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Grégoire Chamayou

Aerial view of the Burning Man festival (Black Rock City, NV, August 29, 2014) captured via a satellite operated by DigitalGlobe, a major provider of satellite imagery whose clients include the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Photo: DigitalGlobe/GeoEye-1.

THIS YEAR, LIKE EVERY OTHER YEAR, brought a crop of indispensable new gadgets, all of which will soon be dispensed with and replaced by newer, more stylish, and equally short-lived objects of consumers’ desire. In September, Apple unveiled its latest must-have weapon in the never-ending fight to vanquish disorder, to manage information, to stay thin in an “obesogenic environment,” to stay on top of things: the Apple Watch, which pairs the functions of a smartphone with those of a “sports bracelet.” It takes your pulse, counts your steps, and measures your pace, while future versions will observe your sleep cycles and possibly monitor your glucose levels, too. Based on these body archives, it can make recommendations for you, set goals for you. The device makes it possible to pay for purchases with a movement of your wrist, gets you oriented, lets you communicate via something

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