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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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An Eye-Opening Look At The Sudden Rise Of Private Armies

An Eye-Opening Look At The Sudden Rise Of Private Armies | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When you hear the name Blackwater, you think of gung-ho, well paid, trigger-happy military contractors who cause international incidents. This isn't entirely inaccurate, but it's not the full story, which is told through a new book by Sean McFate: The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order.
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The Vietnam War, Part III: Hands of a Nation

The Vietnam War, Part III: Hands of a Nation | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The photojournalist Eddie Adams, who covered the Vietnam War for the Associated Press, not only captured the action and chaos but took the time to get up close to the Vietnamese people whenever he could.
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AT&T Just Revealed How Cable Companies Could Turn Internet Privacy Into a Premium Service

AT&T Just Revealed How Cable Companies Could Turn Internet Privacy Into a Premium Service | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We’re used to thinking of ISPs as mail carriers, delivering packets to and from our computers; now they’re opening the packets to see what they can learn about us.
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"We’re used to thinking of ISPs as mail carriers, delivering packets to and from our computers; now they’re opening the packets to see what they can learn about us."

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Researchers build brain-machine interface to control prosthetic hand | KurzweilAI

Researchers build brain-machine interface to control prosthetic hand | KurzweilAI | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
New UH research has demonstrated that an amputee can grasp with a bionic hand, powered only by his thoughts (credit: University of Houston) A research team
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BLDGBLOG: Grimm City

BLDGBLOG: Grimm City | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
architectural conjecture :: urban speculation :: landscape futures
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'Optimistic' Predictions From 1950 That Warned of the Coming Dystopia

'Optimistic' Predictions From 1950 That Warned of the Coming Dystopia | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It's so easy for us to look back at old predictions for the future and see them as quaint or overly optimistic. But when we take a closer look--when we stop to really process what's going on in these predictions--we often find that they weren't merely silly or naive. They were warning of the horrific, dystopian future to come.
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Medieval technology, indistinguishable from magic – Elly Truitt – Aeon

Medieval technology, indistinguishable from magic – Elly Truitt – Aeon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Robots came to Europe before the dawn of the mechanical age. To a medieval world, they were indistinguishable from magic
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ecosfera: O caso do anúncio encriptado e outras histórias do Primeiro de Janeiro

ecosfera: O caso do anúncio encriptado e outras histórias do Primeiro de Janeiro | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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THE RISE OF ANDROID: How a flailing startup became the world's biggest computing platform

THE RISE OF ANDROID: How a flailing startup became the world's biggest computing platform | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Android is now one of the biggest computing platforms in the world. But it wasn't easy to get the industry to buy into Andy Rubin's radical vision.
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BruceS — *Holy cow, the idoru girl-group at SXSW2015 is...

*Holy cow, the idoru girl-group at SXSW2015 is beating it to a pulp with the projection-mapping.
*Also the robot camera-moves in the elaborate post-production for the YouTube aren’t half...
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The Sad Decline of Florida's Space Coast | WIRED

The Sad Decline of Florida's Space Coast | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The shuttle program may have ended, but dreams of space can be found all over the Florida coast.
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leitura ballardiana da manhã.

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Film. Feel something real:
The Dogme 95-inspired
battle for the heart
of live action
role-playing

Film. Feel something real: <br/>The Dogme 95-inspired <br/>battle for the heart <br/>of live action <br/>role-playing | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This is not your brother's LARP group. H&F tracks down the founders of Dogme 99, an improvisatory school of live action role-playing modeled after Lars Von Trier's Dogme 95.
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Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn?

Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Competent, engaged teachers are more necessary than ever in the Information Age, and balancing mobile educational advantages with healthy teaching interaction is the key to maximizing the worth of both.
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sim, claro, é por osmose. basta chegar-lhes os tablets e logo logo os alunos desabrocham a sua vasta inteligência. (*ironia) na verdade, esta frase toca no ponto certo da história das tecnologias e educação: "Competent, engaged teachers are more necessary than ever in the Information Age, and balancing mobile educational advantages with healthy teaching interaction is the key to maximizing the worth of both."

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The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation

The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Fifty years ago, in March 1965, 3,500 U.S. Marines landed in South Vietnam, the first American combat troops on the ground in a conflict that had been building for decades.
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Every TV news report on the economy

Every TV news report on the economy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, here's how every single news report on the economy plays out:



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genial, esta.

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The 1980s: An Era of Computerphobia

The 1980s: An Era of Computerphobia | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When the machine became ubiquitous in homes across America, a new kind of anxiety captivated consumers.
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The Instagram Account Dedicated to Finding Blade Runner In Reality

The Instagram Account Dedicated to Finding Blade Runner In Reality | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Instagram account bladerunnerreality is dedicated to taking photos of the world that look like they could be straight out of Blade Runner. Is the knowledge that we are sort of living in Blade Runner comforting or distressing?
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​How To Fight Fire With Nuclear Bombs

​How To Fight Fire With Nuclear Bombs | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the 1960s and 1970s, the United States attempted to improve the image of nuclear bombs by using them for public works. This went about as poorly as you'd suspect.
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Robot 'baby' links posture to learning - Futurity

Robot 'baby' links posture to learning - Futurity | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Using an "infant" robot and real babies, researchers have discovered that posture may be a critical factor in the early stages of memory and learning.
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BruceS — atomic-flash: Helen Soros works the new pneumatic...

BruceS — atomic-flash: Helen Soros works the new pneumatic... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
atomic-flash:
“Helen Soros works the new pneumatic tube system to take cash at Marshall Fields store in Chicago, November 1947
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This video is proof that Tokyo is the most unique city in the world

This video is proof that Tokyo is the most unique city in the world | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Japan can be both traditional and effortlessly modern, but most of all it's unique. The chaos and quirks and creativity and energy of Tokyo all combine to create a city filled with things that exist nowhere else. Tokyo is an original and this video by Takuya Hosogane does a fantastic job capturing that.
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