WIRED UK January - February 2017

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RICHARD PRICE The founder and CEO of Academia.edu writes in R&D on the need to improve peer review of scientific research. “For a given paper, we should be asking every academic who reads it what they thought – not just the two peer reviewers,” he says. “And the system should provide credit to academics for sharing code, data and other materials.” ARATI PRABHAKAR The director of DARPA writes about the next technological frontier – the fusion of human consciousness and machine capability. “What’s drawing us forward is the lure of solutions to previously intractable problems, of enhancements to our inborn abilities,” she says. “But it raises questions about who we are and what we want to be.” LAURENCE SCOTT The author of The Four-Dimensional Human writes in Ideas Bank on how misogyny has migrated to…

making wired

WHITE CARGO TRAINING DAY Greg White headed to Liverpool to photograph the UK Border Force – the enforcement command that uncovered a record £500m haul of cocaine. “The first challenge was finding their office,” says White. “They don’t put their name or number on the door, for obvious reasons. I thought shooting on their training ship must have been like the real-life drug bust – up against the clock in tough conditions.” THE NEW FRONTIER AI’S REALM OF THE SENSES Maciek Jasik’s atmospheric photographic style brings an air of intrigue to his portrait of DARPA director Arati Prabhakar (above). “I got talking with Arati about how AI has fostered debate on what makes us human, and how it might broaden our sensory experience,” he says. “This led to the creative direction for the photographs –…

the wired universe

WIRED.CO.UK THE FUTURE OF INVESTIGATION This month, wired.co.uk’s Matthew Reynolds takes a forensic look at how crimes of the near future will be solved. A bunch of new innovations are being used to ensure the right person is convicted. Among them: the 3D modelling of footprints as evidence; speech-recognition technology that could reconstruct conversations captured on silent CCTV footage; and VR headsets that enable jurors to explore virtual crime scenes. WIRED approves – but these developments will make CSI seem as dated as Midsomer Murders… Read more on wired.co.uk UNDO Yves Béhar is the founder of design studio fuseproject and the co-founder of August, and not as stated in issue 10.16…

from the editor

Three years ago, at a Wyoming tech gathering boldly titled the Internet Cowboys Un-Conference (to be fair, they’ve since added “Cowgirls”), I got talking to an energised LA VC called Dovi Frances about his investment in videostreaming company YouNow. It was early for live video, but his startup was growing fast with content that appealed particularly to a younger demographic. But what struck me, as a connoisseur of “professionally” curated media, was that YouNow had no editors or programmers. It was a network where anyone with a smartphone could live-stream their life, building an audience with live chat and perhaps tip-money just by mastering engagement. YouNow, by now streaming 50,000 hours of amateur video each day, under topics ranging from #makeup to #bored, was an early signal of a cultural shift…

moore’s metropolis

To see Moore’s law in action, you have get extra close to the central processing unit (CPU). This tiny 32-bit Motorola 68030, with 273,000 transistors – each with data caches of 256 bytes – was captured by Miamibased photographer Christoph Morlinghaus for his Computerwelt series. “It’s possible to cram so much information and components on to such a small object,” says Morlinghaus, “it’s like an aerial view of a city.” To expose the workings of the onesquare-centimetre chip, Morlinghaus opened the microprocessor by melting the welding material before placing it 2.5cm away from his camera. Each transistor – shown here as the densely packed blocks that make up the “roofs” of the cityscape – is only one millimetre in diameter, so getting them in focus wasn’t easy. “Nobody has taken photographs…

a new wave of energy

NNA BRAVERMAN IS CAPTURING THE OCEAN’S UNTAPPED ENERGY. Her Tel Aviv-based firm Eco Wave Power makes floats that attach to coastal infrastructure to harvest wave power and convert it into electricity. In May 2016, the company launched a commercial grid-connected plant: eight units attached to a jetty in Gibraltar. Next is a 50-megawatt project in China – “which for wave energy is huge,” says Braverman, 30. Eco Wave Power’s floats are attached to quays and jetties via flexible arms. As ocean swells move in, the floats’ rising and sinking motion creates intense pressure that’s harnessed by hydraulic cylinders and transmitted via subsea cables to land, where it spins a generator to create electricity. Wave power creates energy more efficiently than solar or wind, explains Braverman (pictured), who co-founded the company in…