Emergent Futures Tumblelog

This is the Tumblelog of Paul Higgins and Sandy Teagle - Futurists from Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia. Go to Emergent Futures to see more or follow on Twitter at FuturistPaul . If you right click on the pictures, titles or links in these posts you will be able to go to the original story on the web. If you click on comments for each post you can either read what others have said or add your own comment via Disqus. If you click on the date of a post it will take you to a single post view where you can copy the web link if you want to send it to someone else. If you click on the tags it will take you to other stories from Emergent Futures with the same tag.

Posted at 4:43pm.

Time to stop following defunct economic policies
Anatole Kaletsky, reuters.com

Can econ­o­mists contribute any­thing use­ful to our under­stand­ing of pol­i­tics, busi­ness and finance in the real world?

I raise this ques­tion hav­ing spent last week­end in Toron­to at the annu­al con­fer­ence of the Insti­tute for New…

Posted at 3:08pm.


Time to stop following defunct economic policies Anatole Kaletsky, reuters.com
Can econ­o­mists contribute any­thing use­ful to our under­stand­ing of pol­i­tics, busi­ness and finance in the real world?
I raise this ques­tion hav­ing spent last week­end in Toron­to at the annu­al con­fer­ence of the Insti­tute for New…

33 Graphs That Reveal Painfully True Facts About Everyday Life
Audra, demilked.com

Danish writer/artist duo Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler create comedy cartoons and graphs depicting the everyday struggles, irritations, and insights of their fellow Westerners. Official-looking graphs show unofficial statistics from our dai…

Posted at 1:34pm.


33 Graphs That Reveal Painfully True Facts About Everyday Life Audra, demilked.com
Danish writer/artist duo Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler create comedy cartoons and graphs depicting the everyday struggles, irritations, and insights of their fellow Westerners. Official-looking graphs show unofficial statistics from our dai…

hitrecordjoe:

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! 

I’m starting a collaboration RE: The Future, which will be a potential theme for one of our Season 2 episodes - RECord your thoughts, write a story, draw a picture, or make a song regarding this theme.

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ALL ARTISTS: Write a story, draw a picture, or make a song regarding this theme.

EVERYONE W/ A CAMERARECord a video testimonial regarding this theme, or specifically answer:

  • "Do you have a fear of the future? If so, why?"
  • "Do you envision the future being positive or negative, and why?"
  • "Do you think the technology of the future will bring us together or make us disconnected?"
  • "How much control do you think we each have over our own individual futures?"
  • "What are the differences between a Child, Teenager, and Adult’s perspective of the future?"
  • "What are some examples of false predictions of the future throughout history? How has the Media affected our expectations of the future?"
  • "Has a decision you’ve made affected your future in a way you never predicted?"

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Contribute to the “RE: THE FUTURE” collab HERE!

(Source: hitrecord)

Posted at 12:00pm.

border-studies:

Osteofutures

bravecadet:

Osteoid: 3D-printed cast concept that uses ultrasound to heal your bones 40% faster

Posted at 10:25am.

border-studies:

Osteofutures
bravecadet:

Osteoid: 3D-printed cast concept that uses ultrasound to heal your bones 40% faster

singularitarian:

Those troops you saw in science fiction movies as a child are now real. A few years ago, many countries recognized a need to upgrade the individual infantryman and thus started their own “future soldier” programs. Most of them completed more or less the main priority objectives, applying them to some of their elite troops and special forces, bringing together commercial, off-the-shelf technology and state of the art military gear and equipment.

Posted at 8:51am.

joshbyard:

FBI Facial Recognition Database to Include 52 Million People Whether Or Not They are Criminals

The FBI’s growing collection of facial recognition data inside its Next Generation Identification (NGI) database already includes 16 million images as of the middle of 2013, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)… The agency’s goal of expanding to 52 million images by 2015 also includes a possible 4.3 million images taken for non-criminal purposes such as applying for a job.

For the first time, U.S. law enforcement could run searches on both criminal and non-criminal faces simultaneously in the hunt for suspects. That may provide a huge boost for law enforcement. But it also means that anyone submitting a photo as part of a background check for a job, applying for a driver’s license or getting a passport could end up on a ranked list of faces when an FBI agent searches for suspects in the database.

The EFF posted records detailing NGI’s plans after obtaining them through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. NGI’s database assigns a “Universal Control Number” to every criminal or non-criminal record on file. Each record could contain fingerprints, palm prints, iris scans and facial recognition data linked to individual information such as name, home address, ID number, immigration status, age, race, etc. NGI is built upon the FBI’s legacy fingerprint database that already includes over 100 million individual records, but previous FBI databases never combined criminal records with the records of ordinary citizens.

(via FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Will Include Non-Criminals - IEEE Spectrum)

Posted at 7:17am.

joshbyard:

FBI Facial Recognition Database to Include 52 Million People Whether Or Not They are Criminals

The FBI’s growing collection of facial recognition data inside its Next Generation Identification (NGI) database already includes 16 million images as of the middle of 2013, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)… The agency’s goal of expanding to 52 million images by 2015 also includes a possible 4.3 million images taken for non-criminal purposes such as applying for a job.
For the first time, U.S. law enforcement could run searches on both criminal and non-criminal faces simultaneously in the hunt for suspects. That may provide a huge boost for law enforcement. But it also means that anyone submitting a photo as part of a background check for a job, applying for a driver’s license or getting a passport could end up on a ranked list of faces when an FBI agent searches for suspects in the database.
The EFF posted records detailing NGI’s plans after obtaining them through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. NGI’s database assigns a “Universal Control Number” to every criminal or non-criminal record on file. Each record could contain fingerprints, palm prints, iris scans and facial recognition data linked to individual information such as name, home address, ID number, immigration status, age, race, etc. NGI is built upon the FBI’s legacy fingerprint database that already includes over 100 million individual records, but previous FBI databases never combined criminal records with the records of ordinary citizens.

(via FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Will Include Non-Criminals - IEEE Spectrum)
The comparison is unfair. But it’s also relevant.

truth-out.org

A new book that’s the talk of academia and the media, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, a 42-year-old who teaches at the Paris School of Economics, shows that two-thirds of America’s increase in income inequality over t…

Posted at 4:08am.

neurosciencestuff:

In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient’s DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.

The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved “therapeutic cloning” of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor, usually for the purpose of using those cells to treat disease.

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Posted at 2:34am.

neurosciencestuff:

In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults
Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient’s DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. 
The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved “therapeutic cloning” of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor, usually for the purpose of using those cells to treat disease.
Read more