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Speculative Events, News & Resources | Sent 5/25

Hey SciFly Readers!

Happy holiday weekend (it's Memorial Day here in USA) wherever you are, and whatever you are doing!

Here in NYC the weather is starting to get really really nice, which has definitely been interesting in terms of people maintaining social distancing. It's super interesting to observe the new street life and culture popping up around to-go bars/restaurants and nearby parks/places to hang out in (relative) isolation. Also, I think I saw more people biking today than I ever have before (but might have just been b/c I was trying not to hit them while driving).

I'm chilling out hard this weekend. Long/crazy days at work, still feeling sick (and not sure why more doctors to come this week) and just need to unplug, relax, and try to spend some time safely outdoors if I can.

On that note, going to keep this intro short today, and instead catch up on my LinkNYC COVID PSA project, where I document the journey of PSA's we have been having on the Link WIFI/payphone hubs we have all around the city.

Anyway, I hope you are all doing well, wherever you are!

Don't forget you can join me on the Speculative Futures Slack(where I pretty much live right now) if you want to chat!!!

Stay safe in your speculations, and catch you next week!


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News, Resources, Events, Fun Things to Keep You Occupied

Online Events

Running list of online events that I will update weekly. These won't all be taking place this week, rather I'll add things as I find them so you have some time to plan!


