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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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prosthetic knowledge — ABB Robots Katana Fight What would two industrial...

prosthetic knowledge — ABB Robots Katana Fight What would two industrial... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
ABB Robots Katana Fight
What would two industrial robots with Japanese swords look like if they fought? Something like this - video embedded below:
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argh! imaginem se eles tivesse pernas. ou rodas. 

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The True Story of the Computer Worm that Took Down a Nuclear Facility

The True Story of the Computer Worm that Took Down a Nuclear Facility | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Stuxnet worm was the first known example of a digital weapon developed by the U.S. government -- and it actually worked. Discovered in 2010, it had already destroyed several nuclear centrifuges in Iran. Now, veteran computer security reporter Kim Zetter has an action-packed book about it. We've got an excerpt.
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What Actually Goes Down on the International Space Station

What Actually Goes Down on the International Space Station | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The main purpose of the International Space Station is to provide an international laboratory for experiments within the space environment. Which, despite all our technological advances, is nearly impossible to replicate here on Earth. Because for many of those experiments, the key parameter is—you guessed it—weightlessness.
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How Did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy No. 1?

How Did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy No. 1? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Keith Gessen reflects on a growing divide within publishing.
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A screaming comes across the sky. Drones, mass surveillance and invisible wars - we make money not art

A screaming comes across the sky. Drones, mass surveillance and invisible wars - we make money not art | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Inside the ESA's Plan To Build the First Moon Base

Inside the ESA's Plan To Build the First Moon Base | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We've known for years that the European Space Agency was pursuing research aimed at developing a lunar base. And the ESA has continued to build on the concept alongside a team of architects--today, it released a video that shows more specifics about the idea, which would use lunar soil to print a habitat for four astronauts.
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Mecabricks.com

Mecabricks.com | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Mecabricks is the first web service to publish and display 3D models made with LEGO® bricks. No need to install any plugin, it simply works.
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legos + webgl = stl/obj? wow!

 

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In New Book, Architecture Photography Is More Than Pretty Buildings

In New Book, Architecture Photography Is More Than Pretty Buildings | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When Nicephore Niepce created the first ever photograph of the world in 1826, he chose to point his camera at a building. Architecture has been an iconic subject of photography from the very beginning, and Phaidon's new book, Shooting Space, surveys how artists new and established are looking at man-made structures.
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From “cash only” to NFC-ready, how we buy determines what we buy

From “cash only” to NFC-ready, how we buy determines what we buy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Showrooming, car-sharing, and chicken sandwiches—all within a smartphone's reach today.
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You knew it was crap, but you bought it anyway. This is why.

You knew it was crap, but you bought it anyway. This is why. | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
David McRaney explores the sunk cost fallacy, a strangely twisted bit of logic that seems to pop into the human mind once a person has experienced the pain of loss or the ickiness of waste on his or her way toward a concrete goal. It’s illogical, irrational, unreasonable - and as a perfectly normal human being, you act under its influence all the time.
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British Liberty Is Under Threat

British Liberty Is Under Threat | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The country seems invulnerable to tyranny. Yet in the last 15 years it has eliminated core rights and protections that took centuries to secure.
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FutureMakers.Today | http://hatalska.com

FutureMakers.Today | http://hatalska.com | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Future will be awesome. Future is so unpredictable. Future is scary. We don’t know what the next few years will bring let alone next decades. But I challenged the world’s greatest minds to deal with that daunting task and gathered their opinions to show us the future in the next 25 years. In 12 different aspects of our lives. The future makers will tell you about it. Today.
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MAP: Every Country's Highest-Valued Export

MAP: Every Country's Highest-Valued Export | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Australia makes the most money from coal.
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bem vindos ao futuro. bem, os senhores dos países desenvolvidos também têm de comer... 

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Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers have volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?
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The 25 Most Powerful Websites

The 25 Most Powerful Websites | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Sure, with its sprawling server farms, Google is probably the web’s most powerful entity. And everyone knows about the influence of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia. But to us, powerful means changing what we eat, how we vote, and the ways we kill time at the office. In no particular order, here are the 25 Most Powerful Websites.1. Trojan Room Coffeepot: The Steamiest Webcam EverThe first successful webcam wasn’t sexy, funny, or even all that interesting. It was a low-res
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The Bridge to Sodom and Gomorrah | The Big Roundtable

The Bridge to Sodom and Gomorrah | The Big Roundtable | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Big Roundtable | A home for writers with true stories they need to tell.
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The End of the Throw Away Appliance | WIRED

The End of the Throw Away Appliance | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it

Right now, it's probably cheaper and easier to buy a new appliance than to have one repaired. This won't always be the case. Here are three things that will bring about the return of the appliance repair and end the age of the throw away appliance.

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Asmara, Eritrea: A Forgotten Piece of Italy in Africa

Asmara, Eritrea: A Forgotten Piece of Italy in Africa | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea, was an Italian colony between 1890 and 1941. The city was populated by a large Italian community (53,000 of 98,000 inhabitants in 1939), so the architecture is a unique blend of Italian modernism and Eritrean style. Here are the most amazing examples.
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How Astronauts Use Laptops on the International Space Station

How Astronauts Use Laptops on the International Space Station | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When the ISS was being designed, its architects wisely concluded that installing physical interfaces into the structure of the ISS was not a good idea. It's very hard to upgrade and/or repair interfaces that are part of the vehicle, whereas if laptop computers are used, upgrading or repair is as simple as launching a CD-ROM, uploading a file, or replacing the laptop. So with the exception of emergency hardware (e.g. ventilation valves), comm panels, and a limited set of other hardware, almost al
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linux. mas claro. 

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Irony Alert: Fake Battlefields Give Paintballers an Unrealistic Vision of War | WIRED

Irony Alert: Fake Battlefields Give Paintballers an Unrealistic Vision of War | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
There is no doubt the cratered and littered landscapes in Brett Van Ort‘s photographs are battlefields. Look closer, and you’ll see they are playgrounds as well.
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