WIRED UK November 2017

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6 期号


creating wired

Light fantastic Photographer Christoffer Rudquist immersed himself in digital-art collective teamLab’s visual installations for this issue, and what he witnessed proved illuminating: “They say order comes from chaos – but, in the case of teamLab, one could say the reverse,” he says. “My camera has brought me to many places and I’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot of things. But when I saw teamLab’s world, I just stopped thinking. If meditation could be visualised, then this was it. TeamLab truly honours the spirit of creativity.” The long haul Fratelli Reifer’s huge and heavy MIZU table was driven from Italy to London for this issue. It then took several members of staff to lug and unpack it for shooting (our very pregnant picture editor was given a pass). Now, how do we…

fixing corporate culture with a system reboot

While we were finalising this issue of WIRED, Uber announced the appointment a new CEO. Dara Khosrowshahi, the former boss of Expedia, has taken on the task of salvaging the reputation of the ride-sharing company and aspiring fraternity. Uber has been mired in scandals over the past few years and is positioned as the pre-eminent exemplar of the strategic bind that many technology companies endure: to dominate a market, it’s necessary to provide services at a loss. Uber towers above the competition across the world, but it does so at a cost to investors – $2 billion (£1.5bn) in 2016 and more than $645 million in the second quarter of 2017. Yes, the technology company that’s cited as one of the most transformational startups of the mobile era is losing as…

beauty is in the eye...

This isn’t a starspangled galaxy, but a flattened mouse retina. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego are using the component to trial gene therapies for degenerative eye disease glaucoma. The glowing yellow points are ganglion cells that have been targeted with a harmless virus, so they can be used as a carrier to deposit normal genes into the cells, replacing defective, diseasecausing ones. “Gene expression was broadly distributed in the whole retina, suggesting this genedelivery system could effectively cover all parts of retinal ganglion cells,” says Wonkyu Ju, co-author of the “Cell Death and Disease” paper, published in August 2015. Based on this success, the scientists will be trialling other candidate genes to enhance the eye’s defences against glaucoma – which is the second-biggest cause of blindness globally. It…

apps vs oppression

Firuzeh Mahmoudi didn’t mean to start a human-rights movement. It was June 20, 2009, and in Berkeley, California, the American-Irani, who left Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, watched on social media as tens of thousands of reformist Iranians protested on the streets of Tehran at what they saw as a rigged election. On the outskirts of the rally, a dark-haired young woman strolled in the crowd when gunfire suddenly rang out. As video of the incident went viral, the world saw Ned? ?gh?-Solt?n die of a chest wound. “It broke my heart,” says Mahmoudi, 46. “So I decided to do something.” Mahmoudi was determined to organise a global day of rallies in support of Iran’s protesters. She took an extra week’s holiday from her job at the UN, where she…

toxic states of america

Internet rule number one: never read below-the-line comments. People are not always their best selves there. To find out exactly how bad the bad behaviour is, WIRED partnered with Disqus, an online commenting platform, to quantify the problem. Co-founder Daniel Ha says toxic posts have been an issue from day one, and he sees it as a human problem, not a technological one. “It’s never really going to go away,” he says. The company analysed 92 million comments over a 16-month period, written by almost two million authors on more than 7,000 forums that use the software. (So sites such as Infowars and the Wirecutter are included, but Facebook and Twitter are not.) The numbers reveal everything from the trolliest time of day to the nastiest state in the union. PRIME TROLL…

how zéfal bottled it

The design of a cyclist’s water bottle – the bidon – has barely changed in nearly a century. “It’s always difficult to find a new or innovative design,” says Aurélien Brunet, managing director of Zéfal, “because they need to fit in a bottle cage.” Undeterred, the world’s oldest manufacturer of bicycle components has set its sights on overhauling not only the bidon’s form, but also its taste and smell. First founded in Paris in the 1880s as a bicycle-pump business, Zéfal invented the now well-known Presta valve. In 1938 the company relocated to the Loire Valley. It was here in the 70s that its product range began to expand. Zéfal sponsors professional cycling teams such as Cofidis, FDJ and AG2R, which is where water bottles are most crucial – each team…