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WIRED April 2016

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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Some of Haser’s origami photos take up to 24 hours to produce.To illustrate Susie McKinnon’s inability to attach emotions to her own personal history (“In a Perpetual Present,” page 84), wired commissioned images from fine-art photographer Alma Haser, who sometimes incorporates origami to create poignant, complex portraits. Haser cast three models to represent McKinnon. “Finding three women who looked similar but at vastly different ages was a challenge,” Haser says. “I asked a lot of friends and friends of friends.” She succeeded, and after photographing the models individually at her small studio in the south of England, Haser printed one large portrait and up to 90 smaller images of each woman. Then she meticulously folded the smaller photos into shapes inspired by kusudama origami. Next she placed the origami figure…

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pied pipers of social media

Sure, we did five covers, but we all know who the funniest four guys are. (PORTRAIT BY STANLEY CHOW)W ork with me for a second: Brian Raftery’s piece on the side gigs of the stars of the television show Silicon Valley (page 66) and Brendan Koerner’s take on how jihadist group ISIS uses social media (page 76) are in some ways the same story. ¶ Both explain how a small group of radicals, cut off from the mainstream, has leveraged the power of digital connectivity. A terrifying band of killers and a pack of edgy comedians both interpreted the obstacles to their goals as a sort of censorship— whether in the form of military efforts to end their gruesome atrocities or the admittedly more prosaic difficulties in getting a prestigious,…

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bolt from the blue

COMING SOON: ELECTRIC CARS that can travel 200 miles on a charge. In the February issue, Alex Davies reported that General Motors, under the leadership of CEO Mary Barra, will beat Tesla chief Elon Musk in the race to build a true long-range electric car when it debuts the Chevy Bolt later this year (“Power Play,” issue 24.02). And yes, we were just as surprised by Chevy’s supremacy as many of you. “Richly ironic,” Davies wrote, for a company that went bankrupt just seven years ago and killed its own electric vehicles twice before. But it’s proof that even a century-old dog can pull off a spectacular new trick.Re: “Power Play” “GM HAS AN IMPRESSIVE TEAM, AND MARY BARRA IS AN IMPRESSIVE LEADER.” Ari Jaaksi (@jaaksi) on TwitterRe: “Power Play”“The…

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no escape the complicated reality of virtual reality

AT THE RISK of being ridiculed bywired readers of 2076, who will no doubt happen upon this essay courtesy of their Neuro-Viz’s “Back in My Day” function, it’s worth saying that our gadgets have never been more attractive. Between user interface design, user experience design, and I guess what you’d call design design, our most forward-looking devices are also the best looking and the easiest to use. Our phones are our computers are our stereos are our brushed slivers of heaven. God, even thermostats are gorgeous. Everything is seamless and wireless and frictionless and painless. But do you know what needs to be all those things, more than anything—and isn’t? Virtual reality. ¶ VR, as we’ve all been hearing for four years now, is the very manifestation of that promise.…

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call me anything startup names make no sense

SILICON VALLEY, you’ve lost your mind. Your company names are made-up garbage nonsense! Ever heard of Kabbage? Yes, that’s a real name—for a company that offers small-business loans online. Does the name make a lick of sense? Absolutely not. Then there’s Sprinklr. We won’t bore you with what it does, but we will tell you it doesn’t sprinkl anything. And the less said about MuleSoft, the better. Here’s a list of some of the most valuable startups in the world (in no particular order). Each is worth at least $1 billion. OK, we made one of them up—a fake unicorn, if you will, in a forest of real unicorns. But with ridiculous names like these, we bet you won’t be able to find it.**It’s Snapdeal. Not! That’s worth $5 billion.…

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rules of amusement keanu ’s comedy keys

The brilliance of Key & Peele’s sketch comedy lay in its absurdist handling of themes that others wouldn’t touch. But in Keanu, out in April, cowriters Alex Rubens and Jordan Peele, both of K&P, had to expand that signature style to an engaging two-hour movie. When we asked Rubens to distill his comedy writing experience, he gave us these key (and Peele) takeaways. Comedy Needs Drama: Rubens points to “pursuing delight” as the guiding principle behind both K&P and Keanu—but delight depends on seriousness. “In order to get a laugh,” he says, “there needs to be a turn.” Tear It Up: Rubens describes both Jordan Peele and Community’s Dan Harmon as capable of “looking at something that’s working and saying, ‘We have to start over.’ That’s sometimes terrifying and maddening,…

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