Over the last decade of war, more American soldiers have died by their own hand than from enemy attacks. The U.S Army has just released a report that high-risk behavior among soldiers – including drug abuse and alcholism – are killing more troops than “terrorists”. What is suprising is that this reportcomes from the U.S. Army.
Of 80,403 waivers granted since 2004, the report found that 47,478 were granted to people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse, misdemeanor crime or “serious misconduct,” which it defined as felony.
“2012: Time for Change” presents an optimistic alternative to apocalyptic doom and gloom. Directed by Emmy Award nominee João Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.
The trailer is brief, but the full film is galvanizing. Laced with great animation, it presents a view of the social phenomena that is 2012, highlighting the world’s current and impending traumas, and innovators who exemplify the means of transmuting global emergency into a terrific leap of (r)evolution.
The 2012: Time For Change site has lots of links, clips, galleries and even story boards. Check the ‘About’ section for an index of inspirational innovators and their contributions to society.
As the exponential curve of Moore’s law ascends, so too do our avenues of expression. In this TED video, artist Natasha Tsakos fuses live performance with projected backgrounds and digital animation for an inspiring vision of the future present.
As digital art programs become more intuitive, user-friendly and portable, whole new modes of fully-immersive communication and performance will allow people to manifest and share their wildest flights of imagination. The legos, dolls and action figures of this era’s children will increasingly occur on the planes of virtual reality, to be exchanged and remixed among friends, giving rise to waves of cultural novelty the likes of which the modern world has never seen.
‘The main components of the Leonar3Do interactive desktop VR (virtual reality) hardware are: a spatial input device (the ‘bird’) with six degrees of freedom, 3D glasses and monitor-mounted sensors. The bird operates in six degrees of freedom, which means that you can not only move the individual objects or the whole space, but also rotate them. The 3D glasses allow users to perceive a stereoscopic image displayed before the monitor area as three-dimensional object. The sensors continuously track the position of both the bird and the glasses, and send information through the central unit to the Leonar3Do system software.’
Re-envision the image of the One-Man-Band for the present day’s technology, a single person radiating mesmerizing fields of symphonic sound, light and form. Imagine whole classrooms, neighborhoods and protest rallies joining forces to project holographic visualizations in full view of the public and media coverage. How might these newfound means of being seen and heard catalyze a Revolutionary Renaissance?