelligence, deepfakes, and disingenuity, “authentic” has somehow emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word for 2023.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 2:00 pm

How to Deter Thieves and Improve Your Smart Home Security

A mix of security cameras, smart lighting, and other smart home gadgets can deter pesky thieves. Here’s how to use them to stay safe.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 2:00 pm

Xreal Air 2 Pro AR Glasses Review: Minor Upgrade

The Xreal Air 2 Pro AR glasses have a few welcome improvements, but they are still little more than a virtual display.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 1:00 pm

How Dr. Clara Nellist Collides Art and Science

This particle physicist, science communicator, and member of the team who uncovered the Higgs Boson wants everyone to know that art and science aren’t mutually exclusive.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 12:00 pm

The Race to Find What’s Making America’s Dogs Sick

Hundreds of dogs across multiple states have been struck down with a severe respiratory illness. Veterinarians suspect a mystery bacteria but are still grasping for clues.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 12:00 pm

Dr. Nergis Mavalvala Detected the First Gravitational Wave. Her Work Doesn’t Stop There

The dean of MIT’s School of Science embraces skepticism and failure, and she wants the next generation of scientists to jump right in.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 12:00 pm

Anduril’s New Drone Killer Is Locked on to AI-Powered Warfare

Autonomous drones are rapidly changing combat. Anduril’s new one aims to gain an edge with jet power and AI.

Published on 1 December 2023 | 5:01 am

These Clues Hint at the True Nature of OpenAI’s Shadowy Q* Project

Reports of a mysterious breakthrough called Q* at OpenAI sparked anxious rumors. AI experts say it’s probably just a conventional attempt to make ChatGPT a little smarter.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 10:13 pm

Tesla Cybertruck Delivery Event Live: Price, Range, Specs

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the price, range, and other important specs for the long-delayed Cybertruck. Join us for live coverage of all the news.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 9:25 pm

Tesla’s Cybertruck Is Here and It Costs $61,000

Elon Musk personally handed over the first Cybertrucks to reach customers at a delivery event in Austin today. Tesla also revealed the price and specs of its latest EV.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 9:16 pm

Google Fixes a Seventh Zero-Day Flaw in Chrome—Update Now

Plus: Major security patches from Microsoft, Mozilla, Atlassian, Cisco, and more.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 3:42 pm

Cicadas Are So Loud, Fiber Optic Cables Can ‘Hear’ Them

In 2021, scientists experimenting with fiber optics picked up a strange signal: the cacophony of cicadas. It could lead to a new way of monitoring insects.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 3:00 pm

Coffee Lovers, It’s Time to Stop Using K-Cups

This week, we talk with our resident kitchen expert about coffee: the best ways to make it, what gear to buy, and what to avoid.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 1:00 pm

6 Best Radios (2023): Portable, Stylish, For Emergencies

Tune into your AM/FM stations in style with these WIRED-approved radio sets.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 1:00 pm

Dr. Ishwaria Subbiah Is Reimagining Cancer Care

All but raised in oncology wards, Dr. Subbiah is on a mission to make cancer care work for everyone, including those usually overlooked.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 12:00 pm

The CDC's Gun Violence Research Is in Danger

In a year pocked with fights over US government funding, Republicans are quietly trying to strip the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of its ability to research gun violence.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 12:00 pm

Inside India’s Gargantuan Mission to Clean the Ganges River

The Ganges river is one of the world’s most sacred waterways—and one of its most polluted. To restore it, India is undertaking one of the biggest engineering programs in the history of sanitation.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 11:00 am

Sam Altman Officially Returns to OpenAI—With a New Board Seat for Microsoft

The CEO’s memo to staff announces a nonvoting seat for Microsoft but leaves questions about the future of chief scientist Ilya Sutskever.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 1:54 am

Elon Musk Just Told Advertisers, ‘Go Fuck Yourself’

In a rambling interview at the New York Times’ DealBook Summit, Elon Musk suggested advertisers fleeing X were blackmailing him and could kill the platform.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 1:13 am

Tesla’s Cybertruck Is Two Years Late and Still Crazy

After years of delays, Tesla will livestream its Cybertruck delivery event Thursday. Car experts still can’t believe it’s trying to mass-produce a vehicle with such a challenging design.

