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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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Flying First Class on an Emirates Airbus A380

Flying First Class on an Emirates Airbus A380 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Graham Boynton examines how three Gulf-state airlines are putting glamour back in the skies.
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The Truth About the CIA and Iran | Foreign Affairs

The Truth About the CIA and Iran | Foreign Affairs | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Back in 2009, during his heavily promoted Cairo speech on American relations with the Muslim world, U.S.
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Best-paid CEOs perform the worst

Best-paid CEOs perform the worst | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In
Performance for Pay? The Relation Between CEO Incentive Compensation and Future Stock Price Performance
, a paper from U of Utah business-school professors, the relationship between executive performance and executive pay is intensively investigated.
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e por cá ainda gostam de se pronunciar, dizendo que vivemos acima das possibilidades, que aguentamos aguentamos, e somos uns preguiçosos: "The longer a CEO is in office, the worse his performance becomes, because he is able to pack the board with friendly cronies who keep hiking his pay and overlooking his underperformance."

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The Story of Pain: from Prayers to Painkillers by Joanna Bourke, review - Telegraph

The Story of Pain: from Prayers to Painkillers by Joanna Bourke, review - Telegraph | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A fascinating account of how we have viewed – and treated – pain
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A "Star Trek" Episode Shows the Next Phase of Human Communication

A "Star Trek" Episode Shows the Next Phase of Human Communication | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In one fascinating episode, Star Trek: The Next Generation traced the limits of human communication as we know it—and suggested a new, truer way of talking about the universe.
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Watch This Diamond-Dusted Robot Saw Through Marble Like It’s Hot Butter

There are lots of fun ways to watch machines show-off: see them play massive Jenga games; ooh and aah as they draw peens and portraits; or, in the case of Carrara Robotics, check out a wire-saw saturated with diamond dust slice through a chunk of marble like it it's absolutely nothing.
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Has Jeff Koons Become a Pillar of the Art Establishment?

Has Jeff Koons Become a Pillar of the Art Establishment? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Ingrid Sischy examines the creative risks that power his record-breaking prices and pop-culture supremacy.
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Terrifying, Century-Old Photographs from Neuroscience Experiments

Terrifying, Century-Old Photographs from Neuroscience Experiments | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
An 1862 monograph by pioneering French neurologist Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne de Boulogne (1806-1875) is full of disturbing photos of human subjects. Using electrodes, the scientist triggered muscular contractions in their faces. You know, for science.
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porque... pela ciência.

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What Does Sound Look Like?

What Does Sound Look Like? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A device in the basement of the Library of Congress produces images of sound, echoing the reason recording devices were invented in the first place. 
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Flesh Is Weak

Flesh Is Weak | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Reports have surfaced of a professor with a mania for self-examination. His line of inquiry, however, is not of the Socratic philosophical sort. An expert in computer science, he is collecting data on his bodily functions. To improve his diet (and reduce his weight) he tracks what he eats down to the calorie. He straps sensors to his body to measure his caloric burn while exercising. Unsettlingly, it has been reported, the professor “is deep into the biochemistry of his feces . . .
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This is Probably a Good Time to Say That I Don’t Believe Robots Will Eat All the Jobs … | Marc Andreessen

This is Probably a Good Time to Say That I Don’t Believe Robots Will Eat All the Jobs … | Marc Andreessen | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Bill Black: How Hayek Helped the Worst Get to the Top

Bill Black: How Hayek Helped the Worst Get to the Top | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How Hayek's demonization of the common man and his deep suspicion of democracy has fueled rule by the worst
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as leis são um empecilho aos cleptocratas: "Libertarians are profoundly anti-democratic. "

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The Stunning Factory Porn Of Aircraft Assembly Lines

The Stunning Factory Porn Of Aircraft Assembly Lines | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Airplanes let us witness the majesty of the world above the clouds, but the places where these vessels are born and serviced have a beauty all their own—efficient, complex, and remarkably clean.
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BLDGBLOG: An Occult History of the Television Set

BLDGBLOG: An Occult History of the Television Set | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
architectural conjecture :: urban speculation :: landscape futures
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Photos of NATO fighters intercepting fully armed Russian jets

Photos of NATO fighters intercepting fully armed Russian jets | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Fully armed NATO and Russian aircraft keep having encounters as the tension between both powers increase. These photos were taken yesterday by RAF Eurofighters over Baltic airspace. They intercepted four SU-27 Flanker fighters and a Tupolev Tu22 Backfire bombers, among others.
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estes brinquedos são caros, há que lhes dar uso...

