Welcome to Envisioning Community Recap, a weekly communication in which we curate the best stories on the topics of emerging technologies and futures thinking. All content featured here was first shared on our Slack community of over 800 futurists. Head to envisioning.io/welcome to learn more about our community and to join.
This edition brings news about time crystals, life in 2050, mushrooms that eat radiation, living robots, a society of bacteria, and more.
Stanford and Google Team Up To Create Time Crystals With Quantum Computers
Time crystals are a new state of matter that keeps constant motion without losing or gaining energy. Now, researchers at Stanford University finally created a time crystal using a quantum computer. This excellent article explains a lot about time crystals and their utility. Shared by Sthéfano.
The Metaverse: a 6-Minute Masterclass
Watch as WPP vice president Andy Hood illustrates the evolution of extended reality media culminating on the metaverse and beyond. Shared by Luma.
Life in 2050 - a Roadmap
Breakthrough Science developed a beautiful visualization of emerging technologies for the next three decades. Shared by mz.
An Engineer's Hype-Free Observations on Web3 (and its Possibilities)
The Web3 ecosystem has been variously described as a collective hallucination, a massive grift, an environmental disaster, a decentralized renaissance, and the future of the Internet. This text by the PSL team distills this list of observations as it explains the challenges and opportunities of the new web. Shared by mz.
Tech Visions for 2030: Three Steps to the Future
Every year, technology analyst Ben Evans produces a presentation exploring macro and strategic trends in the tech industry. This year's presentation, "Three Steps to the Future", was just released. Shared by mz.
Xenobots: Scientists Build the First-Ever Living Robots That Can Reproduce
The new iteration of Xenobots - living robots made from frogs' cells - can now create their own offspring.
The Longest-Running Evolution Experiment
This Veritassium episode features an impressive bacterial experiment that allows us to actually watch evolution by natural selection as it happens.
Do Fungi Feast on Radiation?
Dark fungi are noted to grow better than pale ones on sites with high levels of energy in ionizing radiation, showing that melanin absorbs the radiation and turns it into a biologically useful (and benign) form of energy. Building upon these findings, melanin could be genetically engineered into photosynthetic plants to boost their productivity or melanin-bearing fungi could be used in clothing to shield workers from radiation or even farmed in space as astronaut food.
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