Ruben Baart

Ruben Baart

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Researcher and designer from the Netherlands. As editor at NNN, Ruben works on both online and offline projects, and maintains the blogfeed.
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Wild Systems

Interview Mark Wigley: “We are living in an ecology of antenna”

With the invention of the radio antenna in the late 19th century, we became a different species: Introducing the human insect. A species, able to communicate across oceans using far-reaching antennae abilities, residing inside a shared, yet networked space. With this in mind, we recently sat down with architectural theorist, scholar, and author Mark Wigley, on his latest curated exhibition, The Human Insect.

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interview Josh Tetrick
Food Technology

An Afternoon with Josh Tetrick: the Man Who Wants to Bring In Vitro Meat to the Market by 2018

Meet Joshua Tetrick, CEO and founder of food startup Hampton Creek. Tetrick is internationally known for his bold wish to reinvent the food industry, and he’s been at it since 2011. Now working with Ira van Eelen (who you may know as the daughter-of-the-godfather-of-in-vitro-meat), he is ready to make a change. Currently speaking with governments in US, Singapore, China and the Netherlands to explore what leadership in this field looks like, Josh and Ira make their claim for global awareness. Their biggest challenge today? Launch lab-grown meat on the market by the end of 2018.

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Ecosexuality reconceptualizes our perspective on the biosphere by having consensual experiences with it.
Anthropocene

Ecosexuality: Make the Biosphere Your Lover

Are you yearning for real connection? Are you longing for sanctuary with nature? Are you willing to embrace the Earth as your lover? These questions set the right mood to introduce the first part of The Sex Spectrum, a seven part series to explore alternative sexual cultures and challenge the social and cultural dominant dimensions. First up is ecosexuality, a growing movement rooted in art and activism at the intersection of sexuality and ecology. Additionally, some consider ecosexuality their sexual identity, in which the biosphere becomes their lover.

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design vegetables
Food Technology

Design Your Own Vegetables

Imagine a future where you can design your own vegetables. Say goodbye to growing boring baby sprouts on your windowsill and welcome a climate-controlled cultivation system to your kitchen top. Simply change the parameters of your crops with a touchscreen interface and you’ll be on your way. Sounds good, does it? This growing scenario does not exist yet, but food designer and NNN fellow Chloé Rutzerveld is looking for innovative methods to turn this fantasy into a reality. Introducing the Future Food Formula, a formula for success.

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One minute of Internet
Office Garden

One Minute on the Internet

During the course of human evolution, work and leisure became separate concepts. Daily life for our ancestors was hard, mostly long hours of work trying to ensure basic survival. But with the rise of modernity, we have domesticated ourselves with new technologies. Keeping in mind that Facebook recently revealed to have two billion active users a month (which sums up about 25% of the global population), this makes us wonder how the average minute is spent on the Internet. Peculiar image of the week.

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ilari laamanen
Wild Systems

Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

This year Momentum, the Nordic biennial, celebrates its ninth edition in the lush landscape of Moss, Norway. Taking the thematic approach of Alienation, the team of curators (Ulrika Flink (SE), Ilari Laamanen (FI), Jacob Lillemose (DK), Gunhild Moe (NO) and Jón B.K Ransu (IS)) seeks to extrapolate new perspectives on the human condition subjected to the rapidly changing interconnected world through transdisciplinary explorations. Presenting a group of internationally renowned artists, the biennial addresses topical concerns of cultural and geographical borders, biopolitics and social inequality, to outline a series of strategies towards “extraordinary futures”. We recently talked with one of the curators of the biennial, Ilari Laamanen, to peel the outcrops of the exhibition and explore its similarities with the next nature philosophy.

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chef watson
Food Technology

Dinner with Chef Watson

Last week we had the pleasure to dine under the supervision of the world’s latest and perhaps most topical masterchef, Chef Watson. Knowing over 10.000 recipes, the superstar chef invited 50 guests over for the first Neo-Futurist Dinner at Mediamatic in Amsterdam to enjoy a six-course multi-sensory vegan dinner extravaganza, and we put it to the test. Did we mention Watson is a computer from IBM?

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Office Garden

Fellow Day 2017: Next Habitat

Consider this, the office might be an ‘environment’, but it is not a proper human habitat. Yet, most of us spend at least eight hours a day, five days a week in this place following the strict regime of scheduled events and forced break times – how to cope with that? Last week our NNN fellows, artists, designers, researchers working in and around the next nature theme, gathered to discuss the Next Habitat. How will we work in the future? And how will this affect our personal life? Has modernity fully domesticated us? During a day-long program in the Dutch woods we explored the magical realm of the Office Garden.

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Anthropocene

Antarctica Is Turning Green

Try looking online for images of ‘Antarctica’ and rest assured you will have a series of enchanted pristine white landscapes presented to you on a silver platter. Well that’s about to change as rising temperatures have boosted the growth rates of seasonal moss on the southern part of the continent over the last 50 years.

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grovio personal plant assistant
Hypernature

Your Personal Plant Assistant

Meet Grovio, a smart and wireless assistant to add to your smart home. Using specialized sensors, Wi-Fi networks and a built-in thermometer, this white cylinder tracks the light, temperature and humidity of your surroundings, and informs you about it in real time. Did we already mention Grovio was developed for plants?

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AI Defeats Human
Office Garden

AI Defeats Human at Go

Humans and computers have a long history of competing when it comes to playing board games. From Wolfgang Von Kempelen’s ‘Turk’ (a mechanical chess-playing machine which eventually turned out to be operated by a small human) to the infamous match between IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue versus human chess genius Garry Kasparov. Another victory can be added to computer wins, as Go world champion Ke Jie has just lost two games of ‘Go’ against Google’s DeepMind AI system AlphaGo.

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flight attendants with augmented reality headsets
Augmented Bodies

Cyborg Cabin Crew

Fasten your seat belts, Air New Zealand is equipping its flight attendants with augmented reality headsets to explore in-flight optimization. The project, currently in beta testing, uses Microsoft’s Hololens technology to improve inflight customer service, giving passengers a glimpse of what the future of air travel might look like.

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priest bless server rooms
Back to the Tribe

Priests Bless Server Rooms

Normally priests use holy water for the blessing of believers’ houses or as a means of repelling evil. However, it is becoming common practice for priests to bless server rooms and sprinkle the holy water on computer terminals and data centers, as such places are the ones that need the blessing these days (think last week’s worldwide cyberattack).

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Introducing bicycles to purify pollution as you pedal.
Suburban Utopia

Smog Free Bicycles

Dutch artist, innovator and NNN ambassador Daan Roosegaarde is internationally known for creating social designs that explore the relation between people, technology and space. In 2014 he initiated the Smog Free Project, consisting of an award-winning Smog Free Tower that produces clean air in public space and the Smog Free Ring, made of smog collected from the tower. Roosegaarde’s latest concept in his quest for unpolluted cities is the Smog Free Bicycle, a bike that purifies pollution as you pedal.

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Wild Systems

Robot Librarians Instruct Young Generations

In our rapidly changing digital world, what does the future of young generations look like? And how do they perceive such developments? With the ReadICTed to Robots project, the library of the Dutch province Gelderland-South aims to encourage information and communication technologies (ICT) and digital knowledge in education. To achieve this goal, the organization decided to employ two social robots, Bibi and Robin, to work in the library. Students in secondary education will be taught to interact with robots in order to increase their knowledge and digital skills.

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