WIRED UK April 2017

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6 期号


the wired universe

WIRED VIDEO FUTURE CITIES: SEASON TWO Following our Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware documentary series, WIRED video is thrilled to announce its follow-up, Holy Land: Startup Nations. With the most tech startups and venture capital per capita in the world, Israel has long been hailed as a startup hotspot. Our new four-part video series will look beyond Tel Aviv’s vibrant tech epicentre to the wider Holy Land region: the Palestinian territories, where a parallel story is emerging in east Jerusalem, Ramallah and the West Bank; and the Israeli cybersecurity hub of Beersheba. We will learn how the fertile innovation ecosystem of Silicon Wadi has evolved as a result of its unique political, geographical and cultural position and explore the challenges – and solutions – the innovators are facing. To watch, visit…


MATT REYNOLDS Matt Reynolds was tasked with finding out who WIRED’s heroes consider worthy of our 2017 Smart List. So who would Matt nominate? “Samantha Payne, co-founder of Open Bionics, is using 3D printing to make inexpensive but advanced prosthetic limbs. She’s fantastic.” EMILY PECK Emily Peck had the, err, pleasure, of feeding back the findings of “Jenny and Pete”, our anonymous sex-toy testers, in this issue. “It wasn’t hard to find willing testers,” she says. “These toys have stylish packaging, luxury design and smart capabilities. And anyway, everyone loves a gadget!” OLIVIA SOLON In our R&D section, San Franciscobased writer Olivia Solon wrote about immunotherapy as a tool to fight cancer. “I’m optimistic,” she says. “It’s unlikely to be a silver bullet, but it’s starting to look like an important weapon in an oncologist’s…

from the editor

We launched WIRED eight years ago with a mission: to celebrate the innovators, the rule-breakers, the fresh thinkers who were reshaping art, commerce, health – and every sector being shaken up by digital networks. We found ourselves constantly energised and inspired by the people we got to meet: the Oxford scientists who built a genesequencing machine in a USB stick; the Swiss adventurer who planned to circumnavigate the planet in a solar-powered aircraft; the former PayPal exec who told us he intended to send humans to Mars. Unrealistic, improbable, crazy – but each one a beacon of optimism, a manifestation of potential to change the world for the better, reclaiming a sense of purpose in a culture that has so often been polluted by cynics. Alas, the cynics appear on the…

just try living here

CAN LIFE DEVELOP IN THE most extreme conditions on Earth? A team of scientists from France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) are trying to find out. It has led the first scientific expedition into the Dallol salt dome in the Danakil Desert in northern Ethiopia. At 128 metres below sea level, the site sits on a two-kilometre-thick layer of salt, the remains of an evaporated arm of the Red Sea, under which lies an active magma chamber. “There is a very acidic pH and very high salinity around the dome,” says CNRS research director Purificación López-García. “It’s 50 per cent salt, almost twice the Dead Sea’s concentration.” Liquids can reach 118°C, and geysers spit toxic gases and hot springs bubble with acid. The international team of microbiologists, geologists and crystallographers…

filmed by the crowd

BT SPORT FEEDS FAN REACTION TO PUNDITS ON LIVE TV. BBC News broadcasts responses to the European referendum. Body Shop collects footage from beauty consultants. What links these videos? London-based startup Seenit, which lets companies crowdsource their smartphone footage – so they can find film without a crew. “I knew the amount of time, resources and effort that go into production,” says founder Emily Forbes (pictured). “I realised I could pull footage from experts but with no budget or equipment.” Forbes, 29, a former documentary maker and producer, was shooting a film about rhino conservation protesters in South Africa in 2012 when she got the idea for Seenit. “I got to film the crowd, but everyone was already capturing it on their own devices,” she says. Forbes began manually collecting clips…

robots moved your cheese

GONE ARE THE DAYS OF MILK MAIDS ON STOOLS. At the 56,000-square-metre Arla factory in Taulov, Denmark, cheese production is moving towards complete automation – even when it comes to milking the cows. “The biggest challenge is to keep the variation small within the process,” explains senior director Jørgen Greve. “About 70 per cent is automated.” Once a robot arm has milked the cows, Arla analyses samples for protein and fat content. It is also given a (human) taste test. “Even the truck drivers are trained to check the milk is OK before they pump it in,” says Greve. At this point, the milk contains too much bacteria to be safely consumed. At the factory, a temperature-controlled vat heats the milk to 72°C in 15 seconds to remove bacteria, before a…