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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
Curated by Artur Coelho
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Uncanny Lover: Building a Sex Robot | Robotica | The New York Times - YouTube

Matt McMullen is developing a sex robot that uses technology to create the illusion of sentience. But is it enough to generate real emotions in its user? Pro...
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Next Big Future: Expandable space stations will be tested and proven in space within 12 months and then larger modules will increase space station size per cost by over ten times

Next Big Future: Expandable space stations will be tested and proven in space within 12 months and then larger modules will increase space station size per cost by over ten times | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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The Anthropocene Review, 2(2): When and How Did the Anthropocene Begin? (2015) — Monoskop Log

The Anthropocene Review, 2(2): When and How Did the Anthropocene Begin? (2015) — Monoskop Log | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Car Paleontology | Next Nature Network

Car Paleontology | Next Nature Network | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Cars - autonomous, self driving, uncontrollable - are bound to become the animals of the future.
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Fellow enjoys VR sex simulation so much he won't stop when asked to

Fellow enjoys VR sex simulation so much he won't stop when asked to | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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darwin awards: the long game.

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Photography Just Can’t Make Up Its Mind About the Square

Photography Just Can’t Make Up Its Mind About the Square | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Instagram has relinquished the square. It's mostly OK.
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no longer hip to be square?

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Yanis Varoufakis Takes Questions From 9 Leading Academics

Yanis Varoufakis Takes Questions From 9 Leading Academics | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In negotiations with the EU, "basic economic arguments were treated like insults."
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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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Burning Man said to be "wealthy libertarian fantasy world" and cautionary tale

Burning Man said to be "wealthy libertarian fantasy world" and cautionary tale | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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A Preview of What's to Come: The Story of an Alaskan Village That Will Soon Be Underwater

A Preview of What's to Come: The Story of an Alaskan Village That Will Soon Be Underwater | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Residents of Newtok voted to relocate as erosion destroyed their land. But moving has been almost impossible.
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The Trucial Oman Scouts Was the British Army’s Last Desert Romance

The Trucial Oman Scouts Was the British Army’s Last Desert Romance | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
For most people, the United Arab Emirates conjures up images of lavish, oil-funded lifestyles, luxury cars and oddly shaped skyscrapers. But fewer than 50 years ago, the country — then known as the Trucial States — was a harsh, undeveloped desert outpost of the British Empire, with few roads, no...
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Flying Girls: A Compendium of WW2 Airplane Pin-Ups

Flying Girls: A Compendium of WW2 Airplane Pin-Ups | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Since the Egyptians had their chariots, the Vikings had their ships and the Zulu warriors had their shields, man has been decorating his instruments of war
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Guy Debord, Asger Jorn: Mémoires (1958–) [French, English] — Monoskop Log

Guy Debord, Asger Jorn: Mémoires (1958–) [French, English] — Monoskop Log | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Photography Just Can’t Make Up Its Mind About the Square

Photography Just Can’t Make Up Its Mind About the Square | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Instagram has relinquished the square. It's mostly OK.
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French and U.N. Troops Are Losing the Battle to Save Mali

French and U.N. Troops Are Losing the Battle to Save Mali | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Imagine your country is a beacon of democracy, when suddenly, it’s overrun by angry rebels and hardcore jihadists. To add insult to injury, elements of the army — after losing control of half the country — stage a haphazard coup and throw your president out of power barely months before...
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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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