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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A Giant, Fake City in the Middle of the Desert

A Giant, Fake City in the Middle of the Desert | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The mock metropolis is meant to have everything but people who live there.
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Thing Explainer

Thing Explainer | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Randall Munroe of xkcd is coming out with a new book called Thing Explainer.

Inspired by his popular comic, "Up Goer Five,
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Next Big Future: Americans worry about the Terminator Robot Apocalypse but what about a Japanese Sexbot Apocalypse ?

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David Cameron announces a new age of intolerance

David Cameron announces a new age of intolerance | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Artur Coelho's insight:

bem vindos às democracias autoritárias.

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Syria’s truth smugglers | Julian Borger

Syria’s truth smugglers | Julian Borger | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The long read: A team of Syrian investigators have risked their lives to collect secret government documents that provide evidence of war crimes by Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Will an international court ever hear their cases?
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Robot Dogs Will Replace Pets in Super-Dense Cities

Robot Dogs Will Replace Pets in Super-Dense Cities | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Keeping a pet healthy requires resources and open space, and in the cities of the future both may be at such a premium that live pets will become a thing of the past. Australian researcher Jean-Loup Rault suggests robotic and virtual-reality pets may replace the real thing.
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Fashion to Die For: Did an Addiction to Fads Lead Marie Antoinette to the Guillotine?

Fashion to Die For: Did an Addiction to Fads Lead Marie Antoinette to the Guillotine? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Fast fashion might seem like a modern invention, but in the turbulent world of 18th-century France, when Marie Antoinette was calling the...
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Every date this week, and a good portion of the following one, is a palindrome. Is this an emergent

Every date this week, and a good portion of the following one, is a palindrome. Is this an emergent | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Every date this week, and a good portion of the following one, is a palindrome. Is this an emergent feature of our largely arbitrary calendar system? Absolutely. But our brains are wired to seek out patterns, even meaningless ones, and it sure is fun when we find one—let alone ten in a row.
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The Rise of Automated Cars Will Kill Thousands of Jobs Beyond Driving

The Rise of Automated Cars Will Kill Thousands of Jobs Beyond Driving | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Perhaps the most important thing to understand about a future in which your car is fully autonomous is that it probably won’t be your car.
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Listen to Thomas Edison's Scary Talking Dolls and Never Sleep Again

Listen to Thomas Edison's Scary Talking Dolls and Never Sleep Again | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Thomas Edison’s phonograph company came out with a line of groundbreaking “talking” dolls in 1890. They lasted only six weeks before being yanked from stores, because the dolls sound like the risen Satan singing a lullaby. Now with the help of new technology, you too can listen to the dolls’ voices and never be at peace again.
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Your cyberpunk games are dangerous

Your cyberpunk games are dangerous | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How roleplaying games and fantasy fiction confounded the FBI, confronted the law, and led to a more open web
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The Techno-Islands That May Replace the Maldives

The Techno-Islands That May Replace the Maldives | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
If the 350 thousand-odd Maldivians want to stay put, they may have to rebuild everything, starting with the ground they walk on.
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‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,’ a Documentary, Revives Cambodia’s Silenced Sounds

‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,’ a Documentary, Revives Cambodia’s Silenced Sounds | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll” sheds a light on the pop scene before the Khmer Rouge’s takeover in 1975.
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Imagining The Lab-Grown Food Of The Future

Imagining The Lab-Grown Food Of The Future | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Scientists are charging full steam ahead with building lab-grown meat, so that we can fulfil our burger cravings without the moral, environmental and economic costs of raising cows. But that raises an important question: what the hell would a lab-grown meal even look like?
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JF Ptak Science Books: What Happens To Essential Personnel in a Nuclear Attack? (1956)

JF Ptak Science Books: What Happens To Essential Personnel in a Nuclear Attack? (1956) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
JF Ptak Science Books Post 2452 Perhaps nothing is obvious unless it is established or labeled so; perhaps the obviousness must be stated at least once before it can be officially, recognizably, the case. And perhaps the greater the obviousness...
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How Photography's Changed in the Last Decade, in Three Simple Numbers

How Photography's Changed in the Last Decade, in Three Simple Numbers | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Time was, each click of the shutter button was precious and you pored over the resulting photographs—good or bad—at length. Now you post them to Instagram and then forget about them forever. And don’t even mention photo frame sales... [Truth Facts]
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The great unraveling of globalization

The great unraveling of globalization | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
U.S. businesses rethink a strategy that promised to lift companies and consumers the world over.
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Woman Says She Got Fired for Deleting a 24/7 Tracking App Off Her Phone

Woman Says She Got Fired for Deleting a 24/7 Tracking App Off Her Phone | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
And now in a delightful new installment of a series I just made up right now—Why Isn’t This Illegal?—we have an employer allegedly firing a woman for not wanting to be tracked after-hours on her work phone.
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The Lost French Castle that’s taking 25 Years to Re-Build

The Lost French Castle that’s taking 25 Years to Re-Build | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Let's say a volunteer became involved in the early stages of building this castle at the age of twenty. By the time construction of the fortress is com
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A new visualization of the electromagnetic spectrum | KurzweilAI

A new visualization of the electromagnetic spectrum | KurzweilAI | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
These marine creatures and objects illustrate the size of the different wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum (credit: BNL designer Tiffany Bowman and 
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Schneier on Security: Stealing a Billion

Schneier on Security: Stealing a Billion | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Artur Coelho's insight:

"It's an insider attack, where the insider is in charge."

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