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SciFly NYC // 124 // Remote Speculations Week 7

Speculative Events, News & Resources | Sent 4/27

Hey SciFly Readers!

I hope you are all still staying safe, sane, and not too stir crazy as we head into our 7th Week of lockdown, at least here in NYC.

I'm trucking along, working, playing video games, cooking delicious weird things, and taking masked walks in the sunshine when possible. :D

The highlight of this week was definitely helping to moderate the two Speculative Futures Open Forums we held, "west" and "east" (meaning they are 12 hours apart as we try to accommodate chapters across the globe). In both forums I got to meet some really amazing members of our community, who I often only saw on social media, and here a variety of ideas, responses, queries, and lines for further inquiry from people from a wide range of backgrounds, communities of practice, and industries. These forums are quickly growing to be something I look forward to every month, and I can't wait to see where we got with the format in the future! I absolutely think this was an event that people really wanted, to connect with others from around the world to brainstorm, work on speculative projects, and share events and resources for those who are interested in this growing community. 

Anywho...Instead of posting photos of what I've been up to this week (they are pretty similar to last weeks :P) I wanted to change it up a little and tell you about a cool project that a friend of mine is working on to help you stay creative and speculative during the lockdown!


My friend Jimmy, from the Speculative Futures Community (and a fellow Parsons alum), shared with me a really cool project he is working on with a team of other alumni from the Parsons' Strategic Design program. Their website,  AwayCards, is full of strange, yet joyful quarantine excursions that can help us to reset our minds in unsettling times.

When coming up with the idea, they reflected on a saying from one of my favorite people, Buckminster Fuller: "You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete."

It’s no secret that our “existing reality” can feel pretty bleak. As conversations abound about ending the lockdowns, it seems like we’re entering a new phase. One where we wrestle with a collective fantasy about an imminent “snap back” to normal and a growing sense of impatience for the future to reveal itself. What we need is a break from the existing reality. What new models of quarantine can we explore?

To this aim, the Away Cards team has built a fun platform to reset our lockdown minds and reignite the joy of discovery.

If you want to check out the project, go to their website and sign up to have a set of excursions sent to you every day until June 1st, 2020!

I already signed up, and I look forward to trying to carve out some time in my (surprisingly) busy schedule to respond!!!
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!

My friend and I check our social distancing on our weekly friend walk. :D Yes, I'm super careful and wear a mask even when outdoors in open spaces. :P

"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.

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!


Common Field 2020 Online Convening // Thursday, April 23 - Sunday, May 3 // Free
We are living in unprecedented times. As we are pulled every day between urgent responsibilities to family, community, work, and our own well-being, the ongoing labor of envisioning a shared future can feel incredibly taxing. The Common Field Convening facilitates a gathering of arts organizers to envision and enact a more equitable, collaborative, and sustainable field moving forward. 
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Introduction to Playful Thinking // Playcrafting // Mon Apr 27, 5:00PM - 7:00PM EDT // $20 - $30
Learn to look at the world as a game maker and unlock the ideas that are already floating around in your head. We see in games - as do many game makers we know. There is no trick: One must simply train through practice and directed imagination to see through a lens of playfulness. Discover the amazing ability that you already have and learn how to tap into the endless inspiration around you every day.
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Live Panel With Neil Gershenfeld About Fab Labs // April 28th, 7pm EDT // Free

