Archive for the ‘Accross the Web’ Category

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Dark Future Ahead 11 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

30 March, 2015

Generating power from water mains, clever.   Not surprised that Portland, OR, is in the lead installing these but they could show up all over the place.

And speaking of power generation, in the fragmentation of Lebanon, people are hostage to the “generator mafia” for power.  Useful for understanding what life might be like in the abandoned areas, barrens and under-cities.

How the Disney MagicBand system works and the implication it has for the future.  They know where you are, where you and going and what you want (probably).

So, Prince has a secret vault full of unreleased songs.   Someone will certainly want those songs.

Are we approaching the end of farming?  Could factories replace factory farming?

Japan is constantly rebuilding and remixing the America of the past.  There has to be some gaming potential there.

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Dark Future Ahead 10 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

25 February, 2015

Blood sports seems to be one of the staples of cyberpunk futures, what about blood sports without the blood?  Unified Weapon Master is trying to build a MMA sort of league for armed combat using high tech armor to keep the fighters safe.  You can read a bit more about UWM here as well.

The Russian official media is a tool for propaganda and disinformation, read about how it works for Putin.

A hacker has caused actual physical damage to a German steel works, read about it here.

Its not all soy in the future, how about cricket flour or sweet blue lupine seeds?  Read about the (potential) future of food.

One step closer to a direct neural interface?

The Regenerative Bioscience Center of the University of Georgia is trying to Save Endangered Species: the Sumatran Tiger and the Clouded Leopard by using stem cells to increase genetic diversity.  How biopunk is that?  It is a worthy goal and an good way to advance several interesting fields of study.  Please help if you can, I have tossed my bit in.

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Dark Future Ahead 9 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

12 December, 2014

I have ended up with a mostly nautical theme here, inadvertently:

Would you live in an underwater city?  Even if not, it would be a great place to visit.  This one is designed to be self-sufficient in energy through various means.

Which would be shipped in containers carried by ships like the new massive Triple-E container ships, the largest currently in service carrying 18,00 containers.  And here is some information, and amazing photographs, about how it was built.

And those ships, heavily insured and it is Captain Nick Sloane’s job to board troubled vessels and salvage what he can, read about his fascinating career.  Nautical salvage, an interesting idea for an adventure (or campaign).

The US Navy has deployed its first laser armed ship.  More to follow soon.

I am writing this from shaky.hatch.exacted, what does that mean?  Well, a company called what3words has divided the world up into 3m x 3m squares and given each a three word code that you can use to find that location.  Interesting and full of potential.

Lastly, Harley-Davidson is working on an all-electric bike, the Livewire.

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Dark Future Ahead 8 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

6 October, 2014

Interested in how the Japanese build idol singers and bands?  IO9 breaks it down for us.

On that theme, music is one way to tie a corporate family together, IBM used to have its own orchestra and songbook, read more about them here (and even hear song clips).

Need an interesting place for a character to live?  What about a converted passenger aircraft?

Or perhaps in a huge vertical slum, like the Tower of David in Caracas, Venezuela?  The authorities are now clearing it out, after a mere twenty years.

More tips on how to camouflage yourself from facial recognition systems from CV Dazzle.

Looking as the possibilities of ectogenesis (artificial wombs), a world of options open if these can be perfected..

Close ties between corporate R&D, the state and the military, Israel has all those, seems like the megacorporate ideal!  “We know how to talk military, we know the needs. And we know how to translate these needs into technology.”

2000AD has a preview out for their new Jaegir comic one shot which has a good dark industrial feel to it.

How about spying on or hacking the systems of a car?  It is going to become increasing possible.  Best invest in good firewalls.

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Dark Future Ahead 7 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

14 July, 2014

Building the future!  PBS has an excellent show on building super skyscrapers, recommended.

This is a mission in the making, the dirty business of palm oil, environmental destruction, mercenaries, shells games and a corrupt government, what more could you want?  Well, probably for it not to be real.

One way to avoid facial recognition technology, wear someone’s else face.

Control of how the media perceives you is an important tool on anyone in power, see how the White House does it.

Vanadium useful for steel and batteries, this may become an even more important resource in the future.  Again, a potential mission.

Can you ask for a better adventure seed than this?  “A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch.”  Read more here.

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Dark Future Ahead 6 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

26 April, 2014

The LA police are watching you . . . and recording you . . . and analyzing the data, predicting crime and more.  But who watches the watchmen?

For the musically minded, a drummer’s cyberhand.  Or you can look at Z-Machine, the all robot band.Ride with (anime) style

The future of urban farming?  Would you eat salad grown in a bomb shelter?

The Honda NM4 Vultus looks like it is from the future and is built like it too, Honda brings anime style to the streets.

Another possible step towards cybereyes, Google Eyes, Google Glass as contact lens.

Would you live in a house that was 3D printed?  You can now.

More to the soul of cyberpunk than anything else, Freedom2014: Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes’ The Key.

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Mapping the Lost Lands

5 April, 2014

On Wednesday, one of my RPG groups meets and we play a variety of things, including most recently AD&D and playtesting some systems being developed by the various members.  But, as we have had some unscheduled disruptions to playtesting, we generated Rolemaster characters and started an exploration based game with the game world being defined by our choices and the crazy random tables of Rolemaster.

You can read about our first adventure here:

Mapping the Lost Lands

Which is a site put up by our GM.  I am playing Orlyn the warrior, and (from my perspective) the only one of the group with any common sense.

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