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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Book review: Imagine Architecture. Artistic Visions of the Urban Realm - we make money not art

Book review: Imagine Architecture. Artistic Visions of the Urban Realm - we make money not art | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Travel Through Time With These Strange and Beautiful Visualizations of the Universe | WIRED

Travel Through Time With These Strange and Beautiful Visualizations of the Universe | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
What does the universe look like? How about the sun, moon, planets, and stars? These are probably question that humans have been asking themselves ever since we first looked up at the sky. A new book, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, looks at the imaginative variety of ways that people have answered these questions throughout…
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Realistic Japanese doll dispenses drinks when you squeeze her breasts

Realistic Japanese doll dispenses drinks when you squeeze her breasts | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Check out the latest hit at Japanese parties: $5,000 latex dolls that pour drinks from their nipples when you squeeze their boobs. It looks disturbing. What's going to be next, Japan? Male and female android fountains wandering around parties serving drinks from their lower naughty bits? But of course.
Artur Coelho's insight:

creepy old men squeezing robotic breasts. how ballardian. 

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Dreaming a Different Apollo | WIRED

Dreaming a Different Apollo | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Apollo didn’t die; it was killed. The Apollo Program might have continued for many years, evolving constantly to achieve new goals at relatively low cost. Instead, programs designed to give Apollo a future beyond the first lunar landing began to feel the brunt of cuts even before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. By…
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A tale of sex, greed and Filipinos on Coney Island

A tale of sex, greed and Filipinos on Coney Island | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In 1905, a small tribe from the Philippines appeared at Coney Island as a "human exhibit." Journalist Claire Prentice chronicles their experiences in her latest book, "The Lost Tribes of Coney Island," which we've excerpted here.
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Raymond Loewy's NASA Designs Are The Space Future That Never Was

Raymond Loewy's NASA Designs Are The Space Future That Never Was | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From 1967 until 1973 NASA employed the services of Raymond Loewy, a legendary figure in the design world. Loewy's firm produced over 3,000 designs for NASA during this time. And everything they produced for the space agency would fit perfectly in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey -- like the Loewy space taxi pictured above.
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China’s Dangerous Game

China’s Dangerous Game | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The country's intensifying efforts to redraw maritime borders have its neighbors, and the U.S., fearing war. But does the aggression reflect a government growing in power—or one facing a crisis of legitimacy?
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The Robots of Resistance | The Big Roundtable

The Robots of Resistance | 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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New Navy drone short film is so immersive you will feel you are there

New Navy drone short film is so immersive you will feel you are there | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We've already seen impressive footage of the first ever carrier drone jet launch, the X-47B. But nothing comes close to this short documentary, with extraordinary photography, edition, and sound design that make for an amazing cinematic experience. I wish all aviation shorts were this elegant and immersive.
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Dear US Navy: The Futuristic X3K Is What Littoral Combat Ships Should Be

Dear US Navy: The Futuristic X3K Is What Littoral Combat Ships Should Be | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The last decade has seen some pretty awesome looking warships hit waters around the globe. On the "blue water" side of things the Star Wars looking Zumwalt Class and the minimalist art-like Lafayette Class were clearly designed with stealth in mind. Yet the "brown water" is where the most exotic vessels roam, and this is precisely where the X3K was born to fight.
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What Revolution Looks Like On Instagram

What Revolution Looks Like On Instagram | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A computer scientist makes sense of 13,000 pictures taken during the 144 hours that changed Ukraine.
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the revolution will not be televised. the revolution will be instagrammed.

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How WWI Shaped Air Combat — And Still Influences Modern Missions

How WWI Shaped Air Combat — And Still Influences Modern Missions | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Planes first appeared over a century ago, but they've changed considerably since then. What hasn't changed, however, is their role in controlling the air, striking, reconnaissance, and mobility — the roots of which go back back to the first World War.
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An Egyptian Intervention in Libya

An Egyptian Intervention in Libya | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Three years after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the country remains unable to combat an Islamist insurgency without outside help.
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Where the Tea Party Rules

Where the Tea Party Rules | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Lima, Ohio, has been struggling for decades – and the GOP’s radical policies are making it even worse.
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Bounty From a 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck: Statues, Spears, Mysterious Astronomical Devices (Video)

Bounty From a 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck: Statues, Spears, Mysterious Astronomical Devices (Video) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
First discovered more than 100 years ago off the remote island of Antikythera in Southern Greece, the wreck includes statues, jewelry, and a complex astronomical mechanism. This past month, a new team returned to the site.
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The U.S. Won't Say What Its Secret Space Drone Did for Two Years

The U.S. Won't Say What Its Secret Space Drone Did for Two Years | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Experts say the highly classified plane—which returns to Earth today—could be testing spacecraft longevity or developing anti-satellite weapons.
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The Air Force's Mysterious Spy Plane Is Landing After 2 Years in Space

The Air Force's Mysterious Spy Plane Is Landing After 2 Years in Space | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
For nearly two years, the Air Force's X-37B autonomous space plane has been circling around the Earth doing who knows what. Now it's finally coming back to Earth, carrying all its secrets with it.
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MIT Study Says Mars One Colonists Would Starve (Among Other Things)

MIT Study Says Mars One Colonists Would Starve (Among Other Things) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Mars One may have taken us by surprise when the non-profit organization boldly announced that it would put colonists on Mars in the 2020s. We were even more amazed when legions of amateur astronauts signed up for a one-way ticket to the red rock. However, MIT students believe the effort, in its current form, is doomed to fail.
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HP’s Old Curses

HP’s Old Curses | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Finally! HP did what everyone but its CEO and Board thought inevitable: They spun off the commoditized PC and printing businesses. This is an opportunity to look deeper into HP’s culture for roots of today’s probably unsolvable problems.
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Svetlana Boym: Architecture of the Off-Modern (2008) — Monoskop Log

Svetlana Boym: Architecture of the Off-Modern (2008) — Monoskop Log | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Writings on art, culture, and media technology
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Why Are So Many People Living Underground in Beijing?

Why Are So Many People Living Underground in Beijing? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
With a population of 23 million and growing, Beijing is dealing with a major housing shortage. That's why thousands of immigrants looking for affordable homes in the city are going underground -- literally and figuratively. A thriving gray market exists for windowless apartments buried deep below the streets.
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morlocks.

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