Join Dorothy Jones-Davis of The Nation of Makers and Dale Dougherty of Make: Community for a conversation about what makers are doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Coming up Tuesday,
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Concentration in a Time of Crisis: Concentration by Stefan Van Der Stigchel // MIT Press // Tue Apr 28, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EDT // Free
Never in recent history has the news been so distracting, or have so many of us been forced to work under unexpected stress and in unideal conditions. This talk from Stefan Van der Stigchel, Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Utrecht University, will explain what makes it hard for us to concentrate and show you how to concentrate under the most distracting of circumstances.
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Future of Music Meetup - Machine Learning for Creators with Runway ML // Tue Apr 28, 5:00PM - 8:00PM AEST (3:00AM  - 6:00AM EDT) // Free
The Future of Music Meetup unpacks the relationship between music, tech, and social impact through talks and workshops with talented artists and creative technologists, both local and international. For their second event, they are hosting an online workshop on Runway ML. Runway ML is a powerful and easy-to-use application that makes machine learning more accessible and inclusive to creators.
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(Re)configuring Worlds with AR - Online Workshop // InterAccess // Tue Apr 28, 5:00PM EDT & Thu Apr 30, 7:00PM EDT // Donation
Augmented Reality has the interventive potential to reframe and reconfigure familiar objects, spaces, and structures, creating a mediated dynamic between the device and the observed. In two sessions participants will learn how to create augmented reality apps that use a fiducial marker to anchor 3D animated models, as well as explore different types of free technologies that allow object-based, markerless, and site-specific augmented reality. 
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Data Sonification & Visualization - Artist Talk // Wed Apr 29, 7:00PM - 8:30PM EDT // Free
Dan Tapper explores the sonic and visual properties of the unheard and invisible. He will present his latest project SuperLattice.
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Open Call Open Discussion // Brooklyn Research Weekly Weekly // Wed Apr 29, 7:30PM - 9:30PM EDT // Free
We're calling on artists for submissions for an upcoming virtual exhibition. What kind of virtual exhibition? Well, that depends on you. We've got a few options for online platforms, but we're especially interested in exploring this with you.
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Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling Awards // Columbia DSL // Wed Apr 29, 6:15PM - 8:15PM EDT // Free
Join us for Columbia University School of the Arts Digital Storytelling Lab's fifth annual "Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling" awards. Every April we cite 12 remarkable projects and this year we have work in AI, art, journalism, VR, video games, and others too complicated to sum up in a single word. 
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How Hype Obscures the Future w/ Gemma Milne // Futures Podcast // Wed Apr 29, 7:00PM - 8:30PM BST (2:00PM - 3:30PM EDT) // Free
Overblown promises about the future application of new scientific advances and innovative technologies grab attention. This hype can attract investors, gain the interest of the media, and drive support from the general public. But there is a darker side to the hype: it can mislead, distract, and obscure the nuances of the scientific process. 
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🔥RESET EVERYTHING | A Virtual Conference About Our Changing World // Apr 29, All Day // Free
The foundations upon which our society is built are being tested in ways we have never experienced. As this global event unfolds, people everywhere are finding ways to cope with the challenges. Suddenly, companies, communities, and families are adapting to the new norms imposed by the crisis. As Einstein said: “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.” And like every crisis before it, this one is no different. It will be the root of the systemic societal shift known as "the after". In these challenging times, we as a species have an opportunity to reimagine society and carve a better future for generations to come. It is up to us to seize this once-in-a-generation event. It’s time to reset collaboration, the economy, the environment, our health, our way of living, our future. It’s time to hit the RESET button. It’s time to RESETEVERYTHING.
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Dispatches from our Planet’s Future: An Ecojustice Workshop // Thu Apr 30, 6:00PM - 8:00PM EDT // $20
This workshop will provide a space for writers to engage with the Earth, address current events, imagine potential futures, and find solace in the present. We’ll be reading ecojustice and environmental writing, and creating our own. If you are interested in defending the environment, science fiction, and climate fiction, and the catharsis that can come from writing during stressful moments, this workshop is for you. 
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Tools of the Trade: Lab Basics // Genspace // Thu Apr 30, 6:30Pm - 8:30PM EDT // Donation

Inspired by spring and learning from nature’s genius, this session is all about using photosynthesis to make beautiful artworks. With household materials and some leafy green plants, you'll learn how to make your own photosynthegraph. This course is inspired by one of our former members, Yoko Shimizu, a contemporary artist and biochemistry researcher based in Tokyo, Japan.
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How Contagion Works: the Science, Politics, and Future of the Global Crisis // Thu Apr 30, 6:30PM - 7:30PM BST (1:30PM - 2:30PM EDT) // Free
The physicist whose rallying cry stirred Italy into action against the pandemic explores how we got here and how we can work together to move forward. 
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Her Majesty, URL - Olia Lialina Online Lecture // arebyte Gallery // Thu Apr 30, 5:00 - 6:30 BST (12:00 - 1:30 EDT) // Donation
In this lecture organized by arebyte Gallery, Olia Lialina will talk about her works, old and new, and about Universal Resource Locator (URL), which quite early became an important part of my stories and portraits, professional and personal life. And it still is. URL is the address of a website or file you see in the location bar of your browser, but it is more than technical information, and it is not only for servers to be read. Location bar is an input field and a battlefield, so let's look at it closer.
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The Future of Cities: Change and Continuity // SingularityU Australia // Thu Apr 30, 4:00PM - 5:00PM AEST (2:00AM - 3:00AM EDT) // Free
Join us for the next A Future By Design webinar series with Dr. Kellie Nuttall and Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina. Learn what the urbanization challenge is, the solutions for more integrated cities and why co-creation is important when we create our future.
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AI & Covid19: Ethics and Data Rights Panel (joint event with AISC) // NYAI // Thu Apr 30, 6:30PM - 8:30PM EDT // $0 - $5

