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SciFly // 139 // Remote Speculations Week 26/27

Speculative Events, News & Resources | Sent 9/7


Hey SciFly Readers!

Welcome back to the new  BIWEEKLY  SciFly!!!

Hope you are all enjoying a nice long holiday weekend if you are here in the USA!

This week, I'm going to quickly highlight some really awesome upcoming speculative events, workshops, and media... then I'm going to get back to my long weekend. 😜

Also, check out the awesome Captain American statue (above) that I ran into in Industry City today with my Mom. ❤️❤️❤️ 



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Wicked Opportunities Podcast

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First of all, I'm excited to announce that the amazing Frank Spencer and Yvette Montero Salvatico from The Futures School have officially launched their new adventure, The Wicked Opportunites Podcast!!!

You should absolutely give it a listen as soon as you have a chance!


The world is filled with Wicked Problems - incredibly complicated predicaments that don’t have simple solutions. However, the real problem isn’t our complex world, but rather our outdated mindsets.

The way that we see the future directly impacts the actions that we take today, so a better world requires better visions. Join futurists Yvette Montero Salvatico and Frank Spencer each week as they use the Natural Foresight® Framework to reframe our Wicked Problems into the transformational ideas that they call Wicked Opportunities.

So far, two episodes are out, and they are all available on Apple and Google Podcasts, as well as Spotify.

You can also listen here.
 


Ars Electronica Festival

Ars Electronica Festival

Wednesday, September 9 - Sunday, September 13
Free // RSVP


One of my favorite conferences is going virtual this year!!!

The Ars Electronica Festival premiered on September 18, 1979. This pilot project was designed to take the Digital Revolution’s emergence as an occasion to scrutinize potential futures and to focus these inquiries on the nexus of art, technology and society. With this philosophy, which remains Ars Electronica’s watchwords to this day, the Festival’s founders— cyberneticist/physicist Herbert W. Franke, electronic musician Hubert Bognermayr, music producer Ulli A. Rützel and Hannes Leopoldseder, then director of the ORF–Austrian Broadcasting Company’s Upper Austria regional studio—laid the foundation for Ars Electronica’s ongoing success.

Ars Electronica 2020 is taking place not despite but because of Corona. From September 9 to 13, the Festival for Art, Technology, and Society will simply ask the question, what to do now? And for the first time, this will be the theme not only in Linz – in the city center and on the beautiful JKU campus – but at 120 locations around the globe. 

Learn More & Register
 




Speculative Playrooms Open Call


1// Thursday, October 1 - Thursday, October 15 (Workshop)
2// Monday, October 19 - Sunday, October 25 (Research Period)
3// Tuesday, November 10 - Monday, November 30 (Exhibition)

Deadline to Apply, Thursday, September 10!


Finally, check out this Amazing workshop that a SciFly reader, Ágnes asked me to share with you all. TBH, I wish soooo hard I had the time to check this out right now, but working on our own class right now, so it will have to wait. :(

I hope they have future sessions!!!

The deadline to register is THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, so HURRY & APPLY!!!


We invite 3D modelers and animators, artists, designers, scientists, researchers, futurologists, curators, and creative writers to apply to take part in the online workshop and to design speculative spaces in Mozilla Hubs. 

The aim of the workshop is to enable various groups of 3D modelers and animators, artists, designers, scientists, researchers, futurologists, curators, and creative writers guided by mentors to create speculative design artifacts, VR spaces or other productions that have a speculative design characteristic and that deal with one of the scientific traits predefined in the call.  As our sense of intimacy is different in technological mediated spaces, these virtual spaces are changing the concept of presence and they are becoming our new type of comfort zones. In these spaces, we can try out new forms of interaction that can lead to empathy or alienation. During our workshop, together with the participants and mentors, we aim to try out those formats that can enhance the sense of solidarity in virtual spaces and can reframe human exchange types. The outputs (virtual spaces, interaction types, extended concepts) will be exhibited in Mozilla Hubs at Kara Agora Center between 10-30 November.

All participants will be paid with 250 EUR (including taxes)

Learn More & Apply!
 


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NYC Media Lab Summit 2020

Wednesday, October 7 - Friday, October 9
Free // RSVP

This is one of my go-to conferences in NYC, and now it will be taking place free online for people all over the world to check out!

The NYC Media Lab Summit 2020 is an online conference from Oct 7-9, 2020 that will bring together 1,000+ virtual attendees from NYC Media Lab’s core community—including media and tech executives, university faculty, students, investors, and entrepreneurs—to explore the future of media and tech in New York City and beyond.

There are some really cool panels, including a keynote by Tristan Harris, President & Co-Founder of Center for Humane Technology, a workshop on Algorithmic Bias, Tech Policy & Equity, and a panel discussion on the Past Present & Future of Digital Media!

Check out the full schedule and get your tickets here!
 

That's it for this week!

Don't forget, I will be resending this newsletter next Monday morning with just Week 2 events and No Introduction (Week 2 Resend), so if you have something to share, please contact me and I'll be happy to include it!
 
I hope you are all doing well, wherever you are!

Don't forget you can find me on the Speculative Futures Slack (which I pseudo-moderate) if you want to chat! @DocMartens

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

❤️Doc

"The future is here, now let's distribute it." 
 

Doc Martens


SciFly is a design studio dedicated to leveraging speculative design and science fiction to imagine and prototype alternative futures enabled by today's emerging technology.
 
 
   
 
 
 

Online Events 🗓

Running list of online events that I will update biweekly. Events are organized chronologically by week, with ongoing events and Speculative Futures events listed separately at the end.

