Outbreaks of Futurity
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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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The Armenian Genocide (Warning: gruesome pictures)

The Armenian Genocide (Warning: gruesome pictures) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Apr. 25, 2013 9:28am Mike Opelka What do you call the 1915 “mass deportation” of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) that resulted in the death of 1.5 million people? Most historians and Arm...
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Radical press demands copyright takedown of Marx-Engels Collected Works

Radical press demands copyright takedown of Marx-Engels Collected Works | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Lawrence and Wishart, a radical press founded in 1936 and formerly associated with the Communist Party of Great Britain, has asserted a copyright over "Marx-Engels Collected Works," a series of $25-50-ish hardcovers, and demanded that they be removed from the Marxist Internet Archive.
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comunismo ao estilo capitalista. 

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How censorship works in China’s media – Leslie Anne Jones – Aeon

How censorship works in China’s media – Leslie Anne Jones – Aeon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
You know that censorship has won its war on truth-telling when journalists happily police themselves
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Tyler Hicks Tells The Story Behind His Pulitzer-Winning Nairobi Mall Photos

Tyler Hicks Tells The Story Behind His Pulitzer-Winning Nairobi Mall Photos | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The New York Times photojournalist happened to be nearby when Islamist militants launched an attack on shoppers inside an upscale Kenyan mall — he rushed inside and took photos as the event unfolded.
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Andy Warhol paints Debbie Harry on an Amiga viaprostheticknowledge
I particularly enjoyed watching Warhol use an early paint ‘fill’ algorithm to colour Debbie’s hair yellow.
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The Life of a Stolen Phone: For the Smartphone Industry, Theft Is a Part of the Business Model

The Life of a Stolen Phone: For the Smartphone Industry, Theft Is a Part of the Business Model | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Alex had a gnawing, uneasy feeling when he boarded the last BART train from San Francisco International Airport, on the way home from a business trip in 2012. The station was dead empty. The 33-year-...
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2000 AD: the comic that foretold the future

2000 AD: the comic that foretold the future | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From X Factor's mawkish spectacle to hipsters in three piece suits, the Judge Dredd-starring sci-fi comic 200AD has never been far off the mark
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oh shit. isto de facto coloca numa nova perspectiva a distopia contemporânea...

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The battle to build Shakespeare’s Globe - FT.com

The battle to build Shakespeare’s Globe - FT.com | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This week marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. Yet the way we remember history’s most renowned playwright might have been very different had it not been for a formidable foe. In November 1596 a woman named Elizabeth Russell
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The Typhoon looks like a cool futuristic fighter with its new top tanks

The Typhoon looks like a cool futuristic fighter with its new top tanks | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This picture—taken by airplane photographer Luigi Sani—shows a weird smooth hump on the central fuselage of an Eurofighter Typhoon. It's one of its two new top Conformal Fuel Tanks, designed to further extend its range. They are now being tested by BAE Systems in wind tunnels.
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How to live forever

How to live forever | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
If more and more people are living past 100, how much older can we survive to, in theory, asks Frank Swain. And what would it take to achieve this in practice?
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The Hidden Beauty of Unfinished Buildings

The Hidden Beauty of Unfinished Buildings | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The field of architectural photography is often slick and staged, overproduced and unrealistic. But not the work of photographer Grant Mudford, who trains his lenses on the uncelebrated, forgotten details of architecture—like half-finished construction sites, still wearing scaffolding.
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The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills

The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Inside the race to represent California’s absurdly wealthy — and sometimes just absurd — 33rd District.
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Before Silicon Valley got nasty, the Pirates of Analog Alley fought it out

Before Silicon Valley got nasty, the Pirates of Analog Alley fought it out | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Stealing ideas and fighting over patents existed back when computers had gears, too.
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Um fotógrafo com "olhar de puto" viu Portugal mudar

Um fotógrafo com "olhar de puto" viu Portugal mudar | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
O fotógrafo Alfredo Cunha escolheu, do seu numero espólio, imagens do início da década de 1970 e outras actuais, a formar pares que revelam muito do que mudou e do que permanece
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Moldova's Separatist Conundrum

Moldova's Separatist Conundrum | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Transdniestria, a pro-Russian breakaway province, is keeping Moldovans out of the European Union. Sound familiar?
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Psychological torture makes for good TV: Japan’s demented real-life ‘Truman Show’

Psychological torture makes for good TV: Japan’s demented real-life ‘Truman Show’ | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
  Even for a culture well-known for its sadistic game shows, Japan’s Susunu! Denpa Shōnen (進ぬ!電波少年) still stands out. The producers of this “torture”-themed reality series, which ran from 1998 to 2002, took things so far that the government actually stepped in and cancelled it. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the program remains an iconic part of Japanese television history. “Denpa Shōnen teki Kenshō Seikatsu” (“a life out of prizes”) was the best known segment of the show. Think of it as the naked, solitary confinement version of Big Brother. In it, Nasubi, an aspiring Japanese comedian—who it should be noted, auditioned for and agreed to this—was forced to live in a studio apartment, unclothed, with no supplies for a year and a half. Nasubi’s genitals…
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How America’s Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

How America’s Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it

tories set in the future are often judged, as time passes, on whether they come true or not. “Where are our flying cars?” became a plaintive cry of disappointment as the millennium arrived, reflecting the prevailing mood that science and technology had failed to live up to the most fanciful promises of early 20th-century science fiction.

 

But the task of science fiction is not to predict the future. Rather, it contemplates possible futures. Writers may find the future appealing precisely because it can’t be known, a black box where “anything at all can be said to happen without fear of contradiction from a native,” says the renowned novelist and poet Ursula K. Le Guin. “The future is a safe, sterile laboratory for trying out ideas in,” she tells Smithsonian, “a means of thinking about reality, a method.”




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Tim's Vermeer

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It's been suggested that perhaps Johannes Vermeer painted his exacting masterpieces with the help of mirrors and lenses. Tim Jenis
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Introducing AISight: The slightly scary CCTV network completely run by AI

Introducing AISight: The slightly scary CCTV network completely run by AI | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Imagine a major city completely covered by a video surveillance system designed to monitor the every move of its citizens, run by a fast-learning...
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