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SciFly NYC // 114 // Speculating a Decentralized Future

Weekly Events 2/24 - 3/1

Hey SciFly Readers!

This week, I'm going to give a couple of quick updates & reminders, then talk a little bit about some cool things I've done/seen this week.

First of all, an important reminder!

Last Chance to Register for Next Speculative Futures NYC Meetup on Wednesday!!!

This is your LAST CHANCE to get a ticket for our next Speculative Futures NYC meetup on Wednesday, February 26th at 6:15 PM Holoptic Foresight Dynamics: Designing Collective Vision for Emerging Futures with Frank Spencer & Yvette Montero Salvatico from The Futures School.

What is Holoptic Foresight Dynamics (HFD) you might ask?

It's the use of widespread foresight development efforts across all domains to foster the intentionally-fashioned evolutionary trait in humanity of collective futures-minded directionality. Beyond a transformational change in human systems or human activity, HFD is an evolutionary movement away from mindsets that promote survival to thinking that fosters future-empowered transformation.

If you want to learn more about the HFD approach, practice future-empowered mindsets, and learn new frameworks to engage in collective experiential futuring, emergent thinking, & constructivist foresight than this is the event for YOU!!!! 

Registration closes at 11:59 PM EST tonight, Monday 2/24, so act now!


Random Updates | Doc's Long Yet Unexpectedly Awesome Week

Finally Visiting the Cooper Hewitt Museum
You have probably been hearing me say this for the last month, but yet again, It has been a SUPER LONG week. After working last weekend & every waking minute this week, I finally finished and presented the research portion for a big design project at work. I was so burnt out by Thursday night that I actually took Friday off to rest and recharge.

So happy I did! I ended up spending a wonderfully relaxing day finally checking out the Cooper Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian Design Museum! 

Probably my favorite was their exhibit Face Values: Exploring Artificial Intelligence, parts of which reminded me sooo much of my Citizen Score project from Grad School - had I another 6 months to polish it up & install it nicely in a creepy room. :P

But the main reason I was there, was to catch the end of the Wyss Institute (for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) Selects series, which presented their vision of Biofuturism. As hoped for, it was amazing!

I also had a chance to learn more about Bauhaus via a fun exhibit looking at the life and work of Herbert Bayer.

Finally, I was able to play with the museum's really cool digital pens. Basically, you are given a special pen when you get your ticket & can use the back of the pen to record exhibits you like (with NFC) and retrieve them after your visit to a personal database linked to your ticket. The front of the pen can be used to interact with the big interactive tables, allowing you to drag items out of a stream and examine them while providing a side-by-side interface to draw your own very basic 3D models if you are inspired by something. I super hope this is my coffee table of the future!!!

Check out some great photos below.
I Become the Owner of Virtual Real-Estate (finally...)

The other very exciting part of my week was that Decentraland, a project I have been invested in and in love with since the Summer of 2016 finally launched on Thursday.

Given my impending presentation, I actually had no idea it had launched, until several of my colleagues (who have heard me wax philosophical about Decentraland in the past) asked me how my virtual real estate was doing given the big news. 

I finally had a chance to log-in and play around Thursday night while decompressing from my hell-week, and had so so much fun running around the open-world and trying out some of the challenges from the Launch Treasure Hunt they have going on.

However, I am a LAND owner, and really wanted to put something on my property, so it wouldn't be a sad blank square if people came walking by. I wasn't quite feeling up the more complicated code/blender method of making a scene, so I used the (much improved) builder that comes with the game, and finally built the hacker pad/speculative futures hang-out I have been dreaming of. I was even able to put in a series of locks (4-numbers) on each floor that triggers a floating elevator to descend from the ceiling and allow you upstairs to the members-only lounge (for Speculative Futures meetup peeps & friends), the DFI Board Room (for future virtual DFI board meetings, as unlikely as that may be), and my private rooftop office (just for me). :D

Since I'm a total dork, here are some pics of my avatar and my first piece of virtual real-estate, Met@verse (and yes, I really own it, because Blockchain!)
Met@verse (-144, -45)
Speculative Art Gallery (Beta)
In the meantime, check out my crypto-kitty art! You can bring in assets from other blockchain games too!
Speculative Futures & Friends Members Only Area (Second Floor)
The DFI Board Room (Third Floor)
My Private Rooftop Office & Balcony (Fourth Floor)
The Decentraland Builder Tool (top)
My Decentraland Avatar & Passport (bottom left)
The Decentraland Marketplace (bottom right)

Anyway, if you want to check it out yourself, go to Decentraland, create an avatar & passport (you might have to also install Metamask plug-in to get an Ethereum-compatible wallet for in-game stuff), and click the Explore button.

Once you are in-game, teleport to Met@verse (-144, -45) by typing /goto -144, -45 into the chatbox (hit enter to bring it up).

If you do check it out, one, don't judge me too harshly on my terrible 3D design skills & two, let me know what you think otherwise. :P

Thanks again for listening and keep reading for great speculative events!

"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.


Monday | 2/24

Tuesday | 2/25

Wednesday | 2/26

Thursday | 2/27

Friday | 2/28

Saturday | 2/29

Sunday | 3/1

OnGoing [classes, exhibits, shows etc.]


What I'm Reading

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

Catalog for the Post-Human 🔥
by Dans Howarth

Mapping the Internet [visualization]
by Lily Saporta Tagiuri (text)

Virtual-Reality World Turns Digital Currency Into Cold Cash
By Olga Kharif

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