Good News For a Change (Now With Added Bonus Link Dumps):

So first the good news. At the end of September the Institute for the Future's Jane McGonigal and Jamais Cascio are going to be conducting the world's first massively multiplayer forecasting game Superstruct and I am going to be on their advisory board. It's a chance to have my work highlighted on the site and the weekly updates, so needless to say, I'm really excited about this and really want to thank Jane and Jamias and everyone at the IftF for the opportunity.

And now the links:

*An estimated 125,000 Western lowland gorillas are living in a swamp in equatorial Africa, researchers reported Tuesday, double the number of the endangered primates thought to survive worldwide.

I find this amazing. So what do the swamps have that the mountains didn't? Lack of poachers? Lack of disease? Six of one, half dozen of the other? Think of this in human terms. It's like refugees from a war torn country migrating to Europe or America. Picture this happening to other species. What if the polar bears just migrated further north or found an uncharted island? There are so many species supposedly endangered, but what if we're just looking in the wrong places for them and their thriving in hiding, safe from mankind.

*Nature Neuroscience article on neurological basis for magic, co-written by Teller of Penn and Teller.

*Gargantuan Scale Model of Shanghai in 2020 This is just awesome-When they finish building it, it look like something you'd see on Coruscant. Just get rid of all cars and replace them with hovercars or space ships and I think you have a dead ringer.

*Tokyo Fantasy: Images of the apocalypse Amazing pictures. But it reminds me of what Geoff Manaugh from the blog BLDGBLOG said in a recent post:
"This is obviously meant as a warning.
However, the main problem I have with using maps and scenarios like this to get people worked up about climate change is that these warnings often seem to have the opposite effect.
In other words, these things are actually so evocative, and so imaginatively stimulating, that it's hard not to get at least a tiny thrill at the idea that you might get to see these things happen."
Looking at these pictures you do tend to marvel at their beauty and wonder what it would be like to live there, to watch as nature wipes out mans footprint. How will we live, how will we survive?

*ETech's CFP has launched. The theme this year is Living, Reinvented: The Technology of Abundance and Constraints. I've been pondering these themes for the past six months, perhaps I'll have to write a paper. What's the worst that can happen?

*Italy Begins Military Effort to Quell Crime. This is scary.
"Soldiers were deployed throughout Italy on Monday to embassies, subway and railway stations, as part of broader government measures to fight violent crime here for which illegal immigrants are broadly blamed."
Superstruct is broken up into five scenarios the one that I'm working on will be Generation Exile. Basically with huge storms, and world economies falling there will be a massive worldwide migration. What will happen then? If we cannot currently deal with people migrating from poorer economies and war torn countries, what will happen when millions are coming over the border? That is one reason why I find this so scary. If countries are already using the military to suspend civil rights and shake down migrants for just walking down the street, what will happen in the future? What will happen in the United States when our military is stretched too far and we don't have enough troops to patrol our cities much less our borders? Will we resort to something like using Blackwater troops to protect our citizens? How do we manage this? How do we continue to treat people like human beings in all of this?


Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas