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Join us for this year's SXSW film festival and explore the future of the human habitat.
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Next Nature Habitat VR at SXSW

We are more than happy to announce our participation at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. From March 10 to 19 the festival will celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries with conferences, performances and exhibitions. This year, SXSW will feature a virtual reality section to showcase the newest and most cutting-edge VR and mixed reality projects in their Virtual Cinema. The Next Nature Habitat VR experience was added to the lineup.

Attend the event and join the discussion on how you want to live in the near future. More info: SXSW.

Join The Smell of Data Workshop by Leanne Wijnsma at the NieuweVide in Haarlem.
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The Smell of Data Workshop in Haarlem

Data became so omnipresent that we need to protect from it. Designer Leanne Wijnsma has developed a scent dispenser to alarm us when we visit a malleable website through the sense of smell. Tomorrow, February 18, you can learn more about this technology during The Smell of Data Workshop at the NieuweVide in Haarlem. The event will start at 13:00 with a talk on how we deal with the Internet and data in relation to our instincts, and will continue with each participant developing its own scent or sound for the Internet, based on behaviors from the animal and plant world. More info: Nieuwe Vide

Step inside the Next Nature Habitat VR and discover four future environments we might live in someday.
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Visit the Modernist Dream

Imagine living in a completely simulated virtual reality. The Modernist Dream is an environment made of screens and interfaces, with responsive walls, windows and ceilings. By having absolute control over what our surroundings should hold, we have the world at our fingertips. However, simulations will become so hyperreal, we no longer find ourselves able to distinguish between the real and the virtual. Step inside the Next Nature Habitat VR and discover the future environments we might live in someday.

Eco Coin Award winner Dave Hakkens is upgrading his Precious Plastic recycling machines, and you can help him do it!
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Fighting Plastic Waste Together

Last year we handed our annual ECO Coin Award to Dutch designer Dave Hakkens for his outstanding contribution in fighting plastic waste with the Precious Plastic movement. His work caused a wave of enthusiasm around the world and has been growing ever since. After four years since Hakkens launched his first version of the recycling machines, it is time for an upgrade and you can help him achieve that goal.

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The Nano Supermarket was invited to the first edition of Broklede Inspiration Day at ROC Broklede, a high school in the Netherlands.
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NANO Supermarket at RSG Broklede

Last week our NANO Supermarket pop-up store was invited to the first edition of Broklede Inspiration Day at RSG Broklede, a high school in Breukelen, The Netherlands. The theme of the day was innovation, and was aimed to let youngsters explore future possibilities in our rapidly changing digital era. The students who visited the indoor exhibition were amazed by the inventive products on the NANO Supermarket shelves and their underlying implications; their only disappointment was the fact that some of the items still don’t exist!

Book the NANO Supermarket to your school and explore speculative nanotech products that may hit the market within the next ten years.

Join us for the festive opening of Hello, Robot
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“Hello, Robot” Expo at Vitra Design Museum

Can we trust robots? This is one of the key questions of the upcoming exhibition Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine. To explore the current rise of robotics Hello, Robot presents over 200 objects, including our Pyramid of Technology poster and What’s Flying There? drones coloring book. The exhibition will open tomorrow, February 10, at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and will run until May 14. Did we mention the opening talk “Life with Robots” (tomorrow at 18:00) by much-celebrated science fiction author Bruce Sterling?

More info: Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine
Image: TRNDlabs, SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone, 2015

Find the Bistro in Vitro Ice Cream Cart this weekend at the National Health Fair in Utrecht.
Meat the Future

Bistro In Vitro at National Health Fair 2017

In 2050 there will be 9 billion people on Earth​, how can we all live and eat well on the planet? A strong body of scientific evidence links excess meat consumption, particularly of red and processed meat, with various diseases. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans can help prevent these diseases and provide health benefits. But what about cultured meat? Join us this weekend and share your thoughts on the future of meat production, while tasting our finest selection of savory Bistro In Vitro meat ice cream. Until Sunday you’ll find our red ice cream cart at the Agrifood Tech Platform, during the National Health Fair. More info: De Nationale Gezondheidsbeurs 2017.

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The Origin of Androids with Floris Kaayk and Koert van Mensvoort at Transmediale Festival

During the 30th anniversary of Transmediale Festival in Berlin, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort, our fellow Floris Kaayk and technology philosopher Peter-Paul Verbeek will gather at Haus der Kulturen der Welt to discuss the origin of androids on behalf of Impakt. On Saturday February 4 at 16:30, Kaayk and Van Mensvoort will present their views on the changing definitions of what is natural and human using provocative cross-media projects, such as the Modular Body. What’s our future in post-natural environments where technology and the human body have become inseparable? Find more at Impakt and Transmediale.

