WIRED UK Mar/Apr 2019

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creating wired

DNA, AI, AR & 3D Creative director Andrew Diprose visits the studio of Robert Del Naja (AKA 3D) for our feature story, Unfinished Symphony: “The place is heaven for anyone who is into graffiti, graphic design or happens to be a huge Massive Attack fan. Everywhere you look you see fantastic art, stencil prints, robots… even a full-size Doctor Who Cyberman. 3D was the perfect host, and my whole shoot crew geeked out on robotics, coding, AR and music production. The mix of bleeding edge DNA technology and old-school spray paint stencil art was mind-blowing. The image above is Del Naja spraying a DNA version of Mezzanine on to analogue vinyl. Very meta.” SCALE BUILDING This issue, photographer Benedict Redgrove tours the latest addition to the UK’s defences, the HMS Prince of Wales:…

‘next big things’ don’t just appear from nowhere

You may not have heard of Bill Gross, but you have been productised by him. The software entrepreneur is responsible for one of the most significant economic models of the internet era. In 1996, Gross founded GoTo.com, a search engine with the tagline “search made simple”. Search engines of the time, like Alta Vista, were strewn with features such as email and weather updates that made even finding a search bar challenging. Besides the cleaner interface, GoTo distinguished itself in another important way – all its search results would be sponsored. Gross’s idea seems obvious today but, at the time, enabling commercial entities to buy keywords and elevating content according to the highest bidder was entirely new. Display advertising wasn’t an original idea – but advertisers competing for eyeballs in real-time…

need muscle? try some real power dressing

Ever felt a bit sluggish getting out of a chair, or tire easily on a hike? What you need is to put on an extra set of muscles. This is the idea behind Menlo Park-based startup Seismic, which has developed a body suit that contains integrated robotics to give the wearer a subtle strength boost around their core. Stand up, and the techno-onsie will read your movements and automatically engage to support your lower back and hips. Previously known as SuperFlex, Seismic was originally spun out of the SRI International research institute in California, where co-founder and CEO Rich Mahoney led the robotics team, including working on a DARPA programme to design lightweight, wearable robotics for military applications. He realised that there could also be a consumer market for a comfortable,…

a spark of genius

The Länsisalmi power substation in southern Finland needed an upgrade – but rather than just installing new equipment, it got a full makeover from architect Bratislav Toskovic, of Helsinki-based Parviainen. “The main inspiration was electricity, and the visual element of light,” he says. “I wanted to convert the concrete structures into glowing lanterns.” To achieve that, he clad the substation’s three buildings with glass panels and lined them with LED lights, which at night transform the complex into a bright beacon. Behind its glass walls, two 400kV transformers work to distribute electricity to 800,000 residents in the cities of Helsinki and Vantaa. As the plant is visible from a highway, Toskovic decided it could also be a landmark. Usually, energy reaches a substation through high-tension trunk lines, which run down…

the wacky self-racer

In a warehouse in Oakland, California, a small crowd watches Will Roscoe tap a phone with his thumb. At his feet, a radio-controlled car starts to move around a racetrack – with no further input from Roscoe. The Frankenvehicle, which has a camera and electronics zip-tied to its top, is called a Donkey Car. Roscoe is no AI expert, but his creation uses neural network software similar to that which Waymo’s street-legal autonomous minivans rely on to perceive the world. The car learns to drive by watching a human steer the vehicle during demonstration runs. A civil engineer by training, in 2016 Roscoe ran for a seat on the board of the Bay Area subway system. He pledged to replace trains with self-driving electric buses, but finished third. Building his own…

inrupt: the plan for the next web

The creator of the internet thinks it’s time for an update. In September 2018, Sir Tim Berners-Lee – the father of the world wide web – launched the startup Inrupt, co-founded with cybersecurity entrepreneur John Bruce, with a mission “to restore rightful ownership of data back to every web user”. Since 2015, Berners-Lee (pictured right) has been working on a new web infrastructure called Solid, which rethinks how web apps store and share personal data. Inrupt aims to drive the development of the Solid platform from an innovative idea to a viable platform for businesses and consumers. “My group in CSAIL [Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory] at MIT had been working on Solid for some years,” Berners-Lee says. “The initial goal of Inrupt is to add the energy and resources…