WIRED April 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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meet the new (ish) guy

In 2018, WIRED will turn 25 (that’s 100 in internet years!). And the celebration starts now: In the issues leading up to the big anniversary, we’ll publish oral histories that tell the stories behind the most influential ideas, inventions, and events since 1993. We kick off the party this month with a look back at Funny or Die, the revolutionary comedy site that changed how laughs spread online. WIRED HAS A NEW EDITOR IN CHIEF, but he isn’t new to wired. Nick Thompson first joined the magazine as an editor in 2005. (The job offer arrived the day before he was set to start law school.) During his first term here, he edited stories about faking your own death, fake tech lobbyists, and even fake identities; the last piece turned into…

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trending now

@WIRED / MAIL@WIRED.COM In February we identified 49 trends—from cybersecurity reform to the Snapchat sensation—that will shape 2017 (“What Lies Ahead”). But frankly, our stories are always about what’s just around the corner. Take a profile of Enron trader turned philanthropist John Arnold. His bid to call out iffy research and make data more transparent could change how we do science (“Waging War on Bad Science”). And Minnesota’s risky attempt to reverse terrorism could alter how we do law enforcement. And the right approach to global warming could affect how we continue to exist on this planet. Looks like rapid change is one trend that won’t go away anytime soon. Re: “Waging War on Bad Science” “GREAT ARTICLE. THE ARNOLDS ARE MY NEW HEROES.” HenryT2 on WIRED.com Re: “WagingWar on Bad Science” “Science. The…

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gimme shelter

M MY NEW NOVEL,Walkaway, is about a world where the superrich create immortal life-forms (corporations) so effective at automating away labor that the rest of us become surplus resources. The ensuing battle— over whether humanity will finally, permanently speciate into elite transhumans and teeming, climate-wracked refugees—triggers slaughter and persecution. It’s a utopian novel. ¶ The difference between utopia and dystopia isn’t how well everything runs. It’s about what happens when everything fails. Here in the nonfictional, disastrous world, we’re about to find out which one we live in. ¶ Since Thomas More, utopian projects have focused on describing the perfect state and mapping the route to it. But that’s not an ideology, that’s a daydream. The most perfect society will exist in an imperfect universe, one where the second law of…

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the view masters an annotated map to the youtube stars

OH, YOU’VE NEVER heard of smoshing? Shemurr. The originators of the term, Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, are YouTube idols. Between merch, ads, and sponsorships, intertainers (that’s internet entertainers) have gone from bedroom vloggers to multimillionaires with digital empires. (Though as outcast PewDiePie shows, you’re just one offensive clip—or in his case nine—away from disgrace.) As a fresh stack of YouTuber-penned books hits shelves this year—IISuperwomanII’s How to Be a Bawse, Rachel Ballinger’s 101 Things That Piss Me Off, Ryan Higa’s untitled opus— the platform’s stars are converting cultlike fan followings into cash. Invaluable advice from Tubers’ books The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook, by Rosanna Pansino Tip: “Remember: Never trust an atom … They make up everything!” Binge, by Tyler Oakley Tip: “When life throws a wrench in your plans, catch it and build an Ikea…

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appropriate for all ages tech, meet old people

MY 88-YEAR-OLD grandfather lives alone, can’t drive or do basic chores, and never learned to cook. Half his beachfront home in California sits empty while he runs out of retirement money. This isn’t a tragic tale. It’s a market opportunity—and big-name startups don’t get that. Let’s start with TaskRabbit. Why are its services not available by phone? Seniors would love to pay someone to, oh, pick up their dry cleaning and drop off their snail mail. Then there’s Blue Apron, which for some reason is not peppering my grandpa’s inbox with ads for senior-specific meal plans featuring large-type recipe cards. And you, Airbnb, you are really missing out: People over 60 are, according to your own data, the fastestgrowing host population. So start actively courting these folks! They answer their…

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what’s inside lithium-ion batteries fired up, ready to blow

Lithium Cobalt Oxide To store or release energy in a slim, efficient Li-ion power pack, lithium ions ping-pong between two electrodes: a sheet of lithium cobalt oxide and a sheet of graphite. When you charge your new drone (or smartphone or laptop or hoverboard), electrons flowing in from the outlet help lure lithium ions out of the LiCoO2, which then migrate to the graphite electrode and wait to be released—along with electrons (energy!)— later. Within the Li electrode, cobalt and oxygen form sturdy layers of octahedrons, which keep the molecule from collapsing as ions enter and exit. But at high temperatures that edifice can crumble, contributing to a very combustible situation. Graphite A mineral form of pure carbon, best known as the writey part in pencils. Graphite forms the second electrode, and the…