WIRED UK Jul/Aug 2019

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6 期号


creating wired

THE ARCTIC ARMY This issue, photographer Benedict Red grove joins the British and Norwegian military on Nato manoeuvres in Bardufoss, for some Arctic acclimatisation: "I was warned that temperatures could drop to -30°C, so I stuffed my bag full of hand warmers, thermals and woollen socks. But on arrival, it was an unusually balmy 3°C – a reminder, perhaps, of the main reason for our story: the impact of a warming climate on international relations across the Arctic. The Royal Marines on training were equipped for traversing by land, air and fjord, and we pulled off our adventure without any casualties - save for one lost snowshoe, one dropped camera and one pair of very cold feet, thanks to some leaky waders." THE TIMBERLAKE TUMBLE Dur infographic on StockX is full of hits…

security, privacy and surveillance: the balancing act

In our 11.17 issue, WIRED published a feature on China’s social credit rating system. Written by the academic and author of Who Can You Trust?, Rachel Botsman, the piece was a richly researched examination of the methods developed by the Chinese state to rate its citizens via a national trust score. The story detailed ways in which the behaviour of citizens is rewarded and “corrected” through social engineering driven by the concept of “sincerity”. According to the official policy document, “It will forge a public opinion environment where keeping trust is glorious. It will strengthen sincerity in government affairs, commercial sincerity, social sincerity and the construction of judicial credibility.” The Chinese system is yet to be integrated, so government data and that of corporates aren’t aggregated – for now. But it will…

the world’s most pointless upgrade

Welcome to Ashgabat, the capital of the central Asian nation of Turkmenistan, a metropolis notable for three architectural accomplishments. First, it holds the world record for the highest concentration of white marble-clad buildings – in 2013 (the last year for which official records are available), there were 543 in an area of 4.5 million square metres. Second, the city has the highest number of fountain pools in a public space – the Ashgabat Fountain, which sits on the road from the airport to the city, includes 27 synchronised and fully-programmable fountains in an area of about 15 hectares. And third, there is the world’s largest enclosed Ferris wheel – a 47.6m-diameter affair at the Alem Cultural and Entertainment Centre in the south of the city that cost £57m to build.…

clash of the battle royales

A group of players skydive on to an island and fight until a single survivor remains. Sound familiar? “Battle royale” has fast become the go-to video game mode. The most popular in the genre, Fortnite: Battle Royale, has almost 250 million players and earned Epic Games $2.4 billion (£1.8 billion) in 2018 – a record take in gaming history. In February 2019, EA Games joined the fight with Apex Legends, which gained ten million players in 72 hours (it took Fortnite two weeks). Even stalwart mega-franchises such as Call of Duty and Battlefield now include battle royale modes. WIRED tracks the genre’s manoeuvres. Bomberman 1983 Released in 1983 and now owned by Konami, Bomberman was the first game to introduce a “last man standing” multiplayer mode – a key component of battle royale…

winning the race for equality

There are 20 drivers in a Formula One championship. Look at the 2019 line-up and you’ll see competitors from 15 different countries and at varying stages in their career. The youngest, McLaren’s Lando Norris, is just 19; the oldest, Sauber’s Kimi Räikkönen, is 39. But they have one thing in common: they are all men. This isn’t unusual. Only two women have raced in an F1 Grand Prix: Maria Teresa de Filippis in the 1950s and fellow Italian Lella Lombardi in the 1970s. While there have been female development and test drivers in F1 since then, no women have competed in a race for over 40 years. Lombardi remains the only female driver ever to have scored points. A new motor racing series aims to redress the balance. W Series, which…

verified: wikipedia is our unlikely champion in the war on fake news

In March 2018, editors on Wikipedia English noticed that someone had been making odd changes to an article about Maria Butina (shown right), a Russian woman suspected of being an agent of the Kremlin in the United States. (She subsequently pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the US.) A user called Caroline456 had deleted incriminating information about Butina and Alexander Torshin, another Russian national accused of trying to funnel Russian money to the Trump campaign through the National Rifle Association. What set the Wikipedian community’s alarm bells ringing was Caroline456 uploading pictures of Butina that did not appear on the internet. Caroline456 had listed the photos’ copyright status as “own work”, and some users started to think that the editor could be Butina herself. What began as an attempt to source the…