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Photographer Captures the Surprising Beauty of Doomsday Seed Vaults

by Alice Riddell on March 4th, 02020

Artist and professor, Dornith Doherty, has traveled to Svalbard, Norway and to Sussex, England, among others, to document the ethereal nature of the seeds stored in these sub zero temperature vaults. The Millennium Seed Bank in Sussex now contains more than 2.3 billion seeds, spanning more than 40,000 different species. As reported . . .   Read More

Our Long Bets and Predictions about 02020

by Ahmed Kabil on February 26th, 02020

The year 02020, like 02000 before it and 02050 after it, has long captivated the popular imagination as a kind of shorthand for “the future.” Some predictions about life in 02020 are remarkably prescient: In 02004, the National Intelligence Council predicted that an “America first” movement would rise in the United States; In Ray . . .   Read More

The Permanent Legacy Foundation Wants to Preserve Your Digital Legacy for Future Generations

by Ahmed Kabil on February 26th, 02020

In March of 02019, MySpace, the one-time de facto social media network before the rise of Facebook, announced that it had lost 12 years’ worth of users’ songs, photos, and videos during a data . . .   Read More

3-D Digital Model Brings Ancient Athens Back to Life

by Alice Riddell on February 21st, 02020

As recently reported by the Smithsonian Magazine, a new 3-D model, created by photographer-animator Dimitris Tsalkanis, transports us digitally back into 3,000 years of ancient Athenian history. The free site, Ancient Athens 3-D, offers an online immersive experience through seven different time periods, from 01200 B.C., through to the . . .   Read More

2,000 Year-Old Date Seeds Finally Sprout

by Alice Riddell on February 19th, 02020

Six date-palm trees in Israel have sprouted two millennia after their seeds came into existence. As Sarah Zhang writes for The Atlantic, the collection of seeds recently planted all germinated in ancient archaeological sites and have been radiocarbon dated back to around A.D. 00047. The plants, named Adam, Jonah, Uriel, Boaz, Judith, . . .   Read More

Podcast: How to Be Futuristic | Bruce Sterling

by Ahmed Kabil on February 18th, 02020

The future is a kind of history that hasn’t happened yet. The past is a kind of future that has already happened. The present moment vanishes before it can be described. Language, a human invention, lacks the power to fully adhere to reality. We live in a very short now and here, since . . .   Read More

“Phossils”: The Future of Art and Technology in a Post-Sapien World

by Alice Riddell on February 15th, 02020

Nathaniel Stern’s exhibition “The World After Us: Imaging Techno-Aesthetic Futures” invites us to fast forward to the future. Stern, a professor of art, design, and engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, started this project as an exploration into the technological eventualities of a post-human world. What happens to our devices . . .   Read More

Neural Networking Upscales 01895 Short Film

by Alice Riddell on February 14th, 02020

An early example of moving images, Lumière Brothers’ 01895 short “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat”, has been revitalized and upscaled by Youtuber Denis Shiryaev. . .   Read More

Podcast: San Francisco Time: The Photography of Fred Lyon

by Ahmed Kabil on February 13th, 02020

Fred Lyon is a time traveler with a camera and tales to tell. At 95-years-old, this former LIFE magazine photographer and fourth generation San Franciscan has an eye for the city and stories to match. We showed photos from Fred’s books San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960 and . . .   Read More

Eunoia: The Internet’s Dictionary of Untranslatable Words

by Alice Riddell on February 12th, 02020

Created in just 24 hours by Steph Smith, Eunoia offers hundreds of untranslatable words in a useful and accessible online dictionary. Eunoia is itself an untranslatable word meaning a “well-mind” or “beautiful thinking.” The user can search Eunoia’s database by “language, tag, or the word itself. There are over 500 words in . . .   Read More