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Nextnature Event

Next Nature at Futur en Seine Festival

If you happen to be in Paris you may want to attend Futur en Seine, the festival that presents the latest digital innovations to professionals and general public. The event takes place from June 11th till 21st in Paris with evens, workshops and conferences. One of these features Dr. Koert Van Mensvoort in a debate with technology experts on how to combine a digital lifestyle with emotional balance.

The conference, titled Mindfulness and Digital Detox: How to Tune Out to Tune In, will be held tomorrow in the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts in Paris, public and free, it will be also streamed live. You can’t miss it!

Next Nature @ Futur en Seine 2015
Mindfulness and Digital Detox: How to Tune Out to Tune In Conference
Friday, June 12 – 11:00
National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts

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Design-for-debate

NANO Supermarket Opens in Latvia

The tour of our lustrous NANO Supermarket is coming to Latvia! Tomorrow we will open a pop-up store in Riga. Come visit our glimmering new franchise from the 10th to the 12th of June at the EuroNanoForum 2015, Europe’s largest networking conference on nanotechnology.

Our shelves are stocked with nano inventions that could become available in the market between now and the next ten years: nano paintlab-grown meat, medicinal softdrinks, nano wine and more. Test and taste the products and discuss the impact of new technologies on your life.

NANO Supermarket @ EuroNanoForum 2015
Location: Conference & Events Centre – Elizabetes street 55, Riga , Latvia
Dates: 10-11-12 June  2015

If you are interested in hosting our NANO Supermarket pop-up store at your venue or event please contact our production team.

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Nextnature Event

Next Nature Talk at IoTx in Dubai

Going to the lustrous IoTx conference in Dubai? Don’t miss out the Next Nature lecture where Dr. Koert Van Mensvoort will present how technology becomes nature in seven steps. From stone-axes to mobile phones, a variety of technologies have been born. Yet, despite our love for technology, most of us are still unaware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted or discarded within our society.

The two days exhibition is dedicated to the Internet of Things, bringing together government, industry and technology leaders, to discuss how to create smart ecosystems, and showcasing innovative technologies and game changing solutions. Visiting the exhibition is free, so make sure to drop by if you are around!

Next Nature @ IoTx 2015
Tuesday, June 9 – 10:00
Dubai World Trade Centre

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Microbial Factories

Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

Nadine Bongaerts is a Dutch synthetic biologist and entrepreneur who is building bridges between science, business and society. Fascinated by engineering life at the smallest scale, she designs bacteria with new functions. In 2010, she joined a team of TU Delft students to participated in the worldwide synthetic biology competition iGEM (Internationally Genetically Engineered Machine) for which they developed DNA bricks that turned bacteria into minuscule oil-degrading cells. The work was recognized nationally and internationally and awarded with different prizes. Her current research focuses on using genetic engineering of bacteria to produce a pearl-like material with advanced mechanical properties.

Bongaerts is always looking for creative ways to share her knowledge and connect science to societal developments. This resulted in the co-founding of Biotecture (2011), a company for communication and education of Life Sciences. Since 2014, she is Global Community Director of Hello Tomorrow in which she leads a global network of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and investors to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations that accelerate scientific findings to the market.

We recently talk to Nadine Bongaerts about the role and impact of synthetic biology, the gap between bio­sciences and society and the importance of communication to overcome the fear of new technologies.

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Digital Pets

In 1996, Tamagotchis were the most bought pets in the world. More than 40 million(!) were sold. Just like analogue pets, Tamagotchis require a lot of attention since they need to be fed, played with, and nurtured. Schools massively banned Tamagotchi at school since they distracted kids from learning. This led to the highest pet mortality rate ever known. Nowadays, almost all are residing in digital graves.

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Digital Native

Analogue vs Digital: Thumbs Up

Good job! A thumbs-up is a common hand gesture to sign approval. The source of the gesture is obscure, some origins in ancient Rome, medieval or World War II have been proposed. But who knows, will the children of the future think Mark Zuckerberg came up with this gesture?

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Handwriting

Will handwriting soon be history? Or will we always prefer a handwritten love letter from our beloved? About 6000 years ago humans started writing and its effects have been enormous. It alters the brain, allows us to transfer information (in large numbers), and has a huge social, cultural, psychological and political impact. Today, writing words by hand is just wwway toooo ssslow for our times, and our minds. Keyboarding has taken over. A shame? Turn your personal handwriting into a font! And never forget: handwriting is a technology as well.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game

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Analogue vs Digital: Skeuomorphism

Floppy disks have not gone extinct yet. You might not realize, but you are clicking on them every day. These skeuomorphs are everywhere. Skeuomorphs are derivatives that retain the ornamental design cues from structures that were once a necessary part in the original. Although we don’t use them anymore to save our files in an analog way, the floppy disk has passed the test of time as the icon for saving files. It’s designed looking backwards. And there are a many other examples like this one. What do you think, is it time for an icon that suits our time?

