A New Life Awaits You

At the risk of being a #spacedad (those people I lovingly taunt on Twitter for commentating blow-by-b
A New Life Awaits You
By Changeist • Issue #12
At the risk of being a #spacedad (those people I lovingly taunt on Twitter for commentating blow-by-blow on any and all SpaceX/NASA/ESA/Blue Origin/etc test or launch as a multi-nerd multicast), this week’s newsletter is a clutch of space/astronomy-related items. Having been on the road the past two weeks, my external research topic kungfu is weak at the moment, and I’m holding back a few things for a larger thread on dark data for a future issue.
Having grown up in the end of the 60s and 70s, I was a child of the peak NASA period—the later Apollo years through the early Shuttle program. I’m one of a small number of Apollo-Soyuz hipsters (I had the mission crew photo on my wall at the time, and learned the first of my eventual Russian language education reading the mission materials). I’ve had the privilege to do a little work on behalf of the agency, and have a particular fascination for nascent space programs beyond the dominant US-Europe-Japan-Russia quadrangle. I have a hard time working up enthusiasm for private space exploration though, which I know appeals to many with as a pungent cologne of Starkian sci-fi/startup woo. I’m not a big comic reader or TV series consumer, so that’s lost on me. Perhaps it’s also a suspicion of the private exploitation of public space, literally. I still see space as commons more than underexploited territory. Which is, of course, ridiculous when you consider nobody asked me/us, and for all we know, something else has been down to the deed office before us, filing the proper paperwork. Space is hard, not a skip-and-jump to the outer planets as some would like to imagine. The effort, and the benefits, should bring returns to all, not a few. And cultures other than the usual suspects should have room to express their own aspirations for space exploration. Even non-humans. 
Lastly, as 7,463 people have pointed out in the past 36 hours, today is the incept date of Tyrell’s finest black-eyed assassin, Pris Stratton, so a big happy bootday to her. Tyrell taught Apple everything they know about built-in obsolescence.  

What We've Been Up To
Lift16 - Natalie Kane
Changeist colleague Natalie Kane delivered a great talk at this past week’s edition of Lift in Geneva, talking about hauntology and its connections to foresight in technological systems. It’s a thought provoking exploration of ghosts and machines. Put it in your watching queue. 
Museum of the Future 2016
Meanwhile, in Dubai, friend Noah Raford led the opening of this year’s edition of the Museum of the Future. Conceived and designed by the great folks at Tellart Amsterdam again this year, it looked fantastic. I’m pleased to say we had a role in the early scenarios and concepts for this instantiation of the Museum. 
A New Life Awaits You
African space operas are well overdue. They’ve doubtless existed in oral tradition before, but now they can reach a broader global audience. 
Madman Rohit Gupta (aka @fadesingh) wrote this piece about the emergence of perspective and uses (and abuses) of geometry in art. 
Mangala For All
Anab Jain’s Webstock talk, Rockets of India, looked fantastic from this distance. Hopefully the video will be available soon, but in the meantime, part of the talk touched on Superflux’s project ‘Mangala for All’, which you can read more about here.
I wrote a piece on asteroid mining as a wealth management strategy a while back at Quartz, so this piece caught my eye. Small countries are doing interesting things these days (eg e-Estonia), so why wouldn’t a nation that’s seen its international wealth obscuration biz eaten into in recent years see its future in opening a branch of Luxembourg in space? Rather than mine precious metals, I’d rather see the country follow out a big space rock as a place to store value. 
Meteorite Kills Man in India, Authorities Say : Discovery News
India is getting some pushback on the claim that an unfortunate bus driver recent became the first person in recorded history to be killed by a molten object from space. It’s bad luck, to be sure, but seems possible. 
The Network
A great profile of Near Future Lab’s work around design fiction and speculative artefacts as future probes. 
Situated Systems
A research project by pals Debbie Chachra, Georgina Voss and collaborators Sherri Wasserman and Ingrid Burrington has been selected as part of the inaugural Experimental Research Lab run by Autodesk in San Francisco. Sign up for their updates to keep up with what looks to be a fascinating exploration in months ahead.
Theory of Change and the Futures Cone
Co-conspirator Sjef Van Gaalen picks apart the often imitated, occasionally perforated Futures Cone. He has a point. 
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