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FutureLeague: Beakerhead is the world’s greatest arts-science smash-up

FutureLeague: Beakerhead is the world’s greatest arts-science smash-up

Did you hear the one about the hot tub, the actor and the quantum physicist? How about the one with the inflatable octopus, the trash robot and the fire-breathing serpent mother? No joke, for all of the above, you just need enter the curious world of Beakerhead – a place where arts, engineering and science

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FutureHero Peter Crnokrak: Data is big and beautiful

FutureHero Peter Crnokrak: Data is big and beautiful

The Croatian-born 3D computational artist, geneticist and ‘data-friendly Elvis’ on the beauty of maths, transmitting emotions as visuals and data selfies. Peter Crnokrak: “I make art from math. I used to be a quantitative geneticist – the study of nature versus nurture – but purely numbers. Now I use numbers to be expressive as a

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FutureHero Dr. Knatokie Ford: Wonder Woman of STEM

FutureHero Dr. Knatokie Ford: Wonder Woman of STEM

Biomedical scientist, South Central Los Angeles teacher, Obama White House Senior Policy Advisor, creative science communicator and #BlackGirlMagic ambassador; you would never know that Dr. Knatokie Ford was once a “shy girl” who had to learn to deal with confidence issues. But she did, and made her way from Harvard University onto the White House and

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NEW AtlasVideo ► Inside the event: Fixing the future 2019

NEW AtlasVideo ► Inside the event: Fixing the future 2019

“I am the Amazon. Please look after me.” Thought–provoking and emotional, the stirring sound of a 22-year-old afro-indigenous eco-activist from the Brazilian Amazon drumming on a Barcelona stage signified the beating heart and soul of our planet, an urgent need for a new era… and the start of Fixing the future 2019. This year’s event opened

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💥 15 rebels with a cause: bold ideas from unlikely places

💥 15 rebels with a cause: bold ideas from unlikely places

“In these volatile times, with so much in flux, there’s everything to play for.”  The most daring innovators aren’t found in boardrooms or tech startups, but in protests, street markets, prisons and refugee camps… and at Meaning Conference. Taking place this year on 14 November at Brighton Dome in the UK, expect encounters with pioneers on the edges

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The FutureHero fighting for ocean justice: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

The FutureHero fighting for ocean justice: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Celebrated ocean conservationist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson knows that caring about the ocean doesn’t just mean thinking about marine ecosystems, but people too. That’s why the invertebrate-loving Brooklynite has made her focus the intersection between ocean conservation, coastal communities and social justice. “There is a home for everyone in this movement – in conservation, climate

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Global Climate Strike ► Why I strike: Fridays for Future

Global Climate Strike ► Why I strike: Fridays for Future

This week, the Global Climate Strike will go down in history. On Friday 20 September 2019, the world witnessed the biggest environmental protest the world has ever seen.  In 185 countries, from Kabul, Afghanistan to New Delhi, India, millions of children didn’t turn up to school. Instead they took to the streets to support young climate strikers

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► Fixing the future is back! Meet the speakers…

► Fixing the future is back! Meet the speakers…

We’re overjoyed to announce that ‘Fixing the future’ is back. And this year it’s bigger, better and faster – because the future can’t wait.  ► Download the full programme After 2018’s sold out event in Barcelona, we’re returning to the CCCB – in partnership with Holaluz – with TWO full days and 40+ FutureHeroes from around the world. This time

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Life, the Zooniverse and everything: AtlasChart Top 5

Life, the Zooniverse and everything: AtlasChart Top 5

You don’t need to be a scientist, researcher or academic to answer our biggest global challenges. That’s the point of Zooniverse – anyone can get involved. The world’s leading citizen science platform brings together people from all walks of life, from all over the world, in people-powered research. All you need is access to the internet to

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#CultureFutures: Meet the creators on 28 November!

#CultureFutures: Meet the creators on 28 November!

Because it’s not all about science and tech you know, we’ve been on a mission to map creative and cultural projects for social good. Now it’s time to introduce you to some of those creators fighting for a better future and more imaginative world – in person! Join us at in London at Goldsmiths, University

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AtlasEvent 24 November, London: The Collective City

AtlasEvent 24 November, London: The Collective City

If you’ve taken part in a morning rave, group run or public art experience; if you’ve joined a campaign to improve your neighbourhood or teamed up to better your workplace; if you’ve shared knowledge or data to bring about a change you want to see, you will know the joy and power of the collective.

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AtlasEvent 24 November, London: The Collective City

AtlasEvent 24 November, London: The Collective City

If you’ve taken part in a morning rave, group run or public art experience; if you’ve joined a campaign to improve your neighbourhood or teamed up to better your workplace; if you’ve shared knowledge or data to bring about a change you want to see, you will know the joy and power of the collective.

