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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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The Road to Turkdom - Global Guerrillas

The Road to Turkdom - Global Guerrillas | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It should be clear to everyone that the economic and political system that replaced feudal agriculture is starting to fall apart. It's also pretty clear we need a new system, one that can operate at a global scale and fully...
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What if Downton Abbey told the truth about Britain?

What if Downton Abbey told the truth about Britain? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The implanting of falsely comforting memories of a better bygone era disguises fundamental things about the way we live now.
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certeiro: " The implanting of falsely comforting memories of a better bygone era disguises fundamental things about the way we live now."

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How Defense Has Shaped Our Cities

How Defense Has Shaped Our Cities | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
So in your spare time you're looking at an aerial view of London on your favorite online mapping service (as one does), when you notice a street called London Wall.
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China, Russia and the United States are Developing Ace-Spay Eapons-Way

China, Russia and the United States are Developing Ace-Spay Eapons-Way | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When Russia launched into space an object known as 2014-28E in May, no one batted an eye. The object was part of a communications satellite launch, and experts wrote it off as rocket debris. But in November, 2014-28E showed off some fancy maneuvers, like going into a new orbit and...
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Great Aspirations of the Iron Age by James Romm

Great Aspirations of the Iron Age by James  Romm | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
“Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, presents a vast panorama of the Iron Age and an exploration of the commerce and connections between its major civilizations.
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Cleaning bot operators get censored view of your home - tech - 03 December 2014 - New Scientist

Cleaning bot operators get censored view of your home - tech - 03 December 2014 - New Scientist | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Will blurring the video feed recorded by a cleaning robot be enough for us to let strangers on the internet operate them remotely in our homes?
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Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2's Venusian Adventure (1962) | WIRED

Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2's Venusian Adventure (1962) | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Hydrogen is the most common kind of normal matter in the universe. Perhaps the universe is trying to tell us something, for the most common chemical element makes an excellent energetic rocket fuel. That does not mean, however, that it is easy to manage. Odorless and colorless hydrogen gas becomes liquid, and thus dense enough…
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Oscar Insurance fitness tracking
Oscar Insurance is a new insurance company that will reward you for staying healthy. It knows of its customer’s health because it tracks them using Misfit fitness...
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ok, isto aconteceu mais depressa do que esperava. preparem-se: num futuro próximo, fazer um seguro vai implicar aderir a estas tecnologias e ver o preço dos prémios a variar de acordo com os nossos comportamentos. 

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How the World Changed in 2014

How the World Changed in 2014 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From industrial robots to wheat production to female billionaires, the statistics that lurked behind the scenes this year
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como é bom viver num mundo em que os bilionários são uma espécie em vias de expansão! (a pobreza global também, mas isso não interessa)

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Weird Tokyo: the city's quirkiest attractions - mapped - Telegraph

An interactive guide to Tokyo's most bizarre sights, from owl and bunny cafes to pachinko parlours, robot cabaret and cosplay
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BruceS — space-pics: GSLV MK III - India’s New Deity...

BruceS — space-pics: GSLV MK III - India’s New Deity... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
space-pics:
“ GSLV MK III - India’s New Deity
http://space-pics.tumblr.com/

*I’m thinking there must be some time-lapse action here, because India’s shiniest new space gizmo doesn’t usually have...
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Here's How A Global Insurgency Can Take Down Uber - Global Guerrillas

Here's How A Global Insurgency Can Take Down Uber - Global Guerrillas | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Uber is a turking company. Its business model is based on turning people into bots. How does it do that? It uses a smart phone app to turn independent contractors into driving bots (drones). Drones are people who do the...
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turking company: conceito a memorizar (vem de mechanical turk e designa empresas especializadas em subcontratar por tostões trabalho automatizado a humanos, utilizando interfaces digitais).

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The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower

The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century.
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The SR-71 Blackbird Took Its First Flight 50 Years Ago Today

The SR-71 Blackbird Took Its First Flight 50 Years Ago Today | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
No other plane in history has captured the hearts and minds of the American public quite like the SR-71 Blackbird, providing the West with an unprecedented look behind the Iron Curtain during its 33 year operational career. But before it was cracking the skies over Russia at mach 3.3, the Cold War spy plane had to prove itself during a series of test flights. The first of those took place on December 22, 1964. Be sure to also check out everything SR-71 on .
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We are passive consumers of the pornography of violence | Will Self

We are passive consumers of the pornography of violence | Will Self | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The long read: We are more exposed to images of war than ever before, but instead of being spurred into action, we have become passive viewers
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Did You Hear The One About North Korea?

Did You Hear The One About North Korea? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's iron grip on the media powers an absurd, thriving rumor economy.
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Modern Technology Brings Ancient Greek Vases to Life

Modern Technology Brings Ancient Greek Vases to Life | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Panoply is a project that combines the animation talents of Steve K. Simons and the ancient Greek history expertise Sonya Nevin to produce beautiful animations of the scenes on artifact vases. Above is their version of the Pandora myth, developed from a circa 450BCE vase of a woman holding a casket and the descriptions of the myth from young students.
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December 21st, Photo of the Sun Taken at Fifteen-Minute Intervals

December 21st, Photo of the Sun Taken at Fifteen-Minute Intervals | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Originally posted on Ipernity: December 21st, Photo of the Sun Taken at Fifteen-Minute Intervals. "December 21st, Photo of Sun at 15 Minute Intervals." A real photo postcard showing a time-lapsed image of the sun taken on December 21, the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year. Year and location unknown, but possibly taken somewhere in Alaska where daylight lasts less than four hours in some areas.
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An affordable holodeck for civil engineers | KurzweilAI

An affordable holodeck for civil engineers | KurzweilAI | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
VuePod (credit: BYU) Brigham Young University (BYU) student civil engineers have constructed an affordable 3D immersive visualization system from commercial
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How airplanes are made

How airplanes are made | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Building a commercial airplane is a monumental task. It takes around 4,000 really smart engineers over 7 years of planning to make one of those flying tubes with countless experts testing and re-testing each individual part (and there are 2.65 million parts in an Airbus A350). This video shows you how they make one.
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What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet

Technology has a lot to answer for: killing old businesses, destroying the middle class, Buzzfeed. Technology in the form of the internet is especially villainous, having been accused of everything from making us dumber (paywall) to aiding dictatorships. But Michael Harris, riffing on the observations of Melvin Kranzberg, argues that "technology is neither good nor evil. The most...
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Sylvia Berryman: The Mechanical Hypothesis in Ancient Greek Natural Philosophy (2009) — Monoskop Log

Sylvia Berryman: The Mechanical Hypothesis in Ancient Greek Natural Philosophy (2009) — Monoskop Log | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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21 "Then & Now" Ads That Show The Awkward Evolution Of Our Favorite Tech

21 "Then & Now" Ads That Show The Awkward Evolution Of Our Favorite Tech | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We've come a long way, baby.
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