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futuribile / curating futures - Issue #22 - The starry sky above me, and the ocean below

Aloha, As you roll into summer JOMO (joy of missing out), take some time to contemplate the magnifice
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futuribile / curating futures
As you roll into summer JOMO (joy of missing out), take some time to contemplate the magnificence of the night sky, as its present configuration is not granted.
At this stage of human history, stars have lost their critical role of orienteering signposts and human humility reminder. They are almost invisible to urban dwellers. There is an aesthetic vacuum up there. Since the human race does not like to leave blank spaces, some started to think that we can pimp our starless sky with twinkling satellites, fake shooting stars and pieces of art. How will the sky look in 30 years from now? To which extent will we be aware of the artificiality of the night landscape? Will it matter, if we can get some magic twinkling in our life?
I can’t help thinking of a series - spoiler alert, but I am not telling you the title - where a group of elected humans faces a long and dangerous space trip to reach a distant galaxy and save humanity from the dying planet Earth. On board, people are murdered, others risk their life in acts of courage, and relationships are damaged. Truth is, their starship is at the center of a well orchestrated simulation in an enormous hangar stuck on planet Earth. Make sure this Summer you get out of the simulator and touch base with the planet.
Marta Arniani

StartRocket plans to launch what it calls the Orbital Display by 2020, and start displaying ads in the night sky by 2021.
Thoughts for the Antrophocene: click water before leaving the Planet
For some sort of cognitive bias, we tend to think that what is on a map is actually mapped. The time Earth exploration was a journey on a vessel designing new cartographies is remote in our imaginary. We think we mapped it all. Nonetheless, we call the Earth the “blue planet” because two thirds of its surface are covered by water. So far, we explored roughly the 5% of it. While a dozen people have walked the surface of the Moon, only four people have been in the deepest depth, the Mariana Trench (1960: Don Walsh, a U.S. Navy officer, and Swiss ocean engineer Jacques Piccard onboard the Trieste bathyscaph. Fun fact: the Trieste was designed, funded and built with European money and R&D, but it was the US Navy to employ it in a mission that made history. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2012: the movie director James Cameron. Yes, the guy of Titanic. He even managed to tweet from the abyss. 🤳2019: Victor Vescovo, who found plastic down there 😱😱😱😱).
James Cameron
Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can't wait to share what I'm seeing w/ you @DeepChallenge
11:59 PM - 25 Mar 2012
NASA’s exploration budget outpaces the ocean exploration budget of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) by roughly 150-to-1. How did the seas escape our collective attention and quest for the unexplored? Why are we more curious as society of the death and silent space instead of our oceans, the element that has more life diversity and that gave birth to everything we know? Here below, some prompts to reverse the tendency.
1970, Sylvia Earle and a collegue of Tektite II, the first female underwater colony 💪🏼 💪🏼
In 100 radical innovations breakthroughs, the European Commission includes living underwater as an alternative to an Earth surface made inhabitable by overpopulation or natural catastrophes. While the perspective is quite long term, the first step are underwater gardens and plantations, with underwater rewilding playing a key role for biodiversity, and underwater greenhouses increasing our capacity to feed the planet (check the Nemo’s garden, the first underwater cultivation of terrestrial plants).
In most sci-fi cultural production, the future of the human race is definitely taking place in space. Current Futures is a sci-fi ocean anthology of original short stories in a future when technology has helped unlock the secrets of the ocean. #summerreads
We are well aware that sea-level rise threatens physical infrastructure like roads, subways, sewage discharge networks, and power lines. But until a recent study, no one had looked specifically at how higher water will affect internet infrastructures located nearby coasts. #oups
How fish and shrimps could be recruited as underwater spies: 🐙🕵🏻
The latest project from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) aims to improve military intelligence by using a range of aquatic creatures - from large fish to humble single-celled organisms - as underwater warning systems. “We’re trying to understand what these organisms can tell us about the presence and movements of all kinds of underwater vehicles in the ocean,” says Dr Lori Adornato, programme manager of the Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (Pals) project.
3D printed coral reefs - in case your makerspace is out of ideas
Sustainable Interaction Design of Digital Services: we could cut a lot of emissions rethinking how digital services work. For instance, avoiding sending images to users who are only using YouTube to listen to audio.
FaceApp isn’t creepy because it’s Russian, it’s creepy because it’s capitalist.
The queer digital history project documents pre-2010 LGBTQ digital spaces online.
Exploring misogyny across the manosphere in Reddit.
The Slackification of the American Home. 🙅
The story of the first black man travelling to space (and why he never left Earth).
The Internet’s Old Guard: memories from Old timer’s story circle at the Decentralized Web Camp 2019.
Oh, dear!
Filipe Vilas-Boas
At 7 PM today join me at @ZaratanGaleria for a public collective #performance. As it happens online, we’ll carry The Cross together in the streets of Lisbon #filipevilasboas #digitallabor
9:54 AM - 11 Jul 2019
That’s all! Thanks for reading. Hit answer for feedback, forward for spreading the word.
Aloha and may the JOMO be with you,
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