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WIRED is the Magazine for smart, intellectually curious people who need and want to know what’s next. WIRED will always deliver stimulating and compelling content and stunning design and photography. If you want an inside track to the future, then WIRED is your magazine.


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THE ECHO CHAMBER • Artist May Safwat’s project uses the likeness of whistleblower Edward Snowden, and he’s not just a pretty face – her facsimile can stop your home assistant from snooping…

WE CAN ALL SAY IT WITH FEELING • Emojis are an essential aspect of modern communication – now designers are making them more inclusive, so everyone gets heard

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN ENSURE BEAUTY IS FOR EVERYBODY • Atima Lui is using AI to bring the full spectrum of skin tones to the makeup counter – and her tech could make inclusivity the default

KEEPING TECH FIRMS IN LINE BY SPEAKING THEIR LANGUAGE • As the EU Commissioner for its internal market, Thierry Breton is in charge of writing digital policy to rein in the technology giants, from search to social – and because he’s a former insider, they actually listen

THE ISS: 20 IN 2020 • The manned space laboratory finally gets ready for its close-up – just in time for decommissioning

THE SMALL TOWN THAT LEVELLED UP • Royal Leamington Spa is the hidden jewel in the UK games industry crown – studios in the “Silicon Spa” have been producing hits since the days of the ZX Spectrum, and now it’s serving as a model for regional investment

THE NEW ARMOUR IN PANGOLIN DEFENCE • Pangolins’ unique appearance makes them a prized ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine – and has put them on the endangered list. Isoscape tracking could help to stop their slaughter at the source

SCIENCE’S SUPERHERO • When Marvel filmmakers need some smarts to save the day, they call British theoretical physicist Clifford Johnson

WIRED insider • Events, new products and promotions Compiled by Jake Pummintr

SCIENCE SHOULD NEVER BELIVE ITS OWN HYPE • Getting people excited about new discoveries is important – but not at the cost of real research

SAMPLES REMIXED • AI and a smart microscope are tackling a crucial part of the fertility equation – men’s sperm count

Celebrate the past, drink to the future • A single-malt revolution in Seattle is elevating whisky making with an approach that values craft and tradition – but with a disruptive spin

Explore Vienna with an expert in your pocket • Tourists in the Austrian capital have a high-tech companion to help them get the most out their visit: meet ivie, the app that knows the city inside out

OVER THE MOON • Sorry, Disney – Netflix is ready to launch its own animated features, and it’s aiming high

Make change • What organisations can do to champion workplace diversity

Five reasons why diverse companies are more successful

What is the future of distributed work? • Emerging technologies will transform remote working in the years to come, and Dropbox could unite them seamlessly

Rethinking the office • Working from home has exposed the failings of soulless workplaces. Employees need creative spaces that actually work for human beings

DESIRED • The very best technology and lifestyle essentials in WIRED’s world

Thrown off the scent • How luxury perfume brands are tackling a counterfeiting boom.

The wine box • For aficionados with serious investment bottles, Unger Weine’s high-tech Bavarian bunker has room for thousands upon thousands of the rarest vintages – all stored in perfect conditions

Global solutions take root in Abu Dhabi • Abu Dhabi’s deserts are blooming, thanks to agtech pioneers taking advantage of an environment that...