WIRED December 2017

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reaction time

IN OUR OCTOBER ISSUE, Brian Raftery wrote about the making of Blade Runner 2049’s gritty, rain-soaked dystopia. Fans responded with adoration and a surprising (OK, not so surprising) depth of knowledge about the props we featured. Jessica Bruder’s dispatch about the CamperForce, nomadic retirees who flock to Amazon warehouses each fall, drew readers who hailed it as a tale of resilience and others who were horrified by the retirees’ working conditions. Michelle Dean dissected the complex backstory of the fact-checking site Snopes—stoking an ongoing conversation about truth and its gatekeepers in America today. @WIRED / MAIL@WIRED.COM Re: “Meet the CamperForce: Inside the grueling, nomadic lives of Amazon’s RV-dwelling retiree army” “THIS IS THE MODERN VERSION OF THE GRAPES OF WRATH.” maltboy1 on WIRED.com “This is all of our futures, I think.” Nate Larson (@natelarson) on Twitter “We…

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team falcon

DOING THE KESSEL RUN in less than 12 parsecs is an amazing feat. So is assembling a 7,500-piece Lego version of the starship that did it. To build the model for our annual gift guide (Wish List, page 51), we enlisted about 20 staff volunteers (and a few kids) to build the Danish toy giant’s new plastic-brick Millennium Falcon. Four days, 400 pages of instructions, and a Death Star’s worth of candy later, construction of the legendary fighter was complete. “When the last piece was locked into place, we played the Star Wars theme,” says WIRED gear fellow Jordan McMahon. “It felt like we were part of something I’ve loved since I was a kid.” Watch a time-lapse video of the process at tinyurl.com/wired-millenniumfalcon. THE MOST COMMON PIECE IN THE SET:…

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reenter the matrix provocations of a virtual reality juggernaut

JARON LANIER may not have sired the term virtual reality—that honor generally goes to French playwright Antonin Artaud in 1938—but he’s one hell of a father figure. As the founder of legendary VR company VPL Research, he both popularized the term and helped create most of the enduring icons of early VR, from The Lawnmower Man’s snazzy headset and gear to the ill-fated Nintendo Power Glove. Now, 25 years after stepping away from the VR field, Lanier has reentered the alternate universe he so famously evangelized. His new book, Dawn of the New Everything, is part coming- of-age chronicle (he lived with his father in a DIY geodesic dome), part swinging Silicon Valley memoir (rich anecdotes from his time at VPL), and it’s stuffed with enough fantastical soothsaying to fill…

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on-demand storage services

ATTENTION, KONDO WANNABES WITH KARDASHIAN HABITS: A new crop of startups is peddling concierge services for your junk. In June, VC firms including GV and Sequoia Capital invested $64 million in Clutter, an on-demand storage service that comes to your home to photograph, barcode, and catalog your stuff, then hauls it to remote storage facilities. (Closet plans start at $59 per month; any item can be returned to your doorstep within 48 hours.) Comparable stuff-wrangling startups are also drawing VC interest: This spring, MakeSpace closed a $30 million Series C round by 8VC, and Trove, cofounded by former Uber exec Michael Pao, secured $8 million from Greylock Partners. As the number of renters rises— Freddie Mac estimates millions of homeowning baby boomers will downsize to become renters by 2020—and cities…

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the rock bottom

Dwayne Johnson belongs to the world, the whole of it. His bald pate reflects goodness, goodwill, and the sun. His biceps, big as puppy heads, are better at cradling than at smashing. One arch of that People’s Eyebrow could reroute a North Korean nuke. And now he’s starring in December’s Jumanji reboot. Sorry, WHAAAT?! My childhood was—like yours— laced with fear, wanting, and a growing sense of magic lost. I read and reread Chris Van Allsburg’s Jumanji, about a brother and sister who play a board game that brings their moves (and some jungle animals) to life, and in it I glimpsed the whimsy-killing nature of the adult world. Even the overproduced 1995 film was tinged with an Allsburgian regret, which Robin Williams, as a boy sucked into the game…

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evil incarnate generating snoke

1. Map Morris and team positioned 50-plus high-res cameras everywhere— from high above to directly on Andy Serkis’ face—to create a digital clone of the sensor-speckled actor in real time. “As Andy gives his performance,” Morris says, “we’re automatically building animation curves for his top lip curling, the amount of smile, his brow creasing.” 2. Render It would take up to 24 hours of rendering time per image to work with a more detailed version of Snoke at this stage of production, so animators relied on this low-resolution render to watch Snoke (and not Serkis) move through playbacks. Meanwhile, the creature effects department was sculpting intricate physical models of Snoke’s sunken face and bony hand, which would eventually get digitized and mapped onto the wireframe of Serkis’ movements. 3. Enliven “A face like Snoke’s is…