Dispatches From the Hyperlocal Future

Bruce Sterling’s fictional future from last month’s _Wired_, “Dispatches From the Hyperlocal Future,” is pretty interesting in its explorations of a world full to brimming with location-aware network-connected devices. The read, though, is really confusing and seems utterly out of order. I figured out by the time I got through it that the best way to read it is to jump down to the July 10, 2017 entry, read from there to the bottom, then go to the top and keep reading. The dates don’t seem to line up but the connected narrative makes a lot more sense and seems to be in order. I don’t know if it is a structure problem or an editing mistake or what, but something is wonky about the entries as presented.