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WIRED May 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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the faces behind this issue

SEBASTIAN KIM’ portrait subjects have ranged from ballet dancer Misty Copeland and Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to rapper Kendrick Lamar. But shooting Rony Abovitz, founder of the future-bending startup Magic Leap, for this month’s cover required Kim to find a new approach. “Normally I try to capture someone’s personality or expression,” says Kim, whose work has appeared in Time, Vogue, Interview, and GQ. “This was a little different; it needed an element of storytelling and mystery.” To make it look as if Abovitz’s eyes were glowing, Kim and his team created a mask in the precise shape of Abovitz’s glasses, then put the mask in front of a strobe light to project the flash onto his eyes—like a stencil for light. It was a technical process and quite…

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back to the future

IF THERE’S A HUMAN BEING who knows more about virtual reality than Kevin Kelly, I’d sure like to make their acquaintance. Kevin was WIRED’s founding executive editor in 1992 and has long been our Senior Maverick. But he was experimenting with, reporting on, and writing about experiential platforms long before WIRED existed. Which is why Kevin’s was the first number I dialed after visiting the (until now) mysterious startup Magic Leap in suburban South Florida. Who better to write our cover story on Rony Abovitz’s provocative “mixed reality” technology— digital overlays on the real world—than a man who helped define the way WIRED and everyone else think about new media? DADICH: When did you first encounter virtual reality? KELLY: I believe it was in 1989 when I walked into Jaron Lanier’s lab—he…

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ABOVE AND BEYOND WEREN’T WE SUPPOSED to have a Mars colony by now? Easier said, etc. In the March issue, wired’s science writers reported on the 13 greatest challenges to exploring the final frontier (“Boldly Go”). From propulsion and navigation to the hazards of landing—not to mention the fact that space wants to destroy you, body and mind— the problems seem astronomical. “It’s a huge, dangerous, maybe impossible project,” sci-fi author Ann Leckie wrote in the introduction. But scientists are well on their way to conquering these earthly limitations. Each day brings us one small step closer to the stars. Re: “Boldly Go” “SPACE AFICIONADOS, READ THIS. WARNING: MAY CAUSE FANTASIES ABOUT WORKING AT NASA. Emme (@servadei1) on Twitter “I’ve been scarfing up sci-fi books with deep-space themes for a while now, and…

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twitterbots united fake followers could wreck the election

DONALD TRUMP understands minority communities. Just ask Pepe Luis Lopez, Francisco Palma, and Alberto Contreras. These guys are among the candidate’s 7 million Twitter followers, and each tweeted in support of Trump after his victory in the Nevada caucuses earlier this year. The problem is, Pepe, Francisco, and Alberto aren’t people. They’re bots—spam accounts that post autonomously using programmed scripts. ¶ Trump’s rhetoric has alienated much of the Latino electorate, a fastgrowing voting community. And while it’s unclear who’s behind the accounts of Pepe and his digital pals, their tweets succeed in impersonating Latino voters at a time when the real estate mogul needs them most. ¶ Bots tend to have few followers and disappear quickly, dropping propaganda bombs as they go. Or they just sit around and do nothing.…

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depth finder surfacing ancient cities

THE FIRST TIME he uncovered an Egyptian artifact, archaeologist Franck Goddio was at the bottom of the Alexandria harbor. He had excavated 5 feet of muck to find a bench-sized block of red granite, and, as the water cleared, he read the hieroglyphics inscribed on the stone through his scuba mask: “Life Forever.” For Goddio, it was transformative. “A beautiful message from the past,” he says. It was a Raiders of the Lost Ark moment, and it’s not Goddio’s only one. He was an economic adviser to the UN before (metaphorically) climbing out his office window to follow his real passion for underwater archaeology, and since then he has found everything from shipwrecked galleons to a bowl that may make the earliest known reference to Christ. And, guided by the work…

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hot investing tips get in early on the next google

1 Check for credibility. Determine whether a reputable management team is runtal you ning the ports choose to use. Be critical. These portals are brand-new— the first batch will go live this May. 2 Look for what you know and like. Don’t have a clue about law? Steer clear of legal tech. Are you a world-class parent? You may have an advantage in identifying viable parenting upstarts. Products for people rather than businesses may also be a safer bet. “Crowdfunding when works best ws t in people invesn what they know—for example, dentists investing in software for dentists.” —Chris Dixon, partner at Andreessen Horowitz 3 Think different. Be open to ideas and people you wouldn’t expect to see in the tech world. As the platforms evolve, they may develop into the best way to fund things…