Recap #03: What should be done with your body after death?

Hi all! This is our little community recap of last week. All these conversations are happening on our Slack channels, and you can join them at any time.

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By Caroline Barrueco
AI illustration by Caroline Barrueco made with pollinations.ai.

Hi all! This is our little community recap of last week. All these conversations are happening on our Slack channels, and you can join them at any time.

We are also posting it every week on channel #-6-recap.


Conversations

#feed-futures-literacy
Moving past Utopias and Dystopias
Monika Bielskyte just released her long-awaited Protopia Futures framework, which works like a roadmap to a desirable and viable tomorrow.

These are some impressions about it:
Dave: Protopia Futures Framework is one of the best I’ve seen bringing together a way forward to tackle the big challenges most societies are facing!
Dave also shared Five orientations to envision and evoke better futures.
Sid: I really resonate with not keeping economics or finance as a savior of humanity, very happy to see an entire framework about a future world that doesn’t even mention these things
Fluid Nature: According to the group, a lot of foresight is “bound by the constraints and suppositions of dominant perceptions of reality,” which they want to go beyond. They anchor their narratives in principles of plurality, community, celebration of physical presence, regenerative action, symbiotic spirituality, creativity, and evolution of cultural values.


Links

#feed-speculative-design
Rodrigo shared some Outrageous Predictions for 2021.


#feed-tech-and-culture
Honoring and understanding the past when designing for the future
Michell shared an insightful piece called The Lost Art of Pattern Recognition, by Douglas Rushkoff.


#feed-science-fiction
Here are some contemporary Sci-fi movies and series recommended by the community:


#feed-speculative-design
Rosie Broadhead and Wilson Oryema launched SURFACE TENSION, an impressive database showcasing ideas in the field of biomaterials and advanced wearables.According to their website, “The project focus on materials that have the intended effect of protecting, sustaining, or improving the function of the human body.


News

#feed-crypto
There was a huge crash on the crypto market this week. The reason for it was likely the mix of 01) countries moving forward with implementing regulations for cryptocurrencies and 02) Elon Musk’s tweets.
Will crypto ever recover?
For Luiz: BTC won’t. It’s gonna bounce a bit, but it’s dying. It became a “boomer coin”, and the tech in other cryptos is already superior and becoming even better.

In the face of such a dip, Ethereum, once again, announced the imminence of "the merge". Which would decrease its energy consumption by 99%. Let's hope it happens soon.

#feed-death-longevity
What should be done with your body after death?
Two US states already allow for composting of human bodies.
Funeral homes will offer the chance to turn a person’s body into soil, it will take about a month for a body to be broken down into about a pickup truck bed worth of soil.

#feed-health
Maybe soon dogs will be trained to detect COVID-positive travelers upon airport arrival.
A study showed that the dogs were able to detect more than 90 percent of COVID-19 infections even when patients are asymptomatic.


Events

May 26 - 6 pm CET: The Internet(s) of Everything - session2 X Space10

May 26 - 7 pm CET: [EV] Patterns of Technological Transformation - meeting details in #study-patterns

May 26 - 10 pm CET: [EV] The Future of Identity - Global Security Workgroup

May 26 - 28: Towards Decolonised Futures: Challenging the politics of knowing and being

May 27 - 10:30 pm CET: [EV] Deconstructing Certainty

Bye! See you around,
Caroline

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