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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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How Washington Lost Its Way Worrying About Failed States | Foreign Affairs

For a decade and a half, from the mid-1990s through about 2010, the dominant national security narrative in the United States stressed the dangers posed by weak or failing states.
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The Longform Guide to 2013’s Best History Stories

The Longform Guide to 2013’s Best History Stories | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This week on Slate, we’ll be sharing our favorite articles of the year. For our full list—including the top 10 of the year, plus picks in sports, politics, tech, and more—check out Longform’s Best of 2013.
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Books aren’t going anywhere – despite the threat of robot sonneteers

Books aren’t going anywhere – despite the threat of robot sonneteers | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Amidst repeated warnings that Google is making us stupid – that our Internet-besotted, smartphone-tethered generation is the dumbest on record – reading stands as the arch-example
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BruceS — http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-10-24/?Page=2 ...

BruceS — http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-10-24/?Page=2 ... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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*Merry Xmas 2013
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A Scientist Predicts the Future

A Scientist Predicts the Future | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it

When making predictions, I have two criteria: the laws of physics must be obeyed and prototypes must exist that demonstrate “proof of principle.” I’ve interviewed more than 300 of the world’s top scientists, and many allowed me into laboratories where they are inventing the future. Their accomplishments and dreams are eye-opening. From my conversations with them, here’s a glimpse of what to expect in the coming decades:


Via Pierre Tran
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"capitalism will be perfected"? curiosas palavras na era do capitalismo autofágico selvagem alastrante.

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Teresa Lima's curator insight, January 10, 2014 4:38 AM

#Not 

I think the future is unpredictable, and no one  can predict the future!

Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, January 16, 2014 7:38 AM

Predicción científica del futuro, esto es un tema a leer por lo menos.

Jesús Martinez's curator insight, January 18, 2014 8:07 AM

add your insight...

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Into the Bitcoin Mines

Into the Bitcoin Mines | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In a bunker in Iceland, powerful computers are whirring 24 hours a day — and extracting an invisible currency.
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não dá aquela sensação de anõezinhos barbudos à tolkien a escavar as profundas minas com as suas picartas binárias?

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Bits and Barbarism

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From real gold to virtual gold, we’re digging our way back to the 17th century.
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"Keynes would, I think, have been sardonically amused to learn how little has changed in the past three generations. Public spending to fight unemployment is still anathema; miners are still spoiling the landscape to add to idle hoards of gold. (Keynes dubbed the gold standard a “barbarous relic.”) Bitcoin just adds to the joke. Gold, after all, has at least some real uses, e.g., to fill cavities; but now we’re burning up resources to create “virtual gold” that consists of nothing but strings of digits."

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Beer Domesticated Man - Issue 8: Home - Nautilus

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The domestication of wild grains has played a major role in human evolution, facilitating the transition from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle…
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Wearable Augmented Reality Maker imagines Google Glass Helping to Pickup Women with Realtime Online Stalking

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yep, esta visão design fiction/flatpack future não é nada creepy. o tipo conduz um ferrari, usa apps para fazer batota ao bilhar e engata a empregada do bar com uma ajudinha digital. e acaba no apartamento dele. toda uma nova definição de glasshole neste conceito...

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This is how the most famous photo of all time was taken

This is how the most famous photo of all time was taken | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Today is the 45th anniversary of Earthrise. We take it for granted now but, along with Blue Marble, it's the most important and famous photo ever taken. In a world saturated with fakery and cynicism, it's easy to ignore the magnitude of its impact.
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Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire - Charlie's Diary

Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire - Charlie's Diary | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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"TL:DR; the current banking industry and late-period capitalism may suck, but replacing it with Bitcoin would be like swapping out a hangnail for Fournier's gangrene."

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Virtual afterlives will transform humanity

Virtual afterlives will transform humanity | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it

The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do

 


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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, December 18, 2013 7:49 PM

"In the real world, two people can share experiences and thoughts. But lacking a USB port in our heads, we can’t directly merge our minds. In a simulated world, that barrier falls. A simple app, and two people will be able to join thoughts directly with each other. Why not? It’s a logical extension. We humans are hyper-social. We love to network. We already live in a half-virtual world of minds linked to minds. In an artificial afterlife, given a few centuries and few tweaks to the technology, what is to stop people from merging into überpeople who are combinations of wisdom, experience, and memory beyond anything possible in biology? Two minds, three minds, 10, pretty soon everyone is linked mind-to-mind. The concept of separate identity is lost. The need for simulated bodies walking in a simulated world is lost. The need for simulated food and simulated landscapes and simulated voices disappears. Instead, a single platform of thought, knowledge, and constant realisation emerges. What starts out as an artificial way to preserve minds after death gradually takes on an emphasis of its own. Real life, our life, shrinks in importance until it becomes a kind of larval phase. Whatever quirky experiences you might have had during your biological existence, they would be valuable only if they can be added to the longer-lived and much more sophisticated machine.

I am not talking about utopia.."

tina bucci's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:38 PM

Very interesting question.

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Colin Wilson, the permanent outsider – Ken MacLeod – Aeon

Colin Wilson, the permanent outsider – Ken MacLeod – Aeon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
He skated over knowledge, it’s true, but Colin Wilson exhilarated a generation with the bold possibilities of life
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The Coolest Toys from the 1911 FAO Schwarz Catalog

The Coolest Toys from the 1911 FAO Schwarz Catalog | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Smithsonian's Around the Mall blog recently dug up an awesome FAO Schwarz catalog from 1911, found over at the Internet Archive.
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The Gateway City

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Oh, the writers! They came to Tangier in boatloads, getting—many of them—their first taste of Africa and Islam. Though over time, the great allure of Tangier for writers became other writers. 
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Where the Bull Never Dies

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Bullfighting is widely viewed as a barbaric pastime, but deep in the mountains of southern Spain, there remains no higher art.
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Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread?

Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the era of the iPhone, Facebook, and Twitter, we want frictionless, “turnkey” solutions to the major difficulties of the world. We prefer instructional videos to teachers, drones to troops, incentives to institutions.
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Rome: Sex & Freedom

by Peter Brown

Rome: Sex & Freedom<br/><br/> by Peter Brown | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
One of the most lasting delights and challenges of the study of the ancient world, and of the Roman Empire in particular, is the tension between familiarity and strangeness that characterizes our many approaches to it.
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▶ The Infinity Augmented Reality Concept Video - YouTube

Infinity Augmented Reality (Infinity AR) provides the revolutionary software platform that makes the digital eyewear experience (i.e. Meta, Google Glass) a r...
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yep, esta visão design fiction/flatpack future não é nada creepy. o tipo conduz um ferrari, usa apps para fazer batota ao bilhar e engata a empregada do bar com uma ajudinha digital. e acaba no apartamento dele. toda uma nova definição de glasshole neste conceito...

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This Was An Electronic Christmas Card In 1960

This Was An Electronic Christmas Card In 1960 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Imagine being able to send a Christmas card electronically. Sounds crazy futuristic, right? Well that's what this Sunday newspaper comic promised to the good people of 1960.
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Speak, Butterfly - Issue 8: Home - Nautilus

Speak, Butterfly - Issue 8: Home - Nautilus | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The life and work of the novelist Vladimir Nabokov referenced many symbols, none so much as the butterfly. Butterflies prompted Nabokov’s…
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The Letter That Changed the Course of Modern Fiction

The Letter That Changed the Course of Modern Fiction | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A hundred years ago, Ezra Pound wrote a letter to the struggling and largely unpublished James Joyce offering to help him—and set in motion a literary revolution.
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