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Fab City Summit 2018: A new urban manifesto

Fab City Summit 2018: A new urban manifesto

Imagine if you could get a ‘city’ to agree to making the world more self-sufficient. A creative team of pioneers and makers is doing exactly that. They’ve created a set of ten principles as a sort of instruction manual to build a more sustainable and inhabitable new world. And they’re getting cities to agree to it. In fact, 28

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Enter the magical, curious world of Beakerhead

Enter the magical, curious world of Beakerhead

“It’s in the freely shared ideas that collisions, oddities and thrills emerge.” – Mary Anne Moser, Beakerhead Co-founder Widely known as ‘the world’s greatest arts-science smash-up’, Beakerhead makes breaking down the complex look effortless – but it takes a collective effort to make STEAM this fun. A fire-breathing serpent mother, inflatable octopus, trash robot, giant

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FutureHero Steve Rader: NASA, Mars – and you

FutureHero Steve Rader: NASA, Mars – and you

The things NASA want to do next are “really, really hard”. That’s why Steve Rader – NASA’s Deputy Manager for the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation – appreciates the way the space agency harnesses people power and diversity. We circumnavigated the mighty Saturn V rocket with the crowdsourcing evangelist to find out about NASA’s current challenges – and The Martian.

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Video ► Inside the event: Fixing the future

Video ► Inside the event: Fixing the future

Ever travelled back to the future? Well, you’re about to. Strap in, because we’re transporting you into the heart of Barcelona’s ramshackle old town, to within the sleek white and glass walls of its modern CCCB cultural centre – and smack bang into our very first AtlasEvent, Fixing the future … via the medium of video. It’s

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FutureHero Jessi Baker: Blockchain’s spies for good

FutureHero Jessi Baker: Blockchain’s spies for good

Blockchain isn’t just about finance and Bitcoin, but when Jessi Baker started Provenance that wasn’t the case. That’s why her idea was considered crazy at first. The software company uses technologies like the blockchain to help businesses share truths about the people, places and materials involved in their products. Labelled as one of the UK’s ‘coolest female startup

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AtlasChart Tomás Diez: A hands-on Top 9

AtlasChart Tomás Diez: A hands-on Top 9

“We either build the future we want, or become the victims of it.” As Director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Tomás Diez constantly breaks the rules when it comes to education, business, science, urbanism, farming, environmentalism, design, and housing… you name it. In this AtlasChart, the Venezuelan digital fabrication urbanist opens up about projects in

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► Ready Player One: the future is already here

► Ready Player One: the future is already here

In the 1980s, sci-fi prophet William Gibson coined the term ‘cyberspace’ to describe a consensual hallucination created by millions of computers that we can jack into. By 2003 the visionary had warned: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Even though we are optimists at the Atlas, we’re also big fans of dystopian

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Adventures with FutureHero Gaia Vince in The Age of Humans

Adventures with FutureHero Gaia Vince in The Age of Humans

This year it will be ten years since environmental journalist and broadcaster Gaia Vince began her 900-day journey around the world to take stock of humanity’s impact on the planet. Back then she never expected to see the important changes now happening globally – the explosion of renewable energy production, the rise of electric vehicles, tariffs

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Fixing the future: Introducing the event line up!

Fixing the future: Introducing the event line up!

Future curious? On 13 March a future-‘supergroup’ will gather for the first time in Barcelona. Brought to you by Atlas of the Future and Ara, ‘Fixing the future: adventures in a better tomorrow’ will explore the talent solving the audacious goals of our planet with radical methods. Join us at the CCCB to meet the innovators

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FutureHero Mark Stevenson: Stories from the future

FutureHero Mark Stevenson: Stories from the future

There is no better time to reboot our world than right now, which means there is no better time to read the two bestselling books by ‘reluctant futurist’ Mark Stevenson. The pragmatic optimist tells stories of people doing things differently to meet humanity’s challenges in innovative and surprising ways. Part of a subset of people who think differently, Stevenson

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Feel the love! 20 reasons 2017 gave us so much joy

Feel the love! 20 reasons 2017 gave us so much joy

When you find yourselves somewhere between Gotham City Police HQ and Blade Runner’s Leon’s Hotel chatting to a Westworld sexbot you know that it’s been an interesting – and surprising – year. OK, it’s been relentless too, but there are so many reasons to feel hopeful. From Cameroon to Patagonia, 2017 has seen your projects make the

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Introducing our first AtlasEvent

Introducing our first AtlasEvent

In news unrelated to monkey clones, last night’s super blue blood moon or the adorable ‘shower rat’ (sorry to burst your soap bubble, but it’s a Peruvian pacarana), we’ve got big news of our own! Our first major AtlasEvent will take place on Tuesday 13 March. We’re excited to announce that ‘Fixing the future: Adventures in a

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Competition: Cities for a Flying World

Competition: Cities for a Flying World

What do Uber flying cars, Hoversurf drone taxis, Amazon’s giant mothership zeppelin, the Soviet city in the sky and these visions of high-elevation life have in common? Apart from being visionary proposals that are hard to distinguish from science fiction, they are also inspiration for ‘Cities for a Flying World’ – an international competition launched in May 2017 by Shukhov Lab (from the HSE

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FutureHero Carlo Ratti: The Choral Architect

