Though it played out on the international stage, the arms race between the United States and the USSR took place mainly in rural, isolated parts of the world. The Americans tested their nuclear bombs on a desolate patch of Nevada. The Russians chose a barren polygon-shaped patch of what is now Kazakhstan.
FUTURE TECH: Fictional Devices That Became Reality - Inspired by the recent unveiling of the Apple Watch, CBR looks at some modern wonders that were once considered flights of fantasy and sci-fi fancy.
Artur Coelho's insight:
o iphone como mother box? vejam lá bem o que é que andam a fumar...
Internet TV is the new thing. Except that it’s really old. Before Apple TV, Google Chromecast, the Amazon Fire TV, and Netflix—even before the mid-’90s glory of Microsoft’s WebTV—televisions were plugging into data networks, providing a means of instantly grabbing digital goodies and communicating with people in distant places. Witness the video above, a news…
les moutons électriques, éditeur présente : Futurs ? : La science-fiction, dans sa version littéraire ou cinématographique, a depuis longtemps alimenté les visions technologiques en mettant en scène toutes sortes d’objets « futuristes ». Voitures volantes, vaisseaux spatiaux, stations orbitales et autres robots humanoïdes ont ainsi formé l’ossature de bien des récits. Pour autant, ces artefacts emblématiques semblent absents de notre vie de tous les jours, comme si l’avenir décrit depuis une soixantaine d’années était sans cesse repoussé. Ce qui n’empêche pas certains de continuer à répéter ces mêmes mythes, comme victimes d’une panne d’imaginaire.
In 1950, Cold War tensions ran high and government officials were terrified that Soviets would invade Alaska. Recently-declassified documents reveal the details of "Operation Washtub"—a joint FBI-Air Force plan to recruit Alaskans as "stay-behind" agents to gather military intelligence.
Finally, some good news about our troubled atmosphere: A UN study shows that the ozone layer is displaying early signs of thickening after years of depletion. It's on the road to recovery — an achievement that scientists say is due to political will.
In Message Not Received, I devote an entire chapter to the perils and limitations of email. This may leave potential readers with the impression that I despise email. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Hearing from a friend often puts a smile on my face. For someone like me, e-mail is a very valuable business…
While some of our modern cities are built over haphazard cowpaths, others are marvels of urban planning, with carefully plotted grids and streets radiating from the center. And we can see just how remarkable these cities are when we look down at them from above.
"The 'Instagram Generation' now experiences the present as an anticipated memory" -Professor Daniel Kahneman Psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Learn More: ...
Artur Coelho's insight:
e é por isto que os fluxos de insta food porn e as selfies me fascinam. não é o interminável dilúvio de banalidades, é o inelutável impulso de fixar o momento fugaz em algo que nos parece mais duradouro que a pouco fiável memória neuronal mas que num fluxo digital constante acaba por se tornar tão ou mais fugaz do que a memória biológica. necessitamos de o fazer, e queremos fazê-lo com estilo e elegância.
2014 may not resemble the sinister visions conjured by the dystopian literature of the mid to late 20th century, but that’s not to say none of its dark futurism has come true. Society may not have become as brutal and amoral as Burgess conceived, or as tyrannically governed as the picture Orwell painted, but our ever-growing obsession with documenting and curating every aspect of our lives online was something predicted on the very pages of i-D by esteemed and controversial cyberpunk author J. G. Ballard in The Fear Issue, No. 53, November 1987.