Art in the Age of Black Girl Magic: Online Lectures // Mon May 25, 12PM BST (7AM EDT) // From £54.49
Students will have the opportunity to investigate how black women and Black non-binary artists have creatively challenged the status quo by radically intervening in institutions, as well as the DIY approaches adopted by many to ensure their art and voices are heard and remembered.
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U+16E99 by Bobby Joe Smith III // Tue May 26, 3:30PM - 4:15PM EDT // $0 - $24
Join Bobby Joe Smith III for his RISD MFA thesis presentation on decolonial grammars for liberatory design practice. His thesis U+16E99 asks what a decolonial design practice must entail to dismantle settler colonial regimes in the United States particularly amongst Black and Indigenous communities. Informed by liberatory practices articulated by queer, feminist, Black and Indigenous writers, thinkers, and artists, U+16E99 attempts to translate these decolonial theories and gestures into a series of design methodologies.
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Virtual Arts Exhibition: Exploring COVID-19 through the Lens of Art // Tue May 26, 9AM WAT (4AM EDT) --> Mon,  Jun 8, 12PM WAT (7AM EDT)
The first 3D Virtual Arts Exhibition hosted on African Soil. This Visual Arts Exhibition aims to inform the public on the issues around the pandemic; celebrate the spirit of our resilience as a people; and, inspire a sense of hope and restoration in the audience. It is hosted by Vilsquare Makers' Hub and curated by Ms. Yemisi Ola-Afolayan - Creative Director at Onayemi Creatives.
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Dungeons and Designers: Collaborative Storytelling & Future Speculation // Wed May 27, 6PM - 7PM CEST (12PM - 1PM EDT) // Free
Changes may be hard to predict but we can get familiar with the different possibilities through speculations, which can be fun and engaging for the team. In this webinar, we’d like to introduce how we can optimize techniques from role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons to speculate possible scenario through story telling while enforcing a collaborative team dynamic. 
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🔥Speculative Futures Glasgow #2 — Futures in Policy // Wed May 27, 6PM- 8PM BST (1PM - 3PM EDT) // Free
We’re excited to announce the second meetup of Speculative Futures Glasgow! At the end of our first event, we challenged you all to give us some feedback, and help us get a sense of what kinds of futures-related conversations we need more of in Glasgow. One of the main topics mentioned was the role of futures in the public sector, in government, and in the policy. So, we’re really excited to put together this policy-themed edition of Speculative Futures Glasgow in which we’ll be joined virtually by Dhruv Sharma from Scottish Government, and from Nina Cutler and Sanjan Sabherwhal from Policy Lab!
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N.K. Jemisin and Rebecca Roanhorse for Borderlands Books // May 27, 12PM - 1PM PDT (3PM - 4PM EDT) // $0 - $100 (donation)
N.K. Jemisin is the author of The City We Became. In 2018, she became the first author to win three Best Novel Hugos in a row for her Broken Earth trilogy. She has also won a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and a number of other honors. Rebecca Roanhorse is a NYTimes bestselling and Nebula, Hugo and Locus Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Astounding (Campbell) Award for Best New Writer. Her novel Trail of Lightning (Book 1 in the Sixth World Series) won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and is a Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy finalist. This event is hosted by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, author of the forthcoming YA novel The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea.
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🔥Online Lunch and Learn with Xuan Ye // Wed May 27, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EDT // Free
Through speculative world-building and system-modeling, Xuan makes multi-sensorial (visual-sonic-kinetic) experiences in order to question our current cyborgian economy. For Xuan, our bodies and subjectivities are dynamically modulated by massive economic networks that show affective agency but are mobilized by the entangled power of politics, culture, ecology, and technology.
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🔥The SolarPunk Stories Live Lounge - Coming to a Screen Near You // Thu May 28, 8PM BST (3PM EDT) // £0 – £8.50
Using the power of Zoom we will be doing a live reading, a solarpunk cocktail making class, and organizing side parlors for you to mix more intimately with each other. You will be the first-ever to hear part of our debut SolarPunk Story. ‘The Prodigal’ about DI Russo, one of the last murder detectives left in the solarpunked London of 2066.
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Digital Drink + Draw: Fantasy and Alternate Realities // Thu May 28, 5PM - 6:30PM EDT // Free
This session will explore how artists have invented their own strategies for representation, drawing from rich imaginary worlds to visualize fantastical alternate realities. AFAM educator and artist Natalie Beall will examine a range of artistic approaches—from Ionel Talpazan’s close encounters with UFOs to the theatrical and romantic worlds envisioned by Aloïse Corbaz. Prompts for looking and drawing will be shared throughout the evening, and participants will be invited to share their work.
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Conversations with Future Beings, Things and Systems // Thu May 28, 6:30PM - 8:30PM GMT+2 (12:30PM - 2:30PM EDT) // Free
We will explore an ideation technique to conversational futures (ConFu). We are currently developing the program since we are looking into how we can best facilitate (co-creation) online.
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Structuring an Economy for People and Planet in the Time of Climate Crisis and COVID-19 // Thu May 28, 11AM PDT (2PM EDT) // Free
During the webinar, women and feminists from different regions of the world will unite to discuss alternative economies that counteract extractive economies, racism, and patriarchy— and instead 'visiblize' women’s labor, center Indigenous knowledge, and prioritize people and planet.
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🔥Conversations with Future Beings, Things and Systems // Speculative Futures Amsterdam // Thu May 28, 6:30PM - 8:30PM GM+2 (12:30PM - 2:30PM EDT) // Free
We will explore an ideation technique to conversational futures (ConFu). We are currently developing the program since we are looking into how we can best facilitate (co-creation) online.
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Webinar: The Ethics and Politics of Digital Human Remains // Thu May 28, 7:30PM - 9:00PM BST (2:30PM - PM EDT) // Free
The web is increasingly inhabited by the remains of its departed users. In the next three decades, more than 3 billion people will die, many of them internet users. And on Facebook, the deceased profiles may even outnumber the living before 2070. The question is what to do with all this data. Should they be deleted? Or do we have an obligation to preserve data for future generations of historians? And who gets to decide? This talk gives an overview of different ways to think about these questions as well as their significance for individuals, industry and society.
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🔥🚀 2020 Nebula Conference Online // May 29 - May 31 // Free
Focusing on content relevant to professionals in the genre, attendees will be able to choose from career management, professional development, and expert knowledge panels and workshops. The Nebula Conference Online will include panels, solo presentations, conference mentorships, workshops, forums, chats, and virtual room parties (including a dance party hosted by John Scalzi).
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Designing Creative Tools for AR Audio Wearables: Lessons Learned // Fri May 29, 10:10AM - 10:30AM // Free
In 2019, Synesthetic Echo made and released Bumblebee Jam, an explorative choose-your-own-adventure musical experience, set in a world where flowers produce music. It was of the first games / creative tools played exclusively with AR audio wearables, such as Bose AR glasses and headphones. Designing for the new medium always presents challenges, so in this talk, Maria will share her design process and discoveries that helped to make Bumblebee Jam accessible and memorable experience. Attendees will learn what are the primary design considerations for AR audio, how to set up a fast development pipeline, how to structure user tests and how to ensure a smooth publishing process.
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Exploring wearable technologies // Fri May 29, 2PM - 3:30PM IST (4:30AM - 6:00AM EDT)
This workshop will explore how wearable technologies work, looking at how sensors to read data from the body, and how that data can be used to connect with our surroundings. It will use a practical example to show the steps involved in creating a project using wearable technology.
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🔥🔥🔥Speculative Future's Open Forums // Sat May 30th // Free
We are hosting another virtual open forum to bring together members of the global speculative futures community. There are 2 forums, East & West which try to help provide a convenient time for people in different time-zones, but attend whichever works best for you!