There has been a dramatic and sudden shift in the way we work and live. A large part of our lives these days are limited to interactions through online platforms, from grocery shopping to dating, to business meetings. With the unprecedented traffic that goes through these platforms there comes a tremendous responsibility in how they handle our data and privacy. This along with the use of mass surveillance in some countries and their success in controlling pandemic raises a natural question: where are the ethical boundaries and what are the rights that the users and citizens have when it comes to how their data is used to deal with COVID19?
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The Climate Emergency - A Reality Check: Anna-Lisa Mills // Fri May 1, 2:00PM - 3:00PM BST (9:00AM - 10:00AM EDT) // Free
Join Anna-Lisa Mills, Director of True North Sustainability and SmartCarbon, for an inspirational talk on the Climate Emergency. Artists and audiences are invited to find out more about the ongoing global crisis and take part in a post-talk facilitated discussion, which will include the role the arts can play and how artists of all disciplines could create works that respond to this critical global issue. 
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Would You Like to Save Your Game? // Library of Congress // Fri May 1, 11:00AM - 12:00PM EDT // Free
Libraries, archives and museums are facing an ever-increasing amount of interactive media in their collections, including software applications, time-based artworks, and video games. These materials provide unique challenges in regards to acquisition, description, and preservation, and many institutions are working to develop new approaches to ensuring the long term preservation of and access to born-digital cultural artifacts. 
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🔥🔥🔥Wonderverse // Wonderville // Sat May 2, 7:00PM EDT // $0 - $5
We wanted to explore the concept of a virtual venue. Could we build a “place” online that people could visit and explore, similar to how the real Wonderville functions? Minecraft emerged as the perfect space for that. Like digital legos, Minecraft allowed us to build a carefully crafted amusement park complete with rides, attractions, and the ability to share the space with other people.
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WOST (Women of Sex Tech) Virtual Conference // Sat May 2, 11:00AM - 4:30PM EDT // Free
To raise awareness and demonstrate the impact of COVID-19 on the intersection of human sexuality and technology. This virtual conference will include talks ranging from reproduction rights to porn and policy and compliance.
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🔥Augmented: Sophie Woolley // GIFT // Sat May 2, 4:00PM - 5:10PM BST (11:00AM - 12:10AM EDT) // Free
A new, moving and funny solo show by writer and performer Sophie Wolley, sharing her personal story about the joy and conflict of becoming ‘hearing’ again after 22 years of progressive deafness. Exploring the impact of her ‘activation’ on her sense of self and closest relationships, the subtitled piece considers the transformative power of technology and whether Sophie’s experience can be a blueprint for the future of humanity? 
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🔥Pandemic as Portal: Exploring the in-between // Cooper Hewitt // Mon May 4, 1:00PM - 2:30PM EDT // Free
“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” The idea of the pandemic as a portal captured imaginations globally, helping to frame an uncharted reality inside a simple metaphor. But the transition between the pre-COVID world and whatever comes after is not immediate. We can, and should, take time to construct and explore our collective view from inside the portal. What kinds of experiences and interactions might we want to create? What kinds of systems might we build, and whose priorities will those systems reflect? Our intention is to create space for us to explore these ideas in conversation, and together use this time of pause to explore what kinds of experiences, cultural and otherwise, we'd like to build into whatever comes next.
