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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 tomorrow at What Design Can Do in Amsterdam, now available for pre-order in our web shop!

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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

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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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Pyramid of Technology at WDCD 2017

Every human being has to cope with technological change, yet few of us are aware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted and discarded in our society. The Pyramid of Technology visualizes how technology becomes nature in seven steps and what we can learn from that. It helps us to dream, build and live in our next nature – the nature caused by humans. Join us tomorrow for the launch of the project at What Design Can Do in Amsterdam, to explore our life through the lens of the Pyramid of Technology.

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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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Meet Koert van Mensvoort during MediaBites in Amsterdam
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Koert van Mensvoort’s Lecture at MediaBites

On May 18 and 19 we gather at VondelCS for the third annual edition of MediaBites Amsterdam. During this inspiring two-day event, the festival presents ‘Amsterdam brutality’ in looking at the future of technology and new media. Bridging innovation, technology and talent, MediaBites is open for starters, professionals, media partners and the curious. Next to Microsoft’s Hololens UX “evangelist” Martin Tirion, iOS apps creator Joost Lubach and many other speakers, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will share his vision on the opportunities and challenges of technology and its impact on the media. Get your free tickets now! The event is in Dutch, more info: MediaBites Amsterdam.

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Last weeks to get a taste of 30 star quality dishes using a revolutionary new ingredient: in vitro meat.
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Meat the Future Expo: Last Month

With only a few weeks left, our Meat the Future exhibition at Cube Design Museum, in Kerkrade, is set to close its kitchen doors on June 11. Make sure to get a taste of the future and explore how our food culture will change with the introduction of a revolutionary ingredient: in vitro meat. “One of the best dinners I’ve ever had” visitor Janneke told us. For a preview of the menu take a look at this exquisite three-course meal we’ve selected for you. The exhibition is opened from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00. More info.

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Internship at NNN from September 2017

Humans wanted! In September 2017 a fresh group of interns will join our Amsterdam office to work on exciting new projects: from a job agency for humans and robots to a research into the way technology radically alters our attitude towards reproduction, gender, relationships and love. We have four positions available: skilled designer, enthusiastic editor, ‘can-do’ producer and communication expert. Are you a student in one of these disciplines? Apply now and learn how to love the future (robots need not apply). Read more.

Artificial Womb

Artificial Womb: the Timeline

NNN is currently researching the concept of the artificial womb and its societal impact and challenges. We started with a historic investigation of the relation between technology and biological reproduction and listed the key moments in the conception of such technology throughout time, as well as related assisted reproductive technologies. Learn more about this project and read the introductory article Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg.

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Help Dave Hakkens build the third version of his Precious Plastic recycling machines!
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Precious Plastic One Year After

Each year at NNN we look for people and projects that contribute to making the planet a more sustainable place and reward them with the ECO Coin Award. In 2016 the winner was Dutch designer Dave Hakkens and his Precious Plastic recycling machines. One year after launching the second version of his machines, studio Dave Hakkens treated themselves with a little present to celebrate this achievement: the precious plastic patches. Hakkens is currently working on the development of an upgraded version of the machines, and you can help him achieve that goal. Play your part in plastic recycling worldwide, and you might get a nice patch in return.

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Letter to Humanity in 25 Languages, Plus One!

Last Saturday we globally celebrated Earth Day and shared our Letter to Humanity with the world. Available in over twenty-five languages, we called on our readers to share, copy, translate and further distribute the letter. However, “amongst all languages, one version was sadly missing” wrote us Gijs Ockeloen, who provided a translation in Morse Code. “Please make this important message accessible to the shrinking but not yet extinct morse-community!” he asked. Ockeloen worked as a telegraphist for the Royal Netherlands Army in 1979, where he learned to communicate with Morse Code. We thank Gijs for his contribution and gladly share his Letter to Humanity version. Is your language missing? Send your translation, we will add it with your name on lettertohumanity.org.

Today we globally celebrate Earth Day.
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Happy Earth Day!

Today we globally celebrate Earth Day. What better occasion to read and share the Letter to Humanity written for all of us by NNN director Koert van Mensvoort? Humanity is at a crossroads, there are two paths along which our relationship with technology can develop: a dream or a nightmare. That’s why the Letter to Humanity urges us, humans, not to be slaves or victims of our own technology, but rather to use it to enhance our life on this planet.

