Can You Guess Who Will Guest-Edit WIRED’s November Issue? It’s President Obama


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President Barack Obama reviews layout boards in the Roosevelt Room with Wired Magazine Editor in Chief Scott Dadich and Editorial Director Rob Capps for the issue he his guest editing. Credit: WIRED
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You might wonder what else can you do after working at the most powerful job in the world? Apparently, you can be a magazine editor!

President Barack Obama will guest edit Wired magazine’s November issue. Although WIRED has had renowned guest-editors over the years including Bill Gates, Christopher Nolan and Serena Williams – it will be the first time that a sitting president will edit a magazine.

President Barack Obama reviews layout boards in the Roosevelt Room with Wired Magazine Editor in Chief Scott Dadich and Editorial Director Rob Capps for the issue he his guest editing. Credit: WIRED
President Barack Obama reviews layout boards in the Roosevelt Room with Wired Magazine Editor in Chief Scott Dadich and Editorial Director Rob Capps for the issue he his guest editing. Credit: WIRED

Wired announced on Tuesday that the issue will revolve around  “the next hurdles that humanity will need to overcome to move forward,” and is expected to come out in October. Robert Capps, Editorial head at WIRED wrote:

“These will include 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.”

The issue will include specific international issues like cybersecurity and climate change and tech topics like space travel and Artificial Intelligence.

Just a few days ago in another announcement, Wired endorsed Hillary Clinton for president marking the first ever endorsement in the tech magazine’s history. The magazine praised Clinton for her support of net neutrality, pledge to improve the Affordable Care Act and make immigration process simpler for people holding a degree in STEM disciplines.

Credits: WIRED twitter
Credits: WIRED twitter

The Obama administration has relatively been more comfortable and supportive of the tech industry that comes under WIRED’s niche. Many of White House staffers under Obama’s tenure have left to join giant tech companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Uber. Additionally, some of the executives from these companies have also taken key tech position at the White House.

Like Clinton, Obama has also previously supported many of the issues highlighted by the tech community in general and Wired in particular like entrepreneurship, easy immigration for skilled people etc. Obama has even remarked that he would like to work as a venture capitalist for sometime after leaving office in January 2017.

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