Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Future Is Always Here

​The future's a slippery fish. We spend so much time trying to second-guess it and pin it down before it bites us that it's typically here before we're ready. But sometimes we're just not looking in the right place.
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The Future Is Always Here
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​The future's a slippery fish. We spend so much time trying to second-guess it and pin it down before it bites us that it's typically here before we're ready. But sometimes we're just not looking in the right place.
PEOPLE
SHIVER ME TIMBERS!
The First Pirate Politician in Power
bbc.com
Birgitta Jonsdottir is leader of Iceland's Pirate Party, which has just been asked to form a government. BBC Future Now met her to see what the activist-turned-politician has planned
IT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE
How We Became More Than 7 Billion
digg.com
Humanity's population explosion, visualized.
EAT YOU HEART OUT, OCULUS
The Man Who Invented VR Goggles 50 Years Too Soon
spectrum.ieee.org
Hugo Gernsback believed millions yearned for his 3D TV eyeglasses.
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Your New Favorite Polo Is Just $29
linksoul.com
We're all for using Dad's hand-me-down clubs, but his out dated polos? Pass. Luckily, Linksoul is breathing new life into golf apparel. Their signature polo is seriously comfortable and currently $29. Just in time for the holidays.
PLACES
PRECIOUS THINGS
The Gold Mine At The End Of The World
bbc.com
Photographer Elena Chernyshova spent 10 days at the Kupol gold mine in northeast Russia to see the extremes workers endure to feed our demand for precious metals
SHHHHH
Can America's Quietest Town Be Saved?
bbc.com
There's a town in West Virginia where there are tight restrictions on mobile signal, wifi and other parts of what most of us know as simply: modern life. It means Green Bank is a place unlike anywhere else in the world. But that could be set to change
THE STUFF THAT MATTERS
Six Maps That Reveal America's Vast Infrastructure
washingtonpost.com
A look at the United States's bridges, electrical grid, pipelines, railroads, airports and waterways
THINGS
NETWORK FAILURE
The Forgotten Soviet Internet
bbc.com
Long before the World Wide Web, the Soviets tried to save the USSR with a computer network. Why did their project never make it?
TIMELY QUESTION ALERT
What Is Information?
digg.com
Information is on our phones and in our DNA sequence, but what is it exactly? Is it something subjective or a real quantity?
21ST CENTURY WITCHHUNTS
Why Schadenfreude Goes Viral
lrb.co.uk
The cold, cruel mind of the internet troll is the toxic product of human nature and our increasingly cynical culture.
The future is already here, but you still have the rest of the weekend ahead of you. Please enjoy it!

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