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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, thinks we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means. His stubborn quest to replicate the human mind.
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Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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Launching a New Website

Launching a New Website | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Gregor Czaykowski at the webcomic Loading Artist did a makeover of the website and did several comics about the process. This one should be familiar to anyone who ever launched a new website. It’s one of the reasons why millions of bloggers don’t stick with it more than a few weeks. ...
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A Gorgeous Vision of What Home-Grown Food Labs Would Look Like, in 2050 | Design | WIRED

A Gorgeous Vision of What Home-Grown Food Labs Would Look Like, in 2050 | Design | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When lab-grown food ends up in the home, how might we interact with it?
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Brazil’s Secret History of Southern Hospitality

Brazil’s Secret History of Southern Hospitality | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
After the American Civil War, some 7,000 Confederates set sail for Brazil. Their Dixie-loving descendants represent one of the most curious cultures in the modern world.
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The Organ Detective: Hidden Global Market in Human Flesh

The Organ Detective: Hidden Global Market in Human Flesh | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes has spent her career uncovering a hidden global market in human flesh. Why aren't more people listening to her?
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The Birth of Bad Taste | The Nation

The Birth of Bad Taste | The Nation | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Why Italian Mannerists like Rosso Fiorentino were painting’s first avant-garde.
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Postscript: Eduard Shevardnadze, 1928-2014

Postscript: Eduard Shevardnadze, 1928-2014 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Instead of prosperity, Eduard Shevardnadze ushered in a decade of corruption, nepotism, and missed opportunities.
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diferenças: na tv portuguesa a byline era "um herói da perestroika".

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2,500-year-old erotic graffiti found in unlikely setting on Aegean island

2,500-year-old erotic graffiti found in unlikely setting on Aegean island | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Racy inscriptions and phalluses carved into Astypalaia's rocky peninsula shed light on very private lives of ancient Greece
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Silicon Valley Sharknado

Silicon Valley Sharknado | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How close are Google & Co. to inventing computers that overtake the human brain?
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The Man Who Invented Sports Television’s “Honey Shot”

The Man Who Invented Sports Television’s “Honey Shot” | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Robin van Persie’s diving header was great and everything, but the most impressive maneuver of the 2014 World Cup came in the opening round match between Iran and Nigeria. In the 79th minute of a scoreless draw, the FIFA cameraman panned, zoomed, and navigated his way through a sea of...
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no fundo, tem a ver com o prazer de ver coisas redondas aos saltos... 

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The Beckoning Cats of Gotoku-ji Temple | For 91 Days in Tokyo – Travel Blog

The Beckoning Cats of Gotoku-ji Temple | For 91 Days in Tokyo – Travel Blog | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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aaaaarhg!

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In 1938, the New York Times Thought Disney Toys Would Save the U.S. Economy

In 1938,  the New York Times Thought Disney Toys Would Save the U.S. Economy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Snow White dolls were the wearables of the 1930s.
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pois, futurólogos, oráculos e áugures. raramente acertam.

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Nipsters: The German Neo-Nazis Trying to Put a Hipper Face on Hate | Culture News | Rolling Stone

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hã? como disse?

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Are hovercrafts and giant wheels the future of North Korean architecture?

Are hovercrafts and giant wheels the future of North Korean architecture? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it

Giant spinning wheels and flying hovercrafts: What happens when a North Korean architect is given free rein to design what he or she likes?


Via Jean-Philippe BOCQUENET
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e a coreia do norte tem futuro?

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Stop Sneering at Selfies. They’re Way More Fun Than Your Lame Sunset Pics.

Stop Sneering at Selfies. They’re Way More Fun Than Your Lame Sunset Pics. | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Yes, that’s me. It’s 1980 and I’m roller-skating around a fetid junkyard wearing sleazy bikini underwear. And these are me too: Dressed up as the queen of England. That was back when I was still drinking. And here’s a recent shot of me shilling one of my husband’s pillows. Oh...
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Smelling Death: On the Job With New York's Crime-Scene Cleaners

Smelling Death: On the Job With New York's Crime-Scene Cleaners | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
CSI and Law & Order would have you believe that a crime scene empties out after the glitzy detectives are done with it. In reality, somebody else has to come in and clean it all up.
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Nature’s Most Perfect Killing Machine

Nature’s Most Perfect Killing Machine | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Ebola is nightmare fuel: a biological doomsday device conspiring with our bodies to murder us in uniquely gruesome fashion. It’s also killed fewer than 2,000 people. How has a virus with such a modest body count so fiercely captured the darkest corners of our imagination?
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Here’s What You Learn When You Put a Baby Mammoth in a 3-D Scanner | Science | WIRED

Here’s What You Learn When You Put a Baby Mammoth in a 3-D Scanner | Science | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A new paper gives insight into the early life and premature death of two baby mammoths.
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The Scientific Problem That Must Be Experienced - Issue 15: Turbulence - Nautilus

The Scientific Problem That Must Be Experienced - Issue 15: Turbulence - Nautilus | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When the German physicist Arnold Sommerfeld assigned his most brilliant student a subject for his doctoral thesis in 1923, he admitted…
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The best of capitalism is over for rich countries – and for the poor ones it will be over by 2060

The best of capitalism is over for rich countries – and for the poor ones it will be over by 2060 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Paul Mason: Populations with access to technology and a sense of their human rights will not accept inequality
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uma nova idade das trevas aí ao virar da esquina? que nos é entregue de bandeja pelo capitalismo selvagem globalizado? 

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Here’s How to Draw With 400,000 Volts of Electricity | Design | WIRED

Here’s How to Draw With 400,000 Volts of Electricity | Design | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Luke Evan uses the principles of xerography to paint with electricity.
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Why has the idea of hell survived so long? – Kathryn Gin Lum – Aeon

Why has the idea of hell survived so long? – Kathryn Gin Lum – Aeon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Younger Christians may be ditching doctrines of fire and brimstone – but will Christianity ever get rid of hell entirely?
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Are the Authoritarians Winning? by Michael Ignatieff

Are the Authoritarians Winning? by Michael Ignatieff | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Democracies today are in the middle of a period of envy and despondency. Authoritarian competitors are aglow with arrogant confidence. The Francis Fukuyama moment—when in 1989 Westerners were told that liberal democracy was the final form toward which all political striving was directed—now looks like a quaint artifact of a vanished unipolar moment. For the first time since the end of the cold war, the advance of democratic constitutionalism has stopped
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pelo menos aparentam. e nós por cá gostamos disso. é canga à antiga, que é bom.

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A Banker, a Scholar, and the Invention of Art History

A Banker, a Scholar, and the Invention of Art History | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The story of the Warburg brothers.
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BruceS — Sputniko! スプツニ子! @5putniko is having a hard time...

BruceS — Sputniko! スプツニ子! @5putniko is having a hard time... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Sputniko! スプツニ子!
@5putniko is having a hard time reconciling herself to the blatant geek sexism of this female broom-toting robot mascot of the “Artificial Intelligence Journal.”
*Not to mention that...
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will | Business | WIRED

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will | Business | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Beneath its slick interface and crystal clear GPS-enabled vision of the world, Google Maps roils with local rivalries, score-settling, and deception.
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