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Koert van Mensvoort

Creative Director
Artist and philosopher. The discovery of Next Nature has been the most profound experience in his life so far.
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Catalysts of Evolution

Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

Today the human impact on our planet can hardly be underestimated. Climate change, population explosion, genetic manipulation, digital networks, hurricane control and engineered microbes. Untouched old nature is almost nowhere to be found. “We were here,” echoes all over. This omnipresence of human activity motivated some to announce the end of nature and proclaim a post natural future. Contrary to these observations, I believe that it is not nature that died, disappeared or became obsolete, rather that our notion of nature is changing.

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Image-Consumption

Happy Meat

The Happy Meat project combines the basic principles of the meat-industry and the toy-industry in an uncanny hybrid.

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Should I Be Afraif of the Future?
Green Blues

Should I be Afraid of…

Beyond the doomsday hype, what should we actually fear for the future? For doom-mongers delight, the Berlin-based design studio Bold Futures made a handy posterinteractive graph of the fatal disasters that might snuff us someday.

Their doom menu ranges from irresponsible human behavior gone astray, to ‘natural’ disasters, to out-of-control technology. Notice that mixing the various scenario’s results in a lethal next nature cocktail. Let’s hope we can avoid such dystopia and manage to plot out a more rewarding track towards the future. Anyhow, we can be sure we will get the next nature we deserve.

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LIVING DOLL
Fitness Boosters

Human Barbie

Just when you thought the Second Life hype was long gone, meet Ukrainian body artist Valerie Lukyanova who aims to turn Second Life into First Life. They call her the Human Barbie.…

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Food Technology

Eating In-Vitro: Rustic In Vitro

Many people still find in vitro meat too alien and artificial to put it in their mouths. With the Rustic In Vitro incubator, this outdated perception is about to change. Similar to…

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Back to the Tribe

Help Us Africa!

Like the fish, who don’t know its wet, we are immersed in technological systems. They are created to improve our lives, yet they may numb our true human potencies as well. When…

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Food Technology

Eating In-Vitro: Meat-Fruit

La Pâte Meat Fruit aims to seduce and inspire diners with an entirely new eating experience that balances eating meat and fruit. In vitro technology is used to grow meat structures that…

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Food Technology

First tasting of Printed Meat

Biological physicist Gabor Forgacs normally works on the “printing” of new organs for use in clinical trials, however, his technology could also be used to bioprint meat. In the first demonstration of…

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Food Technology

Let the Robotic Farmers feed the World

The future of farming is not to be found in further mass-industrialization nor in the return to traditional farming with man and horse power, but rather in swarms of smart, cheap robotic farmers that patiently seed, tend and harvest fields one plant at a time without the need for damaging pesticides.

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Food Technology

Eating In-Vitro: Instant Meat Powder

The number one argument for eating meat: it provides nutritious proteins that cannot be entirely supplied by vegetarian alternatives. Like it or not, humans are omnivores. Meat is a nutritious source of…

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