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The Strange, Subtle Matter of ASMR Erotica

His videos range from all types of role play, including “Naughty boyfriend,” “Shirtless boyfriend,” “Spanish boyfriend,” “Male burglar,” and “Hot Farting Stud With Bloated Gut.” Th

The Rise of Mouth Tech: Oral-B, AI Toothbrushes, Burst Oral Care

Stewart and Khayat teleconferenced in from Los Angeles, where they both live. To learn about Burst as a company is to ingest a mouthful of buzzworthy phrases. They’re a totally distributed office, w

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a ‘Snake Flu’

Sharing data during an outbreak is vital for public health. But it can also lead to sensational, and even spurious, research, like a controversial new paper claiming that people probably picked up a n

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

On New Year’s Eve, while the rest of the world was preparing to ring in a new decade, employees of the German energy company EnBW were getting ready to pull the plug on one of the country’s few re

Why So Many High-Profile Videogames Have Been Delayed

It’s not every month that four marquee videogames get slapped with big delays. Offering explanations with sterile words like “polish” and “fine-tuning,” the studios behind Cyberpunk 2077, Ma

Could You Bungee-Jump Using Only Magnets?

Bungee jumping has been around for ages.The idea, of course, is that—if all goes well—the cord stretches and exerts an upward force to keep you from hitting the ground.But how’s this for a new w

Don’t Break Up Big Tech

It’s debatable whether antitrust enforcement has ever been particularly effective. In fact, as I argued in that earlier WIRED column, industrial conglomerates often spin off businesses strategically

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it would quarantine the city of Wuhan, the center of an outbreak of a new viral disease that has (officially) killed 17 people and infected more than 50

Could China’s New Coronavirus Become a Global Epidemic?

What began in mid-December as a mysterious cluster of respiratory illnesses in China has now killed nine people, sickened hundreds more, and spread to five other countries, including the US. On Tuesda

A Handy Chrome Feature, a Sonos Update Warning, and More News

Chrome is protecting and Sonos is disconnecting, but first: a cartoon about the new big screen.Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an em

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn’t Burn the Planet

Last month, researchers at OpenAI in San Francisco revealed an algorithm capable of learning, through trial and error, how to manipulate the pieces of a Rubik's Cube using a robotic hand. A spokespers

The Secret History of Facial Recognition

The beauty of the n-tuple method was that it could recognize many variants of the same character: Most Qs tended to score pretty close to other Qs. According to an essay coauthored by Robert S. Boyer,