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RANTS AND RAVES • In the May issue, Lauren Goode wrote about how social platforms wouldn’t let her forget the wedding she’d called off. On wired.com and in this issue (page 70), Seema Yasmin recounts a couple’s quest to identify their son’s rare disease, even as doctors dismissed their hunches. Also on wired.com, Jesse Jarnow dug into new AI software that remixes and upgrades, or “upmixes,” vintage music.
Muonstruck • To model the universe as precisely as possible is to try to see the one thing that even the strictest atheist agrees is immortal.
Where’s My Jetpack Insurance? • We tend to predict the future through our own narrow lens—and we’re always wrong. True vision lies in seeing connections.
Do Not Track • The unlikely survival—and success—of DuckDuckGo suggests a way to escape surveillance capitalism.
READOUT • The world, quantified.
WHAT THE BEAUTY EXPERTS WANT NOW
Remote Control • As robots take on more challenging work, a growing industry is giving them a helping (human) hand.
Hire Calling • At Ava DuVernay’s Array film collective, coder Dee Tuck is on a mission to help Hollywood find a diverse workforce.
Thought Experiment • Facebook wants to improve human-computer interactions—by getting access to a whole new level of personal data.
WIRED RECOMMENDS • The latest picks from our reviews team.
DEAR CLOUD SUPPORT: Does a Robot Get to Be the Boss of Me? • I’m disturbed by the fact that law enforcement agencies are increasingly using robots for neutralizing threats, surveillance, and hostage situations. Maybe I’ve just seen RoboCop too many times, but I’m wary of machines making crucial, life-or-death decisions—especially given how often actual human officers abuse their authority. Do I have any kind of moral obligation to obey a police robot? —SUSPECT
SACRED COMMANDMENT FALSE IDOL • HERE'S THE TRUE STORY OF SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT.
Soft-Serve Hardball • Secret codes. Private investigators. Betrayal. How one couple built a device to fix the notoriously broken ice cream machines at McDonald’s—and how the fast-food giant froze them out.
NO ONE COULD DENY THAT TIMOTHY WAS SICK. • He was a sweet-natured 10-year-old one day and a disturbed, obsessive stranger the next. But when doctors can’t agree on the cause of an illness, what happens to the patient?
EXPOSED • A family-run psychotherapy startup grew into a health care giant. Then a hacker started posting patients’ most intimate secrets on the internet. What happened at Vastaamo?
A GIGANTICAL TALE OF LAFFERVESCENT GENIUS • Nobody has heard of the sci-fi writer R. A. LAFFERTY—except for all your favorite sci-f i writers.
IN SIX WORDS, WRITE A REVIEW OF A FUTURE WORK OF ART: IT TICKLED ALL OF MY SENSES.
“WE ARE DESIGNING THE FUTURE IN MICHIGAN.”