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Van Mensvoort’s Interview on NPO Radio 1

Before globally celebrate Earth Day tomorrow, Koert van Mensvoort visits NPO Radio 1 for an interview about his Letter to Humanity. Speaking as “the optimist”, Koert admits his reservations about humanity’s role on Earth, but at the same time he convincingly believes in our succeeding. Humanity is at a crossroads, are we the first superfluous species on this planet? Or can we develop a new perspective in which we use technology to enhance our humanity? Hence his Letter to Humanity. Tune in to NPO Radio 1.

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ECO Coin during DGTL festival in Amsterdam
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ECO Coin First Trial at DGTL 2017

Imagine a community with an alternative kind of currency, what would it look like? Last weekend Next Nature Network teamed up with DGTL Music Festival in Amsterdam to launch the ECO coin, a digital currency to reward people who actively contribute to a more sustainable world. Over 40.000 visitors attended the festival, turning our first grand experiment into a success.

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Van Mensvoort Writes a Letter to Humanity

On the occasion of the Earth Day, 22 April 2017, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will share his Letter to Humanity. In the letter he urges humans not to be slaves or victims of their own technology, but instead to use technology to enhance humanity. His hope is to encourage a new perspective on the role of man on Earth. Translated in over twenty‐five languages, the Letter to Humanity is addressed to all 7 billion people on Earth. Stay tuned!

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Celebrate Easter with a Next Nature Egg Hunt

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a fun egg hunt? This year you can upgrade your hunt and search for next nature eggs instead! Do away with dishonest health claims for eggs and uncertain promises of organic, free-range hens. Find Honest Eggs on the shelves of the NANO Supermarket at DGTL Festival in Amsterdam this weekend. Or what about some Marrow Eggs? These dainty “eggs” aren’t filled with yolk, but with snow-white cultured marrow. You can get a “taste” of the marrow egg and 29 other exquisite recipes at our Meat the Future expo at CUBE Design Museum in Kerkrade. The exhibition is opened on Easter and Easter Monday from 10:00 to 17:00. The holidays are filled with traditions, it is up to us to create new ones. Happy Easter everybody!

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WiFi Angels at Telemagic in Rotterdam

Imagine you can hear WiFi, every area would have its own soundscape. Streets, parks, subways, hotels, highways; they all sound different. 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. On the 21st of April at 21:00, our angels will guide you to the Telemagic paranormal tech fair in Worm, Rotterdam. The exhibition showcases 25 stands of spiritual healing for the technological body. Get ready for a discourse of consciousness in cyberspace. Next time you search for WiFi, just follow the angels!

NNN fellows Driessens & Verstappen present Tickle Salon as part of the Humans Needs Not Apply expo in the Science Gallery, Dublin.
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Driessens & Verstappen in Dublin

In an possible automated world, will it be time to put humans out to pasture? This and many other questions laid the foundation for the exhibition Humans Needs Not Apply at the Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. The show illuminates a robotic future where human jobs have ceased to exist and computers run in full automation to alarming, yet exhilarating, ends. From Lady Charrerley’s Tinderbot to Self Typing Machines and NNN fellows Driessens & Verstappen‘s Massage Robots coming from the ceiling in their installation Tickle Salon. If you are in Dublin, make sure not to miss it! The exhibition runs until May 21st.

Image: Tickle Robot

Join Leanne Wijnsma at Odorama: Icons of Smell, a night full of multi-sensory experiences at Mediamatic in Amsterdam
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Leanne Wijnsma at Mediamatic

We increasingly use digital technology to augment our senses, but we rarely realize that some of them are excluded from the process. The sense of smell is one of those senses, that’s why experience designer Leanne Wijnsma developed The Smell of Data, a scent dispenser to warn us from hazardous websites. On April 19 at 20:00, Wijnsma will presents the project during Odorama: Icons of Smell, a night full of multi-sensory experiences at Mediamatic in Amsterdam. With professors Ep Köster and Charles Spence, the panel will explain everything about the impact of scents on our consciousness and behavior.

Photo: Neon Moiré

Come and get a taste from the future at the NANO Supermarket Indoor experience during DGTL Festival in Amsterdam.
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NANO Supermarket Expo at DGTL Festival

Come and get a taste of the future at the NANO Supermarket Indoor experience during DGTL Festival in Amsterdam. Our nano-experts will be there to introduce you to speculative nanotech products that may hit the shelves within the next ten years. Since its inception in 2010, the NANO Supermarket bus received more than 150.000 visitors and traveled to over 50 European cities. DGTL takes place on April 15 and 16 at NDSM Docklands in Amsterdam. There are only a few tickets left, hurry up!

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