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Letter to Humanity in 25 Languages, Plus One!

Last Saturday we globally celebrated Earth Day and shared our Letter to Humanity with the world. Available in over twenty-five languages, we called on our readers to share, copy, translate and further distribute the letter. However, “amongst all languages, one version was sadly missing” wrote us Gijs Ockeloen, who provided a translation in Morse Code. “Please make this important message accessible to the shrinking but not yet extinct morse-community!” he asked. Ockeloen worked as a telegraphist for the Royal Netherlands Army in 1979, where he learned to communicate with Morse Code. We thank Gijs for his contribution and gladly share his Letter to Humanity version. Is your language missing? Send your translation, we will add it with your name on lettertohumanity.org.

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Human Wanted: Production Intern

We are looking for a Production Intern (Dutch speaker) to join our studio in Amsterdam. As a creative producer, you will work on the development of HUBOT, the job agency for humans and robots. Next to that, you will make sure the production of the different NNN projects run smoothly and you will give your support during festivals, exhibitions, lectures and more. Our projects range from a virtual reality experience to a mobile ice cart that serves meat ice cream and a supermarket from the future, all created to steer a debate on our future – in which nature and technology are fusing. Find more info about the role here.

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Van Mensvoort Writes a Letter to Humanity

On the occasion of the Earth Day, 22 April 2017, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will share his Letter to Humanity. In the letter he urges humans not to be slaves or victims of their own technology, but instead to use technology to enhance humanity. His hope is to encourage a new perspective on the role of man on Earth. Translated in over twenty‐five languages, the Letter to Humanity is addressed to all 7 billion people on Earth. Stay tuned!

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Celebrate Easter with a Next Nature Egg Hunt

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a fun egg hunt? This year you can upgrade your hunt and search for next nature eggs instead! Do away with dishonest health claims for eggs and uncertain promises of organic, free-range hens. Find Honest Eggs on the shelves of the NANO Supermarket at DGTL Festival in Amsterdam this weekend. Or what about some Marrow Eggs? These dainty “eggs” aren’t filled with yolk, but with snow-white cultured marrow. You can get a “taste” of the marrow egg and 29 other exquisite recipes at our Meat the Future expo at CUBE Design Museum in Kerkrade. The exhibition is opened on Easter and Easter Monday from 10:00 to 17:00. The holidays are filled with traditions, it is up to us to create new ones. Happy Easter everybody!

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WiFi Angels at Telemagic in Rotterdam

Imagine you can hear WiFi, every area would have its own soundscape. Streets, parks, subways, hotels, highways; they all sound different. WiFi radiation is everywhere, yet invisible to our human senses. The WiFi Angels app lets you sense electromagnetic radiations by turning the WiFi networks that surround you into a celestial choir. On the 21st of April at 21:00, our angels will guide you to the Telemagic paranormal tech fair in Worm, Rotterdam. The exhibition showcases 25 stands of spiritual healing for the technological body. Get ready for a discourse of consciousness in cyberspace. Next time you search for WiFi, just follow the angels!

NNN fellows Driessens & Verstappen present Tickle Salon as part of the Humans Needs Not Apply expo in the Science Gallery, Dublin.
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Driessens & Verstappen in Dublin

In an possible automated world, will it be time to put humans out to pasture? This and many other questions laid the foundation for the exhibition Humans Needs Not Apply at the Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. The show illuminates a robotic future where human jobs have ceased to exist and computers run in full automation to alarming, yet exhilarating, ends. From Lady Charrerley’s Tinderbot to Self Typing Machines and NNN fellows Driessens & Verstappen‘s Massage Robots coming from the ceiling in their installation Tickle Salon. If you are in Dublin, make sure not to miss it! The exhibition runs until May 21st.

Image: Tickle Robot

Join Leanne Wijnsma at Odorama: Icons of Smell, a night full of multi-sensory experiences at Mediamatic in Amsterdam
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Leanne Wijnsma at Mediamatic

We increasingly use digital technology to augment our senses, but we rarely realize that some of them are excluded from the process. The sense of smell is one of those senses, that’s why experience designer Leanne Wijnsma developed The Smell of Data, a scent dispenser to warn us from hazardous websites. On April 19 at 20:00, Wijnsma will presents the project during Odorama: Icons of Smell, a night full of multi-sensory experiences at Mediamatic in Amsterdam. With professors Ep Köster and Charles Spence, the panel will explain everything about the impact of scents on our consciousness and behavior.

Photo: Neon Moiré

Come and get a taste from the future at the NANO Supermarket Indoor experience during DGTL Festival in Amsterdam.
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NANO Supermarket Expo at DGTL Festival

Come and get a taste of the future at the NANO Supermarket Indoor experience during DGTL Festival in Amsterdam. Our nano-experts will be there to introduce you to speculative nanotech products that may hit the shelves within the next ten years. Since its inception in 2010, the NANO Supermarket bus received more than 150.000 visitors and traveled to over 50 European cities. DGTL takes place on April 15 and 16 at NDSM Docklands in Amsterdam. There are only a few tickets left, hurry up!

Smell of Data documentary to feature on nextnature.net
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Smell of Data Documentary on Nextnature.net

The sense of smell helped early humans to survive. But now that our hunting and gathering has moved to the digital environment, our noses can no longer warn us against the lurking risks of the online wilderness. For this reason Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma developed a scent dispenser to notify us of the unscented danger of our digital landscape: data. As part of the research, Wijnsma made a documentary that follows her search for a more instinctive Internet. We are pleased to announce the story will make its online debut in the form of an upcoming vlog series on nextnature.net. Stay tuned!

An evening with Agi Haines, René ten Bos and Steve Kurtz to explore the possibilities of reshaping humankind on cellular level.
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Agi Haines at Impakt Event: Accursed Creator

On April 5 at 20:00, Fotodok and Impakt present Accursed Creator: The Art of Bio-Hacking. “Accursed Creator” are the words used by Frankenstein’s monster to refer to his creator in the climax of Mary Shelly’s book. It would come as no surprise to you that Agi Haines “The Frankenstein of Design” was invited to the panel. Together with philosopher René ten Bos and artist Steve Kurtz, the speakers will explore the possibility of reshaping humankind on cellular level. The event connects Fotodok’s exhibition (Re)Inventing Nature to the Impakt Festival 2017: Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems.

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