WIRED UK Nov/Dec 2019

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19 мин.
the disease detectives

THE EVENING BEFORE HE DIED, HOGAN TEEM STAYED IN. IT WAS DECEMBER 12, 2012, AND THE teenager played cards with his mother at their home in Clayton, North Carolina. His girlfriend spent Wednesdays with her family, and card games had become a weekly tradition for the Teems. They settled down to a session of Phase 10. Hogan beat his mother, closing the gap in their running rivalry to 13-11. At 9.30pm he went to bed; the following day was a busy day of high school, ending with baseball practice. There was no indication that it would be his last. Hogan was physically fit, spending long summer days mowing lawns in the North Carolina heat. He played American football, basketball, baseball and golf. He loved swimming, hiking and fishing. He went on…

21 мин.
jakarta the sinking megacity

Heading north from the city centre to the coastline, Jakarta seems to be collapsing in slow motion. The Indonesian capital sprawls, its black-glass business district giving way to a low-rise hinterland where the bones of the city jut out; long spines of pale concrete pillars bearing kilometres of knotted overpasses and raised highways. In their shadows are industrial estates in various states of abandonment, stalled construction sites already succumbing to the creep of tropical foliage, sluggish waterways clotted with litter, and thousands upon thousands of houses, from clusters of bare-iron shacks to landed three-storey homes, none the same as its neighbour. The chaos runs to the seafront, where waterparks, malls and luxury condos jostle for space with container ports and fishing docks crammed so tight with small boats that from above…

3 мин.
tapping into talent: autism advocacy

When his son was diagnosed with a form of high-functioning autism, Dirk Müller-Remus envisaged the kind of future he would have in the workplace, and didn’t like what he saw: the global unemployment rate for people on the autism spectrum remains at around 80 per cent. So, the German entrepreneur decided to build a company that would create long-term employment opportunities for adults who, like his son, have extraordinary cognitive abilities, but often lack the social skills needed to find a job and retain it. In 2011, Müller-Remus founded Auticon, a for-profit social enterprise that hires individuals on the autism spectrum as IT consultants and matches their skills to a specific client project. The Berlin-based company’s clients include Glaxo Smith Kline, KPMG and the Virgin Group. Auticon is now managed by Kurt…

4 мин.
libra’s true cost: democratic rule will pay the price

A sign that a sector of the economy is becoming too big is that it attempts to dictate government policy. In the financial sector, for instance, markets “discipline” governments by threatening to dump their currencies and bonds if they act in ways investors don’t approve of. In manufacturing and retail, corporations lobby for changes to employment law and tax breaks. And oil companies have historically held sway over their governments’ foreign policy calculations. But when a sector becomes really gargantuan, it doesn’t just dictate to governments – it aims to replace them. Silicon Valley tech giants have been uneasy collaborators with governments, as they are obliged to use legal tender to monetise their businesses. When a company uses government-issued currencies, that gives governments the right to regulate and control the company’s activities.…

2 мин.
escape pods are leading the new space race

“The way we hold meetings has changed a lot in the last decade,” says Pontus Kihlman, executive consultant at Rapal Oy, a workplace management provider based in Espoo, Finland. Remote, agile working and hotdesking means formal meeting rooms are increasingly superfluous. “Oversized meeting spaces tend to be underutilised, creating a lot of wasted space that could be used more smartly, while there aren’t enough small meeting rooms or multi-use spaces,” Kihlman says. His firm found that meeting rooms are filled only to a fifth of capacity after an analysis of 12,600 meeting rooms across 1,800 offices. In place of these outmoded spaces, consider instead hatching a pop-up meeting in one of these pods. MODULAR On their own, each of these high-backed, upholstered seats from Polish designer Dymitr Malcew is merely functional; but…

5 мин.
the price of tech

This is the hidden impact of technology. For decades, David Maisel has photographed places where humans are changing the environment so dramatically, the impact can be seen from the sky. In his latest project, Desolation Desert, the San Francisco-based visual artist spent two weeks in a plane over the Atacama desert, where our insatiable demand for copper, lithium and rare-earth metals – to fuel the consumer electronics and electric vehicle industries – is reshaping a fragile ecosystem. The Atacama, in northern Chile, is one of the driest and least populated places on Earth, but water-intensive extraction is scarring pristine salt flats. Maisel – who still shoots on film – documented some of the biggest mining sites. The work isn’t intended to single out an industry, Maisel says – in fact,…