WIRED UK March 2017

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
6 期号



LAURIE WINKLESS For Ideas Bank, physicist Winkless looks at the science behind traffic jams. Will they get any better in the future? “Technology will smooth out the rougher edges – but getting driverless and human-operated cars to coexist peacefully won’t be easy.” JOÃO MEDEIROS WIRED’s science editor reveals how Guardant Health plans to transform cancer treatment. “Its liquid biopsy is a huge step towards early diagnosis of cancer across the board. Add to that the ability to track its genomics and we’ll be able to increase the efficacy of treatment.” CLIVE THOMPSON In this issue, the author of Smarter Than You Think examines the tricky battle against fake news on social media. “Waging war on disinformation isn’t easy,” says the US-based writer, “because not everyone agrees on what disinformation is.” EMMA BRYCE In R&D, WIRED regular Bryce…

making wired

CREATE A SPLASH IN THE LINE OF DUTY One occupational hazard of shooting a fire engine in action is the chance that you’re going to get wet. So when London based photographer Charlie Surbey captured the Rosenbauer Panther, he knew the risks. So, how did it go? “I got soaked. I wanted to get a front-on shot and thought I was out of range – but unfortunately I was also downwind.” RISKY BUSINESS HUMANITY’S LAST HOPE When shooting the X-risk teams responsible for accessing various threats to humanity (above, right), Nick Wilson (above left) found a location befitting their esteemed status. “The Great Hall at Clare College is an inspiring place,” he says. “Hopefully it will be around for many years to come – perhaps due to the work of these future thinkers. They were…

the wired universe

MAGAZINE DRIVING ROUND IN CIRCLES An email from Andrez Choma: “Perhaps the utopian vision of the future of transport in The Big Question (WIRED 01.17) will come true for Champagne-and-caviar CEOs, but for most of us this will not be the lived experience. The real future of transport in the UK is one of congestion, overcrowding and discomfort. The need is for an integrated strategy, commercialised – but non-profit – investment management, automation and focus on maximum benefits to users, rather than vanity projects, and less let-them-eat-cake-ism.” INSTAGRAM THE FUTURE, ONE FRAME AT A TIME Showcasing the very best in still life, portrait photography, product picks, World-beating architecture and amazing landscapes, WIRED’s Instagram feed is your one-stop destination for visual stimulation in 2017. Sign up and get inspired: follow us at @wireduk WEEKENDER YOUR FRIDAY WIRED DIGEST Need…

from the editor

Jaan Tallinn is a thoughtful, engaged sort of entrepreneur – an accomplished Estonian physicist who helped found Skype and Kazaa, and went on to fund success stories such as DeepMind. But ask him what’s on his mind, as I did at a friendly Pictet event in Geneva last September, and you’ll become caught up in his concerns about existential threats to humanity from rogue AIs, asteroid strikes and viral contagions. Small talk it wasn’t. But listening to Tallinn – not least his concerns about AI risks – I felt grateful that people such as him were weighing these heavy burdens for the rest of us. Indeed, it made me want to know more about who these people are, what dystopian scenarios they’re planning for and how one typically starts one’s day…

iceland’s glacial meltdown

Savour the beauty of this ice cave, because it may not be around for much longer. The structure is underneath the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier in Iceland. Formed by a sub-glacial river, it consists of natural features that are threatened by rising global temperatures. Glaciologists are monitoring the glacier, which spans 17 square kilometres in southeast Iceland, to measure the harmful effects of carbon emissions. Teams from the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Met Office have developed a mass-balance measurement, which involves tracking the amount of snowfall in winter and the volume of melting ice in summer. The data is worrying: “Since 1995, every year except one has displayed negative mass balance,” says Thorsteinn Thorsteinsson, 56, a glaciologist at the office. “In 2016, it’s negative again.” If trends continue, melting glaciers could cause…

the human in google assistant

ACCORDING TO NUMBER 13 IN Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling, characters must have opinions: “Passive/malleable might seem likeable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.” But what if that character is a robot? That’s what the author of the rules, Emma Coats, has been exploring as she works to give Google its new personality. Coats, 31, writes the dialogue for Google Assistant, the chatty digital helper the company is using to turn search queries into conversations. Unveiled in messaging app Allo in September 2016, then extended to the Pixel and Amazon Echo rival Home the following month, Assistant is intended to be the character at the core of Google’s products – its AI-powered answer to Siri. But a character requires a personality. That’s what Coats (pictured), who joined…