West (North & South Americas + Europe) May 30th 2pm (1400) UTC-4

East (Asia-Pacific, India, Middle East) May 30 2pm (1400) UTC+8

Zoom Meeting details will be posted on the DFI website before the event.

En-ROADS: Exploring Climate Change Futures // Mon Jun 2, 7PM - 8:30PM EDT // $0 - $5
Global pandemics aside, climate change remains the most critical threat to human survival. A shortage of collective will, however, continues to be the biggest obstacle to positive change. How can our society/culture/globe-of-villages reach consensus on progress, and what type of change is possible? Climate activist Curt Newton can help us answer some of those questions.
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Immersive World-Building - Online Workshop // Tue Jun 2, 5PM - Wed Jun 3, 8PM EDT // Donation
In this two-part workshop series, Jawa El Khash will teach the history, basic hardware and process of world-building in virtual reality with a VIVE headset. Participants will learn how to set up a teleportation system and create interaction in VR. 
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Humankind w/ Rutger Bregman // Futures Podcast // Wed Jun 3, 7PM - 8:30PM BST (2PM - 3:30PM EDT) // Free
Throughout history psychologists and philosophers have made the tacit assumption that human beings are governed primarily by self-interest. But new evidence suggests that humanity’s success might actually be based on our being hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust. This revelation, that we have evolved to be a social and altruistic species, has the possibility to radically change how society functions. Why should we support the idea of human goodness? How do we challenge long-held beliefs on human nature? What might a politics and economics based on the foundation of human kindness and altruism look like?
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Ongoing Events

🔥Z-TOPIA // Design Futures Initiative // Weekends (Fri - Sun) // Free
A webinar-format talk show where designers are invited to muse, speculate and poke at topics they’ve found on the internet. It’s an hour of asking questions and coming up with serious and silly ideas.  The event will be open for anyone to join as a spectator only. Bring a drink and relax. It will be recorded and posted to our Vimeo page and live-streamed to Facebook. 

Check out the full schedule on the Design Futures Initiative website.

Friday May 29, 7PM PDT (10PM EDT) | Nikolas Badminton, Dre Labre, Jason Tester

The New Normal Virtual Series // AI LA // Thursdays, 5/7 - 9/3 // Free
The AI LA Community's new virtual series The New Normal invites experts from around the world to share their perspective of the future. Each episode begins with a short talk by an esteemed guest speaker and transitions into 20 minutes of audience participation in Zoom breakout rooms.
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EPISODE 005 May 28th | Privacy-sensitive Contact Tracing for COVID19 by Bhaskar Krishnamachari

Contact tracing offers a way to proactively help individuals know if they may be at higher risk due to exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus so that they can take relevant measures including going into self-quarantine and getting tested. I will describe two protocols for privacy-sensitive contact tracing developed at USC Viterbi that are based on the exchange of anonymous information via short-range Bluetooth contacts. This work and those of other academic researchers are connected to the recent announcement by Apple and Google that they are collaborating on an interoperable API for such contact tracing apps. I will also survey many other ongoing efforts around the world to implement privacy-sensitive contact tracing apps, and some of the challenges they face in terms of adoption and effectiveness.

🔥Interdependence Salons // Metabolic Studio // Thu Apr 30, 1:00PM - 2:30PM PDT (3:00PM - 4:30PM EDT) // Free
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” - Buckminster Fuller. As we live through these uncertain times, we hope as a community to collectively support one another and share our knowledge and voices. Please join us every Thursday at 1PM PST for a series of Interdependence Salons virtually on Zoom as we take inspiration this season from Buckminster Fuller’s 1976 Bicentennial Declaration of Interdependence. Metabolic Studio will be hosting specially invited guests discussing their work in this new reality we are facing.
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Thursday, May 21st | Kris "Kwa-Z" Hohag
Kris "Kwa-Z" Hohag is an educator, artist and native of the Owens Valley. Raised in Bishop as a citizen of the Bishop Paiute Tribe, he is also a descendant of the Kuzdadika, the people of Mono Lake. He is a founding member of the Payahuunadu Alliance, an indigenous-led, grassroots alliance united around a great love for and protection of the Eastern Sierras and the Owens Valley. Payahuunadü is the traditional name of the valley and means the “place where the waters begin” or “the place of flowing water”.
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Foresight Sanity Preserver // Foresight Institute Daily, 9AM - 10AM PST (12PM - 1PM EST) & 6PM - 7PM PST (9PM - 10PM EST) // Free
A daily free online salon hosted by Foresight Institute to connect over positive futures, COVID-19, and beyond by... 1. Creating a community for isolating folks across the globe and connecting on shared topics of interest. 2. Making sense of COVID-19 and surface projects in need of support. 3. Leveraging the current crisis for change toward long-term beneficial futures
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Technologies of the Future (Weekly LIVE Webinar and Q & A) // SingularityU Australia // Thursdays, 7pm EST (9am Friday in Australia) // Free

