Next Nature

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!

Next Nature

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!

Next Nature

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!

Scientists succeeded in digitally transmitting the basic look and taste of a glass of lemonade.
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Digital Lemons to Make Virtual Lemonade

Ever wondered how does the Internet taste like? Lemons, obviously! Scientists at the National University of Singapore succeeded in digitally transmitting the basic look and taste of a freshly poured glass of lemonade to a simple glass of water. It works as follows: use a sensory device to calculate the color and pH levels of the beverage, send these data to a special jug, which then mimics the specifications of the drink with a pulse of electricity. A LED light will make sure your refreshment has the right color tone, cheers!

Source: New Scientist

Fake Nature

Bionic Leaf Helps Vegetables to Grow

Leafs are great. Not just visually beautiful when turning our forests from green to yellow but with great internal power. From turning sun in usable energy to serving the human as a tissue repair for damaged hearts. This time though, it is not the leaf we are used to see in our common habitat but a bionic one, showing us once again how old and new nature can merge.

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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

Image Consumption

From Bad Selfie to Perfect Portrait

Never take a bad selfie again with Adobe’s latest AI photo editor. The company revealed a glimpse of one of its future mobile applications developed by the artificial intelligence framework, Adobe Sensei. The concept video presents a myriad of promising photo-editing features to create the ultimate portrait: from 3D-facial mapping to automatic portrait masking and style transfers. While these technologies at present are mainly part of experimental research, Adobe suggests that such features might soon be coming to a smartphone near you.

Source: Engadget

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