What’s flying there? Is it a bird? No wait, it’s a drone! School holidays have begun and our drones coloring book What’s Flying There? might be the perfect travel companion for your summer. In this book, drones are more than just a military device or pizza delivery guy. While coloring, the main character Avi and her drone friends will take you on a journey to open up new perspectives on the controversial topic of drones applications in the human habitat. Wherever your vacation takes you, What’s Flying There? should be on your holiday packing list!
We recently celebrated the launch of our Pyramid of Technology workshop-in-a-box. With that, our toolkit became available for pre-order so that you could organize a session by yourself. “Delivery from mid-July” we said. Little did we know, the cargo clearing operations of 17 shipping container terminals got hacked on Tuesday, June 27 – including the Maersk terminal in Rotterdam – causing a delayed delivery of our beloved boxes! Once again this shows the importance to consider how we, humans, have created the technosphere; it is our next nature, and it is wild and unpredictable as ever…
Last but not least, today we present the final episode of the Smell of Data documentary series. After an extensive search for a more instinctive Internet, we finally see the audience reaction to selected fragrance samples. “It smells natural – but in a modern way” one tester observes. “It makes me think” another person says. Curious? Watch the entire series and share your thoughts with us!
In the forth episode of Smell of Data documentary series we’d like to introduce you Lola, a sniffer dog trained to recognize the smell of money. Through the lens of the four-footer we come to understand how Lola appears to be well aware of smell, it becomes instinct. And exactly this instinct is what keeps her safe – and we could learn a lesson from it. Want to know more? Make sure to watch all episodes.
Happy World WiFi Day! Today, there are still 4 billion people around the world with no Internet access, that’s why this global initiative sets out to bridge the digital divide by urging the industry’s biggest names to connect the unconnected. In searching for connectivity, NNN developed the WiFi Angels app, a smartphone application to experience electromagnetic radiations by turning the WiFi networks around you into a choir of singing angels. Download it for free on your Android smartphone. Next time when you search for WiFi, just follow the angels.
Hello filmmakers, hello video enthusiasts! Always wanted to have your work featured online? NNN is curating the September 2017 edition of The One Minutes series on the theme Intimate Technology. Send your one minute long video and explore with us how advanced technologies are changing the relationship with our body, environment and sexuality. Ask yourself, how far do we allow technology to go? And how close to the skin can it get? Hurry up, the deadline is July 15. Submit your work here.
NNN is currently researching the concept, societal impact and challenges of the artificial womb. The goal of this project is to develop thought-provoking scenarios that facilitate a much-needed discussion on the way technology radically alters our attitude towards reproduction, gender, relationships and love in the 21st century. Want to know more? Join the Artificial Womb workshop at Border Sessions, on June 28 in The Hague, to build new narratives around assisted reproductive technologies, explore new cultures and craft your own piece of design fiction.
Imagine a castle where you can take a virtual guided tour to future living environments while eating meat ice cream. Imagine that same castle hosting a supermarket from the future with a group of experts explaining everything about its products. This dream-like scenario is about to come true! On Wednesday June 14, from 14:00, you can find all three mobile expos (Next Nature Habitat VR, Bistro In Vitro Ice Cream Cart and NANO Supermarket) at Kasteel Maurick in Vught, The Netherlands. NNN was invited on behalf of Directeuren Netwerk Festival, an annual event focussing on our rapidly changing world. Our team of expo guides will be there to take visitors on a tour to the future, to prepare them for what is yet to come. More info: Directeuren Netwerk.
Tune in for the third episode of Smell of Data: Leanne Wijnsma‘s documentary on the search for a more instinctive Internet. Today we are exploring the sense of smell as a warning mechanism. We will look back at the development of the smell of gas and how we are trained to recognize such odor as a potential hazard. We will also pay a visit to the harbor of Rotterdam, where so-called “e-noses” are employed to detect toxic fumes. Missed the previous episodes? Watch them here.
On Friday June 9, the annual Enactus national competition will take place in Utrecht at Jaarbeurs Media Plaza. During the whole day, thirteen student teams will showcase their social enterprises to 41 jury members, determined to secure a spot in the World Cup hosted in London later this year. Each team was challenged to come up with a concept and present it in 17 minutes to the judges to convince them of the project’s environmental impact. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will be among the jury members and will give a lecture on how technology is becoming our next nature (at 17:00). What are you waiting for? Register now!
Photo by Michiel Plas
Welcome back! Today we share the second part of Leanne Wijnsma’s search for a more instinctive Internet: Smell of Data. Last week’s episode introduced us to the concept of data leaks and the impact it has on us as a society, as a whole. This week we dive into the promise and perils of online privacy and how governments and privately-owned companies want to know everything about you. Missed the first part? Watch it here.
We warmly welcome newly appointed fellow Leanne Wijnsma to the Next Nature Network. Her award-winning project The Smell of Data, a scent dispenser to warn Internet users from digital hazards online, was developed in partnership with NNN, and has been broadly covered by (inter)national media outlets. Exclusively for our readers, Wijnsma made a documentary series following her search for a more instinctive Internet. We will share it on nextnature.net in a five-part weekly series. Introducing part one: Digital Jungle.
It’s time to discuss the future… of the future. Join us for an evening of (non)sensical discussion on the topic of future thinking. How can you research something that is not even there? And why would you? NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink, together with more inspiring speakers, will tell you all about it during The (Non)Sense of Future Thinking. Presented by our friends from BIS Publishers, the event is hosted by Pakhuis de Zwijger today from 19:30 in Amsterdam (in Dutch). Make sure to reserve your seat!
Image: Pyramid of Technology
Always wanted to own a piece of art for yourself? Then we might have some good news for you. The museum for contemporary art in Amsterdam, the Stedelijk Museum, has added The In Vitro Meat Cookbook to its public art collection, hence it is officially art! The book, containing 45 speculative recipes with lab-grown meat, was part of last year’s exhibition Dream Out Loud – Designing for Tomorrow’s Demands. You can find our award-winning art piece on our web shop.
How to feed more than nine billion people by 2050? This is the central question of this year’s Thought For Food Global Summit, held in Amsterdam on May 26 and 27. As world’s leading platform to address global food and nutrition security, the TFF movement brings together unconventional thinkers and doers from all disciplines and parts of the globe, who are dedicated to developing breakthrough solutions. Tomorrow, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will share his thoughts on in vitro meat, and what better way to enjoy his presentation than with an ice cream savory cone from our Bistro In Vitro ice cream cart? That’s right, see you there!
More info: TFF Global Summit