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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Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century

Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century seanhowe: “ sharktoofs: “ by Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History Yale University “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yiel
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Two Bubbles of Unrealism: Learning From the Tragedy of Trump - Los Angeles Review of Books

Two Bubbles of Unrealism: Learning From the Tragedy of Trump - Los Angeles Review of Books | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Bruno Latour on the election of Donald Trump and the coming ecological crisis.
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Amazing photos from Kinshasa's scrap car-parts megamarket

Amazing photos from Kinshasa's scrap car-parts megamarket | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The N’Djili district of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo is home to an enormous market of scrap auto-parts, carefully salvaged from Japan’s waste-stream and meticulously arrayed on blan…
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The last steps on the Moon

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In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy told Congress and the rest of the American public that the US was going to send a man
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Private Space Stations could start launching in 2020 and large multi-module stations able to hold 100 or more people by 2030

Private Space Stations could start launching in 2020 and large multi-module stations able to hold 100 or more people by 2030 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Bigelow Aerospace and Axiom Space — plan to launch habitat modules to orbit in 2020, with the aim of making some money off Earth. If al
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6 Big Ways Tech Is Rewriting Society's Rules

6 Big Ways Tech Is Rewriting Society's Rules | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Technology is advancing so rapidly that we will experience radical changes in society not only in our lifetimes but in the coming years. We have... read more
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Inside Tokyo's Decaying 1970s Capsule Tower

Inside Tokyo's Decaying 1970s Capsule Tower | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Nagakin Capsule Tower is one of the most important buildings in postwar architectural history in Japan, once praised as the 'future of housing', a rare remaining example of the Japanese Metabolism movement and the world's first examples of capsule architecture built for permanent and practical u
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The Anti-Élite, Post-Fact Worlds of Trump and Rousseau - The New Yorker

The Anti-Élite, Post-Fact Worlds of Trump and Rousseau - The New Yorker | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Pankaj Mishra on how Rousseau might help us solve at least one part of the intellectual puzzle that Donald Trump’s rise to power has posed.
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Why Do Some Countries Have Land That's Totally Detached from the Rest of the Country?

Why Do Some Countries Have Land That's Totally Detached from the Rest of the Country? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Most countries scribble their borders around a map and call it a day. Everything inside those lines is forever known as that country; everything outside is not. Simple enough, right? Not when you mix in colonialism, wars, history, natural resources, the terrible whims of despots, and more.
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AI Consequence: What if Trump & Brexit are the result of economic forces which lead to increasing inequality? What if Automation & AI causing job loss and inequality are at the heart of the issue? ...

AI Consequence: What if Trump & Brexit are the result of economic forces which lead to increasing inequality? What if Automation & AI causing job loss and inequality are at the heart of the issue? ... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
I'm sure this sounds far-fetched, and perhaps I am wrong. Certainly, at first glance, it doesn't look like AI or automation has anything t
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China now has a rocket that can land taikonauts on the Moon

China now has a rocket that can land taikonauts on the Moon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Meanwhile, America must decide whether it wants socialist or capitalist spaceflight.
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Mistaken maps

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Before the world had been fully explored, cartographers often made educated but incorrect guesses. They also just made things up
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Animal Ballast

Animal Ballast | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
[Image: Veduta dell’Anfiteatro Flavio detto il Colosseo (1776), by Giovanni Battista Piranesi; courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art]. While going through a bunch of old books for another impen…
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Francis Picabia, Trouble Maker

Francis Picabia, Trouble Maker | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A MOMA retrospective shows the merrily nihilistic Frenchman strewing the early twentieth century with the aesthetic equivalent of whoopee cushions. 
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Esboços sobre o Ontem e o Hoje (perspectivas)

Esboços sobre o Ontem e o Hoje (perspectivas) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
No final do século XX, em Portugal, estabeleceram-se, definitivamente, ao alcance do grande público, duas tecnologias que, de facto
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Pop music was a great leveller. Now it’s a bespoke plaything for the rich | John Harris

Pop music was a great leveller. Now it’s a bespoke plaything for the rich | John Harris | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Buying albums and watching bands were egalitarian pursuits. Now both reflect society’s wealth divide
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What the Aztecs can teach us about happiness and the good life – Sebastian Purcell | Aeon Ideas

In the spring semester of the school year, I teach a class called ‘Happiness’. It’s always packed with students because, like most people, they want to learn the secret to feeling fulfilled.
‘How many of you want to be happy in life?’ I ask
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Electric Jewellery and the Forgotten Genius who Lit Up Paris

Electric Jewellery and the Forgotten Genius who Lit Up Paris | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Known as ‘The City of Light’ for nearly two centuries, Paris led the way during the Age of Enlightenment, and yet history has forgotten one of the most bizarre and beautiful uses of light ever witnessed by Parisian society: electric jewellery. During the Belle Epoque, the chicest Parisian parties we
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An Alarm Designer on How to Annoy People in the Most Effective Ways

An Alarm Designer on How to Annoy People in the Most Effective Ways | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
There's an art and science to making one sound seem more urgent than another.
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EU space policy: Industry, security and defence

EU space policy: Industry, security and defence | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Written by Vincent Reillon and Patryk Pawlak, Autonomous space capabilities play a key role for in enhancing situational awareness, response to complex crises (natural disasters), management of natural resources (water, forests), delivery of services (health, energy, transport, communication, weather forecasting), and national security. With an increasing number of countries gaining access to outer space, the…
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Our Favorite Photos of This Week's Epic Supermoon

Our Favorite Photos of This Week's Epic Supermoon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Last night, photographers around the world turned their cameras to the sky to capture the closest full moon—also known as a supermoon—since 1948. We’ve scoured the web to bring you some of our favorite photos of the celestial event that took our minds off the current state of world affairs for a few blissful minutes.
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The Broken Technology of Ghost Hunting

The Broken Technology of Ghost Hunting | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The best tools for tracking down spirits have always been the ones fallible enough to find something.
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5 Big Tech Trends That Will Make This Election Look Tame

5 Big Tech Trends That Will Make This Election Look Tame | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
If you think this election is insane, wait until 2020. I want you to imagine how, in four years' time, technologies like AI, machine learning,... read more
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Overcomplicated technology and the need for biological thinking

Overcomplicated technology and the need for biological thinking | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Complex systems like stock trading software need to be studied like an ecosystem.
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