WIRED UK June 2017

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creating wired

Mission accomplished LA-based photographer Gregg Segal flew to Bangalore to shoot Team Indus as it prepares its Google Lunar XPRIZE launch: “Before I arrived, I was told there was a jungle across the street, which would be an interesting backdrop to the shoot. On arrival, however, there was no jungle – just a busy street – but the hastily erected Moon backdrop, with its missing panel revealing some jungle-ish plants, worked well. I was impressed with the team; they were gracious, open and accommodating. I’ll be rooting for them.” Social’s seasonal shoot Ilka & Franz (above) took a home-spun approach to the bright portraits in our socialmedia feature. “We shot Andy in his front room in December, so it was full of decorations,” Ilka says. “We were wedged between a cupboard and the…

we need to secure a free and open internet

At a news conference in Doral, Florida, on July 27, 2016, Donald Trump, then the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, riffed on the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer server and emails deleted by Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said. Less than six months later, a highly classified version of a report ordered by President Obama in December 2016 into potential hacking of the US presidential election was declassified. In it, 17 intelligence agencies, including the CIA, FBI and NSA, assessed that, “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate…

flying fire fighters

AERONAUTICS This scarlet splash is fire retardant: a blend of water, guar gum and a salt called ammonium polyphosphate. Washington state aerial firefighting company Aero-Flite uses the colourful cargo to prevent wildfires from destroying forests. It clings to vegetation around the edge of a fire, so when the trees burn, they produce water instead of flammable gases to help stall progression of the blaze. Mike Lynn, Aero-Flite’s head of flight operations, says the red colour – obtained by adding iron oxide – makes it clear to pilots which areas have already been covered: “It shows up against the green canopy of the trees.” The liquid – seen here being dropped on a Californian forest in 2014 – is harmless for terrestrial life, unless ingested, although it is toxic to fish. Aero-Flite’s fleet comprises five converted…

the brain cartographer

NEURO SCIENCE May-Britt Moser charts the maps made by brains. In 2014, the neuroscientist won a joint Nobel Prize for her work on the 2005 discovery of grid cells, a population of neurons that enables us to understand precisely where we are in space. Based at the Centre for Neural Computation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, she recalls the first time she saw the pattern the cells produce: “I thought, no, this isn’t possible. This isn’t biology – it’s crazy!” What Moser was seeing was the way the cells fire in a grid-like pattern, which creates a neural map of the body’s location. She made the discovery by placing electrodes in rats’ brains, which enabled her to track individual grid cells as the animals moved – each time…

tracked, stacked and packed

Online shopping is easy – but getting those groceries from a warehouse to your front door is a logistical challenge of epic proportions. At Ocado’s warehouse in Dordon, north-east of Birmingham, the complex undertaking is being solved with a combination of AI and automation. “We have to keep track of 8,000 crates flying around at any one time,” says Paul Clarke, the company’s chief technology officer. “It’s the most automated warehouse of its kind.” The 90,000-square-metre warehouse, which opened in February 2013, is the starting point for 190,000 customer deliveries every week. Inside, more than 35 kilometres of conveyor belts shuttle plastic crates between storage shelves and picking areas. Employees then transfer any of the warehouse’s 50,000 items into crates bound for delivery. From the moment an item arrives in the…

the end of globalisation

OPINION Until recently, globalisation was the only show in town. Whether wanted or not, higher levels of economic and social ties were seen as inevitable – a force that could not be stopped. As United Nations’ Secretary- General Kofi Annan put it in 1999: “Globalisation is an irreversible process, not an option.” Then, against expectations, polls and, in many cases, hope, the script changed. January 2017 was when the changes kicked in. President Trump put it baldly: “We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.” Trump dominated the headlines, but the great reversal was already underway. We are entering a period of deglobalisation. The canary in the coal mine for deglobalisation is the scale of trade to global economic activity.…