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Smell of Data Episode 4: Training the Instinct

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.

Wifi Day
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Celebrate World WiFi Day

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.

Intimate Technology

Last Month to Submit Your One Minute Video

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.

artificial womb workshop at Border Sessions
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Join the Artificial Womb Workshop

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.

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nnn expo Next Nature Habitat at VR Days Europe
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NNN at Castle Maurick

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.

Augmented Bodies

Smell of Data Episode 3: Warning Mechanism

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.

Enactus
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Koert van Mensvoort at Enactus 2017

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

Intimate Technology

Smell of Data Episode 2: Making Leaks Sensible

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.

Back to the Tribe

Smell of Data Episode 1: Digital Jungle

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.

(Non)Sense of Future Thinking The Pyramid of Technology visualizes how technology becomes nature in seven steps.
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Discussing the (Non)Sense of Future Thinking

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

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook
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The In Vitro Meat Cookbook Is Officially Art

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.

Catch our meat ice cream cart at Thought for Food Global Summit!
Meat the Future

NNN at Thought for Food Global Summit

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

Intimate Technology

Call for Videos: Intimate Technology

Technology is coming closer to us, it colonizes our bodies and identity. It has always been a part of our lives, and our attachment to it seems to grow every day. We are pleased to announce that NNN will curate the One Minutes series for September 2017. Under the theme ‘Intimate Technology‘, we are calling on film makers, students, artists, enthusiasts, technology experts, dancers, choreographers, professionals critics and basically everyone who wants to share a one minute video with us.

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The Pyramid of Technology kit and workshop
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Pre-Order the Pyramid of Technology Toolkit

From stone axes to mobile phones, throughout history humans have given birth to a wide range of technologies that extend our physical and mental capabilities. Today it is almost impossible to imagine a world without technology. That’s why we developed the Pyramid of Technology kit, a workshop-in-a-box to visualize how technology becomes nature in seven steps. Launching this week at What Design Can Do in Amsterdam, now available for pre-order in our web shop!

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Nano Supermarket coating cola
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NANO Supermarket Indoor at Teylers Museum

Today the first and oldest Dutch museum, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, opens a new wing: the Lorentz Lab. This laboratory once belonged to Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, a scientist best known for winning the Nobel Prize in Physics with Pieter Zeeman for the discovery of the Zeeman effect and for laying the foundation for the special relativity theory of Albert Einstein. Tonight from 19.30 to 22.30, the Lorentz Lab, the lab from the past, meets the NANO Supermarket, the lab from the future. Come visit us to taste and test the NANO Supermarket products and experience the impact of nanotechnology on everyday life.

Image: NANO expert Aylin serving Coating Cola

Meat the Future

Bistro In Vitro at Museumnacht Leiden

Join us for the 9th edition of Museumnacht (Museum Night) in Leiden, the Netherlands. Tomorrow May 19, from 20.00 to midnight, we will serve Bistro In Vitro ice cream at Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken. Swing by and get a scoop of frosty polar bear or savory bacon ice cream, or both! Not a big fan of meat? No worries, our ice cream is suitable for vegetarians. We hope to see you there. More info and tickets: Museum Night.

Image: Bistro In Vitro at TU Eindhoven

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