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Messenger Service

During WWI and WWII carrier pigeons were used to deliver messages. Short messages were sent over to the battlefield. Today, social media like micro blogging tool Twitter, are used to send short messages around the world. Some even argue that these tools played a huge role in the Arab Spring in 2012. Social media empowered the mass by providing them with a tool to spread their voices.
From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Phoning

Remember these? If you are a digital native there is a chance you never noticed one of them. They were called payphones. No, you could not FaceTime with them, and they did not fit into your pocket. At its peak of popularity, the US had more than 2 million of them spread out on the streets. Look at the design of the iPhone, Steve Jobs has definitely noticed them and put a lot of quarters in those payphones!

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Analogue vs Digital: All Art in the World

The Birth of Venus is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Definitely go see it yourself when you are in Florence! Oh, you don’t like tourists blocking your view? Don’t worry! Just visit the gallery online and get a much closer look then you could ever have in real life. Google’s Art Project brings you millions of artifacts from around the world in one virtual museum. It even has a microscopic view, so you can see more details of the painting than with your naked eye! Take an online tour, or visit a couple of museums from all over the world in a single day. The world’s most famous paintings are just one click away.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.

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Analogue vs Digital: 3D Printing

In both vases pictured, you can put your flowers into water. Both are analogue objects. The manufacturing process is the analogue/digital difference in this case. The vase pictured at right is a 3D printed vase, completely digitally processed by a 3D printer. It is believed that in the near future we will all have a 3D printer at home. Will we be giving them commands to print our home accessories, food or maybe even our own organs?

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game

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Humane-Technology

Analogue vs Digital: Still Antisocial

Some modern thinkers argue that new technology is making us antisocial. The digital network is with us, on us, all the time. Distracting us from the analog life and each other. But how much different is reading the news from your mobile device to being immersed in the old-school newspaper? The people at left are not social at all, reading the news via the screens of their time.

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Never Lost with GPS

Before global positioning systems, we all used maps. And they could be very annoying. Stopping along the way because you didn’t remember which turn you should take, the clumsy sizes and hard way to fold it back. Never mind the arguments on map reading skills… Whew! It all belongs to the past. Maps and satellite navigation devices are the best invention! But don’t lose your mind.

The results of people blindly following digital directions into large bodies of water, the wrong way on a busy road, and yes, even trees, show that we might have all become just a little too reliant on those helpful voices that guide us along our way. From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.

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Suburban Utopia

Exploring Detroit’s Next Nature

Detroit: Car Cultures, Technomythologies, Networked Urbanism, Guided Growth, The City as Organism, Zombie Media, Ruin Porn… It is about time we explore it from a Next Nature perspective. What better way to do this with an exceptional bunch of people in an exceptional two-week program?

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Bistro In Vitro to Be Launched

Inspired by the award winning In Vitro Meat Cookbook, Next Nature Network and Submarine Channel present Bistro In Vitro: an online design fiction documentary about the future of meat, with a virtual restaurant as its main platform.

Save the date! The world’s first in vitro meat restaurant website is launched on May 6. If you are in Amsterdam, come and join us at the inauguration of Bistro In Vitro. During the event, we will launch the website, show a premiere of the documentary, present the project and discuss the potential of lab-grown meat.

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Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

On may 21st, Next Nature Network art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink will host a workshop around the idea of Speculative Sensing: exploring the potential of senses found in nature and fiction, such as echolocation, infrared sight or telepathy. The workshop will be held during the 5th edition of What Design Can Do, an international event about the impact of design.

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Analogue vs Digital: Simulated Farming

Want to grow some vegetables but don’t want to get your hands dirty? There is an app for that! There are multiple farming simulation social network games that involve various aspects of farm management. From ploughing land, planting and growing, to harvesting your crops; you will be growing green fingers by playing this game! From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.

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Analogue vs Digital: Basic Parts of Matter

Do you think you are made from bits and bytes? Stop playing video games and spend some more time offline! Both atoms and bits are basic parts of matter. An atom is the smallest unit of any chemical element, still recognizable building block. A bit is the smallest unit of information, a symbol or signal that can have one or two values. Information technology represents these values as 0 and 1. Remember: you are made of atoms; your video game is made of zeros and ones.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.