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Shell-Worlds: How Humanity Could Terraform Small Planets (Infographic)

Shell-Worlds: How Humanity Could Terraform Small Planets (Infographic) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
An engineer suggests building a roof over a small planet so that Earthlike conditions could be maintained.

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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Dr. Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.
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Neal Stephenson: We Have Lots of Great Ideas for the Future. We Need More CEOs.

Neal Stephenson: We Have Lots of Great Ideas for the Future. We Need More CEOs. | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This piece is part of Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University. On Thursday, Oct. 2, Future Tense will host an event in Washington, D.C., on science fiction and public policy, inspired by the new anthology Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future. For...
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Confessions of a former internet troll

Confessions of a former internet troll | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Trolling was always juvenile. It wasn't always this cruel.
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BruceS — wolfliving: *Illustrator and “imagineer” Arthur...

BruceS — wolfliving: *Illustrator and “imagineer” Arthur... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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“ *Illustrator and “imagineer” Arthur Radebaugh working the RCA account, 1964. Radebaugh was known for his phosphorescent paints and cutting-edge black-light paintings.
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How the Rich Conquered the Economy, in One Chart

How the Rich Conquered the Economy, in One Chart | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When you write about the economy every day for a living, you can start feeling numb toward charts about income inequality. After all, the story doesn't change much week to week, and usually neither do the visualizations. But this one, from Bard College economist Pavlina Tcherneva, somehow still feels astonishing,...
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uma dica: o vermelho não é o nosso dinheiro. o azul é o que a beneficiência dos mais ricos ajuda a distribuir pelo resto da população. os méritos da trickle down economics e do austeritarismo são evidentes. 

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Your Body, the Machine... Literally

Your Body, the Machine... Literally | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Once upon a time it was quite popular to depict the human body in terms of machinery. The idea was that all of the functions and organs of the body could be equated on a one-to-one basis with machinery and technology: the eyes were cameras, the lungs bellows, the arms derricks, etc. The result was scores of books featuring some pretty bizarre illustrations. A sample of these will speak for themselves.
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Tech Time Warp of the Week: This Tech Giant Saw the Future. Then Google Put It Out of Business | WIRED

Tech Time Warp of the Week: This Tech Giant Saw the Future. Then Google Put It Out of Business | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Before Uber and Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter, Google and Yahoo, DEC saw the future of the internet.
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Futuristic Tales Of The City: Life In 2030

Futuristic Tales Of The City: Life In 2030 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Futuristic Tales Of The City: Life in 2030. Intelligenthq Humans have always been captivated by futuristic tales and visions on how the world and cities wo
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Artificial General Intelligence that plays Atari video games: How did DeepMind do it? | Robohub

Artificial General Intelligence that plays Atari video games: How did DeepMind do it? | Robohub | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Last December, an article named “Playing Atari with Deep Reinforcement Learning” was uploaded to arXiv by employees of a small AI company called DeepMind. Two months later . Currently our team is trying to replicate their artificial [...]
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The gospel of virtual reality according to Oculus

The gospel of virtual reality according to Oculus | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This past Saturday, I found myself in the front row of what felt like an old-time revival, only instead of religious zealots, I was surrounded by roughly
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What It Was Like to Be Online During the 80s

What It Was Like to Be Online During the 80s | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Before Google Fiber, before broadband, before you got bombarded with enough AOL free trial CDs to build your family a (very pointy and ineffective) home, the internet was a vastly simpler thing.
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Why We Keep Playing the Lottery - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus

Why We Keep Playing the Lottery - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
To grasp how unlikely it was for Gloria C. MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Florida widow, to have won the $590 million Powerball lottery…
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lotarias, ou sendo mais rigoroso, o imposto sobre a idiotice.

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The Art Forger Who Became a National Hero

The Art Forger Who Became a National Hero | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How one of the biggest fraudsters of 20th century art made millions, conned a Nazi, and emerged a national hero.
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These Are Plans for the First City in Antarctica

These Are Plans for the First City in Antarctica | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
As the climate warms and the human population spreads out, it makes sense that eventually we'll want a city in Antarctica. That's why Argentinian architect Amancio Williams designed this futuristic city for the frozen continent.
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Hong Kong protesters refuse to leave

Hong Kong protesters refuse to leave | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Protests in Hong Kong continue after tens of thousands of people defied calls for them to dismantle their camps and return home. Demonstrations fanned out...
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You Call This Thai Food? The Robotic Taster Will Be the Judge

You Call This Thai Food? The Robotic Taster Will Be the Judge | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A boxy contraption scans food samples to produce a chemical signature, which it measures against a standard deemed to be that of authentic Thai food.
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Virtual Reality May Become the Next Great Media Platform—But Can It Fool All Five Senses?

Virtual Reality May Become the Next Great Media Platform—But Can It Fool All Five Senses? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Jason Silva calls technologies of media “engines of empathy.” They allow us to look through someone else’s eyes, experience someone else’s
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Songdo, South Korea: City of the Future?

Songdo, South Korea: City of the Future? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The thrills and disappointments of Asia's half-finished "high-tech utopia"
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The myth of religious violence | Karen Armstrong

The myth of religious violence | Karen Armstrong | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But, Karen Armstrong writes, the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple
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Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash

Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator -- and its history of deference to banks.
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IEEE Computer Society 2022 Report - IEEECS

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Going West: The World of Live Action, Competitive Oregon Trail

Going West: The World of Live Action, Competitive Oregon Trail | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From epic real-life struggle, to computer game, to slightly less epic real-life struggle.
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A Specimen Box Full of Tiny Paper Airplanes Instead of Bugs

A Specimen Box Full of Tiny Paper Airplanes Instead of Bugs | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It's hard to understand the appeal of displaying the corpses of dead insects and other small creatures on pins in a specimen box, but tiny paper airplane versions of famous aircraft? That deserves to hang in the Louvre, or your home office as a second best scenario.
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The symbol of life should be a loop, not a helix – Jamie Davies – Aeon

The symbol of life should be a loop, not a helix – Jamie Davies – Aeon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life loops back to an older image
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"Space Bubbles" Caused a Deadly Firefight Between the U.S. and al-Qaida

"Space Bubbles" Caused a Deadly Firefight Between the U.S. and al-Qaida | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
One of the bloodiest rescue missions in Afghanistan in 2002 was caused by a tactical error. But that error could have been prevented if it hadn't been for "space bubbles" that prevented a military helicopter from getting crucial intel from a remote command post.
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