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Revolutionary technology enables objects to know how they are being touched | Machines Like Us

Revolutionary technology enables objects to know how they are being touched | Machines Like Us | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A doorknob that knows whether to lock or unlock based on how it is grasped, a smartphone that silences itself if the user holds a finger to her lips and a chair that adjusts room lighting based on recognizing if a user is reclining or leaning forward...

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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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The Jordanian Airline Making Money Off the Laptop Ban

The Jordanian Airline Making Money Off the Laptop Ban | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How trolling Trump became a marketing strategy
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How the Internet Gave Mail-Order Brides the Power – Backchannel

How the Internet Gave Mail-Order Brides the Power – Backchannel | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In September 2015, Leonor Cabigon, a 38-year-old Filipina mother of two, returned early from a trip to find a young woman sleeping in the bed she shared with her American husband Dan in Valencia, a…
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The Strange, Forgotten Promise Of New Babylon

The Strange, Forgotten Promise Of New Babylon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Constant Nieuwenhuys's ever-changing city was ahead of its time.
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The End of the Universe as We Know It

The End of the Universe as We Know It | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Lawrence M. Krauss writes about doomsday scenarios in physics, and how they reflect that the universe doesn’t care what we would like or whether we survive.
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Improving the intergalactic worldship design

Improving the intergalactic worldship design | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Adam Crowl revisits the 1987 Robert Burruss conceptual design for an intergalactic transport. Burruss outlined a vast 1,000 miles wid
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A Brief History of the Grand Unified Theory of Physics - Issue 46: Balance - Nautilus

A Brief History of the Grand Unified Theory of Physics - Issue 46: Balance - Nautilus | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Particle physicists had two nightmares before the Higgs particle was discovered in 2012. The first was that the Large Hadron Collider…
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Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’ | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The visionary historian, author of two dazzling bestsellers on the state of mankind, takes questions from Lucy Prebble, Arianna Huffington, Esther Rantzen and a selection of our readers
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Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the complex process of making dictionaries.
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The US Navy wants gamers to stop the rise of the machines

The US Navy wants gamers to stop the rise of the machines | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In a bid to help solve its real-world problems, the U.S Navy has called upon the aid of the most dedicated corner of mankind -- gamers. Launching its ow
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The CIA Is Training Its Officers With D&D-Style Tabletop RPGs

The CIA Is Training Its Officers With D&D-Style Tabletop RPGs | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Central Intelligence Agency needs to make sure its operatives are at the top of their game, so maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise games have become one of the agency’s most popular training tools?
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Toy drones don't stand a chance against a $3 million missile

Toy drones don't stand a chance against a $3 million missile | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A Patriot missile costs around $3 million. A commercial quadcopter? Let's say roughly $200. But which one would win on the battlefield? General David Perkins
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When Experimental Music Resonated with Abstract Art

When Experimental Music Resonated with Abstract Art | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The exhibition includes scores by John Cage and Morton Feldman, paintings by Philip Guston, sculpture and works on paper by Louise Bourgeois and David Smith, and oil paintings by Joan Mitchell.
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Lessons of the Hermit

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Hiding in a forest for 27 years, a man found what the rest of us can no longer comprehend: solitude in nature.
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The giant ships that ship other ships through the shipping lanes

The giant ships that ship other ships through the shipping lanes | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Behold, the Blue Marlin, a “semi-submersible heavy lift ship” that is capable of hoisting and transplanting other, full-sized ships (that is ships as big or bigger than a US Destroyer-c…
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The Mind in the Whirlwind

The Mind in the Whirlwind | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Manzotti: Each body brings into existence a world of relative objects, that are, nevertheless, external physical objects. Not things that emerge from your brain, or representations that well up in there. When the body stops working and dies, that world of experience, your consciousness, which is external to your body, ceases to exist as well. But not, of course, the whirlwind it was selected from.

Parks: Essentially, you’re turning everything inside out. The experience I thought was inside is outside.
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Army chief: Time to prepare for urban war

Army chief: Time to prepare for urban war | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Army chief: Time to prepare for urban war « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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No Wall Is Ever Silent

No Wall Is Ever Silent | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Amidst a huge number of novels I’ve been reading lately for a variety of reasons is the book Nineveh by Henrietta Rose-Innes. The book is set in Ninevah, a luxurious, new, South African real estate…
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'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The long read: She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.
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Information Warfare isn’t Russian – It’s American as Apple Pie

Information Warfare isn’t Russian – It’s American as Apple Pie | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Looking to Putin’s intelligence apparatus is not to witness the genesis of
political information warfare. In fact, the United States was birthed in a
stew of information, misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda
projected by competing entities both internally and externally. Thus,
instead of looking at the apparent success of Russian intelligence in the
recent election as the perfected form of information warfare, it is worth
considering colonial and revolutionary America to appreciate the historical
precedent and perspective.
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Future of completely robotic tanks is near

Future of completely robotic tanks is near | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Kalashnikov, famous small arms weapon maker, will create a tank-like robot weighing 20 tons. Kalashnikov’s BAS-01G Soratnik is a seven to
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Russia's space agency preps for its first manned moon landing

Russia's space agency preps for its first manned moon landing | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
NASA, the US government and American space corporations aren't the only ones with their eyes on the moon. Russia's Space Agency (Roscosmos) has begun plannin
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How the Concept of Deep Time Is Changing

How the Concept of Deep Time Is Changing | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The idea that humans are ephemeral compared to the workings of nature isn’t as persuasive as it once was.
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