WIRED UK July - August 2017

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6 期号


creating wired

Remembering Yameen Rasheed WIRED was devastated to learn of the recent death of writer and entrepreneurYameen Rasheed. In March, he appeared at our WIRED Health event with his business partner Mohammed Shuraih to pitch at the Sandoz Healthcare HACk, a global competition to promote projects using mobile technology to expand access to healthcare. Their app, Blood Drive, won the competition. A month later, on April 23, Rasheed was stabbed to death, seemingly in a politically motivated attack. In addition to his entrepreneurial projects and a day job as an IT worker at the Maldives Stock Exchange, he ran The Daily Panic, a blog in which he mocked the politics of the Maldives. He called it "Maldives' only news website"a jibe at censorship in the islands. The WIRED community has lost a rising…

celebrating the visionaries changing the world

One of the questions our editors ask before commissioning any story is: why is this WIRED? Timeliness plays a big part in our decisionmaking, as does originality – just because a story has technology at its heart, doesn’t mean it’s imperative that we cover it (but thanks anyway if you’ve sent us a press release about your food-delivery app). From fake news to encrypted messages, technology is at the heart of today’s news cycle, which offers WIRED a broad range of opportunities to help you navigate a fast-changing, complex world. Flipping through the proofs of this issue, it’s clear that a determining factor in choosing the right features is boldness of vision: the person, technology, trend or idea that’s driving meaningful change in our lives. In this issue, there are…

a moment of reflection

This is the world’s most powerful artificial sun. Synlight, a three-storey, 350kW array of 149 conical reflectors enclosing xenon short-arc lamps, can generate light 10,000 times that of the solar radiation at the Earth’s surface. The €3.5 million (£3m) German Aerospace Center project, housed in a protective radiation chamber in Jülich, will explore the production of renewable fuel by extracting hydrogen from water vapour. “Making electricity renewable has already been done,” explains research director Bernhard Hoffschmidt. “But in the future there will be many applications for fuels that cannot be replaced with batteries.” One example is travel. Current battery weight and energy density are incompatible with flight, but hydrogen is light and clean. The array opened in March, and Hoffschmidt hopes it will be a precursor to a system that can amplify…

crowdfunded politics

In Brexit Britain, even the moderates are angry. “We need to get back to fighting,” says Bess Mayhew (pictured). “We have to be militant in our moderation.” Mayhew, 30, is founder and acting CEO of a “tech-driven political startup”. Launched in November 2016, More United raised £274,164 from almost 9,000 donors in a campaign she calls “the largest political crowdfund in history”. Now she’s preparing to use those funds in 2017’s snap general election, by backing candidates from any party who support the group’s “progressive values” of diversity, tolerance – and the ability to win. More United began in the wake of the 2016 EU referendum, as a group of political liberals gathered to bemoan the turn events had taken. “We all felt that we needed to provide a central ballast…

the wired credit report

Dark-web forums and sites are flooded with stolen credit cards. “It’s extremely easy now to sell stolen credit-card informationen masse,” says Nathan Jessop, an analyst at blockchain-intelligence startup Elliptic. To find out how much fraudsters are paying to get their hands on other people’s plastic, Elliptic researched some of the dark web’s largest marketplaces between January and February 2017 – and found a vast trade in illicit Bitcoin transactions. Previously, criminals could pay for illegal items online by using prepaid credit cards, but it was tricky to transfer money without leaving a trail that law enforcements could follow. Now, Jessop says, Bitcoin allows buyers and sellers to make transactions anonymously across borders without waiting for bank transfers. “This is important when you don’t trust anyone,” he explains. “These marketplaces specialise in…

smart nations can’t be willed into existence

Since I arrived in Singapore in 2015, I often get the feeling that I’m living in the future. I cruise through immigration at Changi Airport, scanning my passport and thumb without breaking stride. I surf a 1Gbps fibre connection at home and work from a buzzing co-working space full of startups. Through the Grab ride-hailing app, I can call a Robocar, one of the first public trials to bring self-driving cars directly to consumers. Could this be the Britain of the future? Brexiteers suggest that, outside the regulatory constraints of the EU, the UK could become an international hub for business and innovation – a “Singapore-on-Thames”. The comparison invokes Singapore’s deregulated economic structure, as well as its tech-powered infrastructure. Yet, whereas the model is compelling in theory, on the ground the…