Society of Simulations

Swap Your Smartphone for a Pineapple

How many times a day do you check your phone? According to Dutch virtual mobile network Ben, the answer is 200 times a day. As a commercial telecom provider, Ben should be very happy of our addictive smartphone habits. However, they recently launched an advertising campaign to sell smartphone plans by promoting disconnection. Remarkable, if you ask us.

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Next Nature

Drones Are Coloring Your Summer

What’s flying there? Is it a bird? No wait, it’s a drone! School holidays have begun and our drones coloring book What’s Flying There? might be the perfect travel companion for your summer. In this book, drones are more than just a military device or pizza delivery guy. While coloring, the main character Avi and her drone friends will take you on a journey to open up new perspectives on the controversial topic of drones applications in the human habitat. Wherever your vacation takes you, What’s Flying There? should be on your holiday packing list!

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Artificial Womb

1978 – World’s First ‘Test Tube Baby’ Born

In November 1977 Lesley Brown underwent a radical procedure, a method invented by the cooperation of two English doctors that won a Nobel Prize in Medicine 33 years later. This procedure is called IVF, or in vitro fertilization. On the 25th of July 1978, Louise Joy Brown was born. She was a healthy infant of 2.608 kg and the world’s first test tube baby.

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Office Garden

Fellow Day 2017: Next Habitat

Consider this, the office might be an ‘environment’, but it is not a proper human habitat. Yet, most of us spend at least eight hours a day, five days a week in this place following the strict regime of scheduled events and forced break times – how to cope with that? Last week our NNN fellows, artists, designers, researchers working in and around the next nature theme, gathered to discuss the Next Habitat. How will we work in the future? And how will this affect our personal life? Has modernity fully domesticated us? During a day-long program in the Dutch woods we explored the magical realm of the Office Garden.

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Anthropocene

Boat Noise Makes Fish Bad Parents

Noise, with 7.423.642.565 people living on the planet we produce a lot of it, and everyone knows how exhausting and tiring the exposure to noise can be. We, humans, are able to escape loud places, but other species have to deal with the sounds we produce and its consequences. For instance, the sound of motorboat engines disturbs coral reef fish so acutely it changes their behavior, making them loose their parenting skills.

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Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

Real innovations are high tech but analogic, they are created by mixing biology, genetics and design to save energy and resources. This is the concept behind Lining Yao’s work, Chinese interaction designer and maker of novel materials and interfaces. She recently completed her PhD at Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab in Boston, where she focused on pushing Human Computer Interaction towards Human Material Interaction, and she is now Assistant Professor at HCII Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Artificial Womb

1999 – Ectogenesis Enters The Matrix

The Matrix was released in 1999. As you may know, it’s a sci-fi blockbuster that narrates a dystopian future where humans live in a simulated reality, called “the matrix”. In the movie, physical bodies are submerged in pods where corporeal heat and electrical activity are harvested and used as energy to power up “the matrix”.

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