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WIRED November 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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exploring frontiers with the president

EDITOR IN CHIEF@SDADICHI’LL ADMIT THAT working on this is suekicked up a few West Wing fantasies for me. Yes, every time the WIRED team and I visited the real West Wing for meetings, I took selfies. The White House Mess–branded disposable coffee cup? I saved one. I peeked into the Oval.But more seriously, my trips got me thinking about our country’s founders. Silicon Valley likes to think it is big on technological “disruption.” But those nation-builders really were upturning everything, using the most cutting-edge, radical technology and ideas of the time—a postal service, a census, electricity, representative democracy, inherent human rights, free speech, a free press. They took all that and built something fundamentally new. They were WIRED’s kind of people: innovators.I became editor of WIRED just after President Obama’s…

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contributors

CHRISTOPHER ANDERSONIn 1999 Anderson was traveling on a boat full of Haitian refugees when it began to sink. The resulting images, published in The New York Times Magazine, won him new renown and the Robert Cap a Gold Medal. The Magnum photographer now focuses on portraiture, but until this issue he had never photographed the commander in chief. Planning the shoot was intense (the Secret Service wanted to know how many clicks his camera would make), but photographing President Obama was “strangely natural,” Anderson says. “He is so present in our everyday life that I almost felt I knew him when he walked into the room.”LAURENE POWELL JOBSPowell Jobs is president of the social-justice nonprofit Emerson Collective and cofounder of College Track, an organization that helps kids in underserved communities…

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now is the greatest time to be alive

2 4 .11FRONTI ERSPHOTOGRAPH BYCHRISTOPHER ANDERSONmy favorite movie of last year was The Martian. Of course, I’m predisposed to love any movie where Americans defy the odds and inspire the world. But what really grabbed me about the film is that it shows how humans—through our ingenuity, our commitment to fact and reason, and ultimately our faith in each other—can science the heck out of just about any problem. ¶ I’m a guy who grew up watching Star Trek—and I’d be lying if I said that show didn’t have at least some small influence on my worldview. What I loved about it was its optimism, the fundamental belief at its core that the people on this planet, for all our varied backgrounds and outward differences, could come together to build…

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the presidential library

01.The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln02.Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, by Taylor Branch03.The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, by Robert A. Caro04.The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin05.Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American, by Richard S. Ted low06.Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari07.Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman08.In Dubious Battle, by John Steinbeck09.Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo10.The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth KolbertOBAMA’S PLAYLIST FOR STAYING FIT:01.“Let’s Get It Started,” Black Eyed Peas 02.“Sinnerman,” Nina Simone 03.“If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” Sting 04.“Live It Up,” the Isley Brothers 05.“Emergency,” Icona Pop 06.“Perro Loco,” Forro in the Dark 07.“Get Me…

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a startup on the inside

Despite an Internet ban, inmates benefit from real-world coding experience.AT SAN QUENTIN State Prison in California, inmates are barred from using the Internet, and many have been serving time since before smartphones existed. But a new project offers a chance to take part in the tech transformations they might otherwise have missed. The Last Mile Works is a full-fledged web development shop where inmates help build apps and other software for everyone from tiny startups to established companies like Airbnb. The men in the program make $16.77 an hour—not much by Silicon Valley standards. But the real goal is to help them land jobs once they’re out. ¶ San Quentin’s dev shop is the brainchild of Chris Redlitz, a venture capitalist who founded the Last Mile as a nonprofit in…

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not-so-gray matter

White MatterTracts of white matter transport information between different sections of the brain. Researchers at the Human Connectome Project traced the movement of cells along these pathways, finding that the architecture isn’t just random spaghetti: Fiber bundles largely run left to right (red), back to front (green), or top to bottom (blue).NeuronsIn the past it was hard to tell if a neuron would amplify electrical messages or tamp them down. The Allen Institute for Brain Science zapped cells in a mouse’s visual cortex and recorded their output, mapping loud messages (white) and weaker (yellow) or inhibited ones (red).SynapseA single synapse can’t tell you anything about how the whole brain works, but understanding just one neuronal junction can help you understand patterns in the activity of all 100 trillion synapses in…

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