Weekly live webinar of 30 minutes with 20 minutes Q&A The SingularityU community's predictions for the countdown to the Singularity.
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WORLD GAME NIGHT (Virtual) // Wednesdays, 5pm - 7pm EST // Free
Playcrafting is hosting a weekly Global Game Night series every Wednesday to demo and spotlight games and creators from around the world! Games have the power to transcend boundaries and connect people across the globe no matter who they are or where they're from. Tune in from the comfort of your computer as we take you on a world tour of games. Each week, you'll meet a lineup of game developers from a different place as they show you their latest and greatest. We'll have time for Q&A each week and will feature some surprises along the way!

We're headed to the Caribbean Islands for this stop of Global Game Night as we check out the games made in the Dominican Republic!
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Sixty Minutes Back to the Future // Future Based // Thursdays, 8:00PM GMT +2 (2:00PM EDT)  // Free
Sixty minutes back to the Future’ series is a new series in which we reflect on the bottlenecks and challenges of today’s society and contemporary issues that have already been addressed by numerous philosophers and scientists: What can we learn about the future by looking at history?

Thursday, May 28th // Sixty Minutes Back to the Future: Ethics of human enhancement
In this webinar ‘Ethics of human enhancement’ biohacker Peter Joosten explains the different philosophical ideas on improving humans with the use of science and technology. In these 60 minutes, Peter will discuss a couple of scientists, thought leaders, and authors and their view on upgrading the human species, and what visions they have for the future of homo sapiens.
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🔥Wonderville Livestream Events
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in NYC, Wonderville is closed until further notice. As you may know, this is probably my favorite bar in all of NYC. I highly recommend you check out their new remote content!!! A great way for people not in NYC to get a taste of just how awesome they are! They have set up a Twitch channel to try to stream some of their DJ nights and live music events. Their events page is now 100% streaming. They also have a Discord discussion if folks want to play some games online or talk to us about hosting something. Email if you want to join!

Check out Wonderville's Livestream!
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Speculative News, Articles, Resources (General)

Cool news and articles about emerging technology, speculative practice, and futures design. Will try to put nothing about COVID-19 here to give you a break, see below for news/resources on that topic.

'Apple Glass' details leaked, will cost $499 and work with prescriptions // Apple Insider
Prolific leaker Jon Prosser has released a video discussing Apple's long-rumored augmented reality smart glasses. In it, he predicts that all data processing is said to happen on a wirelessly connected iPhone, similar to how the Apple Watch communicates...
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World's fastest Internet speed: 44.2 Tbps // Future Timeline
Australian scientists have achieved a new world's fastest Internet speed using a single optical chip, at 44.2 terabits per second (Tbps). Demonstrations of this magnitude are usually confined to a laboratory. For this study, however, researchers used existing communications infrastructure to efficiently load-test the network. The results – published in Nature Communications – offer a glimpse of what the average Internet connection might be like in the not-too-distant future...
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This Futuristic Smart Diving Mask Will Revolutionize the Existing Underwater Experience // Yanko Design
This ultramodern twist on underwater specs, called D-Mask, addresses many of the issues divers currently encounter. Secured around the forehead, jaw, and chin, the design may cover the full face, but the result feels less restrictive than traditional goggles.
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Researchers: This AI Can Judge Personality Based on Selfies Alone

A team of researchers from the Higher School of Economics University and Open University in Moscow, Russia claims they have demonstrated that artificial intelligence can make accurate personality judgments based on selfies alone — more accurately than some humans...
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Lickable 'Taste Gadget' Can Recreate Any Flavor without Eating Food // Design Boom
Whether a test for your taste or a way to fake your favorite flavor, Homei Miyashita has created a lickable ‘taste gadget’ of all assortments. it artificially replicates any flavor without needing any food to be consumed – all you need is just a little lick. with the help of LED lighting, it triggers the five different tastes on the human tongue, which includes acidic, bitter, sweet, salty and umami...
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How a Chinese AI Giant Made Chatting—and Surveillance—Easy // Wired
Alexa can tell you the weather. Siri knows a few jokes. In China, voice-computing company iFlytek built similar smart assistants beloved by users. But its tech is also helping the government listen in...
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These “Reverse” Airplane Seats Could Be The New Way To Fly // Apartment Therapy

