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Tagged with “trends” (6)

  1. Max Roser: Good Data will Make You an Economic Optimist | WIRED 2015 | WIRED

    In order to understand global economics, you need perspective — that’s according to Max Roser, a ‘data visualisation historian’ at the Oxford Martin School. A lot of perspective. The good news is that all this perspective gives a surprisingly optimistic picture about the state of the world.

    Max Roser: Good data will make you an economic optimist | WIRED 2015 | WIRED https://www.youtube.com/wireduk

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  2. Adrian Hon: A History of the Future in 100 Objects - The Long Now

    Thinking about the future is so hard and so important that any trick to get some traction is a boon.

    Adrian Hon’s trick is to particularize.

    What thing would manifest a whole future trend the way museum objects manifest important past trends?

    Building on the pattern set by the British Museum’s great book, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Hon imagines 100 future objects that would illuminate transformative events in technology, politics, sports, justice, war, science, entertainment, religion, and exploration over the course of this century.

    The javelin that won victory for the last baseline human to compete successfully in the Paralympic Games for prosthetically enhanced athletes.

    The “Contrapuntal Hack” of 02031 that massively and consequentially altered computerized records so subtly that the changes were undetected.

    The empathy drug and targeted virus treatment that set off the Christian Consummation Movement.

    Adrian Hon is author of the new book, A History of the Future in 100 Objects, and CEO and founder of Six to Start, creators of the hugely successful smartphone fitness game “Zombies, Run!”

    His background is in neuroscience at Oxford and Cambridge.

    http://longnow.org/seminars/02014/jul/16/history-future-100-objects/

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  3. Radiolab: New Normal?

    How do you tell the difference between a sea change and a ripple in the water? Could a nonviolent baboon be sign of things to come? Or is it just a flukey outlier from the norm? What about a man in a dress? Or a fox without vicious urges? Is there ever really even a norm? In this hour of Radiolab, we examine three stories that re-frame our sense of normalcy.

    http://blogs.wnyc.org/radiolab/2009/10/19/new-normal/

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