WEEK 1 - Tuesday, September 8 - Monday, September 14

Tuesday, September 8
 

GENESIS 37 // 9am - 10am EDT // Free
An Immersive, sci-fi performance over Zoom. Humanity is facing the fear of extinction. The F.Deceas- 37 autoimmune syndrome has created a global state of uncertainty and terror. Three-quarters of the female population is now dead while hundreds of mammals are on the brink of extinction. As of today, this syndrome has not affected the male population, and the cause is unknown. In September, we will be hosting a virtual meeting for a limited number of our selected members to introduce our findings and give you the chance to interact with the first clones created in Genesis 37.
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Wednesday, September 9

The Future Meets the Drive-Thru // 7pm - 8pm EDT // Free
Drive-thru and car culture are here to stay, but both are on the cusp of radical evolution. Autonomous cars, drones, wireless communications, and environmental policies will pave the way for an entirely new experience. Mobile ordering has already proliferated, and that’s just the beginning. Join us as we examine the past and explore ideas about the future of drive-thrus.
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Media and Our Present Moment // 8pm EDT // Free
The media is a powerful voice driving our perception of the world. But over the last decade, the political divisions across America have threatened the ability of the media to deliver unbiased news. Further putting into question the role of the media, individuals armed with their smartphones have stepped in to provide some of the most raw, unfiltered stories of our times. As part of ALOUD’s Power and Value series, we welcome three journalists from the fields of newspaper, radio, and television to examine whose voices we can trust: the Los Angeles Times’ Sewell Chan, NPR’s Brooke Gladstone, and PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor. As we more urgently than ever rely on reporting for updates on COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, join us for a conversation with these three veteran journalists. How is the media shaping our individual experiences during these historical times?
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The Future of Virtual Connection: Lessons Learned from the Immersiverse // 9pm - 11pm EDT // $5 - $15
What is the future of virtual connection? In this time of quarantine and seclusion, what does it look like to push the boundaries of technology and experiment with new ways to experience authentic, meaningful human contact, relationship and play? We have barely begun to see what is actually possible in this space and how we can hack virtual interaction to help us make it through the age of isolation. Erica, Patricia and Scarlet are the three visionaries behind Liminalia, disruptive event producers who are hacking virtual connection by creating unique participatory online experiences that blur the line between the physical and digital.
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Co-Design Workshop: Humanizing the Internet of Skills // 7am - 8:30am EDT // Free
The design approach of the Industrial Design Engineering Chair at TU Dresden connects a user-centered design perspective with the engineered development of product-service systems by placing the human experience at its center. As part of the multidisciplinary cluster of excellence CeTI (Center for Tactile Internet with Human- in- the- Loop), our aim is to humanize the Internet of Skills: New communication technology allows faster and further-reaching data transfer than ever before, enabling new ways for an exchange of skills between humans.
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Thursday, September 10


The Workspace Reimagined // 4pm -  5pm EDT // Free
2020 has shifted the way we work and forced many businesses into digital transformation as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). FreshForm observes this change with a sense of optimism as we come together to redefine our future and our place within the San Diego design community. How might we reimagine the meaning of a physical and digital environment? What is our collective perception of “the office” and what does a workspace mean to each employee? How does our space connect to our larger purpose as a consultancy?
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''Uncertain future, crisis: How to reopen a new, mindful museum?'' // 2:30am - 4am EDT // $95.54
Today, more than ever we see great uncertainty in the future. Changes in the climate, racial tensions, increased terror threats and now, COVID-19. COVID-19 has devastated the world and paralyzed life as we know it. With infection numbers dropping we can start easing back into normality. But the path is long with many adjustments to be made. We are creating a new kind of museum that keeps visitors and the museum safe. A museum that is prepared for any eventuality and focuses on positivity and hope, to leverage culture to heal and bring people back together in a safe environment. We coined this the 'mindful museum'.
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"Blurring Borders" themed ART + TECH + POLICY DAYS // 9/10, 11am - 9/13, 8pm EDT // Free
Exposure is The Grid’s new annual festival format, an art + tech expo in San Francisco. Through art, panels, performances, talks, and workshops, Exposure works towards shaping technological development for the benefit of all. The first edition of The Grid: Exposure - Art + Tech + Policy Days takes place entirely virtually between September 10-13. “Blurring Borders” encompasses our current state while also calling for action. Both art and technology constantly blur the borders of the possible and the imaginable, the limits of human beings, and the separation of man and machine - thus opening up new unexpected realities. We will blur the artificial boundaries between the silos of art, technology, and policy. We will create a shared experience by blurring the polarization within and between different communities.
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Digital Design in Today's Age // 9pm - 10pm EDT // Free
Join us as we hear from a diverse panel of speakers talking about the design practice, the need for empathy within our data-obsessed industry, and one’s power to shape public opinion. Hear from Erwin Hines, Erik Sena, Andrew Yanoscik, and Emma Santangelo, individuals who have a wide variety of understanding and personal approaches to the lack of emotion in the digital industry. Our current climate has forced us all to rethink the conventions of modern design. As an agency, our mission is to design systems that solve problems in culture, and right now, our social and political systems have failed us. So, how can we rebuild these structures to work for everyone?
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MIT-CHIEF The Future Lecture Series】Smart City & Future Office: Guest Speaker, Carlo Ratti // 10am - 11am EDT // Free
The Future Lecture Series invites leading scientists to discuss breakthrough technologies moving humanity forward greatly Senseable Intelligent Architecture, Intelligent Built environment, Smart City
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Jobs of the Future Q&A: Digital Twin Specialists // 3pm - 4pm EDT // Free
"A digital twin is a virtual replica of an object, being, or system that can be continuously updated with data from its physical counterpart. Supported by an estimated 25 billion connected global sensors by 2021, digital twins will soon exist for millions of things. A jet engine, a human heart, even an entire city can all have a digital twin that mirrors the same physical and biological properties as the real thing. The implications are profound: real-time assessments and diagnostics much more precise than currently possible; repairs literally executed in the moment; and innovation that is faster, cheaper, and more radical." Join us for the first event in our new series, Jobs of the Future, where we analyze specific emerging technology jobs, careers and workforce trends that are coming over the next 5 years.
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In-space manufacturing // 8pm - 10pm EDT // $7 - $15
A panel discussion about in-space manufacturing on-orbit, at the International Space Station (ISS), and beyond: 3D printing, parts and structures making and assembling, bio tissues growing and replicating, and much more. 
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Hold onto the good things, imagine the best things // 10am - 11:15am EDT // Free
As part of the international Ars Electronica Festival, In Kepler’s Gardens, join Science Gallery Dublin to explore how our new uses of technology will impact our lives and relationships in the future. Following the format of our previously sold-out zine make-shop, the workshop will guide you through some warm-up drawing exercises, introduce zine-making and zine-binding methods, and use expressive drawing and zine construction to reflect on our experiences during the coronavirus pandemic and to creatively imagine the future and the role of technology in sharing and connectivity. There will be a combination of meditative drawing, reflection, and interactive workshopping.
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Exhibition (de)Tour: Excursions through the Non-Aligned by Dr Tania Roy // 7pm - 8:30pm EDT // Free
This talk looks at the Non-Aligned exhibition as a speculative point-of-view on the past that suggests that the capacity to imagine new or other futures emerges only from an embodied encounter with disappointment. Taking this as a point of departure, Dr Roy will discuss the figurative and formal legacies of “Third World Man” as a way of engaging the historiographical and artistic strategies of the works on view, and their evocation of image-based temporalities that survive the episode of postcolonial closure.
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WCCEH Workshop - Speculative Methodologies: Catastrophe and Extraction // 5pm - 6:30pm EDT // Free
How do forms of catastrophe and extraction shape methods of research and engagement? This one-day workshop will focus on participatory methods and research-as-activism alongside politics of catastrophe and processes of extraction. Akwugo Emejulu looks at how women of colour activists in Britain, the Netherlands and the United States operationalise an idea of ‘catastrophe’ as a political resource and protest frame for their organising, mobilising and solidarity work. Christine Okoth’s research considers how a logic of extraction based in racial subjection shapes literary forms. We’ll consider problems and possibilities of method, how metaphor can set the terms for participation, and how political engagement can emerge out of refusal.
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Friday, September 11


