Wired Magazine has announced that President Obama will guest-edit the magazine for the November issue. Other guest-editors have included Bill Gates, Serena Williams, and Christopher Nolan. President Obama will be the first President to guest-edit Wired or any magazine, according to Wired.
President Obama’s issue will focus on the topic of the future. According to Wired, that includes “personal frontiers, from precision medicine to human performance; local frontiers, including using data in urban planning and making sure renewable energy works for everyone; national frontiers, from civil rights to medical data; international frontiers, like climate change and cybersecurity; and final frontiers, including space travel and Artificial Intelligence.”
“When the Founders wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, they were at the bleeding edge of Enlightenment philosophy and technology,” editor-in-chief Scott Dadich said.
“Franklin was talking about crazy stuff like electricity and communications networks. Paine gave up the copyright to Common Sense so it could get wider publication. Jefferson was radically rethinking design and land use. We want to wrestle with the idea of how today’s technology can influence political leadership. And who better to help us explore these ideas than President Obama?”
The White House will host a Frontiers Conference with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh in conjunction with the event.
Wired was also in the headlines recently as the magazine endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) for the Presidency, the first time the magazine has endorsed for the office. The headline of the piece was “Wired Endorses Optimism.” Optimism is also a word that came up with the article about President Obama, “Like Wired, our 44th president is a relentless optimist.”