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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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Developing robots that collaborate with people | KurzweilAI

Developing robots that collaborate with people | KurzweilAI | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Simon the robot was developed by Georgia Tech researcher Andrea Thomaz, whose research is funded by NSF. Using Simon as her student, Thomaz is redefining how
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BuzzFeed Is Going Multilingual. That’s Terrible for Foreign News.

BuzzFeed Is Going Multilingual. That’s Terrible for Foreign News. | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The idea that electronic media would bring the world together is not particularly original—remember Marshall McLuhan’s “global village”?—but its proponents have always been hazy on the details.
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The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Why did it take so long to invent the wheelbarrow? Have we hit peak innovation? What our list reveals about imagination, optimism, and the nature of progress.
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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, thinks we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means. His stubborn quest to replicate the human mind.
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Robots at Work and Play

Robots at Work and Play | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more

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Stephanie Lay's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:18 AM

4, 13 and 32 certainly dwell in the Valley... 

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Japan Just Successfully Tested Its Asteroid-Shattering Space Cannon

Japan Just Successfully Tested Its Asteroid-Shattering Space Cannon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
You have to crawl before you can walk—be you a baby or an asteroid-blasting space cannon.
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asteroid+space+cannon? que combinação de palavras tão awesome.

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Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life | Video on TED.com

In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it's fair to say that an American's experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have.
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Evgeny Morozov on Why Our Privacy Problem is a Democracy Problem in Disguise | MIT Technology Review

Evgeny Morozov on Why Our Privacy Problem is a Democracy Problem in Disguise | MIT Technology Review | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data.
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Стены плачут

Стены плачут | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Фрески, барельефы и мозаики, выполненные в стиле соцреализма, не относятся к охраняемым объектам культурного наследия. И они медленно умирают.
Artur Coelho's insight:

a agonia da era espacial.

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How Researchers Map The Future Of Innovation

How Researchers Map The Future Of Innovation | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Microsoft Research Director Peter Lee explains how the trials and tribulations of the field of artificial intelligence demonstrates how researchers create the future.
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Forging an Art Market in China

Forging an Art Market in China | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In ChinaÆs growing art market, now the second largest in the world, outsize auction prices often overshadow faked sales data and forged art.
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The Lint of the Material -

The Lint of the Material - | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Sven Birkerts doesn’t have a cell phone. Never did and never will. He doesn’t want to be that alienated.
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Average Is Over—But the American Dream Lives On - Andrew Lewis - The American Interest Magazine

Average Is Over—But the American Dream Lives On - Andrew Lewis - The American Interest Magazine | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Average Is Over—But the American Dream Lives On - Andrew Lewis - The American Interest -
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The Battle for Power on the Internet

The Battle for Power on the Internet | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Distributed citizen groups and nimble hackers once had the edge. Now governments and corporations are catching up. Who will dominate in the decades ahead?
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Hilarious Video Offers Glimpse of Our Pokey, Heads-Up Display Future | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Like it or not, we're rushing towards a dystopian future of head-mounted devices. Fortunately, along the way we are served up with gems like Industrial Technology Research Institute's (ITRI) iAT (i-Air Touch) wearable device promo video.
Artur Coelho's insight:

shanzai google glass? eek que isto é horrendo. parece saído de um mau filme cyberpunk dos anos 90.

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9 Visions of the Future Described by Kids and Drawn by Adults

9 Visions of the Future Described by Kids and Drawn by Adults | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Ask the average four-year-old a question, and you'll probably get a wild, winding explanation in return. Case in point: Last month, little visitors to the V&A Museum of Childhood were invited to share their visions of what the future holds.
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Plutocrats at Work: How Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy

Plutocrats at Work: How Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Because they are mostly free to do what they want, mega-foundations threaten democratic governance and civil society.
Artur Coelho's insight:

o cerne do problema que as jonets realmente levantam: a caridade distorce os males sociais, cria padrões ditados por comissões invisíveis: "big philanthropy still aims to solve the world’s problems—with foundation trustees deciding what is a problem and how to fix it. They may act with good intentions, but they define “good.". ou recorda ver um milionário dono de uma cadeia portuguesa de super-mercados com sede na holanda a vangloriar-se que dá ajuda alimentar aos seus empregados. que benemérito. se lhes pagasse decentemente se calhar não precisavam de ajuda. 


"When a foundation project fails - when, say, high-yield seeds end up forcing farmers off the land or privately operated charter schools displace and then underperform traditional public schools - the subjects of the experiment suffer, as does the general public. Yet the do-gooders can simply move on to their next project. Without countervailing forces, wealth in capitalist societies already translates into political power; big philanthropy reinforces this tendency."

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Has David Birnbaum solved the mystery of existence?

Has David Birnbaum solved the mystery of existence? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
David Birnbaum made his fortune selling jewellery to movie stars. Now he has published a 'remarkable and profound' investigation into the origins of the universe.
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Sony 13.3 Inch e-Reader Begins Trials in Japan

Sony 13.3 Inch e-Reader Begins Trials in Japan | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The new Sony PRS-T3 e-Reader may be a bit underwhelming but the one device that everyone wants, is not commercially available. The Sony 13.3 e-Rea

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Short film about nostalgia

Short film about nostalgia | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Nicolas Lefaucheux, on the scent of a flower you have not found.


There are as many nostalgias as there are times, countries, nationalities, traditions, beings.
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