Though the coronavirus has temporarily reshaped the world we live in and set into place a “new normal,” the pandemic could also have major lasting effects on the way we go about our day-to-day months, or even years, down the road. For example, Avio Interiors, an Italy-based airline design firm, just proposed a new plan for “reverse” airplane seats, which could become the new way to fly in a post-pandemic world...
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Tattoo electrodes can record brain activity // Future Timeline
Scientists in Austria have developed wafer-thin tattoo electrodes for recording brain activity, which are also "dry" and therefore do not require a gel medium to function...
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Roblox to stream the One World: Together At Home benefit concert inside a virtual theater
One World: Together At Home, the unprecedented all-remote benefit concert airing this Saturday to show support for healthcare workers worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, will air inside the virtual multiplayer game Roblox. That’s in addition to the standard television broadcast channels carrying the event and the slew of streaming services and tech platforms also airing it on Saturday...
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Your face mask selfies could be training the next facial recognition tool // CNET
Your face mask selfies aren't just getting seen by your friends and family -- they're also getting collected by researchers looking to use them to improve facial recognition algorithms. CNET found thousands of face-masked selfies up for grabs in public data sets, with pictures taken directly from Instagram...
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Other Cool Stuff to Learn/Watch/Read/Play/Know About

News, Articles & Interesting Projects

New Brit(ish) Pantry 
A cool new project exploring what would happen if the UK couldn't import food.
Check It Out

Mind-Melting AI Makes Frank Sinatra Sing “Toxic” by Britney Spears

We gave these AI music experts an unusual request — and what they delivered will blow your mind....
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Inside Radiohead’s mission to archive everything // Wired
Radiohead were one of the first bands to build their own website. Now, they’ve created an archive of all their digital iterations in an attempt to make something that lasts... 
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This AI Maestro Wants to Serenade You // Wired
A composer and the co-creator of Siri are trying to create background music that responds to the listener's feelings.
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NASA Will Pay You to Chil in a Fake Mars Mission for 8 Months // Futurism
NASA is looking for participants to spent eight months together inside a spaceflight simulator at the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems in Moscow. The goal is to study the effects of spending time in isolation and confinement — sound familiar? — while on lengthy space missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond...
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Tribeca Film Festival's AR 2020 [CALL/AR PLATFORM]
Our mission is to support creativity, especially in this challenging time. So we're releasing all our 3D characters in AR for you. Show us what you got, and we just might feature it on @tribeca.Using the hashtag #TribecaMakesMeWanna, use these characters to make a short that suits whatever you're feeling in quarantine. Make them dance alone. Or with someone. In the great outdoors. Or on your sourdough starter. We'll feature a new short once a day on our Instagram Stories.
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ITP Camp (Online) [Jun 1 - Jun 26th] [CAMP]
ITP Camp is a 4 week crash course/playground for creative and techy people who want to shake things up. Every June, we invite non-student makers, artists, musicians, programmers, fabricators, and creatives of all sorts, to join the ITP community to make stuff, hear speakers on the cutting edge, collaborate with people from diverse disciplines.
Learn More & Apply

🔥Hacker Trivia Night [GAME/EVENT]🔥
Hack the planet. Frag the man. Free the world. A gamified computer education event awarding cash donations to community beneficiaries in need. The next game benefits Wonderville. Hacker Trivia Night is an engaging, educational, and fun online event benefiting local charities, small businesses, and neighborhood community groups in the form of a beginner-friendly hacking and cybersecurity game that anyone can play.
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🔥Eyebeam's Open Call | Rapid Response For a Better Digital Future [CALL]
Eyebeam is acting immediately to invigorate artistic creation of digital futures at this moment of systemic collapse. As economies and everyday routines are disrupted around the world, Eyebeam is taking action to support artists who are imagining a more humane digital realm. We aim to help artists who will create new ways of interacting through the internet, new ways of engaging with each other, and more equitable relationships for sustainable arts practices and creative economies. It is based on the fundamental notion that radical imagination, led by artists, is a key step in building for the long term. The guiding question for this call is: how do we begin to exit surveillance capitalism as the dominating form of digital life and what can replace it?
Check Out the Call

