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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.

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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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Empowered by Robots in Amsterdam

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.

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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.
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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

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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!
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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.

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Get 50% Off Our Drones Coloring Book

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!

EIT Digital Innovation Day 2016
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Van Mensvoort at EIT Digital Innovation Day

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

Our NANO Supermarket will be present during the STW annual conference in Utrecht.
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NANO Supermarket at STW 2016

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! 

Pauline van Dongen launches new website
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Pauline van Dongen Launches New Website

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

Bistro In Vitro Ice Cart
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Bistro In Vitro at NEMO Science Museum

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

Koert van Mensvoort presents his work in Rotterdam
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Koert van Mensvoort at Galerie Untitled

What to do this Sunday afternoon? If you are in Rotterdam we suggest you a visit to Galerie Untitled. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will be there, together with musician Gery Mendes, for an afternoon-filling program during the exhibition The Sound of Silence. The expo presents photographs, clippings and drawings from Zaida Oenema and Lenny Oosterwijk, artists who take nature as their source of inspiration. The event takes place on Sunday, November 20th, from 15:00 to 17:00. Reserve your tickets!

Meat the Future Cube Design Museum
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Meat the Future Happy Deal: 2 for 1

Hello meat eaters, hello vegetarians. Welcome to Meat the Future, our exhibition to presents a possible and controversial alternative to meat production: in vitro meat. Installed at Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade (The Netherlands) as a restaurant for trailblazers, world changers and nature lovers. We invite you to visit it to experience 30 cultured meat dishes that could end up on our plates.

Next Nature Members can bring a guest for free until December 31, download the coupon here and join us!

Make sure to catch the NANO Supermarket indoor exhibition at van Nelle fabriek, Rotterdam
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NANO Supermarket Expo in Rotterdam

Our lustrous NANO Supermarket left the four wheels of the track to open a pop-up store exhibition. The shelves of the NANO Supermarket are stocked with nanotech products that could hit the market in the next ten years: medicinal softdrinks, interactive wall paint, programmable wine and more. Our debate provoking objects are pioneering, uncanny and disturbing. They function as scenarios for potential technological innovations, helping us to decide what future we actually want.

Since its opening, the NANO Supermarket has received over 75.000 visitors in various cities around the globe. Pictured above the latest indoor exhibition at Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam.

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Next Nature Habitat VR Preview

If the natural habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic and the natural habitat of the scorpion is the desert, then what about humans? What is our natural habitat? As a species, we need to discover what does it mean to live in a world where biology and technology are merging, and ask ourselves what exactly is natural in our environment. We invite you to step inside our Next Nature Habitat virtual reality experience during VR Days Europe 2016 and see what is like to live in a next nature.

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The Brave New World conference discusses what ethical and social impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced in society.
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Brave New World Conference in Leiden

How will the future impact human life? Will we fall in love with robots? How can we combine nature and architecture? Is technology part of human evolution? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the Brave New World conference on November 2 and 3, 2016 in Leiden (The Netherlands). The events discusses what ethical and social impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced to society. Among the speakers: NNN director Koert van Mensvoort and our ambassadors Floris Kaayk and Rachel Armstrong.

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Dave Hakkens Wins the ECO Coin 2016

Every year at Next Nature Network we search the globe for people and projects that have outstandingly contributed to making this planet a more sustainable place to live and honor them with our ECO Coin Award. Last year the award was given to Yoyo Yogasmana for his work in Indonesia for transferring his knowledge on growing more than 130 rice varieties without the use of insecticides to the digital domain.

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Empowered by Robots Design Challenge

Wanted: new jobs for humans and robots! Which designers, technicians, robot enthusiasts will help us with innovative, feasible ideas for the new jobs of the future? Introducing the employment agency of the future: HUBOT.

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Empowered by Robots Event at DDW16

‘Robotisation’, ‘Robots taking our jobs’, ‘Human replaced by a machine’ is what we often read in the newspapers. Whereas news items mainly focus on robots taking our jobs, we would like to show to other side of the same story. Empowered by Robots is a congress during the Dutch Design Week that explores the optimistic side of future employment. Besides that, Koert van Mensvoort has an exciting announcement to make.

