Recap #29: futures for climate refugees & mind-control technologies

This edition of the Envisioning Community Recap brings news about immersive worlds, regenerative technologies, futures for climate refugees, mind-control technologies, and more.

5 months ago   •   2 min read

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


Hi everyone,

This edition of the Envisioning Community Recap brings news about immersive worlds, regenerative technologies, futures for climate refugees, mind-control technologies, and more.


Emerging Technology


Horizon Worlds' Video Trailer
Meta launched Horizon Worlds, a beta version of an immersive social platform. For now, it’s only for users in Canada and the US.

Finally, a Fusion Reaction Has Generated More Energy Than Absorbed by the Fuel
One of the primary challenges of fusion reactors is that they demand a significant amount of energy to run; this process is largely explained in the video "How close is nuclear fusion power?” by physicist Sabine Hossenfelder. Now it seems that we are one step closer to solving this energy usage issue.

Planet A
This Deutsche Welle series of videos merge speculative ideas with cutting-edge research to present promising emerging technologies focusing on the regeneration of our planet.

A Diet Rich in Plant-based Products Reduces the Risk of Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly
By understanding the relationship between ingredients and intestinal microbiota, a new study reveals that some plant-based foods reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s in the elderly. Some foods that showed protective association includes cocoa, coffee, mushrooms, red wine, apples, cocoa, green tea, blueberries, oranges, or pomegranates.


Researchers Achieve Mind Control Using Only Light
A team of researchers from South Korea is developing a light-inducible and reversible mind control technology called Opto-vTraph. The research team says the process has already been used successfully on mice to control both emotion and behavior in a lab setting.


Tech and Culture


Kickstarter Will Move Its Crowdfunding Platform to Blockchain
Kickstarter’s open-source protocol will be built on the blockchain platform Celo.


Futures Literacy


Project Unsung, by the UN Refugee Agency
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's Innovation Service, just launched a comprehensive collection of essays, speculative design pieces, and narrative foresight that seeks to imagine more just and inclusive futures for people forced to flee.



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