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WIRED January 2018

The Wired mission is to tell the world something they've never heard before in a way they've never seen before. It's about turning new ideas into everyday reality. It's about seeding our community of influencers with the ideas that will shape and transform our collective future. Wired readers want to know how technology is changing the world, and they're interested in big, relevant ideas, even if those ideas challenge their assumptions—or blow their minds.

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ANDREA DICENZO is an experienced conflict zone photographer, but her assignment for “The Terror-Industrial Complex” (page 60) posed a unique challenge: getting lethally close to live ISIS munitions. Embedding with arms investigators in northern Iraq, the Erbil-based photographer traveled deep into territory only recently wrested from the Islamic State, where the team found a makeshift weapons factory filled with dozens of mortars, rockets, and bomblets. “They were absolutely terrifying,” DiCenzo says, “but it’s much better than having munitions hurled at you, which was the case when I was covering the Mosul offensive.” She let the more seasoned arms specialists handle the explosives before she photographed them. In “You Are a Number” (page 48), Pulitzer Prize finalist Mara Hvistendahl explores how a Chinese tech giant is monitoring people’s behavior and assigning a…

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android dreams

FOR OUR NOVEMBER cover story, writer Alex Mar meditated on roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro’s eerily lifelike androids. Adam Fisher traveled to Paris to catch up on famed technologist Tony Fadell’s plot to get back at Silicon Valley. Virginia Heffernan challenged Mark Zuckerberg to take responsibility for his creation. And Richard Conniff took a look at illegal logging in Peru—and shed light on a frustratingly opaque black market that has dire environmental consequences. Readers responded: Re: “Payback Time: Tony Fadell created the iPod and Nest, then lost control of them. His next project could be his most ambitious yet: taking on Silicon Valley itself.” “HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A FADELL SCORNED BY SILICON VALLEY (TWICE). GREAT READ.” Max Pike (@mack_spike) on Twitter Re: “Invisible Forest: For years, timber barons in the Amazon have sent lumber…

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live long and prosper tech’s immortalists will help us all stay healthy

IN EARLY 1954, POPE PIUS XII summoned a venerable Swiss quack named Paul Niehans to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo. The pontiff was nauseated with gastritis, fatigued by his 77 years, and loath to meet his maker. So he had Niehans administer an antiaging treatment called cell therapy, which would become sought after by midcentury celebrities, artists, and politicians. Fetal cells were taken from a pregnant sheep and injected into the scrawny pope. Over time, Pius received a series of shots. The Holy Patient felt rejuvenated; Niehans was appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in thanks. But if the treatments worked at all, it wasn’t for long: Pius died four years later. Niehans’ Clinique La Prairie is still in business, charging tens of thousands of dollars for its weeklong “revitalization…

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best of times the science of when

SCHEDULE SURGERIES, earnings calls, and therapy appointments before noon. Score the biggest bucks by switching jobs every three to five years. The ideal age to get hitched (and avoid divorce): 32. In his new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel Pink scours psychological, biological, and economic studies to explore what he calls the overlooked dimension. “Timing exerts an incredible effect on what we do and how we do it,” he says. Now that the science of “when” is finally getting its due, Pink shares some temporal hacks to optimize your life. Snag the first shift. Mood and energy levels follow predictable circadian rhythms based on our genetically predisposed chronotype. The average person’s mood bottoms out approximately seven hours after waking, between 2 and 4 pm. That’s when the…

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how i fight valley prejudice

▸ Imagine you’re a black woman pitching a startup. You look different. You talk different. A table of white investors has never seen someone who looks like you and who’s been successful before. All these things are working against you. Do you let that stop you, or do you just say so what? ▸ That’s what I train entrepreneurs of color to think about. When I first got to Silicon Valley, I was just like them. My idea of pitching was basically Shark Tank. Then I met with Mitch and Freada, at Kapor Capital, and we sat around a table, just having a conversation. They invested in my ed-tech startup and eventually hired me to help founders make their companies more inclusive. I’ve navigated this world from multiple angles. I’ve had…

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designs within robotic reach the droid optimized home

ROBOTS CAN WALK, talk, run a hotel … and are entirely stumped by a doorknob. Or a mailbox. Or a dirty bathtub—zzzzt, dead. Sure, the SpotMini, a doglike domestic helper from Boston Dynamics, can climb stairs, but it struggles to reliably hand over a can of soda. That’s why some roboticists think the field needs to flip its perspective. “There are two approaches to building robots,” says Maya Cakmak, a researcher at the University of Washington. “Make the robot more humanlike to handle the environment, or design the environment to make it a better fit for the robot.” Cakmak pursues the latter, and to do that, she studies so-called universal design—the ways in which buildings and products are constructed for older people or those with disabilities. Robot can’t handle the…

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