Society of Simulations

Researchers are using VR to help teachers understand autism

Researchers are using VR as an empathy tool to help neurotypical teachers understand their students with autism. There have already been attempts to use VR to help autistic children and adults find new ways of coping. Autism Speaks, for example, funds a virtual reality training program designed to help improve social skills. But a team of researchers at the University of Malta decided to work on the problem from the other direction — namely, using VR to help teachers understand the lived experience of autistic children.

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Humane-Technology

In Conversation with Marleen Hartjes: Introducing a digital door to the museum

Don’t be surprised when you catch a human face on a screen strolling through the Van Abbe museum for contemporary art in Eindhoven, as these are Europe’s very first robotic museum-tours that offer a ‘digital door’ to the museum for those who are not physically able to attend. We spoke with Marleen Hartjes, project leader of the Special Guests programme of the museum, and explored with her the potential of this highly evolved form of “Skype on wheels”.

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Wild Systems

Connecting economy and ecology: Join us for the ECO Coin white paper launch event

Ecological value is not well represented in our current economy. When you cut down a tree and sell the wood, you earn money. When you plant a tree, you create value, but you won’t get paid. What if there was a new currency to reward sustainable actions? There is, and we call it the ECO Coin. On Friday 20th April at 5pm in the circular pavilion Circl, Next Nature Network will showcase our vision of the ECO coin as a cryptocurrency. All are welcome to join us for this free public event.

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Office Garden

Games become jobs: Looking through the eye of the submarine with an X-Box controller

Submarines feature a special device called a periscope that allows people inside the submarine to see what’s going on above water. Controlling such an eye requires hours of training, and costs a whopping $38.000 per ship. However, the new generation sailors saw fit for a millennial-ready tool: the 30$ X-box controller from that children’s’ playstore around the corner. 

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Next Nature

Listen to this podcast with Koert van Mensvoort

Script, the human invention of writing, may be one of the oldest and most invisible forms of technology. But, don’t we all sometimes prefer listening to someone telling a story, instead of reading it? Therefore, we’re happy to share this podcast with you. Get inspired by the Next Nature Philosophy, told by our very own Koert van Mensvoort, who was recently invited for a podcast at the Zukunftsinstitute. Listen here! (Language: English)

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