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HYPER UNREAL • Humans have long had an unrealistic relationship with nature, having developed our outlook through the filter of zoos, safari parks and idealised TV shows. Artist Jim Naughten seeks to disrupt that cosy viewpoint with a series of works that unsettle as much as they inform, in the hope that they can jar us out of complacency
SNACKING ON THE SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS • It tastes, smells and looks like chocolate, but that’s where the similarities end. WNWN Food Labs claims its creation is free from cacao and its associated problems, such as environmental damage, supply chain issues and worker exploitation, and can even be produced in existing factories
URBAN TRENDSPOTTING: THE CITY OF THE FUTURE IS TAKING SHAPE • The global pandemic has given city planners plenty to think about—and an opportunity for change like no other. WIRED rounds up the big and small ideas that are already causing a ripple in concrete jungles around the world
LEVELLING UP FOR BLACK GIRL GAMERS • Jay-Ann Lopez’s Twitch Channel and Facebook group are safe spaces for thousands of women players, while working to push for diversity within games and the gaming industry
BIG TECH’S APPROACH TO AI ISN’T VERY SMART • Technology giants aren’t good at decentralization, diversity or cooperation, but these are key to Artificial General Intelligence
REMAKING HISTORY: FUTURE ART FROM DIGITIZING THE PAST • Technoheritage allows artist Nora Al-Badri to reinterpret museum plunder for today
SPACE-JUNK SPREADERS: WHO’S PUT THE MOST TRASH IN EARTH’S ORBIT? • The space superpowers are taking pot-shots at their old satellites, and while they’re mostly on-target, it’s creating quite a mess up there. WIRED ranks the off-world litterbugs
JOHN HANKE WANTS TO DISTURB THE METAVERSE • Mark Zuckerberg might aim to build an all-immersive digital matrix, but the Niantic CEO has plans to take reality and make it better by mixing pixels and atoms
Bug hunting: how cryptohackers could help defend the blockchain
JIGGLE TO BEAT YOUR CORPORATE OVERLORDS • In the minds of many a CEO, workers are not to be trusted—and mass WFH meant overbearing managers turned to technology such as “bossware” to ensure employees weren’t slacking. Fortunately, technology also has the solution…
ADVENTURES IN FAKE NEWS… • Visiting the town at the heart of the post-fact economy, where the truth can be stranger than fiction
…THAT WERE, IN FACT, FAKE • Visiting the town at the heart of the post-fact economy, where fiction can be stranger than the truth
LOST IN SPACE • Alternate realities are within sight. To experience them, just free your mind.
TRY A HIGH CARBON DIET AND SAVE THE PLANET • Captured atmospheric CO2 could drive a food revolution—just feed it to microbes and turn it into all-purpose protein powder
EV special • Electric vehicles are going to be everywhere in 2022—so how can you distinguish the aces from the also-rans? WIRED got up close and personal to discover the innovations that inspire and the details that delight in the latest crop of EV movers and shakers
PARIS TO DAKAR NO PLUGS REQUIRED • Audi is taking part in the world’s toughest auto race, and has revamped an old technology (combustion engines) to ensure a new one (batteries) can make the journey without pit-stops
Amazon’s Dark Secret
This parent built a school app. Then the city called the cops • Stockholm’s official app was a...