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Past Perfect and the Year in the Endless Present

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of December 18th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas

Past Perfect: Our sense of the past is bigger and richer than it’s ever been — and so too our temptation to brood on it.

The Year In The Endless Present: It’s hard to shake the notion that the defuturing of the future suggests something larger: not that the future is now, but that the future may never get past now.

Speculating Futures: This list ooks at past speculative narratives, like those of Ursula K. Le Guin, and past attempts at creating technological utopia, like Chile’s Cybersyn. These readings examine the shortcomings that prevented these visions from being fully realized and how they may have been limited or exclusionary.

Cognitive Machines For The Aging: How artificial intelligence can help us be more independent in our twilight years.

Products

Smiling Car: Self-driving cars need to communicate in a way that feels familiar and creates trust.

SmartSuit Pro: A sensor-based motion capture studio in one wireless body suit. It enables users to capture the physical world with precision and ease.

Mindful: A sensor-based motion capture studio in one wireless body suit. It enables users to capture the physical world with precision and ease.

Visuals

Lil Buck At Fondation Louis Vuitton: To mark the current exhibition at Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Icons Of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection, London-based director Andrew Margetson follows Memphis-born jookin’ dancer Lil Buck as he twists and turns past masterpieces by the likes of Picasso and Matisse.

Where Happiness Works: Whatever else you might say about 2016, it was the greatest year yet for meme culture.

The Year In Memes: Whatever else you might say about 2016, it was the greatest year yet for meme culture.


Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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