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Drone Contest Winner: VR Drone for Elderly

The lucky winner of our What’s Flying There? contest is Jiska, Dutch 10-year-old girl who imagined a virtual reality drone for the elderly and won an actual drone for herself. Among the submissions there was a great variety of ideas that should not go unmentioned: love drone, cleaning & recycling drone, guide drone for blind people, police drone, and many other good concepts! The drawings have been evaluated and rated on originality, positivity, necessity and drawing skills.

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Meet the Firefighter Drone

The Firefighter Drone is a very important figure for everyone’s safety. She flies around, covering search and rescue operations and, in case of fire, she will extinguish it. She also does a great job preserving the environment and natural resources, transmitting birds-eye video of a forest fire to incident commanders and mapping hard-hit areas after a natural disaster. With her nozzle-arms she saves the forest and its inhabitants from burning down!

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Wild Systems

What’s Flying There? Coloring Book

Drones are controversial, they are either seen as killing machines or as the next pizza delivery guy. There is not much room for imagination in between. This new species has a great potential that needs to be discussed. Today we launched What’s Flying There?, a coloring book that opens up new perspectives for drones applications in the human habitat.

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Augmented Bodies

The Modular Body

The Modular Body is an online science fiction story by Floris Kaayk about the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. Its inventor is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile and innovative biologist. Together with a like-minded team of professionals, he starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials.

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WiFi Angels App: Listen to WiFi

It’s Christmas season, can you hear bells ringing and angels singing all around? No? That’s because you didn’t download WiFi Angels, the new free smartphone app that translates WiFi networks into singing angels.

WiFi radiation is everywhere, yet invisible to our human senses. The WiFi Angels app lets you sense electromagnetic radiations by turning the WiFi networks that surround you into a celestial choir.

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OUT NOW: Save the Humans! Book

Few months ago, we called upon you, dear readers, to participate in our new publication: Save the Humans! We invited you to submit quotes that question the autonomy of mankind in the digital computer era and study the future of the independent creative spirit. We received more than 400 quotes! A colorfully designed book, featuring quotes by thinkers in the fields of art, science and technology, is now ready and available on our web shop!

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How to Integrate ECO Coins into Society? Four Eco Dreams in Four Scenarios

Economy and ecology are two spheres that usually do not cooperate. Thanks to the ECO coin the environmental value can be conceived economically. A currency that can be earned by making good and sustainable actions towards nature.

We are talking about an alternative currency that could contribute to solve the current environmental crisis. This project by Next Nature Network was presented at the Border Sessions International Festival in The Hague. Twenty people with different backgrounds gathered to participate to a workshop on the possible introduction of the ECO coin in our culture.

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Wild Systems

The Biosphere Code Manifesto

As a result of a discussions that took place during the event The Biosphere Code in Stockholm on 4th October 2015, Stockholm University researcher Victor Galaz and colleagues outlined a manifesto for algorithms in the environment.

The precepts for an in-progress Biosphere Code Manifesto are a recommendation for using algorithms borne out of growing awareness that they so deeply permeate our technology “they consistently and subtly shape human behavior and our influence on the world’s landscapes, oceans, air, and ecosystems” as The Guardian wrote in an extensive article.

We are just starting to understand the effects that algorithms have on our lives. But their environmental impact may be even greater, demanding public scrutiny. Here the Biosphere Code Manifesto v1.0, with its seven principles.

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We Have Moved…

While you were on holiday we moved both virtually and physically. We are pleased to reveal our newly designed nextnature.net.

We hope the updated design makes our website more agile, easier to read and navigate. Of course this is for you to decide, dear reader, so do send us your comments, critiques and shouts.

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Caught on Film

Digital cameras have made us think less about taking a snapshot. Why should you think twice? We are no longer limited to a film, which lets you take about 27 photos. The memories of our experiences are unlimited because of the number of photos we can take. Photographic memories never die! Or are our photographic memories being killed by quantity?

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Innovative Nostalgia

Ever noticed that the design of your iBookshelf looks quite like the traditional, analog bookshelf in your living room? Fast changes in technology make us to constantly adapt ourselves to an ever-changing media landscape. Designers link new technology with more familiar phenomena to ease the changes. Browsing through your virtual bookshelf gives you the feeling of having an easily accessible collection of books, just like your good old analog one.

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Analogue vs Digital: Los Santos

On the left is a picture of the city of Los Angeles. On the right is a screenshot from the computer game Grand Theft Auto V. Los Santos is a big, fictional city in the state of San Andreas inspired by the City of Los Angeles. 250 people have been working on GTAV for five years to give you this hyper realistic experience while working on your criminal career in Los Santos.

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Analogue vs Digital: Self-Driving Cars

I can hear you think. “What’s the difference, both are analogue cars?”, you are right. Both cars are analogue, driving on physical, existing roads. However, they differ greatly from each other. The image on the left is a car, as we know them. It has a lot of digital technology in it already, but not nearly as much as the other one. The image on the right shows a Google Driverless Car. I know, I want one too! Just lay back and relax while a complex system of sensors and artificial intelligence software drives you through the streets. Do you think driverless cars belong to the future? Think again! The future is here already.

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Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution

Save the date! Next Tuesday, June 30, Future Series, in collaboration with Dutch Design Week and de Volkskrant, will host a evening on the theme Design and Evolution. Next Nature Network director Dr. Koert van Mensvoort will lead the conversation and examine the relationship between design and evolution and how they can influence each other. Invited speakers: designer Teresa van Dongen, creator of Ambio – the Bacterial Lamp, visionary artist and filmmaker Floris Kaayk, and designer Govert Flint, known for his Dynamic Exoskeleton Chair.

The event is free and it will be live streamed online. We invite you to come, listen and join the conversation! Find more info here.

Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution
Tuesday 30th June at 20:00
Pakhuis de Zwijger – Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam

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Analogue vs Digital: Horseless Carriages

E-mails don’t reach you in envelopes. However, the desktop icon of your e’mail software looks quite like the envelopes humans once used to send letters. This illustrates how every innovation must pass through a first stage in which the new effect is secured by the old. A designers’ trick to make the new accessible through the known. This is called a horseless carriage. A concept that origins from the first cars: they looked like horse carriages but without the horses.

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Analogue vs Digital: Vinyl Revival

The vinyl record has been the main vehicle for the commercial distribution of pop music from the 1950s until they were replaced by the Compact Disc. CDs didn’t keep it up for so long. Since the early 2000s, CDS have been largely replaced by digital downloads and mp3 players. Conversely, vinyl sales have begun to grow. Vinyl is more popular then ever! The revival of vinyl is considered to be part of the greater revival of retro style, since many of today’s vinyl buyers are way too young to remember listening to them back then.

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