WIRED UK January - February 2018

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6 期号


creating wired

Music takes centre stage Photographer Chris Crisman captured live-events company Tait Towers at work, and found it a fascinating experience. “In the midst of a stranger-than-fiction year in the US, I often found an escape through music,” says the Philadelphian. “So it felt like an early Christmas present when WIRED asked me to work on a project centred around the music and event production shaman that is Michael Tait. The experience was both exciting and humbling for me and my team. We all left with the feeling that we should attempt to live our lives like this legendary force of nature.” The WIRED Live flash mob Photographer Alex Lake (above left) writes: “Shooting the speakers at WIRED Live a rather chaotic affair. It’s a pile-up of ingenious minds that span gender, age and…

transmitting from london to the wired world

A professor of mathematics, the head of a decacorn gaming empire, the EU Commissioner for Competition, a forensic scientist, the founders of Wikipedia and Skype, a Formula One Champion, Facebook’s head of counterterrorism and the Mayor of London (pictured) walk into a conference centre… sounds like the beginning of a long-winded gag, the punchline of which would, inevitably, be a complex formula. In fact, it’s just a selection of the 90-plus inspirational speakers we were delighted to welcome onstage at WIRED Live, our annual two-day festival, in early November. The team decided to reset the event this year, maintaining a deep bench of keynote speakers – from Firuzeh Mahmoudi, the executive director of human-rights startup United4Iran, to Eleanor Stride, a professor of engineering science at the University of Oxford; Matt Brittin,…

marine life is on the line

Captured here are 4,000 fish, from 40 species, all caught at Chinese fishing ports. The three largest ones in the centre represent the most popular marine species in China, the yellow croaker. Surrounding these are the fish used to feed them. To breed one kilo of yellow croaker, farmers have to feed them 7.15kg of the smaller species, causing havoc with the ecosystem. China’s total marine catch allowance is eight to nine million metric tonnes each year. However, in 2015 this reached 13.14 million metric tonnes. Most of these fish are caught to feed commercial breeds such as the croaker. The visualisation was commissioned by Greenpeace China as part of a campaign to highlight the effects of overfishing. In China, it received more than a million views and sparked debate on social…

the body mapper

The human body contains more than 37 trillion cells – and Sarah Teichmann wants to map them all. She’s the pioneer behind the Human Cell Atlas, an international bid to build a 3D map of all our cells. A catalogue of these foundational units of life would give researchers unparalleled power to understand and treat human disease – “laying a foundation for a new era of precision medicine”, says Teichmann (pictured), head of cellular genetics at the Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK. Since its October 2016 launch, 19 international scientific institutions and 500 scientists have joined the Atlas, collaborating to map the body’s cells, organ by organ. They’re seeking an initial 20 global donors for each tissue type, with research falling into five main areas, including the brain, the immune system…

worrying trends

There’s a place online where UK residents go to confess their fears: faulty goods, debt, unemployment, migration, relationships, legal troubles. This place is the search bar of the Citizens Advice website. To the staff of the charity, the 450,000-plus annual entries provide an ongoing insight into the nation’s day-to-day apprehensions. “We know what the most common worries are at 11pm on a Sunday and what people were most concerned about in the last month,” says Laura Bunt, chief digital officer at Citizens Advice. Since Citizens Advice began tracking search entries three years ago, the most common questions on the site have almost always been about debt, benefits and housing. There are seasonal changes: every year, in January, there’s a spike in people searching for help with debt. But from month to…

the disarming bomb bot

Trundling at a modest 6.5kph, these yellow robots have an important mission: bomb disposal. In September, the Ministry of Defence signed a £55 million contract with Florida-based Harris Robotics for 56 of its T7 robots. From autumn 2018, they will be stored on these shores, in Brighton, ready to be transported to wherever they are needed. Until recently, most bomb-disposal robots operating in the UK were likely to be Wheelbarrows. These American-made models have dominated the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) market since 1972, but despite their sturdy efficiency, they were often slow and hard to handle. “Popular models like the Wheelbarrow Mark 8s were all made years ago and their technology is now obsolete,” says Paul Bosscher, chief engineer at Harris Robotics. So, Harris designed the T7. Like most traditional bomb-disposal…