Note — Oct 04, 2020

No.144 Asides

  • 💯 “When innovations disrupt, there must also be repair to realize effective functioning in the world. Repair does not re-establish a status quo, but rather creates a new set of practices that brings into being the full extent of possibilities imagined for a technology.” (End of a short 🧵 by Robin Sloan.)
  • 🌱 🎥 Great new video by Leap and drawn by Molly Crabapple. A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair “an animated short film that dares to dream of a future in which 2020 is a historic turning point, where the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic and global uprisings against racism drive us to build back a better society in which no one is sacrificed and everyone is essential.”
  • 🧠 🐦 Crows possess higher intelligence long thought primarily human. “Research unveiled on Thursday in Science finds that crows know what they know and can ponder the content of their own minds, a manifestation of higher intelligence and analytical thought long believed the sole province of humans and a few other higher mammals.”
  • 🏙 From garden streets to bike highways: four ideas for post-Covid cities – visualised. “We asked four architecture firms to share their visions of what cities should do, now, to better design everything from offices to streets to transport – and we have analysed each one – to help inoculate our cities against a disease that is proving so difficult to inoculate against in our bodies.”
  • 🏙 Covid-19 Is Not The ‘Death Of The City’ - It’s The Rise Of The Neighborhood Center “An increased focus on neighborhoods gives us the chance to plan for the non-peak commuter — such as parents taking kids to and from school, shift workers, caregivers, seniors — and the results could be tremendous for health and well-being, much akin to the promise of the 15-minute city.”
  • 🍩 👍🏼 DEAL. “Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL) is part of the emerging global movement of new economic thinking and doing that is rising to this challenge. Our aim is to help create 21st century economies that are regenerative and distributive by design, so that they can meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet. We call this Doughnut Economics.”
  • 🇵🇱 ✍🏼 Will be watching this event and likely trying to get in this workshop. What could possibly go wrong?. “[T]his workshop turns lazy headlines into writing prompts for thinking critically about the future. Learn how cynicism, snark, and satire can be useful tools, and how always thinking about the worst that can happen can actually help to both predict accurate futures and imagine more hopeful ones.”
  • 🕶 Wait what?? Supernatural. “Supernatural is an immersive, virtual reality fitness experience that combines the best music, coaches, destinations and movements into an incredible home workout. A new workout is released every day.” (Via Ben Hammersley.)