FLUX LIVE: Autonomy at ARS Electronica // 12pm - 1pm EDT // Free
Kimatica Studio will share insights on the creative process behind their new media performances exploring body mapping technology and rituals. Aphra Shemza, a multimedia artist and activist will present a video tour of her light based and interactive sculpture exploring key themes within her practice. Analema Group will tour key projects, reflecting on relationships between sound, colour, light and movement. The event finishes with a guided tour of the online exhibition created exclusively for Ars Electronica.
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Exploring Game Design // 9:30pm - 11pm EDT // Free
Have you ever wondered what it means to be a game designer? Join us as we listen to a panel of industry experts from the San Diego design community as they discuss how they approach game design and their path into game development. IDGA’s 2020 San Diego Game Jam winner will also be announced.
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MOTHERSHIP: A series of talks, rants and panels on XR in 2020 // 9am - 5pm EDT // Free
This workshop is focused on creators with experience in / familiarity with XR (VR, Magic Leap, mobile XR). We will be focused on inspiring and educating creators and storytellers on the state of the art - literacy in the technologies, frameworks, toolsets, limitations, , where to begin- as well as the art of the possible. We will introduce the key ideas and most compelling work happening in the medium today.
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Saturday, September 12


🔥 Future of Crime // 9:30am - 11:30am EDT // Free
We will be using a games-based approach to speculate on how High Tech Crimes of the Future will look like.
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Livecoding Visuals Workshop // 8pm - 10pm EDT // £17
Improviz is an environment built by Guy John aka Rumblesan, which can be used for live coding visual performances. Its easy-to-learn language for creating visuals can be extended through the use of custom GL shaders and by using your own GIFs, 3D models and image textures. This two-hour workshop, led by visual artist Antonio Roberts aka hellocatfood, will introduce you to the world of live coding, and guide you through the basics of using Improviz for live visuals.
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Our Networks 2020: Growing our networks in uncertain times places // 6am EDT // CA$10.00 - CA$80.00
A conference taking place online from Sept 8-12 about the past, present, and future of building our own network infrastructures. We are moving beyond an in-person event, instead inviting you all to collectively invent the future of our networks in virtual spaces. In the presence of so many unknowns, how can alternative network infrastructures support the creation of radically equitable futures? What tactics of distributed collective care allow us to offer mutual aid in this moment? How can we apply more broadly what we learn as we go about decentralizing the conference across time and place?
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Tools for Reimagining Better Worlds Through Cooperation // 9/10, 1pm - 10/1, 3pm EDT // From €176.68
None of us knows until when we will have to adhere to social distancing norms and how this will change the dynamics of self-organization within our communities. However, one thing seems certain: We all will be needing some new skills as life merges with online environments more and more. In this course, we will look at principles of decentralized governance and other strategic approaches, online tools, facilitation methods, and cultural aspects of self-organization aimed at creating a curriculum for digital self-management in groups and collectives. There will be space for questions, debates, and conversations throughout as we come together to learn tools for building community and cooperation to enable better futures. 4-week live online class.
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Turtles All the Way Down with Bryan Camp // 1pm - 6:30pm EDT // $0 - $105
The images and narratives brought to mind by the word “mythology” are, by and large, ancient: Icarus flying too close to the sun. We tend to think of myths as ample sources of inspiration for writers of urban fantasy, perhaps, but of little use to writers of space operas, secondary world fantasies, or near-future political thrillers. But that mindset forgets that mythmaking is a vital and ongoing human impulse. We have always used narratives to understand where we came from, who we are, and why we’re here. This workshop will focus on defining the traditions and functions of myth in order to aid writers of all kinds of speculative fiction in the creation of their own narratives. We will begin with a discussion of a few of the different functions that myths serve in every society: foundation myths, culture heroes, metaphysical explanations, and establishment of hierarchies. We will then tackle how to use these concepts to generate compelling narratives, self-aware characters, and believable worlds, whether you’re writing about a galaxy far, far away or tomorrow right here on Earth.
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🔥ConTamination 2020 // 9/12 - 9/13 // Free
#ConTamination2020 virtual conference specifically centered around 'pandemics' with three themes: speculative fiction, science and social science. Many sci-fi and fantasy conventions have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Others, such as Worldcon/ConZealand, have announced they're going virtual this year, as are the SFWA with the Nebula conference. But long before any of them did that we had the idea of running an online sci-fi and fantasy convention... online. To avoid stepping on any toes, we've narrowed the focus of ConTamination to be a science-meets-speculative-fiction convention. Our aim is to tackle the big questions that many of us are asking about the future, and our place as science fiction and fantasy readers within it.
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Sunday, September 13


Design, Development, and Democracy in a Changing World // 2pm - 3pm EDT // Free
Woodbury University School of Architecture San Diego presents a timely conversation with local architect and developers addressing the future of socially-distanced design and development. The conversation will cover the pioneering MRED program at the root of the architect as developer movement and the unique camaraderie that comes with it, as well the issue of inclusion so vital to progress.
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Privacy, Democracy and Technology Workshop // 1pm - 3pm EDT // £35
Western democracies are under new pressures from digital technologies. Whereas before, the internet was seen as an exciting new platform with the potential to increase political engagement, encourage the participation of previously underrepresented groups, and improve innovation, now we understand that new forms of communication have created new arenas of power. This workshop will focus on the way that technology is changing democracy and theories of privacy.
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Cli-Fi for beginners: Imagination for climate solutions // 6am - 7:30am EDT // Free
Climate Fiction and its positive sub-genre Solar Punk are emerging… And as we find ourselves in a unique moment in time, can we re-write the story? Join a flash fiction workshop to build confidence in writing and flex your imagination. We'll be doing a warm-up exercise then have a go at writing fiction based on some climate science. We’ll practice writing, we’ll also practice reading our words aloud in a safe and supportive group.
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Monday, September 14

2030 Movement: Building Relationships in the Digital Age // 9/14, 11pm - 9/15, 12am EDT // Free
Technology has undeniably impacted every aspect of our lives and dating and building relationships is no exception. Just a few years ago, no one could have imagined their next date being a single swipe away and yet now, it has become parts and parcels of modern dating. While aspects of dating have already gone digital, with COVID-19 painting a new reality, this process has been accelerated and now applies to all relationships. Join our panel as we discuss how building and maintaining relationships have evolved over the past few years, the acceleration of virtual relationships due to the pandemic, and what the future holds for the tech side of building relationships.
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Communism in the Suburbs? / Retroactive Utopia of Socialist City // 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT // $7 - $11
“The core message here is the need to focus on the small and hidden histories, the buried stories of the everyday, the extinguished but smoldering fires at the grass roots of urban society. Both the early twentieth-century commune and the progressive reforms of mid-century in Los Angeles were not untypical for what was happening around the world at those times by way of experiments in widespread reform, or even revolution. None of these led sustainably to what the dreamers, reformers, and revolutionaries had hoped for: a different society, a new world. Ultimately, experiment and reform in housing and urban life were perverted by the bureaucracies perpetuating the survival of capitalism, as well as by the bureaucrats constructing ‘real existing socialism’ in Eastern Europe. Yet in these histories we find sedimentations of possibilities that I will take up in this essay.”
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Worldbuilding Our Feminist Future: Envisioning A Feminist Enterprise // 8pm - 11pm EDT // $0 - $40
If we were to design a feminist enterprise-- a business, non-profit, ngo, or other collective -- around our own feminist values, desires, and visions, what might it be like? In this second workshop in our Worldbuilding series, we’ll come a little closer in, to imagine the very near future -- We'll imagine the feminist enterprise that you and your team might create right now to move us towards a just, flourishing, feminist economy.
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[COMING UP] IFTF Annual Ten-Year Forecast 2020 // 9/14 - 9/18 
During this year of unprecedented change, IFTF is extending a limited, one time-only invitation for you to join us for our annual IFTF TYF2020 interactive, multi-day Summit on Future Ready Organizations. Each year, for over 38 years, IFTF has immersed participants, futurists, researchers, and experts in a look ahead at the ten-year horizon to better prepare for tomorrow. *The first 25 guests to RSVP will receive our one-of-a-kind TYF2020 Future Readiness Package with a curated selection of research, speaker books, and special secret items that are "signals from the future" that will be revealed at opening sessions each day of the Summit. REGISTER BEFORE AUGUST 31 / Password:  TYF2020-FREE
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WEEK 2 - Tuesday, September 15 - Monday, September 21

Tuesday, September 15


The Future is a Collective Project // 1:30pm - 3pm EDT // Free
During the pandemic, there has been a largely unprecedented, shared experience of isolation, grief and loneliness for the human touch–whether intimate or casual–that we are no longer allowed. But for disabled, queer (and disabled queer) people, the relationships between grief and touch were complicated before this. This is an online workshop on themes of physical touch, queerness and disability in These Times. We will be responding to writing and performance from queer/disabled people, sharing feelings, and doing some writing of our own together.
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Symposium Week 1 - Thematic Conversation: Futures and Technologies // 2pm - 3pm EDT // Free
This Thematic Conversation: Futures and Technologies brings together futurists Dan Hill and Radha Mistry to discuss how strategic foresight and storytelling influences design. The conversation is premised on an idea attributed to science fiction writer William Gibson: the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed. What new normal realities from education and equity to mobility and manufacturing will shape what’s next? Whose voices are represented? How might we extrapolate emergent technologies and contemporary conditions facing the Midwest into a speculative future of the middle?
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Entanglements by Sheila Williams, Annalee Newitz & Cadwell Turnbull // 12:30pm - 1:30pm // Free
MIT Press Live! Presents an author talk with Sheila Williams, Annalee Newitz & Cadwell Turnbull In a future world dominated by the technological, people will still be entangled in relationships—in romances, friendships, and families. This volume in the Twelve Tomorrows series considers the effects that scientific and technological discoveries will have on the emotional bonds that hold us together. 
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Chimera Garden, Computational Arts MA/MFA Degree Show Digital exhibition // 9/17 - 9/20 // Free
The Goldsmiths MA/MFA in Computational Art invites you to step into Chimera Garden and walk among the collection of assemblages we’ve cultivated under the extraordinary conditions of these troubled months. Fantastic fusions of technology, ideas, humans and other creatures, these works have emerged, flourishing, from a twisted reality of seismic chaos and confusion. In our current place of epochal chaos and transformation, the foundations on which we’ve built the seemingly monolithic and unquestionable have been disturbed. Chimera Garden is a blend of physical and online installation and performance, a four-day festival open to all.
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[MIT-CHIEF Summit Dialogue] Alex `Sandy’ Pentland & Kai-Fu Lee // 8pm - 9pm EDT // Free
MIT-CHIEF Summit Dialogue invites leading scientists, economists and entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges, trends, and issues affecting technology innovation and commercialization. We invite Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, a renowned computer scientist and one of the best-known businessmen and investors in China,  Professor Alex 'Sandy' Pentland, professor of media arts and sciences at MIT and one of the world’s best-known data scientists, and Will Knight, a senior writer for WIRED, as the distinguished speakers on the Summit Dialogue covering “Computation and the Future: How will AI and Data Science Reshape Society?”
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Autonomous Aircraft! Drone Taxis, Drone Food Deliveries, what is possible?! // 11am - 12pm EDT // Free
When will we have autonomous drone taxis? Do they already work now? What's stopping their adoption? Will we ever have drones deliver us food to the park? How can we have more sustainable air transport? What's next? What is an Octocopter and when can we go in one? Answer- sooner than we might have thought! In this Tech for Sustainability live chat we are joined by Jeff Ehret, Staff Business Development Manager for Moog Inc’s Aircraft Group Innovation Team. Moog, with a revenue of $2.9B and 13,000 employees, is a developer and supplier of flight critical control systems on commercial and military aircraft as well as space vehicles, weapon systems and industrial applications.
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Wednesday, September 16


