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Futurists try out less-boring, funnier Singularities

Futurists try out less-boring, funnier Singularities | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Alternatives to the Singularity is a funny, crowdsourced, extended piss-take on the idea of the Singularity, created through futurists' challenge.
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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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China Builds Up Its Fleet of Ships That Make Artificial Islands

China Builds Up Its Fleet of Ships That Make Artificial Islands | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Venturing ever further from the rivers and coasts that it helped develop in the first three decades of China’s post-Mao reforms, China’s burgeoning dredging fleet has not only excavated new land in the South China Sea, but has also given China a big new shovel to break ground on the...
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Short Documentary Captures The Jalopy Joy Of 24 Hours Of LeMons

Short Documentary Captures The Jalopy Joy Of 24 Hours Of LeMons | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Everyone has heard of the Le Mans (officially 24 Hours of Le Mans), it's the oldest automotive race in the world and has been held annually since 1923, but have you ever seen 24 Hours Of LeMons?The LeMons is (arguably) way more fun to watch than Le Mans because entrants are only allowed to drive cars valued at less than $500 total.Created by a creative car guy from Car & Driver magazine in 2006, the LeMons is ludicrous fun for viewers, but sometimes not so much fun for the drivers.(Vimeo Lin
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"if the thing runs and it's unlikely to kill bystanders, then bring it on."

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Blood oil, Poetics and Politics of Data, Ghost Army of World War II and other book reviews - we make money not art

Blood oil, Poetics and Politics of Data, Ghost Army of World War II and other book reviews - we make money not art | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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How Nairobi Got Its Ad-Hoc Bus System on Google Maps

How Nairobi Got Its Ad-Hoc Bus System on Google Maps | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Matatus are the main mass transit network in the Kenyan capital, but the system is chaotic.
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The war-hungry women written out of photographic history

The war-hungry women written out of photographic history | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Lee Miller was famous for her shots of the second world war, but there were many other women in the line of fire whose photographs have faded into obscurity: meet Gerda Taro, Catherine Leroy and Françoise Demulder
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JF Ptak Science Books: Displays of Info You Probably Don't Need: Advertising Methods (1892)

JF Ptak Science Books: Displays of Info You Probably Don't Need: Advertising Methods (1892) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
JF Ptak Science Books, Quick Post Benjamin Butterworth, the Commission of Patents, produced in 1892 a superb work on the history of state of technical achievement in the U.S., The Growth of Industrial Art. The "art" part of the title...
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Remember When Australia Pretend-Nuked a Rainforest?

Remember When Australia Pretend-Nuked a Rainforest? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
During the Cold War, nuclear states tested atomic weapons in almost every conceivable environment — deserts, oceans, space, islands. Scientists already knew nukes’ effects on cities. But how would they affect jungles? The Australian government wanted to know. So in July 1963 Australia conducted a simulated nuclear test in order...
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Look Inside Dismaland, Banksy’s Bleak New Theme Park

Look Inside Dismaland, Banksy’s Bleak New Theme Park | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The art provocateur has transformed a derelict English seaside resort into the " UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction.”
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Banksy’s Twisted Version of Disneyland Opens this Weekend

Banksy’s Twisted Version of Disneyland Opens this Weekend | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Step right up and discover the curious wonders of Dismaland, "the happiest place on Earth", turned sinister freak show. In the British seaside town of Weston
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"show that “offers an escape from mindless escapism,”"

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Thursday Links: Brooklyn, 2019

Thursday Links: Brooklyn, 2019 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
According to a report by City Realty, Brooklyn’s skyline is well on its way to looking like the one Bruce Willis inhabits inThe Fifth Element. Over the next four years, Brooklyn is expected to...
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When Your Mom Works a Phone Sex Chat Line | Broadly

Older women are dominating the phone sex industry. I spoke to my mother and a few other successful ladies to find out why.
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Juxtapoz Magazine - Stefano Cerio Photographs Abandoned Chinese Amusement Parks

Juxtapoz Magazine - Stefano Cerio Photographs Abandoned Chinese Amusement Parks | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Living and working in Rome and Paris, visual artist Stefano Cerio began his career as a contributing photographer for the Italian weekly L’Espre...
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Stephen Hawking's New Theory on Black Holes is Fantastically Insane

Stephen Hawking's New Theory on Black Holes is Fantastically Insane | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Black holes have a rap for being hopeless vortexes of destruction, but what would really happen if you fell into one? According to Stephen Hawking, you might end up in another universe.
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100 Miles From Dubai: Driving The $80 Million Road To Nowhere

100 Miles From Dubai: Driving The $80 Million Road To Nowhere | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Jebel Jais was supposed to lead to the boom of the new, growing, oil-rich and tourist-friendly United Arab Emirates. Instead the road became a perfectly paved 22-mile symbol of the global recession, a dream for fast drivers, and a safe haven from a brutal surveillance state — all to the tune of just $80 million.
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A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone

A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
For the tens of thousands of migrants flooding into Europe, smartphone maps, global positioning apps, social media and WhatsApp have become essential tools.
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JF Ptak Science Books: The Big Push-Button of the Future: a Vision from 1945

JF Ptak Science Books: The Big Push-Button of the Future: a Vision from 1945 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post I found this curious publication the other day, one that takes a look at the near future at the end of WWII. It is by Mario la Stella ("And Now that the War is...
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Next Big Future: China has fifth test of Mach 10 WU-14 hypersonic glide vehicle

Next Big Future: China has fifth test of Mach 10 WU-14 hypersonic glide vehicle | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Pulp fiction? Not while I can still hang on to a box or two of my old books

Pulp fiction? Not while I can still hang on to a box or two of my old books | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Despite the onslaught of apps and gizmos, nothing has persuaded me that two-to-four hundred pages of text can be improved upon as a medium – only better written, edited, transmitted, and distributed. What has changed is my desire to hang on to physical copies, as almost all of my new purchases are electronic. It’s not just the prospect of shifting all those boxes, but something else: a dematerialisation of my desire for paper and a corresponding accommodation with the ephemeral, absolutely and incontrovertibly caused by the experience of the internet.
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"Despite the onslaught of apps and gizmos, nothing has persuaded me that two-to-four hundred pages of text can be improved upon as a medium – only better written, edited, transmitted, and distributed. What has changed is my desire to hang on to physical copies, as almost all of my new purchases are electronic. It’s not just the prospect of shifting all those boxes, but something else: a dematerialisation of my desire for paper and a corresponding accommodation with the ephemeral, absolutely and incontrovertibly caused by the experience of the internet."

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Islamic State Is Becoming an Actual Government

Islamic State Is Becoming an Actual Government | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Islamic State is a bunch of slave-running, homicidal rapists and terrorists. But increasingly, it’s also the legitimate government of northwest Iraq and eastern Syria. Laith Alkhouri and Alex Kassirer from West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center explained: While the Islamic State’s barbarity is undeniable, its life force stems from a side...
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Russia’s Propeller-Driven ‘Bear’ Bomber Still Has Claws

Russia’s Propeller-Driven ‘Bear’ Bomber Still Has Claws | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
At first glance, the Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber looks like a 59-year-old flying anachronism, a Cold War leftover that has outlived its usefulness in a century when stealth is king. The Bear is showing signs of its age. In recent months, two Tu-95 crashes led to the grounding of...
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BruceS — *It’s nice how the “standard model” ends up in the...

BruceS — *It’s nice how the “standard model” ends up in the... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
*It’s nice how the “standard model” ends up in the middle and the way-out stuff appears rather...
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