Recap #43: alternative SDGs & indigenous futurisms

This week's Recap covers AI ethics, an alternative for the SDGs, indigenous futurism and more.

2 months ago   •   2 min read

By Caroline Barrueco, Michell Zappa,

AI illustration by Caroline Barrueco made with with the prompt "indigenous futurist landscape".

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Emerging Technology

πŸ‘ NVIDIA Research Turns 2D Photos Into 3D Scenes in the Blink of an AI
NVIDIA instant NeRF technology utilises a few photos of an object to fill the black spots and train a small neural network, predicting colour and lighting to render a 3D object from 2D photos in seconds.

πŸˆβ€β¬› Quantum Computing Has a Hype Problem
Quantum computer companies are promising much more than the current technology can deliver.

πŸ₯— Your Personality May Depend on What You Eat
Recent research links certain gut bacteria species with an increase or decrease in physical and mental energy in people.

Tech & Culture

🐌 Timnit Gebru Is Building a Slow AI Movement
Gebru's new project the Distributed AI Research Institute (DAIR) aims to tackle AI ethics by rethinking who is doing the research.

πŸ‘€ The Uncanny Gaze of the Machine
In this insightful piece, L. M. Sacasas reflects on how the attention economy relies not only on what are we paying attention to, but also one who, or what is paying attention to us.

Futures Literacy

πŸ‘β€πŸ—¨ Time for Indigenous Futurism
"Indigenous peoples have been cast as living in the past, with the implication that we have no place in the future." It's time to start placing indigenous people in our images of futures.


πŸ—Ί The Awesome Anthropocene Goals
Futerra recently released The Awesome Anthropocene Goals–an alternative to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.) Shared by Fluid Nature.

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