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. […]

WIRED: Gadget Lab Podcast: Is AR’s Future in Smart Glasses, or Just Your Phone?

With so many smart glasses showing up as prototypes and, sometimes, as finished consumer products, we have to ask ourselves: Where is this all going? Some say the future of augmented reality is a set of glasses you wear on your head, speaking and gesturing your commands. Others think it’s just your smartphone, which you […]

WIRED: The Universe Is Basically a Hippie’s Pipe Dream

Vandana Singh knows the universe is strange—she’s a physics professor. She’s also a science fiction author who uses the knowledge gleaned from her day job to write stories as bizarre as the universe itself. “I have a one-line ad for a modern physics course I teach which is that ‘The universe is much more like […]