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WIRED October 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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prop master

DAN WINTERS is not a replicant. Our chief photographer knows this because, to capture Ryan Gosling for our cover story on the new Blade Runner (page 76), he built a DIY Voight-Kampff machine—that Philip K. Dick invention for identifying corporate creations who are more human than human—along with all the other sets and props. He also produced the images for “Black Market” (page 106), about the heist of thousands of pounds of polysilicon, the substance used to make pretty much every microchip on the planet. Winters couldn’t have done it without associate photo editor Ruby Goldberg, who called half a dozen companies in three countries to get the material for him to shoot. Eventually she struck, uh, polysilicon, when a couple of them agreed to send her 5 pounds of…

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role reversal

IN OUR AUGUST ISSUE, the stories that got the most attention confronted issues of masculinity and femininity. In “Bots at Work,” Laurie Penny explored how automation will disproportionately affect men’s jobs, pushing them into professions that are traditionally female. And “The Unbreakable Lexi Alexander” profifiled the director, a martial artist turned Oscar nominee who’s the only woman to direct a Marvel adaptation. The future, it seems, is about being brave enough to try something difffferent, whether that’s men doing more teaching and caregiving or women kicking some serious ass. Re: “Bots at Work”: Men will lose the most jobs. That’s OK. “ROBOTS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP AND SMASHING THE PATRIARCHY ” Molly Ginsberg on Facebook “If traditional work for men is becoming obsolete, that’s not a problem for men; it’s a problem for…

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the #freebassel effect don’t give up. online activism is still powerful.

RECENTLY I LEARNED, along with the rest of the world, the heartbreaking news that my friend and colleague Bassel Khartabil was dead—and in fact had been dead for two years. He was secretly executed by the Syrian government after having been imprisoned since 2012. While those of us in Bassel’s global community of friends held out hope that the free culture advocate would eventually return home safely, his covert murder at the hands of the Assad regime was a scenario many of us had long feared. We kept these thoughts to ourselves, though, as if sharing them might make the worstcase possibility more possible. Instead, we focused on doing what we could to honor Bassel, motivated by the faint hope that by creating attention, we might free our friend. Or, if…

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x-ray visionary looking for life

WHO: Abigail Allwood, astrobiologist IDOL: Naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough PRODUCTIVITY HACK: Oil painting. “It engages the other half of my brain, which is therapeutic.” UNLIKELY HOBBY: “My husband and I are growing a rain forest on a 101-acre farm in Queensland.” LAST BOOK READ: The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert ABIGAIL ALLWOOD is a translator. But instead of reading ancient texts, she reads ancient rocks, and for the past decade, the Australian astrobiologist has been exploring the most remote wilderness on earth in search of microscopic fingerprints of life. She uses a tool called the PIXL, which she invented as a postdoc: It fires a hair’s-width x-ray beam at a rock. That energy stirs up the atoms on the surface, which then shoot back their own distinct x-rays. Combined, those x-rays create finely detailed maps of the rock, potentially…

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call off the search

In the beginning, web search sucked. Stacks of spam, flashing banner ads, results nobody asked for. So when, like the cosmogonic deities of lore, mighty Googlers burst forth from the digital heavens to weave order out of chaos, the web rejoiced. Lo, the white space; behold, the quality-based rankings. Then these gods, capricious that they were, took it all away. Welcome to the new-age dark age. In 2017, my thumbs bleed from scrolling through the ads, the YouTube videos, the “related” searches, and all the other random crap Google crams above the actual results because it’s just so damn confident in its creepy monitoring of my daily existence that it thinks it knows what I want better than I do. You know what I don’t want? A dump of news…

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body double

Eyes The fake corpse’s eyes have tiny screens, so the pupils can dilate in response to light or trauma. Lungs A compressor under the table draws air in and out. Doctors can practice tracheotomies and intubations. Limbs To simulate a seizure, pneumatic actuators in the legs and arms create jerking motions. Joints More than 600 muscles are sutured to the cadaver’s 206 bones, and every joint is movable. Materials SynDaver’s polymers range in texture from rigidly skeletal to slimily liverlike. Circulation Each body contains 50 feet of veins and arteries; valves restrict the flow of (fake) blood during shock. Heart An electric pump provides a realistic pulse, while a heater warms up the fluids to body temperature. Add-Ons Diseases on demand! SynDaver can afflict the body with specific pathologies—a pancreatic tumor, say. AT THE SYNDAVER FACTORY in Tampa, Florida, mad scientists are bringing bodies to life.…