Materials engineering - a digital future. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? // 1:45 - 3:45 EDT // Free
‘Digital’ is a buzzword that is used across many areas of science and technology, but can have many different meanings to many different people. In the context of Materials Science & Engineering it has the potential to change almost everything that we do, whether it is developing new materials & manufacturing process, verifying materials are safe to operate, managing a supply chain, or inspecting products at some point in their life cycle. This talk will show some of the ways these tools are being used and discuss some of the challenges that need to be addressed to realise the full potential.
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The Future of Live Music // 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT // Donation
Join three universally acclaimed science-fiction novelists, Annalee Newitz (Lambda award winner, contributing opinion editor for the New York Times, founder of io9), Sarah Pinsker (two-time Nebula award winner, singer-songwriter), and Mike Chen (praised by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, former DJ/musician) for a conversation + Q&A on the future of live events. What have we lost, perhaps permanently, by avoiding live events during this pandemic? How will people come together physically in the wake of universal pandemic trauma? What have we learned during this hiatus from live events that we want to hold onto? Are there any aspects of the live music experience that we should use this opportunity to drop or improve? 
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Thursday, September 17


Never Normal Exhibition Virtual Opening // 6pm - 8pm EDT // Free
Never Normal is an exhibition that expresses the ever-changing viewpoint of the designer’s perspective on the built world. The future now seems inscrutable, provoking us to think of the possibilities and opportunities for change in human behaviors and our environment. Looking away from the conventional means of solving problems, the works in this exhibition seek to reexamine and reevaluate our personal relationships to our domestic landscape. Through craft or making, these designers are able to express value, preciousness, and care that offer intuitive moments of clarity on contemporary issues in response to the needs of a society in flux.
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August de los Reyes: The Power of Inclusive Design // 10pm - 11pm EDT // Free
August de los Reyes will share  the life-transforming accident that changed his work as a designer. After delving into topics such as video games and the American Dream, he will share his high level approach to Inclusive Design—how it can extend beyond product accessibility—and give a modest proposal for good design in the 21st century. Dedicated to using technology for human well-being, August is currently the Chief Design Officer for Varo, a social-impact start-up poised to be the first mobile-only national bank in the United States. 
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RIBA + VitrA Talk: 3XN // 2pm - 3:15pm EDT // £4.33 – £7.48
Founded in Denmark in 1986, 3XN are known for projects grounded in the application of ongoing research into how human behaviour both reflects and influences buildings and the wider environment. In 2007 3XN founded a sister company GXN dedicated to innovative research into circular design, behaviour design and digital design. In this lecture we will be joined by behavioural specialist and Head of Operations Susan Carruth and Architect and Senior Partner Audun Opdal, who will show us how GXN’s research is directly fed into the work of 3XN to create some of the most innovative buildings in the world.
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IF THEN - How One Data Company Invented the Future // 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT // From £10.72
Half a century before Facebook, Amazon and Cambridge Analytica – one firm harvested data, targeted voters, stirred up news, manipulated consumers and destabilized politics. Join one of America’s greatest living historians, two-time Pulitzer finalist Jill Lepore, as she delves into the hidden history of data science, revealing the untold story of The Simulmatics Corporation. In this talk, Jill Lepore will shine a totally new light on the history of tech, politics, the Cold war, the hidden women involved, and – unavoidably – the issues facing our society today. She will show how the world we experience online today derives from the first weaponization of data.
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2030 Movement: Tech Trends Fad vs Future // 6am - 7am EDT // Free
Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Data Science - The usual suspects that never fail to come up in any conversation about what the future holds for technology. The innovation and adoption of new technologies have never been faster. Each new technology brings with it an ecosystem of new apps, experiences, and innovations, so overwhelming that it can sometimes be close to impossible to keep up. Similarly, tech is growing prevalent in and disrupting all aspects in so many different industries; healthtech, edtech, biotech, adtech - the list goes on and on. However, experts have expressed concerns over unhealthy fascination with every cool and shiny tech, as it is hard to distinguish the winner from the overflowing pool and identify what will pass and become obsolete in a year or so.
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Friday, September 18

Advances in extra-terrestrial structural design: From moonquakes to ISRU // 10am - 2pm EDT // Free
As the kick-off workshop for the EPSRC project ‘Designing for the Future: Optimising the structural form of regolith-based monolithic vaults in low-gravity conditions’, the aim is to investigate the behavior of monolithic adobe structures in low-gravity to design optimal structures. In support of future space exploration, such structures will act as shielding to protect critical assets (such as robots, fuel tanks, and power stations) and future inflatable structures (such as living quarters) from extreme extra-terrestrial environments. This workshop will focus on advances in extra-terrestrial structural design covering many aspects of the project.
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How to Design Trustworthy Tech: Privacy, Security & Identity in Government // 3pm - 4pm EDT // Free
Join Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) for an interactive webinar where leaders across the civic tech movement will ask and answer: What are design principles for privacy and security? How can we design technology AND policy that not just protects, but also respects the public and personal data?
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Saturday, September 19

Fruits of the Past, Present, and Future: A Workshop with Anna Tjé // 1pm - 2:30pm EDT // Free
Anna Tjé invites you to embark on the journey of your favorite fruit from seed to consumption by using “exotic” fruits as a metaphor for the self to build a manifesto through conversation, tasting, and creative writing.
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🔥 Design for Equality // 5am EDT - 7am EDT // Free
Technology holds huge potential for political transformation. However many of society’s inequalities are encoded in its structures, processes and communities. During this 6 h webinar (2h session x 3 weeks in a row) we’ll prototype, digital products and services aimed at a more equal workplace. You will be guided through a process of storytelling, first by critically looking at what’s missing, whose interests aren’t being represented, and whose truths aren’t being told and secondly, by using speculative tools to tell future stories of equality and inclusion.
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Sunday, September 20