Gaming, Shows, Books & Other Random Cool Stuff

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1)  by James S.A. Corey [Book]
Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach. Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
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Disintegration (PC, PS4, Xbox One) [Game]
In Earth’s near future, climate extremes, overpopulation, food shortages, and a global pandemic led to nations collapsing and humankind on the brink of extinction. Scientists adopted a means in which the human brain was removed and surgically encased into a robotic armature; a process known as Integration. It was meant to be a temporary solution to an unavoidable crisis. It was a good thing for decades, allowing humans to survive. But some of the Integrated saw this new form as the future of humanity...
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Snowpiercer (TNT) [TV Show]
Snowpiercer is based on both the 2013 South Korean-Czech film of the same name, directed by Bong Joon-ho, and the 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, from which the film was adapted. The series, a reboot of the film's continuity, follows the passengers of the Snowpiercer, a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe carrying the remnants of humanity seven years after the world becomes a frozen wasteland. Snowpiercer questions class warfare, social injustice, and the politics of survival.
Check It Out

Speculative News, Articles, Resources (COVID-19 Related)

News, articles, and other writing on signals and trends regarding how the world around us is changing due to COVID-19 and speculations on how the future might be different as a result.

Skip this section if you don't want to hear any more about this right now or focus on something else.


Antibody from SARS Patient Blocks Coronavirus in Lab // Futurity
An antibody first identified in a blood sample from someone who recovered from SARS in 2003 inhibits related coronaviruses, including one behind COVID-19, researchers say. Researchers have put the antibody, called S309, on a fast-track development and testing path at Vir Biotechnology in the next step toward possible clinical trials...
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Gov Contact-Tracing App Sends User Data to Foursquare, Google // Futurism
There’s a troubling flaw with the coronavirus contact-tracing app used in North Dakota: it violates its own privacy policy by quietly sending users’ information to companies like Foursquare. Consumer privacy app company Jumbo studied the app, Care19, and found that it was transmitting information to third parties including Foursquare and Google, according to The Washington Post. The finding is unfortunate not only because it’s a major privacy violation, but also because it threatens to erode the public’s trust in government attempts to contain COVID-19...
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Textile Coating Could Make PPE Last and Last // Futurity
A new textile coating can not only repel liquids like blood and saliva but also prevent viruses from adhering to the surface, researchers say...
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These Pyramid-Shaped Yacht Communities are a Millionaire's Social-Distancing Paradise // Yanko Design
As society faces unforeseen struggles, and with climate-change just around the corner, these floating communities give insight into a new sort of habitat that’s up to the challenge of rising sea levels and of social distancing. Meet the Waya, a set of pyramid-shaped floating buildings that become a community on water. Designed by Lazzarini Design Studio, the Waya mimics the structures of the Mayan civilization, with a heavy reliance on pyramid-shaped forms...
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C02 Emissions Have Dropped 17% During Pandemic // Futurity
As people shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, daily carbon dioxide emissions have dropped by as much as 17% globally, according to a new study. The paper in Nature Climate Change compiles government policies and activity data to pinpoint where energy demand has dropped off the most and to estimate the impact on annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...
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Hackaday How You Can Help List & Free Events / Classes
Check out our Hackaday How You Can Help spreadsheet, a comprehensive list of what efforts are currently looking for help, plus what’s out there in terms of Discord and Slack channels, lists of materials you might need if you choose to volunteer to build something, and even a list of recent COVID-19 Hackaday articles if you need inspiration. You’ll also want to check out our calendar of free events and classes, which might be a great way to use the isolation time to better your lot.
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National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public
To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. 
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Donate your stimulus check to those who need it most.
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How We Feel lets you self-report your age, sex, ZIP code, and any health symptoms you experience. It only takes 30 seconds! Aggregate data is securely shared with select scientists, doctors and public health professionals who are actively working to stop the spread of COVID-19. The app doesn't ask you to sign in or share your name, phone number or email address.
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COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund // WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. Everyone can now support directly the response coordinated by WHO. People and organizations who want to help fight the pandemic and support WHO and partners can now donate through the COVID-Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.
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What I'm Reading

Here is a quick snapshot of my favorite books, podcasts, and articles this week.

Science Fiction Builds Mental Resiliency in Young Readers
by Esther Jones

This week, architects and designers looked to a socially distanced future
by Tom Ravenscroft

How E.M. Forster’s Only Foray Into Sci-Fi Predicted Social Distancing
By Gabrielle Bellot

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