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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
Curated by Artur Coelho
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The Information Age Is Over. Welcome to Infrastructure Age.

The Information Age Is Over. Welcome to Infrastructure Age. | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Nobody wants to say it outright, but the Apple Watch sucks. So do most smartwatches. Every time I use my beautiful Moto 360, its lack of functionality makes me despair. But the problem isn’t our gadgets. It’s that the future of consumer tech isn’t going to come from information devices. It’s going to come from infrastructure.
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Watch the top 10 coolest airplane dogfight scenes in movie history

Watch the top 10 coolest airplane dogfight scenes in movie history | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
I’m not sure that CineFix included all the most visually awesome aerial dogfight scenes in their top 10 video for best dogfights of all time, but I do know that it’s always fun as hell to see two flying killer bird machines try to take down each other in an incredible array of skill, weaponry, quick reflexes and oh yeah, masterful film editing.
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Eye-to-eye contact with your dog enhances bonding by upping oxytocin, says science

Eye-to-eye contact with your dog enhances bonding by upping oxytocin, says science | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Dogs may have tapped into a uniquely human bonding mechanism, ensuring our love and care for man's best friend: eye contact.
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Next Big Future: Journal Nature reports Chinese scientists have genetically modified human embryos with 32.5% success rate

Next Big Future: Journal Nature reports Chinese scientists have genetically modified human embryos with 32.5% success rate | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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leiam novamente: "

Chinese scientists have genetically modified human embryos with 32.5% success rate"
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Inside the surprisingly dark world of Rube Goldberg machines

On the eve of the 2015 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest college nationals, six teams gather in Columbus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry children’s museum to set up their machines around the...
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The Dark Side of DIY

The Dark Side of DIY | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Shadow work,” as he calls it, is the unremunerated labor we now do ourselves that once got done by others for pay. The toil comes in all shapes, sizes, and places, though we’ve barely noticed the DIY theme: we pump our own gas, assemble our own furniture, book our own travel, take on new duties at our downsizing offices, coordinate our kids’ extracurriculars, Google for guidance on our medical problems, and that’s not the half of it.
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"Shadow work,” as he calls it, is the unremunerated labor we now do ourselves that once got done by others for pay. The toil comes in all shapes, sizes, and places, though we’ve barely noticed the DIY theme: we pump our own gas, assemble our own furniture, book our own travel, take on new duties at our downsizing offices, coordinate our kids’ extracurriculars, Google for guidance on our medical problems, and that’s not the half of it."

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Toshiba's humanoid retail robot is ready to greet you

Toshiba's humanoid retail robot is ready to greet you | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
If you happen to be shopping in Japan sometime soon, don't be surprised if the first offer of help comes from a machine. Toshiba has just installed Aiko
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The Man Who Broke the Music Business

The Man Who Broke the Music Business | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How an employee at a CD-manufacturing plant became the Patient Zero of Internet piracy.
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Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?

Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
"Visitors think, 'That's just how Seattle is.' But it wasn't." Lessons via places ranging from Fresno to Shanghai.
Artur Coelho's insight:

por cá temos tuk tuks. sustentabilidade para quê? vamos é sacar o mais que pudermos, agora. e amanhã logo se vê.

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OldFutures, exit45: Bruce McCall Aside from seatbelts it’s...

OldFutures, exit45: Bruce McCall Aside from seatbelts it’s... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
exit45:
“Bruce McCall

Aside from seatbelts it’s surprisingly accurate.
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Europe's combat UAV takes to the skies over Italy

Europe's combat UAV takes to the skies over Italy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
After nearly a decade of design and development, the first full-size nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator is ready for operational test
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Inside Your Tongue’s Distressed, Excited Reaction to Sriracha and Wasabi

Inside Your Tongue’s Distressed, Excited Reaction to Sriracha and Wasabi | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Wasabi and Sriracha each activate different receptors on the tongue, both of which warn your brain of the atomic reaction to come. These key flavor receptors, TRPA1 and TRPV1, have been the subject of recent research—but why all the scientific study of hot and spicy condiments? One word: pain. The...
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acontece o sublime. sriracha é um maná dos deuses.

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Rebuilding Cambridge University's First Computer

Rebuilding Cambridge University's First Computer | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In 1946, scientists at Cambridge University built the institution’s first ever computer—the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator. One of the first to be used to solve real scientific problems, it was scrapped to make way for its successor. Now, it’s being rebuilt.
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'Thug': The Surprisingly Ancient History of a Racially Charged Epithet

'Thug': The Surprisingly Ancient History of a Racially Charged Epithet | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Baltimore's mayor has dismissed the city's violence as the actions of 'thugs.' That word, though, means more than she might realize.
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Could Navinder Singh Sarao really rock the Dow Jones index on his own?

Could Navinder Singh Sarao really rock the Dow Jones index on his own? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
we are left with a really alarming conclusion, namely that we have constructed a world that is totally dependent on systems that are a) astonishingly fragile and unpredictable, and b) incomprehensible not only to the average citizen but to those who are supposed to regulate them.
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"we are left with a really alarming conclusion, namely that we have constructed a world that is totally dependent on systems that are a) astonishingly fragile and unpredictable, and b) incomprehensible not only to the average citizen but to those who are supposed to regulate them."

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The Fed's Cold War Bunker Had $4 Billion Cash For After The Apocalypse

The Fed's Cold War Bunker Had $4 Billion Cash For After The Apocalypse | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
New York and DC are piles of ash, but at least your checks are clearing. That was the idea behind the Culpeper Switch, a sprawling bunker built by the Federal Reserve to keep the banks running after nuclear apocalypse. But even some Cold War-era politicians thought it was silly.
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Smart guns: They're ready. Are we?

Smart guns: They're ready. Are we? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The technology is available to limit the number of children who perish in gun accidents. That was the easy part.
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The Disintegration of the World

The Disintegration of the World | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The postwar geopolitical system is breaking down, and what comes next could be highly volatile—especially for big corporations.
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7 Endangered Examples of the Most Hated Architectural Style Ever

7 Endangered Examples of the Most Hated Architectural Style Ever | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It’s hard to find a more polarizing architecture—even among scholars it’s most likely to be described as “ugly,” “unloved,” or even “hated.” I’m talking about Brutalism, the blocky unfinished concrete style which used to be very common in cities around the world, but is now being demolished at an astounding rate.
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We’ve Got to Escape, Or We Die

We’ve Got to Escape, Or We Die | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When a cargo ship was captured by Somali pirates, its crew faced one desperate choice after another.
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The Machines Are Coming

The Machines Are Coming | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This problem is not us versus the machines, but between us, as humans, and how we value one another.
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MoMA's digital art vault

MoMA's digital art vault | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Ben Fino-Radin of MoMA's Department of Conservation wrote a brief post about how the museum manages their digital artworks, incl
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