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Writing and Designing in the Face of Hard Times with Warren Lehrer // Mon May 4, 6:30PM - 8:00PM EDT // Free
Writer/Artist Warren Lehrer ruminates on making art in the face of adversity. He will show some inspiring examples of other artists, writers, makers of visual literature who practiced their craft under unthinkable conditions, then focus on examples of his own solo and collaborative works that explore the effects of trauma and hardship on individuals and communities.
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Immersive Experience: Poised to revolutionize how you interact with visuals // Mon May 4, 6:55PM - 8:30PM PDT (9:55PM - 11:30PM EDT) // Free
The emergence of advanced imaging display technologies, either existing or highly anticipated, has motivated new ways to contemplate the production and service delivery of media in order to enable new and immersive user experiences. Whether it be VR gaming, telepresence, spatial computing, lean-back viewing, or experiencing the reality of a futuristic holodeck scene, the applications facilitated by emerging advanced-imaging displays have begun to test the limits of existing 2D video workflows and formats. This presentation summarizes the history of media leading to the emergence of immersive media and displays and considers the impacts of the emerging ecosystem on media production, standards, and distribution workflows.
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Jump Into Unreal Engine // Playcrafting // Mon May 4, 5:00Pm - 7:00PM EDT // $0 - $30
Please join us for a 90-minute Unreal Engine overview and primer, with the Epic team. This class will cover: Hi-level overviews of the Unreal Engine User Interface, Material System, Lighting, Blueprints, and Rendering Systems
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🔥Spiritual Ecology and Regenerative Economics // Wed May 6, 7:00PM - 9:00PM PDT (10:00PM - 12:00AM EDT) // Free
In these uncertain times, there are many pressing questions being posed to ourselves and society about our individual and collective futures. Now more than ever, it has become apparent to many of us that the economy is not something external to ourselves, but something we participate in and co-create every day. This great pause can be a time for reflection and visioning. What world do we really want? What economic futures are possible now that weren’t before? Join regenerative economics expert Della Z Duncan and social justice activist Gopal Dayaneni for a conversation that explores these and many other deeply relevant questions.
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🔥Pandemics | Existential Threats & Endablers of Change // Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies // Wed May 6, 3:00PM - 4:00PM CEST (9:00AM - 10:00AM EDT) // Free
For all its tragedy, the COVID-19 pandemic will also be an enabler of change with wider societal implications. Although it is still uncertain how and when this change will come about, historical pandemics can teach us much about how disruptive to society a rapid spread of disease and loss of life can be, and what long-term effects – both positive and negative – this can have.
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🔥Fostering Community Resilience Part 2 // Speculative Futures Austin // Wed May 20, 7:00PM - 9:00PM CT (9:00PM - 11:00PM EDT) // Free
Let's start acting on aspects of what our April discussion around fostering community resilience in the midst of a global pandemic surfaced. This will be a continuation of our collaboration with members of the Design Futures Initiative to establish and respond to a series of emerging prompts that focus on our communal future as a global super-organism as we adjust to convening our local and global communities in a remote, virtual, or decentralized manner.
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Ongoing Events

