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From the creative minds behind WIRED, the recognised authority on the future, THE WIRED WORLD IN 2013 is a new annual trend report that covers a broad range of topics across eight sections; from science to arts, politics to medicine and culture to the environment. With over 100 articles by associates from the far reaches of the WIRED network, this is an invaluable guide to the year ahead for the knowledge-hungry.

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Conde Nast Publications Ltd

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GREG WILLIAMS “We commission some of the sharpest minds in our network to reveal their thoughts on the coming year – and we’re always excited to see if they’ll prove to be right,” says Williams, editor of THE WIRED WORLD IN 2017. “Our contributors are predicting the rise of bespoke digital realms in VR; that white-collar jobs will come under threat from AI; and that connected cities will enable us to re-imagine travel, jobs and housing. We’ve had a pretty high hit rate in previous issues, so hopefully we’ll give readers a sense of what they can expect over the next 12 months.” ARATI PRABHAKAR The director of Darpa writes about the changing humancomputer relationship: “The connection between us and our machines will become seamless, launching a human and technical transformation – and posing…

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from the editor

EVERY MONTH IN THE MAGAZINE, EVERY FEW weeks on our event stages, every day on the website, WIRED brings the future to life. But what really excites our team is this annual opportunity to take stock, do some heavy thinking and commit ourselves to identifying the trends and ideas that will be significant in the year ahead. For five years, our guide to the WIRED world has tapped into the wisdom of our extended community to determine the innovators, the buzzwords and the significant behaviour changes that we’ll look back on as important to have discovered early. So jump in to our 2017 edition and join us in exploring the future as it happens. Inside you’ll read about radical new approaches to education and the workplace. You’ll learn about “post-reality” –…

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can’t wait for ai to take control? try the human services cloud

EDEN SHOCHAT – is a partner at Aleph VC, in Tel Aviv. He co-founded face.com in 2009 ADVANCES IN DEEP LEARNING HAVE LED ELON Musk and others to start preparing for the AI apocalypse. And indeed, by feeding terabytes into neural networks, computers are now able to understand voices, recognise faces and sift through data with unprecedented accuracy. And yet, advances in so-called unsupervised learning – which finds the structure or relationships in data inputs without training in the way that a child learns from experience – are almost non-existent. In recent years, Yann LeCun of Facebook, Geoffrey Hinton of Google and Yoshua Bengio from the University of Montreal have made significant advances in machine learning through their use of deep neural networks and other learning techniques. For example, Yaniv Taigman, one…

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robotics will transform the world, one sector at a time

BORIS SOFMAN – is CEO and co-founder of robotics company Anki TEN YEARS AGO, I WAS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF the PhD programme in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. We were surrounded by incredible technologies spanning diverse areas of robotics and artificial intelligence. The potential of these technologies was incredible, but up to that point, the focus had been overwhelmingly on applications in areas such as defence, space, manufacturing or pure research. Despite the limitless potential, little of these technologies was making its way into consumer products and our daily lives. A lot has changed in the past decade. Then, top autonomous driving research was funded almost exclusively by Darpa and other government agencies, and although largescale autonomous cars have always been one of the dreams of robotics researchers, we would have…

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the dawn of professional services by algorithms

WHEN I WERE A LAD, WATCHING THE NEWS ON THE telly, waiting to be allowed to use the set to plug in my ZX Spectrum, I’d be told to concentrate on the stories from the nearby towns: car workers being laid off as robots took their jobs. Stay in school, son, and get into a profession. A degree and a place in a management trainee scheme was the preferred route. Don’t make things, be a knowledge worker, I’d be told. The future isn’t (one word, Benjamin) plastics. Not goods, but services. Information is the new oil. Bits, not atoms, the most valuable of commodities. And that’s pretty much how it turned out. Today, around 80 per cent of the UK’s economy is services. In 2015, the latest figures show, the UK…

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listen up: augmented reality has turned aural

ROWLAND MANTHORPE – is associate editor at WIRED. He co-wrote the book Confidence (Bloomsbury) MUSIC IS A JOY – UNTIL YOU START LEARNING HOW to play it. Then it can be difficult and demoralising. Unless, that is, you practise with Amped, an app that algorithmically transforms bum notes into tuneful ones. Created by Finnish-Swedish startup Zoundio, Amped deconstructs harmony and chord structure to blend users’ playing with existing tracks. The first instrument it’s designed for is the electric guitar. Plug in, follow the lessons, and even if the reality is hesitant or jarring, it sounds good through your headphones. Amped is an example of aural – not visual – augmented reality (AR). Mistakes on Amped aren’t erased completely; when you miss a beat or a chord, you’ll hear a discordant note. But because…