WIRED: Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ Is Over-the-Top in Every Way

Altered Carbon, the new cyberpunk series from Netflix, has enough gonzo violence to satisfy even the most hardcore action fan. But according to writer Anthony Ha, the series may actually provide viewers with too much of a good thing. “A lot of situations boiled down to somebody being tortured or somebody having to fight their […]

WIRED: Gadget Lab Podcast: A Deep Dive on Apple’s HomePod

The way you control Apple’s smart speaker, the HomePod, is pretty cool. You just talk to it. But Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, can’t make the speaker do much beyond the basics and can only summon music from Apple-owned cloud services. That sets it behind the other products in the voice-activated speaker race—most notably those from […]

WIRED: Aliens Would Probably Like It If You Gave them Flowers

Alien invasion is a constant theme of Hollywood science fiction, from War of the Worlds to Independence Day. But Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, author of the new book Enlightenment Now, argues that highly developed civilizations tend toward peace and tolerance, and that advanced aliens are much more likely to be friendly. “I think it’s not […]

WIRED: ‘Dr. Strangelove’ Is Basically a Documentary

Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr. Strangelove is a black comedy that ends with the world being completely destroyed in a nuclear war. Many aspects of the film might seem absurd, but according to Daniel Ellsberg, who worked as a nuclear war planner in the 1960s, it’s actually pretty close to reality. “That was a documentary,” […]

WIRED: Don’t Do Drugs and Watch ‘Annihilation’

The new movie Annihilation is based on a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, but fans of the book may be startled by just how dramatically the film departs from its source material. But writer Andrew Willett thinks it does a fantastic job of capturing the book’s unsettling atmosphere even as it alters virtually every plot point. […]