🔥Parsons MFA Design + Technology Cloud Salon // Fridays 3PM - 4PM EST // Free
We are excited to announce Design + Technology Cloud Salon, a Zoom webinar that invites artists, designers, technologists, and industry professionals to present projects and engage in direct conversations with participants
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🔥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, April 30th | James Oliver, Radical Mycologist
James Oliver is a radical mycologist at the Metabolic Studio’s Farmlab and an advocate for fungi, some of the most neglected and poorly understood organisms. Under Farmlab’s mission to combat climate change and mass extinction through the study and applied science of living systems, James’s work at the Metabolic Studio explores the many roles that fungi play in remediation, restoration, food systems, soil building, and community science. 
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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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GLOBAL 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 Pacific Northwest to showcase games and creators from Seattle!
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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 7th // Sixty minutes into the Future with Aldo Houterman: Philosophy of the virus
In this webinar introduction of the philosophy of the virus, philosopher of the body Aldo Houterman explains why he thinks viruses are philosophically important. In these 60 minutes, he will discuss four philosophers and their views on the concept of ‘virus,’ and how viruses have influenced the shaping of our society over the centuries. After the webinar we will share the texts that Aldo will discuss with you.
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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!

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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.

1,000-electrode implant can survive in the brain for six years // Future Timeline
Researchers have demonstrated the ability to implant an ultra-thin, flexible neural interface with more than 1,000 electrodes into the brain with a lifetime of at least six years...
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China Will Launch Mars Mission "In Coming Months" // Futurism
China says that it’s still on schedule for the mission to Mars it plans to launch later this year. The mission, originally slated for a July launch date, is set to happen “in the coming months,” according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA), CNN reports. On top of that, the mission finally has a name: “Tianwen 1,” which translates roughly to “heavenly questions.”...
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Wi-Fi is Getting its Biggest Upgrade in 20 years // Communications of the ACM
In a few months, there's going to be a lot more Wi-Fi to go around. The Federal Communications Commission voted today to open up a plot of spectrum in the 6GHz band for unlicensed use—the same regulatory go-ahead that lets your router broadcast over the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. That means there are now more open airwaves—a lot more—that routers can use to broadcast Wi-Fi signals. Once the new spectrum is officially opened for business later this year, that should translate to faster, more reliable connections from the next generation of devices...
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Nat Geo's Instagram interactive shows what the world will feel like in 2070 // National Geographic
Tied to Earth Day, National Geographic’s first augmented reality–enabled cover comes to life with a cautionary look at climate change. Users see projected climate data in 12 key cities around the globe and get a sense of what those places might feel like 50 years from now. The cover was built using Instagram’s Spark AR to allow anyone on Instagram, not just @natgeo followers, to use the interactive.
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Gramazio Kohler Pilots 'Augmented Bricklaying' for Kitrvs Winery Façade in Greece // Design Boom
Researchers from Gramazio Kohler have collaborated with a spinoff recently launched by the robotic systems lab of ETH Zurich to develop a custom-made optical guidance system for constructing façades. using 13,596 individually rotated and tilted bricks, the design team used an augmented reality fabrication interface to build the façade of a winery in Greece. this system was used by local masons to construct the 225 square meter façade in less than three months. the augmented bricklaying process, highlighted in the video at the top of this page, combines the power of computational design with the dexterity and skills of human craftspeople — introducing an entirely new fabrication paradigm...
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Silicon Valley is racing to build the next version of the Internet. Fortnite might get there first. // Washington Post
The next version of the Internet is often described as the Metaverse, a term borne from science fiction, describing a shared, virtual space that’s persistently online and active, even without people logging in. It will have its own economy, complete with jobs, shopping areas, and media to consume. The Metaverse is inevitable, many believe, and the Silicon Valley C-suite has been obsessed with the idea — as has a video game company in Cary, N.C...
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Concept of ‘User-friendly Design’ existed since Ancient Times // UX Planet
owadays though the term ‘User Experience’ is primarily associated with Digital Interface and Interaction Designing, and is one of the hottest topics in the Digital World, but it should not be mistakenly believed that the concept is new and recently invented or ideated. No, it is not true! The concept always existed, and that is why the evolution has taken place in every field all these centuries...
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Minecraft for Art? Virtual Galleries Grab Gamers’ Attention // NY Times
In the multiplayer game Occupy White Walls, users design fantasy exhibition spaces, from slick, minimalist studios to bizarre and impossible rooms...
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Researchers Want to Explore Mars Using "Nanocardboard" Aircraft // Futurism
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say we could one day explore the surface of Mars using a fleet of “nanocardboard” aircraft that each weigh as much as a fruit fly and feature no moving parts...
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Other Cool Stuff to Learn/Watch/Read/Play/Know About

News, Articles & Interesting Projects

🔥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?
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Open Call for Virtual Works of Art // Brooklyn Research The Weekly Weekly [CALL]
We're calling on artists for submissions for an upcoming virtual exhibition. What kind of virtual exhibition? Well, that depends on you. We've got a few options for online platforms, but we're especially interested in exploring this with you. Because of the nature of remote viewing (not the ESP kind), we're accepting submissions for a variety of forms of art including but not limited to:
- Interactive
- 2D (Photography, Illustration, Fine Arts)
- 3D (could be photogrammetry or scans of sculpture)
- Recorded performance
- Live performance
The deadline for proposals is Sunday, May 9, 11:59PM EDT. 
Learn More & Submit