Image: Getty Images

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Step Inside the Next Nature Habitat

The natural habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic. The natural habitat of the scorpion is the desert. How about humans? What is our natural habitat? And what does it mean to live in a next nature? Discover it with the Next Nature Habitat VR, our immersive experience to travel through different environments where we might live in someday. Will machines take over, just like they did with the Internet or global finance? Or will we go back to live like our ancestors, in close harmony with nature and gathering food to survive? And what if we existed in a fully simulated reality, could we endure such a artificial place? Try to answer these questions and join the discussion on our possible future habitat. Step inside…

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NANO Supermarket at Facility for Future 2017

Start the year full of fresh ideas and pay a visit to the Facility for Future 2017, in ‘s-Hertogenbosch from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th of January. We will be there with the NANO Supermarket bus, ready for you and glad to take part in this event surrounded by out-of-the-box visions. Join us and discover new products designed to provoke discussion and help us decide the future we want. More info: Facility for Future

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What’s Flying There? Flip Through

Will Avi the bird survive the attack of the military drones? Are we already riding a drone? What’s the potential of this new species? Call your children, get your crayons and listen to the What’s Flying There? story read by NNN Ambassador Tracy Metz. Take a moment in the rush of the holiday season to watch this video and discover which innovative drones the new year might bring. We hope many of them will be buddy drones!

The coloring book What’s Flying There? is available in our web shop in English or Dutch.

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KaraokeBot Sings Christmas Carols

A next nature Christmas looks as follows. We start by sending out augmented Christmas cards and then we build our very own Christmas tree. For the menu we turn to our In Vitro Meat Cookbook for an exquisite three-course meal accompanied with Nano Wine and amplify our senses with a Google Nose. After the banquet we gather around KaraokeBot, an AI system that generates and sings Christmas songs from the visual components of an uploaded image, and sing the night away. The holidays are filled with traditions, it is up to us to create new ones. Happy Christmas everybody!

Saveur put together an inventory of artist’ cookbooks, ranging from The Futurist Cookbook by F. T. Marinetti to Les Diners de Gala by Salvador Dali to our In Vitro Meat Cookbook.
Meat the Future

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook on Saveur

With Christmas just around the corner, holiday gift guides are appearing all around the Internet. There is one in particular we are smitten with (and not just because we are honored to be part of it ourselves). Gourmet, food and travel magazine Saveur put together a list of artistic cookbooks, as suggested presents for artists, design minded and creative cooks: from The Futurist Cookbook by F. T. Marinetti, to Les Diners de Gala by Salvador Dali, and our In Vitro Meat Cookbook. Although the list mainly represents an overview of abstract cooking, “food is an incredible medium to explore culture and society” as Saveur put it.

There is more: until December 25, The In Vitro Meat Cookbook is 50% off in our webshop, bon appetit!

Photo by Matt Taylor-Gross

Join us for the closing event of The Art of Impact
Meat the Future

Bistro In Vitro at The Art of Impact

Join us next Monday for the closing event of The Art of Impact in Amsterdam. Our ice cream car will be serving savory sweet frozen delights, and NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will share some of his favorite dishes from our In Vitro Meat cookbook. Besides that, NNN fellows Arne Hendriks and Mike Thompson will screen their collaborative research project Fatberg, focused on the construction of a floating island of fat. Make sure not to miss this one and reserve your tickets in time! More info: The Art of Impact.

Get 50% off our In Vitro Meat Cookbook until December 25!
Meat the Future

Get 50% Off Our In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Hello food lovers! What are you serving for Christmas? How about starting off with some see-through sashimi, followed by a beautiful Shepherd’s Knitted Pie, and complement with delicious Meat Fruit Tartlets? These are just a few examples taken from our In Vitro Meat Cookbook, which contains 45 speculative recipes with cultured meat that could end up on your plate one day. Although you can’t prepare the dishes just yet, the cookbook provides enough food for discussion around the dinner table. Join the debate and get our In Vitro Meat Cookbook (available in English and Dutch) 50% off in our web shop until December 25. Merry Christmas from the future!

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Dessert Goals: Bistro In Vitro Ice Cream

In the upcoming episode of Dutch youth education series Denktank (translated think tank) philosopher Stine Jensen and eight teenagers will explore the future of food. They will ask themselves where it comes from and what you can do with it. Speculating on gastronomic improvements in their school canteen, they will challenge their eating habits through a visionary four-course meal. From a shake that includes the recommended daily intake of nutrients, to a crunchy toast with grasshopper and some delightful crickets. The kids will conclude their meal with some meat-flavored ice cream, freshly scooped from our Bistro In Vitro ice cream cart. What will they think about these alternative dishes?

The episode will be broadcasted on Sunday, December 11th, at 11:20 on NPO 3, you can also watch it online.