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With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

Twitter Implant

Nano Product: The Twitter Implant

Are we creating the penicillin or the asbestos of the 21st century? In the months preceding our Nano Supermarket Project, Next Nature shares some speculative nanotech products with you. Here’s the second in the Nano Supermarket Products series: the Twitter Implant – sharing your whole life was never easier…

You’ve always been an early adapter, so when the Twittermania really brooke loose around 2008, you where already sharing your tweets with the world. But when the Twitter Implant hit the shelves in 2016, you where a little bit in doubt. You commited Social Network Suicide and deleted your Facebook account just a few month earlier, and now this? It didn’t take long to convince you of the advantages of a Twitter Implant: no more time-consuming gardening of your digital backgarden, no more worries about the originality of that comment on your Best Online Friend Forever (BOFF), no worrying about what to share with the world at all – the implant does it all for you.

Your implant registers what happens inside your body and around you: physical information like pulse and body temperature, geographical information like coordinates and your favourite locations nearby, and emotional information: mood, tension etc. You sync your Twitter account with your iPhone and you decide what you want to share with the world!

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PRODUCER: TWITTER
EXPECTED TO HIT THE SHELVES IN: 2015
PRICE: €200,–

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  1. Next nature? Or ‘Science fiction’ … ?

  2. Hendrik-Jan Grievink

    A speculative product to fuel the debate about our nanotech future: science faction, rather than science fiction…

  3. Thanks for responding Hendrik-Jan. Sorry, I don’t see how to discriminate a fiction-product … from science-fiction. Can you explain?

    Yes, I can seen that obviously the idea is a fact … but so far I don’t recognize how to qualify this fiction-product as ‘science-faction’…?

    (You’ve rejected the qualification ‘science-fiction’ – but where is your argument??)

  4. Okay okay okay, we do not want to make this a semantic discussion do we? This is an speculative product and in that respect, yes, scientifically spoken a fiction. But it speculates from two given facts in our techno-reality today: the emergence of social networking technologies (like Twitter) and the increasing integration of technology and the body (think laboratory grown heart valves). Does this make a scientific product? No, of course it doesn’t. But its conception as an image is based in something else then a fantasised faraway future for entertaining or escapist purposes, which would be my definition of science fiction. Rather, it aims to bring back ideas and strategies to the scientific realm of facts. But more than that, I would like to see that instead of fantasising about the future, it triggers debate about the world today. Hence the term Science Faction.

  5. Okay, okay, okay … :-) A combination of ‘science fiction’ & ‘science faction’ – no problem at all.

    But maybe we can discuss this a little bit further…

    For example, regarding the perspective of nanotechnology in the the world today … would the ‘twitter implant’ really classify as a ‘nanotechnology product’ … or simply a ‘microtechnology product’???

    Long ago I studied physics and got quite a bit familiar with how materials behave … so I was wondering could you explain more explicitely how the ‘twitter implant’ could relate to nanotechnology? Or maybe your assumption is simply that any advanced chiptechnology is likely an example of nanotechnology?

    Speaking about ‘science-faction’ … maybe it’s informative to notice that nanotechnology is sort of defined as follows:

    “Nanotechnology is the branch of engineering that deals with things smaller than 100 nanometers (especially with the manipulation of individual molecules)”

    Which implicates that any nanotechnology should relate to a size smaller than 10 to the minus 7 meters … which raises the question: does the ‘twitter implant’ really require any nanotechnology at all???

    ‘Science friction’!!?

  6. I can’t help but think that this is a really crass imitation of a project from at least 8 years ago. link here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2055654.stm or here http://www.auger-loizeau.com/index.php?id=7

  7. @koert , Haha exactly, although I’m not sure whether you are pointing this out as support for or against the twitter tooth?

  8. @Ben: Indeed, the tooth implant must have been an inspiration for the twitter implant. Here is another project that I suspect has been inspired by the audio tooth.
    http://www.nextnature.net/2010/02/one-day-at-the-dentist/
    And another one.. http://www.nextnature.net/2008/10/eat-less-meat-with-vegetarian-teeth/

    Anyhow the tooth implant is the classic and arguably still the most compelling. I wonder if you know if it was ever realized as a physical model?

  9. @Koert the images are from a model, but a scale replica. there is a scene in this news clip (1min12) where you see someone handling it. http://vimeo.com/7141013

  10. Could someone inform me as to who the designer of this project is? Best, Ben.

  11. I have just lost my front tooth and am pending an implant in January 2012. If you need a Guinea pig I will be happy to oblige. I need to wear a temporary tooth for the next 6 month in any event. I also have an awesome dentist in AMS.

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