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Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread?

Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the era of the iPhone, Facebook, and Twitter, we want frictionless, “turnkey” solutions to the major difficulties of the world. We prefer instructional videos to teachers, drones to troops, incentives to institutions.
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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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Luisa Whitton Photography

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Thriving as Humans in the New Robotic Era | WIRED

Thriving as Humans in the New Robotic Era | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In a recent study by the Pew Research Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center, 1,800 technology experts were asked about the future of man vs. machine in 2025. Will we live harmoniously with robotic technology, or will virtual employees displace humans? More than half (52%) said they believe that the potential impact…
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The Three Laws of Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence

The Three Laws of Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence morality will be different from our human morality
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(119) Kyle Murao's answer to It seems very logical to use camouflage, so why did militaries not use camouflage before WWI? - Quora

(119) Kyle Murao's answer to It seems very logical to use camouflage, so why did militaries not use camouflage before WWI? - Quora | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Is a Permanent Peace Possible?

Is a Permanent Peace Possible? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The fighting in Europe prompted a noted British philosopher and pacifist to trace the “cruel absurdities” that had produced a world war—and to hope for peaceful means to settle future disputes.
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Antarctica Has Lost Enough Ice to Cause a Measurable Shift in Gravity | WIRED

Antarctica Has Lost Enough Ice to Cause a Measurable Shift in Gravity | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The study further confirms global warming is changing Antarctica in fundamental ways.
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cringe in fear. 

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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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'On the Other Side of the Shenzhen River'

'On the Other Side of the Shenzhen River' | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A man born in Kunming reflects on Hong Kong, and cries
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The Honey Hunters

The Honey Hunters | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Michael Snyder | Lucky Peach | Summer 2014 | 20 minutes (4,960 words) Lucky PeachOur latest Longreads Exclusive comes from Michael Snyder and Lucky Peach—a trip into the Sundarbans, where groups of...
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The New Aesthetic — Images created in an ongoing conversation between...

The New Aesthetic — Images created in an ongoing conversation between... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Images created in an ongoing conversation between @pixelsorter and @a_quilt_bot, two automated image-generating twitter bots.
The creator of @pixelsorter wrote a blog post about an earlier image loop...
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battle of the bot painters.

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The Cross at Neuve-Chapelle

The Cross at Neuve-Chapelle | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
At a village near the northern tip of France, the symbol of Christ caused Allied soldiers’ deaths.
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When Utopia Looked Real

When Utopia Looked Real | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Creating a League of Nations looked like a fool's errand until the American president had his say.
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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
wolfliving:
“ *Illustrator and “imagineer” Arthur Radebaugh working the RCA account, 1964. Radebaugh was known for his phosphorescent paints and cutting-edge black-light paintings.
*And, of course...
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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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