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NNN fellows discuss design fiction in Amsterdam
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NNN Fellows Discuss Design Fiction

Can fictional design lead to solutions to social problems? What is the point of design fiction if the alternative is feasible? Is this a new hype for designers? Or is fictional design a mere alternative view to social problems? These were some of the questions raised during the second edition of Toekomstplanners at Pakhuis de Zwijger cultural organization in Amsterdam. Among the participants, NNN Fellows Floris Kaayk, Mike Thompson and Susana Camara Leret joined the debate on design fiction.

See the full video of the event here.

Image: Bloodlamp by Thought Collider (Mike Thompson and Susana Camara Leret)

Koert van Mensvoort will discuss Meat the Future on Tuesday October 25 at Natlab in Eindhoven, as part of a lecture series that centers on the topic of design thinking. Join the meeting and enter the debate!
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Koert van Mensvoort on Meat the Future

To make a hamburger of 200 grams you need: three kilograms of grain and forage, 200 liters of water for land irrigation and livestock drinking, seven square meters for grazing and cultivating feed crops and 1.093 kilojoule of fossil energy to grow and transport feed (enough to power your microwave for 18 minutes). Keeping in mind the continuous growth of the world’s population, we need to find alternatives to the traditional meat production. One of them could be in vitro meat.

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Meat the Future Exhibition

The Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade, in the south of The Netherlands, just opened a new exhibition where we discuss the future of in vitro meat. The opening coincided with the second International Conference on Cultured Meat held in Maastricht. It was a unique oportunity to gather scientists, designers and theorists to talk about possible scenarios for lab-grown meat production.

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Come and check out the NANO Supermarket at SAS Software's Forum BeLux 2016 on October 13 in The Egg Brussels!
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NANO Supermarket in Brussels

Besides our traveling bus, there is also an indoor exhibition of the NANO Supermarket. Since its opening, the NANO Supermarket has received over 75.000 visitors in various cities around the globe. Come and check it out at SAS Software’s Forum BeLux 2016 on October 13 in The Egg Brussels!

Koert van Mensvoort and Floris Kaayck Discuss Authenticity at Impakt Festival
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Koert van Mensvoort and Floris Kaayk Discuss Authenticity at Impakt Festival

Due to technological developments, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish the fake from the real, and the natural from the made. In the run towards Impakt festival 2016 Authenticity? Impakt is hosting various events throughout which they explore the thematic approach of the festival. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort was invited together with NNN fellow Floris Kaayk to discuss authenticity and create a program around their most recent projects.

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NNN fellow Floris Kaayk just won a Gouden Kalf Award for his latest project The Modular Body.
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Floris Kaayk Wins Gouden Kalf Award

Congratulations to NNN fellow Floris Kaayk, who just won a Gouden Kalf Award for his latest project The Modular Body. The work is an online science fiction story around the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. Its inventor is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile and innovative biologist. Together with a like-minded team of professionals, he starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials.

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Pakhuis de Zwijger invited Koert van Mensvoort to discuss the topic of Humane Technology.
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Sign of Times: Koert van Mensvoort Lecture on Humane Technology

As the pace of technological innovation is accelerating, we need to inform ourselves to understand what is means to live in a highly advanced society. In an ongoing lecture and debate series, Pakhuis de Zwijger is exploring our digital society in which humans matter, and invited NNN director Koert van Mensvoort and professor of Stochastic Networks Johan van Leeuwaarden to discuss the topic of Humane Technology.

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Bistro In Vitro at Impakt Uitfeest

Since 19 years on, Uitfeest celebrates the annual opening of the cultural season in Utrecht. With theater, film, dance, visual arts and storytelling, the event brings together cultural institutions throughout the city, and welcomes them to preview their forthcoming projects. Impakt presented a sneak peak of this year’s festival theme Authenticity? and our Bistro In Vitro Ice Cream Cart was invited.

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The Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam presents 26 artists and designers who all dream out loud about a better world and explore complex societal issues by means of design.
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In Vitro Meat Cookbook in Stedelijk Museum

With the exhibition Dream Out Loud – Designing for Tomorrow’s Demands, the Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam presents 26 artists and designers who all dream out loud about a better world and explore complex societal issues by means of design. Next Nature Network is well represented throughout the show; next to our In Vitro Meat Cookbook, NNN ambassador Daan Roosegaarde and NNN fellow Studio Drift are presenting their work.

