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Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
Curated by Artur Coelho
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'Pataphysics - The MIT Press

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The first complete account in English of the evolution of ‘pataphysics from its French origins, with explications of key ideas and excerpts from primary sources, presented in reverse chronological order.
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9 superhuman innovations

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With the 2012 Paralympic Games nearing its final stretch, these devices show what lies ahead in prosthetics, from bionic limbs to incredibly sophisticated robotic hands.
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History of the F-22 programme

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Skateboarding in Kabul - An FP Slide Show

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A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys Through Urban Britain

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Owen Hatherley writes with unrivalled aggression about the disarray of modern Britain, and yet this remains a book about possibilities remembered, about unlikely successes in the midst of seemingly inexorable failure.
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‘Are You the Tim Parks Who…?’ by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

‘Are You the Tim Parks Who…?’ by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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The Transcension Hypothesis: An Intriguing Answer to the Fermi Paradox?

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Ever since Enrico Fermi questioned back in the 1950’s why, if a multitude of civilisations are likely to exist in the Milky Way, no sign of their existence in the form of probes or spacecraft has ever been detected, scientists and critical thinkers have struggled to resolve the problem by supplying a host of inventive arguments with mixed reception.

To date one of the most common answers to the Great Silence was simply that life is so rare, so widely distributed, and the scale of the universe so immense, that the probability of contact or communication between any two space-faring civilisations is almost non-existent. Needless to say an outlook which seems like a very lonely, sad and pessimistic state of affairs for intelligent life to find itself in.

However, John Smart, of the Accelerating Studies Foundation, has proposed a novel idea which suggests a rather more exciting and stranger fate for intelligence than previous conceptions. In the Transcension Hypothesis, he suggests that sufficiently advanced civilisations may invariably leave our universe by using and eventually relocating to black-hole-like destinations! Bizarre as this notion may initially sound the suggestion is backed by considerable research drawn from fields as diverse as biology, physics, computer science, information theory and sociology, with a series of falsifiable claims which will become testable in the coming decades.


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Vision of XXI century | 360 Blog

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Between 1899-1910, Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France a series of futuristic pictures of France in the Year 2000 (XXI century). Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the year 2000. There are at least 87 cards known that were authored by various French artists, the first series being produced for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris.
It is really amazing to see how (nearly) all pictured ideas have come true. Of course we should take some distance and look at the pure idea. Many of these visions tell hidden human dreams and needs. The most frequent prediction involves airborne transportation and flying for leisure. Other pictures are about playing and looking around in the underwater world.


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The Los Angeles river lives again

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LA's concrete storm drains conceal a living, breathing waterway that has rarely been explored – until now...


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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sex? The Future of Copulation

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A couple of months ago, a Chinese news program called  "Xi’an Up Close” aired a two-minute story in which a young reporter recounted the discovery of a mysterious fungi-like object that some vi...
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Watch your back, Hasbro, 3D-printed games have arrived | KurzweilAI

Watch your back, Hasbro, 3D-printed games have arrived | KurzweilAI | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Pocket Tactics is an open source table top game you print yourself --- even the dice (credit: Ill Gotten Games) Ill Gotten Games' Pocket Tactics is the...
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Algos Set New Speed Reading Record: 4549 Words In 20 Milliseconds | ZeroHedge

Algos Set New Speed Reading Record: 4549 Words In 20 Milliseconds | ZeroHedge | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The market is indeed a discounting mechanism it appears. In a mere 20 milliseconds, the world's 'traders' had managed to read Bernanke's 4549-word script, interpret it (as bearish in this case - which apparently is wrong now?
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Ask Me About Being A Birthday Party Princess - The Something Awful Forums

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←Not by the Direct Method.

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CultureLab: Satellite time capsule for life on Earth

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How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything - Technology - The Atlantic

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The Atlantic covers breaking news, analysis, opinion around politics, business, culture, international, science, technology, national profiles on the official site of the Atlantic Magazine.
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How To See The Future

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Where airplanes go to die

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Unknown Fields (UF) is a design studio, originating in London’s Architectural Association, that "ventures out on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth exploring unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and obsolete ecologies." Mark Pilkington,...
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50 years to orbit: Dream Chaser's crazy Cold War backstory

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The reusable mini-spaceplane is back from the dead—again—and prepping for space.
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Leave Your Cellphone at Home: Interview with Jacob Appelbaum

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For email, using Riseup.net is good news. The solutions they offer are integrated with Tor as much as possible. They’re badass. Whereas Google inspects your traffic as a method of monetization.
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[HD]Amazing Low Flying F/A-18 Hornet

An F/A-18 Hornet cruises through the canyons of Northern California ridiculously close to the ground and at speeds so high he is forced to make many turns in...
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IMPROVING REALITY 2012

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Improving Reality 2012 is a half-day conference which playfully and critically looks at how designers, artists, and makers are using various technologies to shift our perceptions of reality.
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Red Moon Rising - By John Hickman

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China certainly isn't shy about its heavenly ambitions. In 2011, Beijing announced plans to put a man on the moon by 2020, and its space agency has publicly suggested establishing a "base on the moon as we did in the South Pole and the North Pole." Still, Washington has given little thought to the possibility that once a permanent settlement is established, Beijing might seek to assert extraterrestrial territorial sovereignty, effectively declaring part of the moon's surface Chinese territory.


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Visions Of The Future: DR0NE, A Webseries About Autonomous Humanoid Soldiers | Singularity Hub

Visions Of The Future: DR0NE, A Webseries About Autonomous Humanoid Soldiers | Singularity Hub | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Harvard creates cyborg flesh that’s half man, half machine | ExtremeTech

Harvard creates cyborg flesh that’s half man, half machine | ExtremeTech | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Bioengineers at Harvard University have created the first examples of cyborg tissue: Neurons, heart cells, muscle, and blood vessels that are interwoven by nanowires and transistors.

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