FutureHero Carlo Ratti: The Choral Architect

As more and more sensors, electronics and data radically transform the way we understand cities, Carlo Ratti makes dazzling interactive environments from the information we create – like our phone calls and the garbage we throw out – to create surprising visualisations of city life. Known as ‘The Choral Architect’, he senses the future of architecture as collaborative; with design intervening at the

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10 years of Fab Lab BCN: 10 projects that change everything

10 years of Fab Lab BCN: 10 projects that change everything

In March 2017, Fab Lab Barcelona celebrated ten years of innovation, participation, digital manufacturing, technology and creation with a big birthday fiesta at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Over the last decade, the centre has helped people around the world to locally conceptualise, design, develop and fabricate, with a focus on truly world-changing open and accessible technologies. So

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AtlasChart Top 5: Before the flood

AtlasChart Top 5: Before the flood

Climate change is real. Musk knows it, the Pope knows it and Obama knows it. With their new film, ‘Before the Flood’, Scorsese and DiCaprio want us all to acknowledge it. Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases raises the planet’s temperature. Fact. These projects all help, because (as Leo puts it): “The science is clear, the

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FutureHero Ramez Naam: More than human

FutureHero Ramez Naam: More than human

The Cairo-born futurist, technologist and award-winning science fiction author on Elon Musk, how his best ideas come on hikes and why we’re all transhuman. Ramez Naam:  “Transhumanism is a weird word to most people. If you have a cell phone, you are already transhuman, as you have abilities above your human ancestors. If you have learned to

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Best of the Atlas 2016… so far

Best of the Atlas 2016… so far

This year might have had its dark times, but there are many reasons to get excited. From the Faroe Islands to Patagonia, 2016 has seen the Atlas travel far and wide to bring you projects that democratise the future. Thanks to your suggestions and innovations, over the last six months we’ve explored sex hacks and exposed fast fashion; shone a light on projects bringing

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VR, kind robots and refugee tech

VR, kind robots and refugee tech

A lot of staring at screens happens at Mobile World Congress – whether tapping away at your own rapidly depreciating handset, ogling smarter ones, deciphering the agenda, or (in my case) simply trying to download the app that gets you a free coffee. ‘Mobile Is Everything’. The clue is in the slogan, but Barcelona’s MWC isn’t just about mobiles. Amid

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Are you the future? The Atlas is hiring!

Are you the future? The Atlas is hiring!

Atlas of the Future is looking for a dynamic and results-driven Community Manager based in Barcelona to develop and execute an exciting social media strategy. We map innovative, future-focused, socially impactful projects and people around the world and our mission is to ‘democratise the future’. This means making sure developments are understandable and entertaining – not

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Pi in the sky: The world’s cheapest computer

Pi in the sky: The world’s cheapest computer

Dubbed ‘Ed’ and ‘Izzy’, a pair of Raspberry Pis onboard the International Space Station went live this month after being switched on by British astronaut Tim Peake. The size of a credit card – and with a price tag of just US$30 – the Raspberry Pi has become a huge global hit, selling five million units in

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Wanted: FutureHeroes!

Wanted: FutureHeroes!

Since the Atlas launch just a few months ago we’ve seen some of the most forward-thinking and insightful minds on the planet walk through our virtual doors. We call these high profile futurists, farmers, tech stars, entrepreneurs, 3D computational artists, design economists and epic people doing things differently ‘FutureHeroes’. Each one inspires us with what really matters – from cunning ways of solving

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The power of the crowd

The power of the crowd

We are better equipped than at any time previously to harness the problem-solving abilities of our fellow citizens through digital tools and community led projects. The growing movement of people-powered innovation taps into the potential of our greatest assets – the ideas and life experiences of ordinary people. A positive example of technology at the service

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Facebook: Freedom versus freebies?

Facebook: Freedom versus freebies?

Facebook’s Free Basics seeks to bring the internet to millions of people in rural India free of charge. Roughly 68% of the planet live without access to the internet, and without it democracy, economic opportunity, education and healthcare are threatened. So when a tech giant attempts to redress this balance, the benefits should be simple

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Houston, we have a postcard

Houston, we have a postcard

Recently NASA has felt more on the radar than usual. With Major Tim Peake – the first official British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station – due to perform scientific experiments on the ISS from 15 December and NASA simultaneously simplifying the Astronaut Selection Program to three criteria (aspiring explorers must have a STEM degree,

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Postcard from: The London heatwave

Postcard from: The London heatwave

As NASA’s mission passed Pluto last week, I undertook my own flyby of London to meet up with Atlas of the Future co-founder Cathy Runciman and author, entrepreneur, futurist and sometime comedian Mark Stevenson. Setting out to answer ‘What’s next?’, the curious author’s An Optimist’s Tour of the Future rocketed up the book charts in 2011 (and can now be read in

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Hello world: FutureHeroes, virtual reality and the Pope

Hello world: FutureHeroes, virtual reality and the Pope

I’m thrilled to introduce myself as editor-in-chief of Atlas of the Future, the new international Barcelona-London venture from Oriol Soler, Cathy Runciman and Arnau Grinyó. Launching September, this will provide a home and hangout for all those committed to long-term thinking, and take you on a journey through the technology and advances shaping our world in every way

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