The exhibition runs from 26 August 2016 until 1 January 2017.
Read more here. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij/ Frame

Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium offers a four-day cultural experience, in which all our senses are being tingled. Naturally, Next Nature Network was added to the lineup.
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Bistro In Vitro Ice Cream Cart and NANO Supermarket at Pukkelpop Festival

A music festival is a great time to enjoy music, food, and to hang out with friends. But it doesn’t have to stop there. Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium offers a four-day cultural experience, in which all our senses are being tingled. Naturally, Next Nature Network was added to the lineup.

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Drone Contest Winner: VR Drone for Elderly

The lucky winner of our What’s Flying There? contest is Jiska, Dutch 10-year-old who imagined a virtual reality drone for the elderly and won an actual drone for herself.

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Money of the Future Evening at Droog

Money is a concept that is constantly changing with time. It changes shape, meaning and systems. Tonight, June 23, in Amsterdam, Droog Foundation will host Money of the Future, an event with four international speakers that will explore new ideas and evolutions of money in the future.

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What’s Flying There? Coloring Book

Drones are controversial, they are either seen as killing machines or as the next pizza delivery guy. There is not much room for imagination in between. This new species has a great potential that needs to be discussed. Today we launched What’s Flying There?, a coloring book that opens up new perspectives for drones applications in the human habitat.

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Look for The Bistro In Vitro Ice Cream Cart

Yesterday the Bistro In Vitro Ice Cart took off for the Spring/Summer season in Vondelpark, Amsterdam. Bistro In Vitro is a fictitious restaurant with a menu of lab-grown dishes that may end up on your plate one day. We invite you to combine your favorite dishes to create your own personal menu and to reserve a virtual table. At the Bistro In Vitro’s mobile Ice Cream Cart we already give you the chance to taste one of the desserts on the menu.
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Save The Humans @ The Hoxton Hotel

Smartphones, health-care robots, wearable computers and driver-less cars – they’re coming, or they’re already here. We are becoming increasingly intimate with the machines that constantly measure, monitor and control our lives. How does this affect our autonomy and our human spirit? And how can the growing global population – already above 7 billion – work together to create humane lives for us all? What’s at stake is the remains of human agency.

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Next Nature Book Second Edition

After it sold out, the Next Nature book has been reprinted with a brand new cover. The second, revised edition can now be ordered in our web shop at new lower price!

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OUT NOW: Save the Humans! Book

Few months ago, we called upon you, dear readers, to participate in our new publication: Save the Humans! We invited you to submit quotes that question the autonomy of mankind in the digital computer era and study the future of the independent creative spirit. We received more than 400 quotes! A colorfully designed book, featuring quotes by thinkers in the fields of art, science and technology, is now ready and available on our web shop!

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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.

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Intimate Technology Evening at Droog

Wearable devices, such as the upcoming Apple Watch, show how the border between human and machine is gradually fading. Technology is increasingly placing itself in us and between us, is mimicking our behavior and gathering information about us. As we allow technology into our private world, our relationship with it becomes more and more intimate. To what extent will we tolerate this? How do we design intimate technology?

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NANO Supermarket Best Product 2014

We have a winner! After three successful years touring the globe presenting speculative products to over 50.000 people, the NANO Supermarket has now entered its third edition. At the beginning of 2014 we called upon designers, technologists and artists to submit their nanotech products for the NANO Supermarket new line. On the 18th October a selection of these projects has been presented in the NANO Supermarket, where a jury of design and science experts awarded the best submission a € 2.500 prize.

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Our Cookbook Wins Dutch Design Award

And the winner of the Dutch Design Research Award is The In Vitro Meat Cookbook!

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OUT NOW: The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Hooray! Our In Vitro Meat Cookbook is now officially available. At the launch event creative director Dr. Koert van Mensvoort, handed the first copy out to Prof. Mark Post, who exactly one year ago presented the World’s first lab grown hamburger.

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