While science fiction taught us to think of robots as human-like beings, the ones that actually make it into your home will more likely look like furniture. A team at the EPFL Biorobotics Laboratory in Switzerland is developing multipurpose robotic building blocks, called Roombots, that put your regular furniture to shame.
The robotic furniture can self-assemble into a chair and move across the room with you in it, and reassemble into a table that delivers you a glass of water. The researchers created a video that shows them in action.
Regular readers of this blog know we closely monitor razor technology as a symbol of our co-evolutionary relationship with technology. This basically means that, like the bees and the flowers, people and technology are intertwined in mutual dependence: we serve our technology as much as it serves us. And just like humans, technology wants to prosper, propagate and grow. The blindness ‘innovation’ of shaving razors, with more and more blades, strips and grips, exemplifies this development.
The latest subspecies in the Razorius line is the Razorius Gilletus Flexball. While the Gillete Corporation proclaims they have reinvented shaving, others argue Gillette’s new razor is everything that’s wrong with America.
Face-recognition technology is arriving. Surveillance cameras can already pick out individual faces of suspects, and soon even smartphone app may allow you to identify strangers on the street and look up their Facebook page.
In anticipation of the emerging face-recognition technology, privacy-lovers have been developing anti-face-recognition camouflage strategies for some time now. More recently, designer and technologists Adam Harvey reverse-engineered the algorithms behind face detection.
New technology may revive ancient impulses. In this TED talk Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and that it brings us back to the tribe.
Founded on shared ideas and values, tribal structures may give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges everyone to start a tribe today.
Increasingly we see phenomena from the digital environment foraying in our physical environment. Potato maker Birds Eye decided to join the trend.
You can now buy #frozen #potato shapes for the social media generation. The mashtags come in five shapes: a hashtag, @ sign, asteriks and two emoticons.
Please note that this virtual snack makes you really fat.
They say the map is the territory. Hence, when scientists manage to map your brain in a real time video, this will have an impact on one of the most uncultivated territories known to man: the territory of your inner space.
Buckle up for some tracking technologies beyond the beyond.
Via National Geographic.
We all know deforestation is a major global issue, but it’s hard to quantify just how serious the problem is. According to a wide spread anecdote, 36 football fields’ worth of forest is lost every minute, but this is only the beginning of the story.
Just where are forests disappearing, and where are they returning? The rise and fall of the Earths forests can now be tracked ‘real time’ through a new mapping tool called Global Forest Watch.
Futuristic visions, fantasies and concepts. A maker of fictive documentaries, artist Floris Kaayk confronts us with the impossible. With Human Birdwings, a man with kite-like wings takes off, the dream of human flight suddenly occurs before our eyes. The media project went viral, before Kaayk ultimately revealed himself as the alter ego of the so-called ‘inventor’ Jarno Smeets.
Want to meet Floris in person and find out more about his projects? Next thursday 13 March 2014 20:00-21:00, Floris will kick-off a Next Nature lecture series with a presentation on his vision and projects at Hôtel Droog in Amsterdam.
While the Arctic ice continues to melt, new business opportunities are within reach. Not only for gas and oil companies, but also for tourism. If the global warming trend continues, we might be able to take the whole family on a trip to the North Pole someday. At least according to this spoof commercial our friends at Studio Smack made for Greenpeace.
Regular readers of this blog know we are closely monitoring razor technology as a symbol of our co-evolutionary relationship with technology. This basically means that, like the bees and the flowers, people and technology are caught in a relationship of mutual dependence: we serve our technology as much as it serves us. And just like humans, technology wants to prosper, propagate and grow.
The latest species in the Razorius line is the Razorius Gilletus Gold Plastic. Like the exorbitant feathers of the peacock, which only function is to aesthetically stand out amid its competitors, this new species of Razorius Gilletus only differs from its predecessor with a thin layer of gold paint on its plastic body.
Join us in spotting Next Nature phenomena around the World. Download the free Next Nature Spotter app for iPhone in the iTunes store, and start recording examples of next natural phenomena from your everyday life. Explore the grocery store, the freeway, even your own home in a new light.
The Spotter lets you share and comment on other next nature examples in your neighborhood. It also features a handy blog reader function.
The best spotter is awarded with a free copy of the Next Nature book, and the winning entry will be published on our blog. Better get snapping, though – the last day to submit entries for this round is March 31th.
The lists make it tempting to conclude that nation states are a dying species soon to be superseded by corporations, yet until the day corporations start sending out aircraft carrier ships, we know the nation state is still alive – and kicking.
While in old nature people build shelters to protect themselves from natural forces like wind and rain, today one has to protect oneself from nextnatural forces like electromagnetic signals, cellphone tracking, closed circuit television, drone attacks, radiation, etc.
The Faraday tent is a personal space that protects you from all electromagnetic signals in your surroundings. The nextnatural shelter was developed by Sarah van Sonsbeek. She also made a handy Faraday bag, which blocks all calls if you drop your phone in it.