Shaders Workshop - Code Art Together // 2pm - 4pm EDT // $20
In this online workshop series you’ll learn how to code graphics and animations using shaders. This class is interactive, in that you can ask questions real-time; you will be talking to your classmates and you will be encouraged to show your work. The environment you'll code in is free and browser based, no time wasted in setup/installation. Quickly iterate on creations by talking directly to your graphics card with GLSL (a C-like programming language). Once you’ve got the basics of shaders down, real-time rendering skills translate to many projects: livecoding performances, music visualizers, spicing up your unity/three.js/openframeworks projects, snap filters, and animated gifs (as just a few examples).
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Building Interactive Installations // 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM // $25 - $125
Learn how to build interactive installations in this series of 5 workshops! Pick up skills to build the next Meow Wolf or Museum of Ice Cream using Arduinos and TouchDesigner! Explore how sensors and inputs can be used to trigger meaningful shifts in LED lighting, projection, and sound. Bring your imagination to life with steps to grow an interactive art experiment to a robust show piece.
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The Culinary Speculative with Nibedita Sen // 9/20, 1pm - 9/23, 5pm EDT // $0 - $105
Food is integral to every aspect of our lives, which also makes it a powerful tool that can do everything from propel world-building to unlock character in fiction. What are the ways in which hunger and magic can interact? What will futuristic technology change about the way we farm our crops and grow our meat? How can we use food to evoke culture and sensory detail, while also avoiding pitfalls of exoticization or Othering? Through a mix of short lectures, exercises, discussion, and excerpts from published work, we’ll try to figure out how to make readers keep coming back for more.
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Monday, September 21

Nothing to Report!

Upcoming Speculative Futures Meetups 


Favorite speculative design projects (London edition) // SF Sydney // Tuesday, 9/8, 3:30am - 5am EDT // Free
Michael Johnson is a Strategic Designer and Co-organiser of the Speculative Futures London Chapter, as a guest speaker to our Sydney chapter, he is going to share how he fell into speculative design helping to launch Blackmirror in the UK and working in a crazy studio. Explaining projects he has worked on connecting luxury jewellery to the stars or how they scared a bunch of Google Engineers locked up in a bunker Googleplex in San Francisco. The inspirational Speculative Designers he has worked with that create smart robots that want to unionise or guns that can be fired using social media activity. 

He will explain the types of workshops he has been involved in on Cyborg Shamanism or how a utopian cult could deal with the homeless situation in the USA. As well as a broad range of his favorite projects from people he has met or speakers at Speculative Futures London. Including, how to use your poo to fuel your dinner party, why your grandparents hate smart devices, how someone reincarnated Elvis into a mouse or how far will drones influence our daily lives.
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Care In The Age of Tele-Everything // SF San Francisco // Wed, 9/16, 8:30pm - 9:30pm EDT // Free
A conversation about the power and complexities of virtualizing healthcare. As the healthcare industry is jarred into virtual care by this health emergency, we see some amazing transformation accelerated. We are also cautiously observing to understand how we can push the limits of automation and virtualization, and still keep the care of the people we serve personal, kind, and empowering. With this panel, we aim to start a conversation about what we are seeing from different angles in this bumpy transition and how we can take advantage of it to improve on our broken systems of care. We’ve invited three panelists: Laura Blumenthal, Liz Gonzales Moore and José Reyes to join this conversation on the topic of health. One of them works at a company with a clear mission of design in society, one is a prescribing practitioner in virtual mental health care, and one a partner at a design firm that works to create digital healthcare transformation for large corporations.
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September Meetup: Topic TBD // Speculative Futures Austin // Wed 9/16, 8pm - 10pm EDT // Free
No event description yet, check-in on Meetup for details.
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Ongoing Events


Reconstruct The Internet ● Digital Adaptation // (multiple dates, July - October) // Donation
"a homage to the limitless future/s possibilities for the internet ecosystem" Reconstruct The Internet is an exploration of our emotional needs in the digital age and a space to speculate alternative internet ecosystems. this interactive workshop sees participants reimagine the internet ecosystem outside the digital economy and instead focus on the emotional needs the internet help us meet ⁠— both individually and collectively.
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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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🔥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 hello@wonderville.nyc if you want to join!

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Speculative News & Resources 📰

News and resources about emerging technology, speculative practice, and futures design. I'll try to put anything explicitly COVID-19 related at the end, in case you need a break from doom-scrolling!


