WIRED UK September 2016

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
6 期号


making wired

WE USE COOKIES Biscuits, 65°C beverages and robotic arms – never let it be said that WIRED doesn’t know how to throw a tea party (see Gear, p66). Art editor Mary Lees joined Sarah Barnes, a physicist at the Institute of Physics, to test an array of treats for scientific superiority. “To make each dunk consistent, we used a robolink D robotic arm – a human arm might tremble, which would skew the results,” says Lees. “We were assessing the biscuits’ ability to hold form when wet, and how effective each was at absorbing tea. We only used perfectly intact examples in the test – but we didn’t let the rest go to waste. That said, the leftover pile of sloppy biscuit remains was truly stomach-churning.” Download the digital edition to…


OLIVIA SOLON San Francisco-based Solon writes about the spread of LSD microdosing among workers in Silicon Valley and beyond. “They claim it makes them more creative,” she says. “I haven’t tried it, but one proponent did suggest it might make writing this feature easier…” MARCUS DU SAUTOY An Oxford mathematics professor and author of What We Cannot Know, du Sautoy asks if there is a limit to human discovery: “The history of science is full of claims we’ve hit the boundaries of knowledge, only for the next generation to smash the glass ceiling.” STEPHEN ARMSTRONG Armstrong reports on our annual WIRED Money event, held at London’s British Museum: “All the speakers are spiky and passionate – it made for a fascinating day. The blockchain has long been a running theme, but this year, it’s finally…

the wired universe

INSTAGRAM A STROLL ON THE LAKE This summer, thousands of holidaymakers walked the Floating Piers, an art installation in Italy that connects Lake Iseo’s islands of Isola and San Paolo. The piers, conceived by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, are made from reusable polystyrene blocks covered by yellow fabric. The image proved to be a big hit on our Instagram feed – to see more from the WIRED world, follow @wireduk. EVENTS THE RULES OF FINANCE For WIRED Money, we chose a quiet, uneventful day to bring together fintech’s innovators from London, Jerusalem, Portland, Atlanta, Munich, San Mateo and beyond. Sure, June 23 was the day of the EU referendum, but we didn’t need to think about anything so bizarre as an “Out” result, right? Um… Still, in the final hours of London's status as an…

from the editor

Whatever local European dramas may be playing out, the tech sector is in no doubt that it’s part of a global village. A Middle Eastern terror group holding encrypted conversations over a Russian exile’s popular messaging app; a Shenzhen drone-maker geo-blocking sensitive federal buildings in Virginia; a Vancouver productivity startup replacing email inside a Birmingham insurance firm... That’s why this year we’ve broadened the scope of the annual WIRED 100 list to cover not just our own neighbourhood, but the wider planet’s power brokers. Today we reveal who, in the views of our network, are the greatest influencers in the digital world. We compiled the list by asking more than 300 well-connected friends of WIRED – from investors to industry regulators – who, in their considered opinion, currently has the power…

bad places to find an acid lake #1

This Indonesian lake contains 30 million cubic metres of highly acidic water – and it’s perched on top of an active volcano. “The crater is fractured all around,” explains Corentin Caudron, volcanology research fellow at the University of Cambridge, who’s been studying the Kawah Ijen volcano for the past seven years. “In the south there’s a giant block of solidified lava that’s about to fall. If that happens it would trigger an acid tsunami.” It gets worse: the resulting drop in water level could have an effect similar to loosening the cap of a shaken-up bottle, as diminished pressure on the lake bed may disturb the volcano’s hydrothermal system and cause further volcanic activity. Such an event last happened following an earthquake in February 1917, 100 years after the eruption that…

design your way to kickstarter success

1. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE Backers tend to be early adopters, so products need to appeal to this audience. “Things designed to solve a specific problem are more likely to succeed,” says designer Oscar Diaz, whose campaign for his Pixo tablet-mount was cancelled in May after funding proved too slow. Diaz’s takeaway? “We should have set aside a budget for advertising the product in order to reach our target audience.” 2. WING THE CONCEPT VIDEO Rather than spend time and money working up concepts, “Do the minimum to create a model for a video presentation,” says Jon Marshall at Kickstarter specialist MAP. They designed the hugely successful Kano DIY PC, which raised more than $1.5m (£1m) in 2013. Just use a 3D printer to create a physical manifestation of your first idea. 3. PRODUCT FIRST,…