WIRED June 2020

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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2 min.
totally wired

Well, friends, here we are, in what they call interesting/crazy/insane times. Here I am, at least; you have your own Here. A There! Yet one blurs into the other—your There contains (metaphysically as well as orthographically) my Here, which can be everywhere. Confused? Welcome to my wonderful life. Is it a lonely life? Isolated? Without colleagues, friends, kinfolk, skinfolk? Never. While I love my toys, Ripley is, and has always been, a person of the people. Ask my quantum trivia team, my space-ska band (Skarthur C. Clarke for life), or my niece Sheniece. But lean closer—careful, don’t bump your head—and I’ll tell you a secret, from one Here to another: All of these relationships, these pastimes and pursuits and pleasures, take place at what’s come to be called—somewhat regrettably—a “social distance.” Distant?…

3 min.
rants and raves

We Have One Earth For the April issue, we devoted the entire magazine to the other crisis of our time: climate change. In its pages, Mary Annaïse Heglar summoned each of us to collective climate action; Adam Rogers pedaled through San Francisco with the head of the city’s transportation office; Samanth Subramanian followed the cargo shipping industry’s attempt to get off sludge-like heavy fuel oil; Virginia Heffernan wrote about the anthropological endeavors of Impossible Burgers; Emma Marris visited California farms in an effort to separate GMO fact from hype; and readers responded. Readers share their optimism, skepticism, and tales of green living: When people talk of conservation, going electric, carbon taxes, they ignore the much bigger fact that the world needs 5 times to 10 times the current power produced to eliminate slums…

7 min.
metaphors matter

Vibrating, near-hallucinatory, the Manú National Park in Peru is among the most biodiverse places on earth. Just about every one of the park’s 4.3 million acres, where the Tropical Andes meet the Amazon Basin, seethes with raw biology—at least 1,300 species of butterflies and 650 of beetles; numberless white-lipped peccaries, tufted capuchins, green anacondas, turquoise tanagers. Flora and fauna to infinity. It’s also the zoomed-out version of a landscape closer to hand: the one that runs up our noses and through our twisted guts. What human flesh lacks in jaguars, it makes up for in microorganisms of every stripe: 10 to 100 trillion swarming creatures, thousands of distinct species of bacteria, viruses, fungi, archaea, and protozoa, which means our bodies at any given minute may contain tens of millions of…

7 min.
we are all stars now

Did you find yourself, over these last fascinating and upsetting weeks, always on camera? Attending meetings and social gatherings, pitches and parties, over videoconference? Toasting into the void? I had to construct a little studio, building a tower of books and mounting lights on top to get the backdrop right. I hate the moment when you enter the call and it shows you all alone in your corner. In that instant I see only my lopsided jaw and splotchy nose, a meaty jug of disappointment, mirrored back at me. Then again it’s the only face on hand. You can’t order a new face on Amazon. You can’t even get a new webcam; everything is sold out. Way before video calls, I was a freelancer, in a one-room apartment. I worked…

4 min.
no code, no problem

Dani Bell was a British copywriter who hankered for her own marketing startup. Like many founders today, though, she faced a roadblock. She couldn’t code. Normally, an entrepreneur in that situation would need to spend money, and maybe even raise it, to hire developers. But Bell did something different: She bolted together software from various online services. Bell used a point-and-click tool called Webflow to build her site and a client-management tool to let customers order services. Airtable, an online spreadsheet, let her store details about each job. And she glued many of these pieces together by cleverly using Zapier, a service that uses if-then logic to let one online app trigger another. (Whenever Bell creates a new task for one of her contractors, for example, Zapier automatically generates a…

1 min.
angry nerd

NOT YOUR DAD’S APOCALYPSE The shock itself is shocking. Shouldn’t we have been more prepared for the end of the world? Culture has been drenched in catastrophe porn for decades. The Day After Tomorrow. 28 Days Later. The Road. Children of Men. Zombieland. I Am Legend. World War Z. Though the heroes of these movies—straight boymen with nuclear families to defend—are cut off from the rest of society, part of the fantasy is relief: Marauding biker gangs in bondage gear might want to murder you for half a tank of diesel and a sandwich, but at least you don’t have to worry about your credit history anymore. Or your college debt. Or your neighbors. Well, exactly none of that infantile psychology predicted the reality of Covid-19. For one thing, the world…