WIRED UK October 2016

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
6 期号


making wired

AN INSIDE JOB Our Gear interiors special was co-masterminded by product editor Jeremy White and deputy director of photography, Dalia Nassimi. “I make a yearly pilgrimage to Milan’s Salone del Mobile for inspiration,” says Nassimi. “But this year I added Stockholm’s Furniture & Light Fair, and Erik Olovsson’s studio. I also discovered Hopf Nordin (above), whose work is inspired by nature’s algorithms.” COVER COLLABORATION Our cover was photographed by Julian Love, who met superstar architect Bjarke Ingels. “You shouldn’t be too surprised when you employ one of the world’s most imaginative designers and he makes something out of see-though Rubik’s cubes,” says Love of Ingels’s Serpentine Pavilion. “I wanted to capture its gentle curves and brutal symmetry – with Bjarke’s input, I got a great shot.”…


GREG WILLIAMS Our annual report on Europe’s startup capitals is edited by Williams, WIRED’s deputy editor: “It’s genuinely thrilling to spend time learning about a scene that’s changing so rapidly. We want WIRED readers to be first to know about these exciting businesses.” KATHERINE ISBISTER The author of How Games Move Us makes the case for emotional gameplay. “Sixty-nine per cent of Britons play games, yet just ten per cent of players call themselves ‘gamers’,” she says. “The definition of games encompasses experiences far from first-person shooters.” YUVAL NOAH HARARI Is the unquestioning worship of data imperilling humanity? This is the subject of Harari’s new book, Homo Deus. “There’s an emerging market called Dataism,” he writes. “Like capitalism, it began as a neutral theory, but now claims to determine right and wrong.” GREGORI CIVERA Barcelona-based photographer Civera…

the wired universe

PRINT VISIONARY COLLABORATION It’s WIRED’s business to inspire readers with stories about the latest innovators and risk-takers, so when potentially far-reaching connections are made, we couldn’t be more thrilled. Pearse Keane, a clinician at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, happened to read our issue 07.15 piece about Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence team and an idea struck. He contacted DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman (pictured above) to discuss how AI might help analyse digital eye scans and lead to earlier detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration – conditions that aff ect more than 625,000 people in the UK and over 100 million people worldwide. WIRED is thrilled to report that a collaboration is now underway. Though we assume the AI predicted it all along. WIRED.CO.UK REED HASTINGS: CHILLED Recently, wired.co.uk caught…

from the editor

Of all today’s “unicorn” startups, more than a fifth were founded by an entrepreneur with a design background. Tech giants from Facebook to Salesforce.com, meanwhile, are snapping up design studios – even Google, once derided for such human-unfriendly interfaces as Google Wave and Google Plus, is now redoubling its eff orts on such gems as its Arts & Culture app and Inbox. Why, John Maeda, former president of Rhode Island School of Design, has resurfaced as “design partner” at VC firm Kleiner Perkins. His latest #DesignInTech Report for Kleiner draws a bold conclusion. “Design isn’t just about beauty,” he writes. “It’s about market relevance and meaningful results.” That’s why WIRED’s annual design issue is an ever more significant part of our business coverage. Yes, business. Because we’ve moved from an era…

an artist’s algorithm for aerial affinities

Terrapattern finds the parts of cities other maps leave unlabelled. From San Francisco’s empty swimming pools to New York’s seas of shipping containers (right), this search engine for satellite imagery uncovers otherwise invisible urban patterns. Click anywhere on a map of one of the seven cities scanned with Terrapattern, and its algorithm finds similarlooking areas in the same city. “We try to indicate what the world might be like in a few years,” says Golan Levin, who created the system with his team of artists and coders at Carnegie Mellon University. Terrapattern’s deep convolutional neural network is trained using hundreds of thousands of satellite images from collaborative mapping wiki OpenStreetMap. Initial layers of algorithmic neurons identify basic visual elements – edges, curves, colours – and pass that information on to higher-level…

mit’s maker of masks

WHEN BJÖRK WANTED A MASK of her own face to wear while she performed her newest single, “Quicksand”, she got in touch with Neri Oxman. Oxman is the head of MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter research group. Björk came across her when she saw Wanderers, Oxman’s 2014 series of 3D-printed wearables designed for “interplanetary pilgrims”. The pair began a collaboration. “We wanted to create a whole that is broken, a face without a skin,” says Oxman. “A vulnerable Björk, a self-healing Björk.” The series of masks, called Rottlace (“skinless” in Icelandic), were based on a 3D scan of Bjork’s face, and printed by San Francisco-based Stratasys, using its multimaterial 3D printer. In June, Björk wore two of them for the opening performance of “Quicksand” at the Tokyo Miraikan Museum. Oxman, 40,…