Society of Simulations

AI & VR Impact on Architects and Engineers

The modern world is only just now starting to come to terms with the idea of fully immersive digital experiences. We’re not talking about the kind you get sitting in front of a screen, playing games or watching media. We’re talking about entering a digital space via virtual reality or augmented reality tech.

It’s clear the technology is about to disrupt many industries as it advances in capability. Imagine a VR system to give military personnel real-world, hands-on experiences without ever leaving an in-country facility. Or, envision AR tools that help construction and project managers visualize a property or structure before it’s complete.

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Office Garden

HUBOT: Meet the Data Waiter

As a data waiter you are working at the Tinder restaurant. Upon arrival, visitors log in with their social media account. An intelligent algorithm matches the guests based on their likes and Chef Watson cooks a perfectly fitting dinner for the new couple. Through an augmented contact lens, the data waiter has access to the customer’s information and can use this data to astonish them. For instance, you see that your guest recently returned from Indonesia and welcome them with a cold Bintang beer.

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virtual midwife
Reprodutopia

Your Virtual Midwife Is Here

An external device that helps you to conceive, carry and raise a child. Seems scary and futuristic? Or extremely useful? It’s up to you to decide! In fact, this possibility is already here – to some extent.

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Next Nature

The Story of Money: Shells

They say that money makes the world go round. But how does it work, and how has it changed over time? While developing the ECO Coin, we’ve been thinking a great deal of money, past and present. From the origins of civilization up to present day, economy has gone through countless shakeups, and yet we tend to take our current way of thinking about money for granted. Welcome to the second part of The Story of Money: Shells.

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Meat the Future

Get 20% Off Our In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Meat-eaters and vegetarians alike: What are you cooking up for your holiday meal this year? In case you’re in need of some food for thought, this is for you. Until the end of the year, our In Vitro Meat Cookbook is 20% off for everyone! Use the following coupon code in our webshop: happy-invitro. Containing 45 speculative recipes for future meaty-meals, this book is sure to spark a heated debate at the dinnertable. And it could make a thought-provoking gift for any loved one. Meat the future now!

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Almono self-driving cars
Suburban Utopia

A Fake City for Real Self-Driving Cars

People, dogs, chimps and self-driving cars. What do they have in common? Well, they all have the ability to learn. In fact, Uber built a fake city called Almono, in Pittsburgh, to train self-driving cars and vehicle operators. This town is full of fake houses, mannequins randomly crossing the streets and chaotic intersections.

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Rothko
Microbial Factories

Rothko in Salts

Located in northern China Shanxi province, this dreamy landscape, Xiechi Lake, is consider by some to be China’s dead sea. This 500 million years old saline lake, on which a human could easily float, randomly changes colour as a result of extreme heat. It is the multiplication of bacteria, or algal bloom, that “paints” the lake with these peculiar colours. Tints vary along magenta, green and yellow gradients, giving a Rothko-like appearance to the scenery, and making it our peculiar image of the week. Via NatGeo.

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Next Nature

Next Nature Gift Guide 2017

The gift giving season is once again upon us and to help out those who are struggling to find the perfect present for that special someone, we have brought together a collection of Next Nature inspired gifts. Whether you need ideas for that early adopter colleague or something for your very ‘merry’ auntie, please enjoy our 2017 Next Nature gift guide.

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Office Garden

HUBOT: Meet the Blind Traffic Regulator

A visual impairment does not have to be confining and futile when it comes to traffic control. As a blind traffic regulator, you wear a haptic suit that translates the traffic situation into impulses on your back. Equipped with sensors scanning the environment and vibrating motors to make traffic a sensible experience, you have a set of eyes in your back.

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