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‘2034: A Novel of the Next World War,’ an Exclusive Excerpt

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WIRED has always been a publication about the future—about the forces shaping it, and the shape we’d like it to take. Sometimes, for us, that means being wild-eyed optimists, envisioning the scenarios that excite us most. And sometimes that means taking pains to envision futures that we really, really want to avoid. By giving clarity […]

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2034, Part I: Peril in the South China Sea

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The third update was most puzzling of all. The controls of the F-35, the one whose flight had brought Chowdhury into the Situation Room early that snowy Monday morning, had locked up. The pilot was working through every contingency, but at this moment, he was no longer in control of his aircraft. “If the pilot […]

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Trump’s Worst, Most Bizarre Statements About ‘the Cyber’

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In September of 2016, on a Hofstra University debate stage, journalist Lester Holt asked presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump how they’d improve American cybersecurity. When it came Trump’s turn to answer, he let loose a torrent of barely connected ideas about “the cyber.” The stream of consciousness started with how many admirals had […]

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Former DOD Head: The US Needs a New Plan to Beat China on AI

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On Wednesday, I hosted a discussion with former secretary of defense Ashton Carter, who is now the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. The conversation was part of WIRED’s CES programming, which tackled the biggest trends that will shape 2021, from medicine to autonomous driving to […]

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The Race Is On to Identify and Stop Inauguration Rioters

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They came prepared for war. Leroy Coffman parked his Red GMC Sierra pickup truck a stone’s throw from the US Capitol building at 9:15 am on January 6. Inside the truck, legal documents allege, were 11 Molotov cocktails containing a napalm substance, a handgun, shotgun, rifle, crossbow with bolts, several machetes, camouflage smoke devices, and […]

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Big Tech Can’t Ban Its Way Out of This

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Still, Stalinsky said he comes down on the “take it down” side when it comes to violent extremism. His perspective was forged by years of monitoring activity by Islamic terrorists. The Islamic State, in particular, became notorious for its strategic use of social media in the 2010s. “This might sound crazy, but if it were […]

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I Am Not a Soldier, but I Have Been Trained to Kill

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1. ‘Our Numbers Grow Every Year’ On a misty November morning just after sunrise, I pulled up to a shooting range in central Texas with a borrowed AR-15 and a few hundred rounds of dubious-quality Russian ammunition that I’d ordered over the internet. I followed a pickup down a gravel road and over two cattle […]

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Post-Riot, the Capitol Hill IT Staff Faces a Security Mess

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In the aftermath of destructive riots that trashed the United States Capitol on Wednesday, the nation is grappling with questions about the stability and trajectory of US democracy. But inside the Capitol building itself, the congressional support staff is dealing with more immediate logistics, like cleanup and repairs. A crucial part of that: the process […]