Wired magazine selects 20 visionaries every year for their annual “Next List” — men and woman who are bringing the future to your doorstep. This year’s visionaries include people who are 3-D printing sneakers and the women shaping the personality of Amazon’s robot assistant, Alexa.
CBS News contributor and Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson joined “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to talk about some of the people on this year’s list.
“We went to all of our reporters and said, who is the most interesting person working in your field? Who’s doing something that really matters but who we haven’t probably heard of yet? Came up with a big list, made it a small list,” Thompson said of the process that went into making the list.
Manu Prakash, founder of Foldscope Instruments, developed a $0.20 centrifuge inspired by a spinning toy that can diagnose diseases.
“What I love about him is he’s taking technology and bringing it all over the world,” Thompson said.
Gerd Manz is the vice president of the future team at Adidas where he oversees technology innovation and is developing automated 3-D printing for sneakers.
“Adidas is making entirely robot factory so you can have your shoes much more custom, built much more quickly and it’s a huge experimentation in robotic engineering,” Thompson said.
Eighteen-year-old Steve Lacy is a musician who has produced for artists Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.
“He’s making music for people like Kendrick Lamar just on his iPhone,” Thompson said. “And the music is good. That’s the other thing, if we didn’t like his music, Steve Lacy’s off the list.”
Leslie Miley is the west coast president of Venture for America. Miley wants Silicon Valley to share its astronomical wealth with the rest of the country.
“It would be good for those cities and it would be good for Silicon Valley if it had a much more diverse set of places where it’s operating, where people can come up and then also where influence and ideas can spread around the…