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Is human sexuality determined by evolution? – Neil McArthur – Aeon

Is human sexuality determined by evolution? – Neil McArthur – Aeon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When it comes to sex will humans ever be liberated from the basic biological needs that drove our evolutionary past?
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The History of Mana: How an Austronesian Concept Became a Video Game Mechanic—Vol. 2, No. 2

The History of Mana: How an Austronesian Concept Became a Video Game Mechanic—Vol. 2, No. 2 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How did an Austronesian term get built into the design of video games and become a global phenomenon?
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That One Time the CIA Secretly Distributed Copies of "Doctor Zhivago" in the USSR

That One Time the CIA Secretly Distributed Copies of "Doctor Zhivago" in the USSR | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Stalin thought so. So, apparently, did the CIA, according to a new account of how the U.S. secretly distributed Doctor Zhivago in the Soviet Union.
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genial, esta. 

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Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong

Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Clayton Christensen’s theory of “disruptive innovation” is founded on anxiety, fear, and shaky evidence.
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Not selling out: Teens live in commercial online spaces because that's their only option

Not selling out: Teens live in commercial online spaces because that's their only option | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
danah boyd points out that when kids conduct their social lives in commercial spaces, it's not because they don't care about selling out; it's because they have no other option: "In a world where they have limited physical mobility and few places to go, they’re deeply appreciative of any space that will accept them."



boyd's extensive fieldwork with teens (documented in her must-read book It's Complicated) backstops her opinion.
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At the same time, we tell teens and kids that they can't walk to school alone, can't play in the park alone, can't venture into town alone to shop or congregate, because of theDaily Mail-fed terror of sexual predators (who are overwhelmingly not strangers in parks, but relatives, teachers, clergy, coaches, and other authority figures in our kids' lives).

Then, when kids turn to the only place where they can be social without being feared or feared for -- the corporate-owned social spaces of the net -- we damn them for having no sense of authenticity and being uncritical serfs in commercial seigneuries."

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The Stunning Symmetry of Underground Metros Around the World

The Stunning Symmetry of Underground Metros Around the World | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From Prague to Paris to Tokyo to London, Enig Hui has traveled all over the world and captured stunning photos of the underground metro system. While the Malaysia native also documents urban scenes and beautiful landscapes, his images of subways and trains across the globe are particularly striking, evoking a strong sense of drama in their extreme symmetry and contrast.
Whether the train platforms are eerily empty or bustling with commuters, Hui's incredible photos capture the essence of living in the modern concrete jungle, with a classic film aesthetic that complements the gritty energy of urban life. With a keen eye for patterns, balance, and careful framing, the photographer manages to transform the metro—a staple of sprawling metropolises—into stark works of art that embody the city's vitality.
Enig Hui on Flickr Enig Hui on Tumblr
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The Ghost Files | Winter 2013-14 | Columbia Magazine

The Ghost Files | Winter 2013-14 | Columbia Magazine | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Illustrations by Davide Bonazzi Matthew Connelly had an idea for a book. The Pentagon, he realized, was one of the first organizations ever to undertake a large, scientifically based effort to predict the future.
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tumbLRJP! : abject-reptile: Frank Godwin, ‘Wonder-Land’...

tumbLRJP! : abject-reptile: Frank Godwin, ‘Wonder-Land’... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
abject-reptile:
“ Frank Godwin, ‘Wonder-Land’ (1937)
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