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RANTS AND RAVES
Everybody Hurts • Why is it so hard to believe in other people’s suffering?
The Great Escape • Finally had it with Facebook? Here’s now to navigate the byzantine process of deleting your account for good.
READOUT • The world, quantified.
DEAR CLOUD SUPPORT: Am I Stuck in a Groove?
WISH LIST 2021 • 30 stimulating gift ideas for all the best people in your life.
Amazon’s Dark Secret • Data scattered everywhere. Internal voyeurs. Sabotaged accounts. Backdoor schemes. For years, the retail giant has been keeping something from you: It’s handled your information much less carefully than it handles your packages. A special report from Reveal and WIRED.
THE FUTURE OF REALITY • FROM THE MATRIX TO THE METAVERSE AND BEYOND.
MATRIX REVOLUTIONARY • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II isn’t just the new Morpheus. He’s the future of Hollywood.
THE MATRIX IS THE BEST HACKER MOVIE • How the Wachowskis invented the ultimate cyber superhero.
THE MATRIX OF MATRICES • They interpenetrate our existence and warp our realities. From physical to spiritual, some matrices are more escapable than others. Enter here.
THE FUTURE OF CYBERPUNK • In the 20th century, the genre imagined the body modifications and protective streetwear that could save us from our own future. Now it needs to envision humanity anew.
AN ADVENTURE IN FAKE NEWS…
… THAT TURNED OUT TO BE FAKE
ALL IN YOUR HEAD • Is it technologically possible for a digital reality to be jacked into your brain? Researchers are getting there——very, very slowly.
MEETING TRANSCRIPT: SIMULATION NEXT STEPS
THE CITY AND THE CITY • Where The Matrix foresaw a distinction between digital and physical reality, modern cities are merging them, and not necessarily in a good way.
JOHN HANKE WANTS TO DISTURB THE METAVERSE • Mark Zuckerberg might aim to build an all-immersive digital matrix, sure, but what the Niantic CEO plans to do is take reality and make it better.
WE’RE ALREADY LIVING IN THE METAVERSE • It’s a rebrand of Big Tech’s increasing power and reach. And it’s made for companies, not people.
TRAVELS IN HYPER OBJECTIVITY • You know about climate change. But you don’t understand it. Not really. It’s too big, too complex. The philosopher Timothy Morton can help——if you’re ready to have your reality blown apart.
LOST IN SPACE • Alternate realities are within sight. To experience them, just free your mind.
WELCOME TO (SYNTHETIC) MEATSPACE • Reactor-grown nuggets, human-edited genetic code, and new mRNA technologies could change our relationship to life itself.
ALL PUNKED UP • When two Canadian developers launched an online art project called CryptoPunks, they had no idea they’d end up in the rarefied world of million-dollar art auctions——or spark an ultrahyped, NFT-fueled cultural juggernaut.
THEN PROVE TO ME YOU’RE HUMAN.