Published on 30 November 2023 | 12:12 am

A Cutting-Edge Cancer Treatment May Cause Cancer. The FDA Is Investigating

CAR-T cell therapy harnesses the immune system to attack blood cancers. Six years after approving the first treatment, the FDA is investigating whether it can give rise to secondary cancers.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 5:16 pm

The 26 Best Movies on Max (aka HBO Max) Right Now

From A Christmas Story to Albert Brooks: Defending My Life, here are our favorite movies on the streaming service.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 4:29 pm

An AI Dreamed Up 380,000 New Materials. The Next Challenge Is Making Them

Google DeepMind researchers say they’ve expanded the number of known stable materials tenfold. Some could be useful for everything from batteries to superconductors—if they make it out of the lab.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 4:00 pm

Okta Breach Impacted All Customer Support Users—Not 1 Percent

Okta upped its original estimate of customer support users affected by a recent breach from 1 percent to 100 percent, citing a “discrepancy.”

Published on 29 November 2023 | 3:53 pm

How to Set Your Thermostat—According to Science

Win the family arguments over heating your home this winter—or better yet, avoid them altogether—with this handy guide.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 2:43 pm

Best AeroPress Coffee Makers (2023): Original, Go, Clear, XL

The portable coffee makers from AeroPress come in a variety of sizes and designs. We tell you which one brews best for you.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 2:00 pm

Spotify Wrapped Is Back Again. Are You a Vampire or a Shape Shifter?

Spotify is amping up its end-of-year Wrapped feature with new labels for listening habits, AI DJ playlists, and thousands of artist videos. Not to be outdone, Apple Music's Replay is trending, too.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 1:00 pm

The Weirdest Reason the Poles Are Warming So Fast? Invisible Clouds

Clouds way up in the stratosphere act like a blanket, trapping heat in the Arctic and Antarctica. That could help explain why models keep underestimating how fast they’re warming.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 1:00 pm

GM Slashes Spending on Robotaxi Unit Cruise, a Setback for Driverless Cars

General Motors said it will scale back ambitions for its self-driving Cruise cars after an accident involving one of its robotaxis last month.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 12:30 pm

Dr. Dara Norman Wants to Bring More People Into Science

From data access to scientific merit, Dr. Norman is working to make astronomy—and all STEM fields—more inclusive.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 12:00 pm

OpenAI’s Custom Chatbots Are Leaking Their Secrets

Released earlier this month, OpenAI’s GPTs let anyone create custom chatbots. But some of the data they’re built on is easily exposed.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 12:00 pm

Fresh Bitcoin Hype Shows Crypto Just Can’t Help Itself

After crashes, scandals, and SBF’s guilty verdict, many hoped the crypto industry would grow up. Speculation around the arrival of a spot bitcoin ETF shows old hype dies hard.

Published on 29 November 2023 | 12:00 pm

A Civil Rights Firestorm Erupts Around a Looming Surveillance Power Grab

Dozens of advocacy groups are pressuring the US Congress to abandon plans to ram through the renewal of a controversial surveillance program that they say poses an “alarming threat to civil rights.”

Published on 28 November 2023 | 8:03 pm

Amazon’s Answer to ChatGPT Is a Workplace Assistant Called Q

Amazon has developed a generative AI helper that codes, manages cloud software, and powers business apps. The company has also developed new silicon for AI.

Published on 28 November 2023 | 7:14 pm

Prominent Women in Tech Say They Don't Want to Join OpenAI's All-Male Board

After internal chaos earlier this month, OpenAI replaced the women on its board with men. As it plans to add more seats, Timnit Gebru, Sasha Luccioni, and other AI luminaries tell WIRED why they wouldn't join.

Published on 28 November 2023 | 6:57 pm