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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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An experimental spaceplane with ‘aircraft-like’ operations in orbit | KurzweilAI

An experimental spaceplane with ‘aircraft-like’ operations in orbit | KurzweilAI | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
DARPA’s new Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1), a reusable hypersonic unmanned vehicle (credit: DARPA) The current generation of satellite launch vehicles is
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Why The Internet Of Things Might Try To Kill You

Why The Internet Of Things Might Try To Kill You | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Sure, let's connect all our devices to the Internet. But let's keep bad actors fenced out of the resulting system, or we'll regret it.
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The American Scholar: Is There a Word for That? - Ralph Keyes

The American Scholar: Is There a Word for That? - Ralph Keyes | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We have long invented language to fill gaps in our vocabulary, but not all coinages are created equal
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California school district hires online monitoring firm to watch 13,000 students

California school district hires online monitoring firm to watch 13,000 students | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Startup analyzes public social media posts: "Therefore, no privacy is violated.”
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o director da escola leu um resumo do little brother do doctorow. assustou-se. então as criancinhas pensam e agem pela sua cabecinha, à revelia do que queremos deles? ora então tomem lá com hipervigilância, em nome da benévola segurança. tudo o que colocarem online, tenha ou não a ver com o âmbito da escola, é controlado. 

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From Cocaine to Fascism by Alexander Stille | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

From Cocaine to Fascism by Alexander Stille | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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When Media Companies Try to Become Education Companies

When Media Companies Try to Become Education Companies | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Everyone from Disney to Bloomberg to AMC is launching education platforms--but the results have been mixed.
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esta apanhou-me de surpresa: "media and schools are “just two ways to do the same thing: Gain knowledge. Media may be well suited to new educational roles,” he believes, because “it’s what we produce—information and perspective, building blocks of learning.”" o que é que poderá correr mal? currículo de formação das novelas da tvi? currículo de inglês da cambridge school e porto editora? ah, esperem... 

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Lost Wonders: The Cosmoplanetary Messiah

Lost Wonders: The Cosmoplanetary Messiah | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world's most wondrous places. Travel tips, articles, strange facts and unique events.
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Morbid Anatomy: Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams: A History of Automatons on the BBC

Morbid Anatomy: Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams: A History of Automatons on the BBC | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Five Years Later, We Still Haven’t Learned From the Financial Crisis

Five Years Later, We Still Haven’t Learned From the Financial Crisis | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ final, chaotic descent into bankruptcy. The investment bank wasn’t the first American financial institution to drown in bad bets on mortgage-backed securities.
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o que é que eu aprendi: when the going gets tough the 1% get richer.

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BBC Mechanical Marvels Clockwork Dreams

BBC Documentary on ancient mechanical clocks and their inventions. Subscribe Channel for more such videos.
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Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Society's techno-social systems are becoming ever faster and more computer-orientated.
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"this speed-up can generate a new behavioural regime as humans lose the ability to intervene in real time."

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Container shipping: the secretive industry crucial to our existence - Telegraph

Container shipping: the secretive industry crucial to our existence - Telegraph | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The world of container shipping is crucial to our everyday existence, yet few people have any idea what happens on the high seas.
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Hyderabad in Five Colors by Pico Iyer | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Hyderabad in Five Colors by Pico Iyer | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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The American Scholar: Is There a Word for That? - Ralph Keyes

The American Scholar: Is There a Word for That? - Ralph Keyes | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We have long invented language to fill gaps in our vocabulary, but not all coinages are created equal
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Why Even the Worst Bloggers Are Making Us Smarter | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Why Even the Worst Bloggers Are Making Us Smarter | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We write the equivalent of 520 million books every day on social media and email. The fact that so many of us are writing — sharing our ideas, good and bad — has changed the way we think. Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public.
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14 Machines That Were Brilliant in 1985

14 Machines That Were Brilliant in 1985 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Head back in time and see just how far we've come since 1985 -- then get excited about the future of technology.
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Will the F-35, the U.S. Military’s Flaw-Filled, Years-Overdue Joint Strike Fighter, Ever Actually Fly?

Will the F-35, the U.S. Military’s Flaw-Filled, Years-Overdue Joint Strike Fighter, Ever Actually Fly? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapons system ever developed. It is plagued by design flaws and cost overruns. It only flies in good weather. And yet, Lockheed Martin is still making bank off its production.
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Trading bots create extreme events faster than humans can react

Trading bots create extreme events faster than humans can react | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Our algorithms now show collective behavior that we do not control.
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Leonardo Da Vinci’s Incredible Mechanical Lion

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[http://youtu.be/xNWE2AdfNuo] (YouTube link)In the year 1515, Giuliano de’ Medici presented the newly crowned King of France, Francois I, with a mechanical lion that walked on it own.
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BruceS — NSA briefing slides. *Man, that is hard to beat...

BruceS — NSA briefing slides. *Man, that is hard to beat... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
NSA briefing slides.
*Man, that is hard to beat for hardcore spookpunk. It shows so much contempt for Jobs and his hippie-freedom rubbish that there’s something endearing about it. I wonder how old...
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'We Made It': Humanity Has Arrived at Interstellar Space

'We Made It': Humanity Has Arrived at Interstellar Space | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Voyager 1 has entered a region of space beyond our solar bubble, and it has sent back a little sound for us to listen to.
Artur Coelho's insight:

será desta? da última vez que passou a heliopausa a fronteira foi estendida, creio. mas agora reparem: não é fantástico viver numa era em que podemos ouvir o ruído que uma sonda espacial faz ao passar a fronteira do sistema sola? não sei porquê, mas o ruído do espaço interestelar fez-me recordar herman mellville e a solidão absoluta sentida por alguém que foi abandonado nas vastidões oceânicas que ele tão bem descreve numa das passagens mais atordoantes de moby dick.

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iSpy: How the NSA Accesses Smartphone Data - SPIEGEL ONLINE

iSpy: How the NSA Accesses Smartphone Data - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The US intelligence agency NSA has been taking advantage of the smartphone boom. It has developed the ability to hack into iPhones, android devices and even the BlackBerry, previously believed to be particularly secure.
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The Movie Theater of the Future Will Be In Your Mind | Tribeca

The Movie Theater of the Future Will Be In Your Mind  | Tribeca | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Think assigned seating and table service are the future of the movie theater? Think bigger. Andrei Severny argues that what we now call "movie theaters" will soon be theme parks of the mind - but storytelling is here to stay.
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