Obama talks tech as guest editor of Wired

As president of the United States, Barack Obama regularly meets with members of the media. This month, he stands in their shoes as he serves as editor-in-chief for an issue of the popular magazine Wired.

Its regular editors say this is the first time a sitting president has ever edited a magazine.

In the November issue, scheduled to be released online October 18, Obama explores five frontiers for science and technology: the personal, local, national, international and interplanetary.

If you’ve never heard of Wired, check out some articles, along with themes the president is expected to highlight, in the November issue of the magazine:

Design objects with virtual reality

Personal frontiers: How will virtual reality shape the future? Precision medicine and health care are likely to show up.

Will autonomous vehicles end traffic stops?

Local frontiers: The president will look at smart, inclusive ways that innovations strengthen bonds within communities.

Data viz: The U.S. train network

National frontiers: We live in an age of data. What does that mean for the country?

Saving the Arctic

International frontiers: With the landmark Paris climate agreement set to enter into force, the president will examine how science can drive the clean-energy revolution and help countries collaborate to reduce carbon emissions.

‘Dying star insists on being dramatic about it’

Interplanetary frontiers: How are we getting to Mars and beyond?

For Wired‘s actual editor in chief, Scott Dadich, Obama as guest editor makes sense.

“When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, they were at the bleeding edge of Enlightenment philosophy and technology,” he said. “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?”