Five Fictional Universes That Might as Well Be Fantasy Worlds // Tor
Here at, we spend a lot of time thinking about fantasy, worldbuilding, sword lineages, how centaurs give birth—you know, the important stuff. But sometimes I just want to kick back with a movie or a TV show from a different genre. An action movie, maybe, or a comedy special. But then, before I realize what’s happening, I find myself analyzing the film or show before me as though it too, is speculative fiction...
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The New Modality | Issue 1
The New Modality is a new publication and community about experiments in culture. We explore the edges, asking: What is a meaningful life in this rapidly changing world? The New Modality looks at culture, art, both science and spirituality, relationships, tech, business, governance, and beyond, because change is occurring at all levels: the individual, family, community, city, nation, and the world.
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Museum opens up art collection to Animal Crossing fans // Polygon
The Getty Center and Getty Villa in Los Angeles are closed to visitors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but art lovers can visit the museum’s collection virtually, in a way, through Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection, more than 70,000 artworks, can easily be imported into Animal Crossing, thanks to an open-source online tool and the Getty Museum’s open-access collection... 
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🔥Fabricating Alternatives | A catalyst for beyond now ideas
Fabricating Alternatives is a digital card deck powered by AI that remixes and multiplies ideas around any topic that you and your team are exploring. Feed the machine with some inspiring articles to shuffle and play with your generated cards, each with a unique, provoking question.
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The Computer Scientist Who Can’t Stop Telling Stories // Quanta Magazine
For pioneering computer scientist Donald Knuth, good coding is synonymous with beautiful expression...
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HackSpace Magazine Issue 30
The Arduino ecosystem is fantastic and covers a huge range of hardware and software, but this size can mean some of it’s best bits are a little hard to find. In this issue, we pick out our 75 top tips for building awesome Arduino projects
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This website disappears if people stop posting on it // FastCompany
“Hi, I’m a website. I’ll be gone soon, and that’s okay. . . . If I go 24 hours without receiving a message, I’ll permanently self-destruct.” These are the first words that greet you on This Website Will Self-Destruct (in 86,399 seconds). And as the old web adage goes, the title says it all. The website, designed by artist Femme Android, is a simple page where you can leave messages for other people to read. And once people stop leaving messages for over 24 hours, the site comes to an end...
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A map of creative projects and shared emotions. All emotional data points are anonymized. Cookies are used exclusively to limit the frequency of submissions.
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Gaming, Shows, Books & Other Random Cool Stuff

SEED | Simulating The Future of Humanity (Game)
Fueled by discovery, collaboration, and genuine emotion. SEED is a game that reinvents what it means to collaborate online. Simulating the future of humanity, the settlement of an exoplanet leads to endless possibilities.
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Motherland: Fort Salem (TV Show, Hulu)
Motherland: Fort Salem follows Raelle Collar, Abigail Bellweather, and Tally Craven, three witches who are enlisted in the U.S. Army. They train in combat magic and use their vocal cords to enact "seeds" or "seed sounds", which is layering vocal sounds to create powerful spells. The series takes place in a women-dominated world in which the U.S. ended the persecution of witches 300 years ago during the Salem Witch Trials after an agreement known as the Salem Accord.[4] The world finds itself at odds with a terrorist organization known as the Spree, a group against the military conscription of witches
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The Future of Another Timeline, Annalee Newitz (Book)
Tess and Beth’s lives intertwine as war breaks out across the timeline--a war that threatens to destroy time travel and leave only a small group of elites with the power to shape the past, present, and future. Against the vast and intricate forces of history and humanity, is it possible for a single person’s actions to echo throughout the timeline?
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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.

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Designing for Uncertainty // Fivestone
The last month has brought with it a new level of uncertainty about the future. Old assumptions no longer hold true as organizations scramble to make sense of their current situation and wonder what lies around the corner. In many ways, the “normal” that exists on the other side of COVID-19 and the economic downturn will look radically different than today’s normal...
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Final Fantasy Gamers Hold Online Funeral for Player who Died of COVID-19
The tight-knit community of gamers couldn’t exactly gather in-person to mourn their fallen comrade, who went by the name Ferne Le’roy on the role-playing game’s Zalera server. Many of the gamers had never met her in person, and now they were all locked down in their homes around the globe. So they did the next best thing and honored her where they knew her best: in their online world.
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From the Futures: experiments in collaborative art & collective wayfinding in a time of ambiguity // Columbia DSL
From the Futures: experiments in collaborative art & collective wayfinding in a time of ambiguity...
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The hot fashion accessory of 2020? Masks, masks, and more masks // FastCompany
These days, when my family ventures into town to pick up groceries, we see people wearing a rainbow of creative face masks. Have you noticed it too?...
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Grocery Shopping during the Pandemic // Adafruit Blog
Brendan, one-half of the industrious Adafruit Photo Team, shot a video documenting how his local grocery store in Vermont has adapted to contact-less shopping to keep their employees and customers safe during the novel coronavirus pandemic...
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Covid-19: an Economic Resilience Strategy via Training and Creativity

