Recap #31: butterfly wings & failed DAOs

Happy 2022 everyone. This edition brings news about ultra thin solar panels, liquid robots, butterfly wings, failed DAOs, and more.

5 months ago   •   1 min read

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

Welcome to the Envisioning Community Recap, a weekly newsletter in which we curate the best stories around emerging technology and futures thinking.


As we reluctantly phase-change back to work and embrace the new year with a watchful eye, consider the following: technology is forever. Your choices today - from the micro (which email platform to use) - to the macro (our choice of collective governance models) - deeply affect the shape of the future. Every new year is an invitation to stop & assess last yearโ€™s choices. We hope 2022 brings you immeasurable opportunities to reflect, reconsider and rethink some of those choices. ~MZ


Emerging Tech


๐Ÿ—œOnline Text Summary Generator - Summarizing Tool
This tool summarises texts, keeping important information while shortening the length. Itโ€™s surprisingly accurate.

๐Ÿ”ฌ New Materials Could Deliver Ultrathin Solar Panel
New solar panels are ultra-thin and lightweight and could eventually be used on wearables, electric vehicles, and aircraft. Shared by mz.

๐Ÿฆˆ Ten Scientific Discoveries From 2021 That May Lead to New Inventions
The Smithsonian has put together a great list of nature-inspired new technologies. Shared by Peter.

๐Ÿงซ Tiny "Liquibot" Robots Need No Electricity
Liquid robots move autonomously by โ€œfeedingโ€ on substances found in its surrounding and transforming this โ€œfoodโ€ into chemical reactions that power their movements.


Tech & Culture


๐Ÿ“œ The Crypto Plot to Buy the Constitution Was a Gigantic Disaster That Still Made Everyone Rich
Vice magazine tech podcast Cyber brings a deep and critical conversation about the weird story of ConstitutionDAO.


Futures Literacy



๐ŸŒช The Transapocalyptic Now
Writer and researcher Alex Steffen bring attention to the danger of apocalyptic climate change narratives while advocating for an approach that embraces complexity.


Planet



๐Ÿƒ Investing In Nature | Nature as Infrastructure
Indy Johar and John Thackara talk about alternative ways of framing the importance of nature, as well as the urgency of restoring ecosystems. Shared by Jonathan.

โ˜€๏ธ Why SolarPunk Does not Belong on PoW Blockchains
Artist Efflam Mercier published a short and straightforward statement connecting proof of work blockchains with technological colonization.

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