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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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Ukraine: Hate in Progress

by Tim Judah

Ukraine: Hate in Progress<br/><br/> by Tim Judah | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The shift of popular opinion in eastern Ukraine under the sway of the Russian media is ominously reminiscent of what the Serbian media and other bits of the former Yugoslav media did when Yugoslavia collapsed.
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The New Synthetic Biology: Who Gains?

by Richard C. Lewontin

The New Synthetic Biology: Who Gains?<br/><br/> by Richard C. Lewontin | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Nothing in history suggests that those who control and profit from material production can really be depended upon to devote the needed foresight, creativity, and energy to protect us from the possible negative effects of synthetic biology. In cases where there is a conflict between the immediate and the long-range consequences or between public and private good, how can that conflict be resolved?
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World War I in Photos: Introduction

World War I in Photos: Introduction | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
One hundred years ago, in the summer of 1914, a series of events set off an unprecedented global conflict that ultimately claimed the lives of more than 16 million people, dramatically redrew the maps of Europe, and set the stage for the 20th Century.
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A libertarian move to build a new society – Livia Gershon – Aeon

A libertarian move to build a new society – Livia Gershon – Aeon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Libertarians are united by opposition to government, but when it comes to planning a new society they are deeply divided
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Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom

Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
An ISP should give users the bits they ask for, as quickly as it
can, and not deliberately slow down the data. By Cory Doctorow
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Rise of the 'super workers' who never take time off - Telegraph

Rise of the 'super workers' who never take time off  - Telegraph | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A new social class is emerging of wealthy workers who shun holidays and time-off because they find work more rewarding
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All the animals come out at night “So this is... - What the Zeitgeist Wants

All the animals come out at night “So this is... - What the Zeitgeist Wants | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
All the animals come out at night
“So this is your wilderness,” says the vampire to her long-distance husband, as he gives her a driving tour of where he lives now. “Detroit.”
He lives in an old red...
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It's no joke – the robots will really take over this time

It's no joke – the robots will really take over this time | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
If capitalism can outsource low-paid jobs, why can't it replace the middle classes with automatons, asks John Naughton
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One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush | Business | WIRED

One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush | Business | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The story of one Silicon Valley startup struggling to survive a modern gold rush.
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Jim Golden Studio - Photographer - Portland OR - 503-819-7217 - Relics-of-Technology - 21

Jim Golden Studio - Photographer - Portland OR - 503-819-7217 - Relics-of-Technology - 21 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Relics of Technology
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The Future of Luxury: Avoiding People

The Future of Luxury: Avoiding People | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Services like Silvercar, Uber, and pay-to-play airline VIP programs help keep the new aristocracy away from the rabble
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The Countries Pushing for Internet Sovereignty Really Just Want to Police the Internet

The Countries Pushing for Internet Sovereignty Really Just Want to Police the Internet | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Asked at a media forum in St. Petersburg about Russia’s largest search engine, Yandex, storing its data on servers outside the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Internet was originally a "CIA project" and "is still developing as such." The former KGB agent is not totally wrong. The...
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BruceS — Hey Bruce! I’m dropping you an email, because… ...

BruceS — Hey Bruce! I’m dropping you an email, because… ... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Hey Bruce!
I’m dropping you an email, because…
I finally finished to make my first feature film. I have a couple of movie projects in the pipeline, but they are all so big and hard to finance, and...
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No, Toronto Officials Aren't Analyzing What's Flushed in Public Toilets

No, Toronto Officials Aren't Analyzing What's Flushed in Public Toilets | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A made-up toilet company raises legitimate questions about government data-tracking.
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The bizarre online origins of 'me irl'

The bizarre online origins of 'me irl' | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
I found what I believe is the very first true “me irl” published on the Internet. And it’s a doozy. 
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Wages for Facebook | Dissent Magazine

Wages for Facebook | Dissent Magazine | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Artur Coelho's insight:

no universo digital das stacks, o utilizador é o produto.

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Hands-On With the World's First 3D-Printed Teddy Bear

Hands-On With the World's First 3D-Printed Teddy Bear | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Despite the existence of softer plastics and materials, 3D printers are still primarily designed to create hard, solid objects that don't have much bend or give. But a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University has successfully hacked a machine to create the world's first 3D-printed teddy bear using a technique called felting.
Artur Coelho's insight:

uma impressora 3d a imprimir em... lã? ok, mas a isso não se chama tricotar? 

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The Sharing Economy Is About Desperation

The Sharing Economy Is About Desperation | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We don't give rides to strangers because we like them. We just need the money.
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house of the future

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Famous for his iconic Egg chair, Danish architect Arne Jacobsen designed furniture, plumbing fixtures, lamps, speakers, door handles, flatware and other objects, as well as dozens of houses. His ar...
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The American Dream is now just that for its middle classes – a dream

The American Dream is now just that for its middle classes – a dream | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Michael Cohen: For years, the US enjoyed unrivalled prosperity - and its middle classes were the envy of the world. No longer. Last week, a study of decades of economic data concluded that the US had fallen behind other nations, apart, that is, from the super-rich
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Essay Book Reviews - Irish Book Reviews - Dublin Review of Books

Essay Book Reviews - Irish Book Reviews - Dublin Review of Books | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Dublin Review of Books publishes clear and informative essays on recently published books. Read our latest long-form essays here.
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Ukraine: The Phony War?

by Tim Judah

Ukraine: The Phony War?<br/><br/> by Tim Judah | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In late April, traveling in eastern Ukraine, I was in the midst of its phony war. Threats were flying, ultimatums were delivered, and jets screamed low over the countryside. Trees were felled to block back roads, tires were piled up to build barricades, and men from backwater towns strutted with their guns, their lives suddenly seeming to have purpose. In eastern Ukraine, where neatly kept memorials commemorate the fallen of the great battles fought there by the Red Army during World War II, all the omens seemed to tell of war coming once again. But even at the eleventh hour it is not inevitable.
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