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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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Step Inside the Next Nature Habitat

The natural habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic. The natural habitat of the scorpion is the desert. How about humans? What is our natural habitat? And what does it mean to live in a next nature? Discover it with the Next Nature Habitat VR, our immersive experience to travel through different environments where we might live in someday. Will machines take over, just like they did with the Internet or global finance? Or will we go back to live like our ancestors, in close harmony with nature and gathering food to survive? And what if we existed in a fully simulated reality, could we endure such a artificial place? Try to answer these questions and join the discussion on our possible future habitat. Step inside…

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Office Garden

Jobs for Caretakers – Robots at Work #1

How will your job look like in 2050? Join our design competition Empowered by Robots, and share your vision for a future world of work where humans and robots will collaborate. The winners of the challenge will be featured in HUBOT, the job agency for humans and robots. To get inspired, dive into our new serie Robots at Work. In this first episode we present you five jobs for caretakers, the ones that work with their hearts.

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Suburban Utopia

Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Throughout the history of transports there have been moments that redefined the paradigm of the car. It can be the way of going from point A to point B, a machine to break velocity records and impress the audience, or your own business. The automobile has also shaped our cities and our culture, it made our streets wider, turned fields and forests into parking lots and made the air unbreathable. A new vision by Hyundai is set to redefine the paradigm of what a car is, and with it the shape of our houses and furniture may change radically. The funny thing is that it seems quite obvious, why didn’t we think of this sooner?

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Can a drone take your selfie?
Image Consumption

The Selfie Drone

We all know that selfies are self-taken digital photographs. With the arrival of the selfie-stick we have extended the length of our arms with a piece of hardware, to keep taking photos ourselves. What about drones, can they take selfies? According to the IoT Group, they can. Their fold-up flying selfie drone, called ROAM-e, uses a facial recognition software to follow the subject once it takes off. It even shoots 360-degree pictures. Thanks to this drone we will no longer suffer from selfie elbows!

Find more about new drones applications in our What’s Flying There? coloring book.

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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

Recreation

Color Lessons from the Cotinga Bird

You don’t need to be a birdwatcher to appreciate the magnificent colors of the feathers of the male spangled cotinga flaunt. This bird finds its natural habitat in the canopy of the Amazonian Rainforest and has captivated the curiosity of scientists and bird fanatics for decades. Its dazzling blue body and deep red throat contain no pigment. The color effect is created by the shape of the material. This is known as structural coloration. Now researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) together with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have found a way to imitate these biological nanostructures and potentially replace the pigments we use today.

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