WIRED UK Mar/Apr 2020

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
creating wired

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Jen Guyton had a close photographic encounter with the wild beasts of Gorongosa National Park, including this young Bateleur eagle – fortunately being handled by Diolinda Mundoza Semente, a young Mozambican scientist. “Gorongosa is a conservation model for the future,” says Guyton of the park that’s reintroduced apex predators such as lions. “It shows that with proper care and support, ecosystems can return to their former glory.” REMOTE WORKING Photographer Khoo Guo Jie met some of the “digital nomads” of Bali – the young entrepreneurs who run businesses from the beach and launch startups between surfing. But despite the image, it isn’t all easy money and the good life. “The initial impression is one of living glamorously, with the cash rolling in, but I wanted to show the…

3 min
big tech’s smas-hand-grab prevents your data from being used for good

Over the past decade, Big Tech platforms have productised our identities for their own gain. As we input our information into social media, transacted on e-commerce sites, applied for loans and swiped right, a picture of our behaviours – and our future intent – was constructed so that it could be commoditised and sold to third parties. We have a degree of agency: you can delete your social media, not shop online or refuse to hand over personal information – at the cost of being unable to function in a digital marketplace or workplace. (True story: WIRED abandoned using an online tool for our 2019 Secret Santa when it became clear that it was harvesting data by masquerading as a fun, elf-friendly service.) Whether we’re hovering over an item on a website,…

2 min
giving green power a lift

At 197 metres long and 87 metres wide, Saipem 7000 is the third-largest crane vessel in the world. Currently owned by Italian energy contractor Saipem, the ship began cruising the seas in 1987 at the sluggish clip of 9.5 knots (17.5kph) to build and install offshore oil platforms. Its two cranes – jointly lifting up to 14,000 tonnes – hoist and lay down pre-assembled rigs, enabling the building and testing of structures on dry land, before being loaded whole on to the ship, transported to the site and positioned. In 1999, the ship was fitted with pipe-laying technology, which automatically welds hundreds of pipeline segments into one ribbon that is gradually eased into the sea as the ship ploughs forward. More recently, Saipem 7000 has pivoted to renewable energy. In 2016,…

4 min
dinnertime goes digital

Heston Blumenthal flips through a small notebook. Inside are sketches and handwritten notes in beautiful calligraphy. On one page, he stops and indicates a mesh of thick scribbles that slowly resolves into the shape of a human skull. “Twenty-three degrees,” he says. “The angle that the spinal column enters the cranium is the same as the tilt of the Earth on its axis.” Blumenthal is one of Britain’s most famous chefs – his scientific, multi-sensory approach has won six Michelin stars for The Fat Duck and The Hind’s Head in the Berkshire town of Bray, and Dinner in London. His signature is misdirection: a tangerine is shaped from chicken liver, playing cards melt into chocolate. He has a wide range of interests: over a couple of hours, conversation veers from toxoplasmosis –…

1 min
tweet on repeat

US president Theodore Roosevelt called his office “The Bully Pulpit” – using the stature of the presidency to elevate whatever the president wants to draw attention to. A century on, Donald Trump has taken this power to heart. We broke down 45’s tweets since he joined Twitter in 2011 by type, plotting the frequency of many of his key catchphrases: take “Make America Great Again”, dating back to 2012, when Trump was thought to have been contemplating a run against Obama. “Sad!” is a perennial favourite. “No Collusion!” was, unsurprisingly, most repeated at the high point of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and after the publication of his report in April 2019. “Fake News!” first emerged in late 2016. “The standard way to combat accusations of ‘fake news’ wouldn’t be to…

3 min
policing the seas using ai analysis

Founded by two former Israeli navy intelligence officers in 2010, Tel Aviv-based Windward is a relentless ocean sleuth, tracking murky maritime activities ranging from attempts by Iran to defy oil sanctions to Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea. Windward maps events across the world’s oceans via data such as a ship’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) identifier number, or its maximum deadweight (the difference between the displacement and the mass of an empty vessel), alongside satellite imagery from Planet.com, weather data from Meteomatics, and route information gleaned from the automatic identification system (AIS) that every ship must broadcast. These datasets are augmented with information provided by clients – which include the UN, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), and US agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration and the…