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.
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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…
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
Can robots help us in creative processes? If you are in Amsterdam you can visit Pakhuis de Zwijger on Tuesday, January 17, at 20:00 to learn more. During this event, titled Design Matters #19 Me and My Robot, various designers and artists give their view on how robotics became a part of their creative profession. We will be there to introduce our design challenge Empowered by Robots.
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
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.
It’s that time of year again. The season of gift giving is upon us and to help out those who are struggling to find that perfect gift for that special someone we have brought together a collection of Next Nature inspired gifts. Whether you need something for a family member addicted to tech, or an older eco hippy relative we’ve got you covered. Please enjoy our Next Nature gift guide 2016.
A new friend from our drones coloring book What’s Flying There? is visiting us today. The Vaccinator Drone is a mosquito-like drone fully equipped to pinch you. But don’t worry, unlike his natural counterpart, this small drone won’t cause you any harm. On the contrary, it will provide you with the medicine you need.
From the moment you were born, your personal Buddy Drone has been flying by your side. With its camera it captures the most important moments in your life. It took pictures of all your birthdays, when you got your high school diploma and when your daughter made her first steps, with the help of her own Buddy Drone.
Saint Nicholas, patron of children, visits various countries on the evening of December 5 for a gift-giving tour. Traditionally he is said to ride his horse over the rooftops at night, no one knows he is considering delivery drones to distribute his presents this year. Just an example of how drones could be used in the near future! Join the discussion on the potential of drones with What’s Flying There?, our coloring book for adults and children. Besides opening new perspectives for positive drones applications, it is also a very inspirational gift. Available in English and Dutch, now 50% off in our web shop until December 5!
Join us tomorrow, November 24, during the Innovation Day of EIT Digital in Eindhoven, at the at High Tech Campus conference center. The agenda is full of inspirational talks, pitch presentations and exhibitions. Throughout the day the winner of the EIT Digital Challenge in the category Digital Wellbeing will be revealed, you can meet the finalists and see the outcome of EIT’s innovation activities. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will be there to share his personal fascination for the deep impact of media and technology in the lives of people and society at large. Don’t miss his lecture at 10:00 am. More info: Innovation Day
For the upcoming edition of the annual Technology Foundation STW conference, our NANO Supermarket will be there to reflect and debate on potential technological futures. The event will take place on Thursday, November 24th, at the Werkspoorkathedraal in Utrecht (The Netherlands). Besides our NANO Supermarket bus, there will be: a 3D-printing workshop to turn junk into jewelry, a demonstration of robot football by world champion Tech United Eindhoven and a robot for the audience to meet. Expect a day full of technological advancements!
Make sure to check out the new website of fashion designer specialized in wearable technology and NNN fellow Pauline van Dongen. Besides her interesting work and vision, the website now offers insights into how her studio operates and how she continuously reflects on marrying technology with fashion. Without spoilering too much about the experience, do keep in mind van Dongen is not afraid of programming pixels. Find more at paulinevandongen.nl
This week you can get a taste of Bistro In Vitro Ice Cream at NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam. Our ice cart will be there to serve six thrilling flavors: meat fruit, polar bear, bacon, ice queen, dragon and chocopanda. While savoring the ice cream, you can listen to NNN director Koert van Mensvoort tackling meat production and consumption and the possibilities of cultured meat. Keeping in mind our planet accelerates towards nine billion inhabitants, we should explore which future we actually want.
Join us on Tuesday, November 22nd, from 15.30 to 19:00 at NEMO Science Museum and attend the lecture at 16:30.
Image: Bistro In Vitro Ice Cart at Vondelpark by Nichon Glerum