The clothing of the future completely dissolves after use // FastCompany
Fashion is built on cyclical trends. As Heidi Klum famously said on Project Runway, “One day you’re in. And the next day you’re out.” But that also makes the industry inherently wasteful. So what if instead of sending old clothes to the landfill, you could dissolve them? Scarlett Yang, a recent graduate from acclaimed London design school Central Saint Martins, developed a dress that does just that for her graduate collection. Yang designed an ethereal, sculptural high-fashion dress made from silk cocoon protein and algae extract. The textile is completely biodegradable. While it’s just a conceptual project for now, it points to the possibility of a fashion lifecycle in which garments are intentionally designed to be sustainable.
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Amazon Promises Its Alexa for Landlords System Doesn't Spy on Tenants // Futurism
Amazon is launching a new program that would make it easier for landlords to install Alexa-enabled smart speakers and devices in their tenants’ homes. Alexa for Residential, The Verge reports, would get Alexa integration set up in the now-smart apartment, and tenants would be able to link their Amazon accounts to the devices or just use them as standalone gadgets. Most importantly, Amazon says that the wealth of user data that these devices would gather on each tenant will stay out of their landlord’s hands...
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NASA-Funded Scientist Claims New Thruster Could Approach Light Speed // Futurism
80-year-old lung cancer survivor and California State University, Fullerton physics professor emeritus Jim Woodward has an out-of-this-world idea to allow spacecraft to travel to neighboring star systems: tiny crystals that vibrate tens of thousands of times per second when an electric current is applied. His invention, dubbed the Mach-effect gravitational assist (MEGA) drive, makes the extraordinary promise of a propulsion system that relies on nothing but a source of electricity — no heavy combustion fuel necessary, as Wired reports in a fascinating new feature...
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Is Direct To Avatar The Next Direct To Consumer? // Forbes
In the 90s, some kids would save up every dollar they made from doing chores and working a summer job in order to buy those coveted Air Jordan sneakers or a 23 Chicago Bulls jersey. In 2020, children are asking their parents to get them Robux instead of cold hard cash, so they can buy their favorite gamer's skin in Roblox.  The Weeknd’s recent TikTok concert, which was produced in partnership with the Wave XR, included closeups of the singer’s shoes, outfit and even the car he drove in one of the songs. At the time of publishing, the concert hashtag had received more than 1.1 billion views, and shows how gaming, social media and entertainment are continuing to converge...
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Solarpunk Is Growing a Gorgeous New World in the Cracks of the Old One // SingularityHub
What will the future look, smell, sound, taste, and feel like? And why on Earth—and other planets—are those questions relevant, especially given the havoc going on in the world, right here and now? Simply put, because those future sensory experiences will be the ultimate test of whether we made it through this difficult era. As long as we’re embodied beings, processing the world through our senses, there will be no holier grail than making sure that what those senses register is pleasurable. Essentially, whether existing in our world is painful or lovely can be understood in aesthetic terms...
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This stunning dress can read minds // FastCompany
Clothing is a terrible oversimplification of the person inside of it, whether someone wears the hautest couture or budget denim from Farm & Fleet. There are 86 billion neurons in the human brain, after all. But what if your clothing were a direct reflection on yourself? What if it could literally visualize what you were thinking? That’s the idea of the Pangolin Scales Project, a new brain-reading dress by Dutch fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht, with support from the Institute for Integrated Circuits at JKU and G.tec medical engineering...
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Japan’s SkyDrive ‘Flying Car’ Successfully Carries Out Test Flight With a Person Aboard // Gadgets360
The decades-old dream of zipping around in the sky as simply as driving on highways may be becoming less illusory. Japan's SkyDrive, among the myriads of “flying car” projects around the world, has carried out a successful though modest test flight with one person aboard. In a video shown to reporters on Friday, a contraption that looked like a slick motorcycle with propellers lifted several feet off the ground, and hovered in a netted area for four minutes...
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Waymo Just Started Testing Its Driverless Trucks in Texas // SingularityHub
It’s been almost four years since Uber shipped 50,000 cans of beer across Colorado in a self-driving truck. It was the first-ever commercial shipment completed using self-driving technology. Now competitor Waymo is launching a much larger driverless trucking experiment. With a new hub in Dallas, Waymo’s heavy-duty trucks took to the Texas roads this week to start the company’s road testing of its driverless fleet, which consists of 13 Peterbilt 18-wheelers complete with cameras, lidar, and on-board computers...
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DNA Tests Tailor Transhuman Technological Developments // Transhumanity.net
Traditional evolution is glacially slow. It can take thousands of years for genetic modification to take hold and provide positive effects. Medical and genetic technology is rapidly advancing and is quickly outrunning natural genetic evolution. Altering the human body through gene therapy will be a viable remedy to disease, birth defects, aging, and even death. Humans will direct their evolution through biotechnology. Josiah Zayner, Ph.D. is a biohacker, biochemist, and biophysicist who has worked for NASA. Zayner is the first person to edit his genes by performing a full body microbiome transplant in efforts to heal his gastrointestinal condition...
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Self-Driving Restaurant-on-wheels Brings Food Trucks Into the Future // Yanko Design
What if your restaurant came to you instead of you going to it? Meet the Streat, a conceptual food-truck designed to adapt to these incredibly trying times. More than 60% of restaurants are estimated to close in USA alone because of the pandemic. This lockdown has exposed one of the most blatant realities of running a restaurant – renting commercial spaces is incredibly expensive, and restaurants, as popular as they may be, aren’t a very profitable business. Cut the cash flow for as little as even a week and the restaurant begins experiencing serious financial problems. Most of these places have been locked down since March...
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How Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Will Transform Espionage // Foreign Affairs
For all of human history, people have spied on one another. To find out what others are doing or planning to do, people have surveilled, monitored, and eavesdropped—using tools that constantly improved but never displaced their human masters. Artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems are changing all of that. In the future, machines will spy on machines in order to know what other machines are doing or are planning to do. Intelligence work will still consist of stealing and protecting secrets, but how those secrets are collected, analyzed, and disseminated will be fundamentally different...
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Designing a better future is a moral obligation. Here’s how to start // Fastcompany
2020 has amplified the vast problems in America. The inequities and interdependencies that have always existed are now impossible to ignore. We’re collectively experiencing a range of emotions: anger, despair, frustration, anxiety, helplessness. And yet I feel there’s still a palpable hope that things can, and will, change. Design is a method of envisioning the future, of which optimism is a foundational part. Designing with optimism is to believe in the potential to create a better future. It does not suggest trusting blindly that everything will turn out in your favor, nor does it necessitate holding positive sentiment in your process. In fact, challenging ideas or beliefs may be one of the most optimistic things you can do. By practicing optimism in design, you think expansively about what is possible, and help others to see possibilities as well...
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Niantic creates a 5G supergroup for 'planet-scale AR' experiences // Engadget
Niantic, the AR specialist behind Ingress and Pokémon Go, has made a telecommunications dream team with some of the world’s biggest carriers. The ‘Planet-Scale AR Alliance’ has been formed with Deutsche Telekom, EE, Globe, Orange, SK Telecom, SoftBank, TELUS and Verizon. Together, they’ll be making… well, it’s not actually clear what they’ll be making. Niantic has been building and teasing a “planet-scale” AR platform for some time that will help developers make their own location-based experiences. It’s not clear how these will differ from Niantic’s existing projects, though, or the deluge of Pokémon Go clones based around properties like The Walking Dead, Dragon Quest and The Witcher...
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Holograms, Film, and Augmented Reality Will Come Together in the First Digital Green Carpet Fashion Awards // Vogue
Much ink has been spilled about the future of Fashion Week and the pros and cons of digital runway shows, but what about the other events that take place every season, like parties, galas, and awards shows? The Green Carpet Fashion Awards are usually a highlight of Milan Fashion Week in September, and in keeping with the city’s “phy-gital” plans for spring 2021, it’s being reimagined as a digital experience, starting October 10. This won’t be your standard livestream or film. Livia Firth, the founder of Eco-Age, which works in partnership with the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana on the GCFA, says most of the night’s “guests” will in fact be holograms. The show is incorporating augmented reality, digital effects, and a proper film too. Giorgio Testi is directing, and the project is being produced by Pulse Films, with designs from NorthHouse and holograms by ARHT Media...
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See Burger King’s restaurant of the future, where the car is king // Fastcompany
Ask any fast food company, from Taco Bell to McDonald’s, and they will tell you: COVID-19 accelerated everything. While these restaurants knew that drive-throughs and delivery services had been growing, and that digital apps were essential to their future business, shuttered dining rooms catapulted us into that future of fast food overnight. Nowhere is that more evident than in a series of new stores Burger King plans to start building next year—where the car is treated like royalty...
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LG unveils a battery-powered air purifier you strap to your face // New Atlas
Korean electronics giant LG has adapted its home air purifying technology into a battery-powered, air purifying face mask with twin H13 HEPA filters, multi-speed fans and a UV-LED sterilizing case. But there's still a lot we don't know. The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, as LG is calling it, appears quite a remarkable device. It straps to the face with straps behind the ears like a regular face mask, but carries an 820-mAh battery to run an active air filtration and purification system for up to eight hours on low mode and two hours on high...
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Fauci Warns that Earth has Entered a "Pandemic Era" // Futurism
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top coronavirus advisor, warns that humanity is now living in a “pandemic era.” At this point, nearly half a year after the COVID-19 pandemic brought the U.S. to its knees, that may sound obvious. But as The Washington Post reports, Fauci is talking about something greater than just the current pandemic. Rather, he believes that human activity has become a major contributor to the emergence of new deadly diseases. “COVID-19, recognized in late 2019, is but the latest example of an unexpected, novel, and devastating pandemic disease,” Fauci, along with his colleague Dr. David Morens, wrote in research published last month in the prestigious journal CELL. “One can conclude from this recent experience that we have entered a pandemic era. The causes of this new and dangerous situation are multifaceted, complex, and deserving of serious examination.”
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Fun Stuff 🚀

