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RANTS AND RAVES
Catfishing, the Hidden History • How the online troublemakers can sometimes—sometimes —set us free.
The Preppie Handbook • If you’re readying for doomsday, I’d be happy to share my methods. Caveat: No gear included.
“Hey, Watcha Working On?” • There are ways to make remote work feel not-so-remote—and they’re not Zoom or Slack. Enter the chatty new world of copresence apps.
READOUT • The world, quantified.
Deploy the Carbon Eaters • Facilities that suck CO2 out of the air could be powerful weapons for fighting climate change. But rolling them out quickly enough would require a massive wartime-scale effort.
Our Natural Networks
Our Sims, Ourselves • Sometimes a game isn’t just a game. It can make you see clearly what you want IRL, and not only in San Myshuno.
The Right Stuff • Tread lightly on the planet with shoes, clothes, and other gear made from upcycled and recycled materials.
WIRED RECOMMENDS • The latest picks from our reviews team.
DEAR CLOUD SUPPORT: Help! I Can’t Stop Staring at My Own Face • I don’t think I’m a particularly vain person, but whenever I’m on a Zoom call, I’m constantly looking at my own face instead of focusing on the other people. I’m not really admiring myself or scrutinizing my appearance. I’m just … looking. What is this doing to my self-image? Should I turn off the self-view to avoid becoming a total narcissist? —SEEN
THE MAN WHO SOLD THE FUTURE • How the shape of artificial intelligence—and the fate of the tech industry—went up for auction in a Lake Tahoe hotel room.
DEAR BIRTH MOTHER
HOW TO REMEMBER A DISASTER WITHOUT BEING SHATTERED BY IT
FLIGHT PATHS • The secret history of the world’s first microprocessor, the F-14 Tomcat, and me.
THE HYPERREAL LIFE • AS CHINA’S SCI-FI AUTHORS ARE ELEVATED TO THE STATUS OF NEW AGE PROPHETS, CHEN QIUFAN’S CAREER—LIKE HIS GENRE’S PLACE IN SOCIETY—HAS GONE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.
THEY WERE IN THE SAME ROOM.