The Covid-19 crisis has left the planet in a state of tetany and does not bode well either for the world economy or for the welfare systems. Massive and long-lasting unemployment that will bleed nation-states is to be expected. No matter the amount of money printed by governments to provide palliative subsidies, these latter will necessarily have a limit and will not prevent the generalization of precariousness if there isn’t a proper future plan to inspire us...
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The race to save the first draft of coronavirus history from internet oblivion // MIT Technology Review
How researchers, archivists, and citizens are racing to preserve a record of how we lived and changed during this strange period of history...
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Data Suggests Face Masks Could Eventually Challenge Sneakers // Highsnobiety
It feels a bit weird to trivialize the face mask as a trend, given people are wearing them because they don’t want to catch a life-threatening virus. They are not a must-have accessory, but a literal must-have to help avoid, like, dying. Still, self-expression lends itself to any blank canvas, and it goes without saying that some masks are cooler than others. The designer type, in particular, has been experiencing a boom in popularity in the Western world....
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What comes next? A surgeon’s 3 predictions for the future of healthcare design // FastCompany
COVID-19 will fundamentally change the experience of getting treatment when we’re sick. Here’s how...
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Raspberry Pi sales are rocketing in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak: Here’s why
Sales of Raspberry Pi's single-board computers hit 640,000 in March, the second-biggest month for sales since they started selling, as consumers flocked to inexpensive ways to work and learn from home...
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These Billionaires Are Making a Killing Off The Pandemic // Futurism
A number of American billionaires have used the coronavirus pandemic to grow even wealthier than they were before. In fact, billionaires in the U.S. have increased their wealth by a combined $282 billion, Fast Company reports. That’s a ten percent increase over where the billionaire class stood at the beginning of March — illustrating how the global crisis has furthered global inequality...
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Police Deploy 'Pandemic Drone' to Detect Fevers and Enforce Social Distancing // Gizmodo
Police in Westport, Connecticut, announced this week that they’re testing a so-called “pandemic drone” that can detect when people on the ground have fevers. The new drone platform will also be used to determine when people are closer than six feet to each other. Police will be able to deliver a verbal warning through the drone’s speaker to anyone not practicing social distancing...
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The Covid-19 Newsletter That's by Doctors for Doctors // Wired
A team of critical care specialists has a side project debunking questionable coronavirus theories for other medical professionals...
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How the ‘New York Times’ is capturing the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 // FastCompany
We’re living through a historic time, as unemployment shatters records, retail spending craters, and death rates skyrocket. So it was only natural that the New York Times needed a new way to reflect that...
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Pandemics have destroyed cities before. Could they do it again? // FastCompany
Charles Kenny, the author of a forthcoming book on pandemics, is cautiously optimistic that cities will prevail in the era of COVID-19. Here, he talks to Richard Florida about how infectious diseases have shaped cities throughout history, how COVID-19 could impact urbanization, and why preparedness is everything.
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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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How the Economy Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic // Foreign Policy
The pandemic will change the economic and financial order forever. We asked nine leading global thinkers for their predictions.
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Covid-19 has made shaking hands a symbol of ‘You’re an idiot’ – Google’s top-rated futurist // RT
During times when it’s hard to say what next week will bring, one thing is certain – the world has changed. What will it be like after the Covid-19 pandemic? We talked about this with Google’s top-rated futurist, founder and executive director of the DaVinci Institute – Thomas Frey...
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Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Hacks Your DNA to Build Immunity // Futurism
A team of scientists is working on an experimental vaccine that hijacks your DNA to build up resistance to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It’s still a work in progress, but the idea is to insert genetic material into a patient’s body that commissions their cellular machinery to churn out little virus-like particles, explained lead researcher and University of Waterloo pharmaceutical expert Roderick Slavcev...
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COVID-19 Data Hack by NewLab Virtual
The COVID-19 Data Hack will bring a diverse community of data scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and hackers together to create real solutions to support COVID-19 response efforts. As teams work to build open-source solutions they will have access to Applied XL’s coronavirus-related data API along with additional data made available by the Center on Rural Innovation, Narrativa, Foursquare, and Numina. Register by April 24th.
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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.

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