Cool projects, articles, games, books, and other nerdy speculative things that I've discovered recently.

News, Articles & Interesting Projects


Interplanetary Community-in-a-Box [Call]
The Interplanetary Community-in-a-Box project is kick-starting creative conversations around off-world community-building, by getting people to imagine what they would put in a hypothetical space-community starter-kit: a “Community in a Box.” It’s part of the Arizona State University Interplanetary Initiative. Here, we’re encouraging scientists, scholars, thinkers and others associated with the ASU Interplanetary Initiative to write short, engaging and thought-provoking articles that are inspired by the question “what would you put in an Interplanetary Community-in-a-Box, and why?”
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Uzine#3 Future // Plurality University Network [Call]
I lie beyond the horizon, yet somehow I am part of your life.
I am an object of knowledge yet cannot be known. Some pretend to see me, I love to prove them wrong. When you imagine what I might look like, you think of change, hope, destiny, and even fear me.  I am all ends or all paths I am about stories and actions, massive mobilizations and radical uncertainty, proactive design and adaptive resilience; I am about challenges and solutions, or maybe only better questions. I am this word, future. This call is not about describing how the future should be,but about what (if anything) the word “future” means to you. Do you have a relationship to it? Do you think about it? How do other cultures and communities use it?  Who has a voice about what it should be, and how could it be extended? Is this word plural or singular?
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Printed Circuits Turn Paper into a Self-Powered Keyboard // Futurity
They say their new technology could transform paper sheets from a notebook into a music player interface and make food packaging interactive. “This is the first time a self-powered paper-based electronic device [has been] demonstrated,” says Ramses Martinez, an assistant professor in the School of Industrial Engineering and in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Purdue University...
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Future Thinking Canvas // Spark Works 
How can we get people to discuss together the “unthinkable”? Today we are living in a world where change shapes everything around us. Organizations need to be prepared for change, react fast, and reinvent themselves to survive. In these times of radical change, we have developed the Spark Works Future Thinking Canvas. Our canvas helps you anticipate possibilities ahead and be prepared for change because when change disrupts an industry in unexpected ways, innovation becomes the need and the focus.
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Gaming, Shows, Books & Other Random Cool Stuff

Future Tense
Bryony is a human being who works across disciplines. Having trained as an architect, worked as a designer and co-founded BROADEN where she now tells stories through film, the common thread in Bryony’s life is a passion for people and places. A self-described optimist, Bryony looks to the future with a particular eye on how we can live more sustainably, equitably and joyfully. You can find her living in a van and making hand-cut collages along the way. “Postcards from the Future”, a future-scaping project between Viraj Joshi and 22 creatives around the world. The Postcard included in this edition was Conceived and Produced by Lena Edman and Viraj Joshi
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Battery-Free Game Boy Powered by Force of Mashing Buttons // Futurism
A team of computer scientists have spent their year working on the world’s first battery-free Game Boy. The device, CNET reports, is a faithful recreation of the 1989 Nintendo Game Boy, with one key difference: Instead of AA batteries, the handheld gaming system is powered entirely by tiny solar panels and the force of a heated gamer mashing the buttons. Just like the Game Boy was a breakthrough in mobile gaming, the scientists hope that they too can spark a revolution in battery-free technology...
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Issue_05 The Viral Issue // CYBR Magazine
Just two months ago we ripped up the plan for ISSUE_05 and started again. We could see that the viral outbreak we’re currently coming to terms with was going to become an epidemic and we wanted to investigate and reflect on what the future could look like. We could be looking at one of the biggest technological and cultural shifts in a generation. A future that might make most science-fiction seem closer than ever before. Virtual reality, digital expression through skins and avatars, autonomy and Universal Basic Income all have a part to play in our new future as we all become more interconnected in new ways. Featuring FN MEKA, CHARLI COHEN, NIKITA REPLYANSKI, THOMAS WEBB, RTFKT, SILICA, HIROTO IKEUCHI, MOTH3R, ENGWIND, BRAD BUILDS, plus our investigations into technology fighting the outbreak, viruses that make power for us, and much more...
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What I'm Reading

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

What is A Digital Twin and Why You Might Be Coding It Sooner Than You Think
by Serj

“Stonehenge Lego” scale model reveals the pagan monument’s unique soundscape
by Jennifer Ouellette

China Bans Scratch, MIT's Programming Language for Kids
By Rita Liao

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