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WIRED July 2017

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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going the distance

TO CAPTURE NIKE’S EFFORT to help runners do what no human has done before—cover 26.2 miles in less than two hours—photographer Cait Oppermann embarked on her own marathon of sorts. She logged some 39,000 miles for “1:59:59” (page 84) and our ongoing web series (wired.com/nike2hour), traveling from the high tech testing grounds of Nike’s Sport Research Lab near Portland, Oregon, to the dirt running tracks of Eldoret, Kenya, with a stop in New York before finishing up in Monza, Italy. In Kenya, Oppermann rode strapped to the back of an ATV, mouth covered to block the dirt, trying to keep up with the runners. “As the sun was rising, this beautiful red dirt was flying everywhere,” she says. “The photography was about using the sun and being in nature, the…

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take the wheel self-driving cars must connect with humans

IN 2012 the engineers working on Google’s self-driving car realized they had a problem. Early testers had agreed to always watch the road in case of emergencies, but many didn’t—and it put them at serious risk. This is what’s known as the handoff problem: how to alert and engage the distracted human when the computer falters. Google’s solution? Bypass the issue by building a vehicle that operates entirely on its own. ¶ Over the next few years, several other makers of self-driving cars, companies like Ford, General Motors, and Volvo, de- emphasized or abandoned their efforts to crack the handoff problem, mirroring Google in their quest to go full robo. That’s why, in 2017, we’re closer than ever to being chauffeured around by machines, perfect drivers who won’t bother us…

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magnificent obsession a cult auteur’s netflix debut

SNOWPIERCER Bong’s splashy English-language debut is being developed into a TNT pilot. 2013 MOTHER A woman tries to prove her son innocent of murder in this Hitchcockian thriller. 2009 THE HOST A family does battle against one very pissed-off amphibious monster. 2006 MEMORIES OF MURDER This taut police procedural is based on a real Korean serial-killing case. 2003 BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE A dark comedy about a jobless academic turned dog killer. For completists only. 2000 WHO: Bong Joon-ho, 47, director NOW: Reuniting with Snowpiercer’s Tilda Swinton on the Netflix original movie Okja NEXT: The Korean-language Parasite. Don’t let the title fool you, Bong says: “It’s not like a John Carpenter sci-fi film.” SIX FEATURES into his career, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has made what he calls his “very first love story.” And for Netflix, no less. But Bong being Bong—Snowpiercer was a batshit postapocalyptic thriller set aboard a globe-…

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spawn of bitcoin blockchain-fueled startups

BITCOIN WAS HAILED as the digital currency of a utopian future, but, at least in the US, few people use it. (At Overstock.com, the first major retailer to accept bitcoin, it accounts for less than 0.1 percent of sales.) What is taking off, however, is the tech underlying bitcoin. Called the blockchain, it’s an online ledger for a virtually endless chain of transactions, or “blocks,” stored across a worldwide network of computers. Using cryptography, a blockchain verifies, records, and protects the integrity of those transactions, without answering to a government, bank, or company. Separate from bitcoin, it’s being used to create businesses that look like nothing we’ve seen before. Augur PREDICTION MARKETS At Augur people bet on the outcome of events—sports, stock offerings, elections. Because it runs on a blockchain, it spans borders,…

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the large hadron collider an oral history

FRÉDÉRICK BORDRY: People are always afraid of new research. That’s why they thought we’d collapse the whole universe when we started the machine. MIKE LAMONT: We took the black hole concerns quite seriously, going through the physics of it and debunking the case. But all of those theories also raised public awareness—and pressure—as we prepared to start up for the first time. We’d done tests where we sent particles from one sector to another, and when September 10, 2008, came around, we were confident we could start up one beam and have it go all the way around the machine. ROLF HEUER: The way it works is, when the machine starts up, you circulate one beam first, and then you circulate a second one, and only then can you start to have…

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the grand iopera steve jobs, ultimate diva

STEVE JOBS WAS A VISIONARY, perfectionist, tyrant, and genius. Now the late technologist is something new: a baritone. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, an original opus by Pulitzer Prize–winning librettist Mark Campbell and DJ-slashcomposer Mason Bates, premieres at the Santa Fe Opera in July. “Too often people think of opera as this stupid old European art form that has nothing to do with our lives,” Campbell says. In fact, Jobs’ story is just as torrid as anything in Carmen or La Traviata— unchecked ambition, fickle love, rivalry, betrayal, death, and redemption. The Silicon Valley saga gets a wonky boost from Bates’ electronic score, punctuated by clicks from a Macintosh Plus. Bravissimo, tech bros! The Apple Ensemble Match the libretto excerpt to the character who sings it. 1. Steve Jobs BARITONE 2. Laurene Powell Jobs Steve’s wife MEZZO-SOPRANO 3.…

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