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Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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Elegy for a Country’s Seasons

by Zadie Smith

Elegy for a Country’s Seasons<br/><br/> by Zadie Smith | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
There is the scientific and ideological language for what is happening to the weather, but there are hardly any intimate words. Is that surprising? People in mourning tend to use euphemism; likewise the guilty and ashamed. The most melancholy of all the euphemisms: “The new normal.” “It’s the new normal,” I think, as a beloved pear tree, half-drowned, loses its grip on the earth and falls over. The train line to Cornwall washes away—the new normal. We can’t even say the word “abnormal” to each other out loud: it reminds us of what came before. Better to forget what once was normal, the way season followed season, with a temperate charm only the poets appreciated.
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Who Wants To Be a Cyborg?

Who Wants To Be a Cyborg? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The DIY efforts of a small number of wannabe cyborgs have allowed them to hear sound, see ultraviolet light, and echolocate like a bat.
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Model for a “Creeping Baby Doll” patented in 1871

Model for a “Creeping Baby Doll” patented in 1871 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
What child wouldn't want to be surprised by this adorable wax-headed baby doll crawling out from under their bed at 2am?
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What Would Plato Do?—Colin McGinn on an ancient philosopher in the modern world

What Would Plato Do?—Colin McGinn on an ancient philosopher in the modern world | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Colin McGinn reviews "Plato at the Googleplex: Why PHilosophy Won't Go Away," by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein.
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Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon

Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains
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VIRTUAL ILLUSION: Estética do Excepcionalismo Americano, "Bioshock Infinite" (parte I)

VIRTUAL ILLUSION: Estética do Excepcionalismo Americano, "Bioshock Infinite" (parte I) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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RHIZOME.ORG

RHIZOME.ORG | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
artxsmart:
“ ‘when you see the amazing sight’
after ‘wanderer above the sea of fog’ by caspar david friedrich, 1818
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Ptak Science Books: An Early Steam-Driven Robotic Society-Scrubber (1829)

Ptak Science Books: An Early Steam-Driven Robotic Society-Scrubber (1829) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
JF Ptak Science Books Post 2183 History of the Future series I've addressed the ideas of early mechanical men elsewhere in this blog (just enter "robot" in the site search box at left and you'll find two or three dozen...
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Inside the New Arms Race to Control Bandwidth on the Battlefield | Threat Level | Wired.com

Inside the New Arms Race to Control Bandwidth on the Battlefield | Threat Level | Wired.com | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Communications, navigation, battlefield logistics, precision munitions—all of these depend on complete and unfettered access to the spectrum, territory that must be vigilantly defended from enemy combatants. Yet despite the importance of this crucial resource, America’s grip on the spectrum has never been more tenuous.
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Why Does Everyone Hate Monsanto? - Modern Farmer

Why Does Everyone Hate Monsanto? - Modern Farmer | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Everyone seems to think that Monsanto is the face of evil. But why?
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Should biotech make life hellish for criminals? – Ross Andersen – Aeon

Should biotech make life hellish for criminals? – Ross Andersen – Aeon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Radical life extension would give humans the power to create an artificial hell for criminals. Should we?
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Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years

Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is also a change to which almost no one is paying attention. I'm talking about the coming obsolescence of the gun-wielding human infantryman as a weapon of...
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Digital Life in 2025 by Pew Research Center | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com

Digital Life in 2025 by Pew Research Center | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
*It's not bad, as such things go. http://www.pewinternet.org/files/2014/03/PIP_Report_Future_of_the_Internet_Predictions_031114.pdf John Markoff, senior wr
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Venus glory

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A rainbow-like feature known as a ‘glory’ has been seen by ESA’s Venus Express orbiter in the atmosphere of our nearest neighbour – the first time one has been fully imaged on another planet.
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Every Building Is a Facade

Every Building Is a Facade | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy took photos of ordinary buildings, then digitally erased everything but the front walls. The result is a world filled with facades and devoid of depth. He explains its meaning:The façade is the first thing we see, it’s the surface of a building. It can be impressive, superficial or safe. Just like during a wandering through a foreign city, I walk through the streets with these questions: what will happen if we stick to that first vision? If the dai...
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The 500 MPH Superplane That Bugatti Had to Hide From the Nazis

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This is the Bugatti Model 100P: A 900 HP, 500 MPH, race plane imagined by none other than legendary automotive designer Ettore Bugatti, so technologically advanced that it could have single-handedly dominated the skies of WWII for Germany, had the Nazis ever gotten their hands on it. But after more than seven decades of obscurity in a French barn, the "Veyron of the Skies" is ready to finally take flight for the first time.
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Bill Weaver SR-71 Blackbird Breakup

Photos, stories, death obituaries, biographies recording legacy of CIA, Air Force, Army men and women work secret atomic, radar, satellite flights in the Nevada desert, Kadena, Okinawa, North Korea, Vietnam
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In Defense of Instagram Selfies From Crimea

In Defense of Instagram Selfies From Crimea | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Ukraine and Russia are facing off over a peninsula where, 160 years ago, war photography was born.
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'Normal Barbie' Doll With Average Female Body Is Coming to Life

'Normal Barbie' Doll With Average Female Body Is Coming to Life | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Meet Lammily, who is perfectly normal and of healthy stature.
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"I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America"

Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) was an innovative stage and industrial designer, futurist, and urban planner who created and promoted a dynamic vision of the f...

Via Paulo Furtado
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