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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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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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BruceS — *It’s so full of wonders ...

BruceS — *It’s so full of wonders ... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
*It’s so full of wonders
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/35103/35103-h/35103-h.htm
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futuros.

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26 Percent of Facebook Users Crop Vacation Photos to Hide Their Bodies

26 Percent of Facebook Users Crop Vacation Photos to Hide Their Bodies | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A new survey of how people use—and don't use—those pictures of themselves on the beach
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The Ghost of Invention: A Visit to Bell Labs | WIRED

The Ghost of Invention: A Visit to Bell Labs | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Whatever happened to Bell Labs, which was once the hallmark of invention? The famed author Douglas Coupland investigates.
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Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves?

Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
William Langewiesche explores how a series of small errors can turn a state-of-the-art cockpit into a death trap.
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Artificial intelligence that imitates children’s learning

Artificial intelligence that imitates children’s learning | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The computer programs used in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are highly specialized. They can for example fly airplanes, play chess or assemble cars in controlled industrial environments. Scientists have now created an AI program that can learn how to solve problems in many different areas. The program is designed to imitate certain aspects of children’s cognitive development.
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The Case for Kill Switches in Military Weaponry

The Case for Kill Switches in Military Weaponry | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Existing technology might have made it possible to disarm ISIS from a distance
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Atlas Mugged: How a Libertarian Paradise in Chile Fell Apart | VICE United States

Atlas Mugged: How a Libertarian Paradise in Chile Fell Apart | VICE United States | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Two years after Galt's Gulch Chile was founded, the utopian project is mired in personal and legal conflicts and investors now claim that the guy in charge is a sociopath and a con man.
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um empreendedor amante do ideário da ayn rand revela-se um vigarista psicopata? qual é a surpresa? estava apenas a imitar a sua mentora...

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Woman has third breast implanted

Woman has third breast implanted | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Jasmine Tridevil, a massage therapist in Tampa, Florida, claims that she had a third breast implanted to get famous, land a reality show, and become "unattractive to men" because she doesn't "want to date anymore." From CBS Tampa Bay:




...“It was really hard finding someone that would do it because they’re breaking the code of ethics,” she said.
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doesn't really work that way. *idiocracy.

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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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How Politics Breaks Our Brains

How Politics Breaks Our Brains | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Humans are partisans by nature—but there's hope for ways to fight the impulse toward conflict.
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BruceS — magictransistor: Victor Hoeflich, Man From Mars...

BruceS — magictransistor: Victor Hoeflich, Man From Mars... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
magictransistor:
“ Victor Hoeflich, Man From Mars Radio Hat (Battery-operated portable radio coupon), c. 1949.

*Wearables
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faz lembrar o relógio da apple, não faz?

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Urban Planners Should Read More Sci-Fi

Urban Planners Should Read More Sci-Fi | 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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India becomes the first Asian country to reach Mars

India becomes the first Asian country to reach Mars | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Mars Orbiter Mission, called Mangalyaan, entered orbit last night.
Artur Coelho's insight:

isro: going places.

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A Cornell scientist came up with four ways to lose weight without dieting

A Cornell scientist came up with four ways to lose weight without dieting | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The best diet may be the one you don’t know you’re on. If you change just one lifestyle habit, instead of struggling to power through a traditional “diet,” you can lose two or more pounds each week. If you change up to three habits, you may lose more. Sounds simple? It can be, according to...
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ISIS vs. the Kurds

ISIS vs. the Kurds | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The U.S. wants the Kurds to do two potentially incompatible things: fight ISIS and resist seceding from Iraq. Dexter Filkins reports.
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Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics

Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We are probably there in terms of the economics. We are very, very wealthy — we could afford to do this. But we are not there in terms of the politics.
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"We are probably there in terms of the economics. We are very, very wealthy — we could afford to do this. But we are not there in terms of the politics."

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What will the intersection of manufacturing and maker spaces look like in the near future? • /r/Futurology

What will the intersection of manufacturing and maker spaces look like in the near future? • /r/Futurology | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Seems like as factories are becoming completely automated, the equipment is also becoming more accessible. We have sculpteo, shapeways, maker...
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