A video of a robotic bee pollinating a flower (looking more like Loopin’ Louie spinning off the board game and hitting a flower) recently caught our attention. What at first sight might look like a silly viral video, could be an important step in the survival of bees. To save us humans from a future without honey and pollinating crops by hand, we need to save the bees. These insect-sized drones could actually play a major role in their survival.
Imagine living in a completely simulated virtual reality. The Modernist Dream is an environment made of screens and interfaces, with responsive walls, windows and ceilings. By having absolute control over what our surroundings should hold, we have the world at our fingertips. However, simulations will become so hyperreal, we no longer find ourselves able to distinguish between the real and the virtual. Step inside the Next Nature Habitat VR and discover the future environments we might live in someday.
Last year we handed our annual ECO Coin Award to Dutch designer Dave Hakkens for his outstanding contribution in fighting plastic waste with the Precious Plastic movement. His work caused a wave of enthusiasm around the world and has been growing ever since. After four years since Hakkens launched his first version of the recycling machines, it is time for an upgrade and you can help him achieve that goal.
Electronic machines have changed loving relationships, from instant messaging to swipe-based romance, from remote kissing to immersive pornographic experiences. It will only be a matter of time before we will find our significant other through virtual reality. At this year’s edition of CES in Las Vegas, leading dating app Tinder unveiled a feature that does exactly that. Introducing Tinder VR: dating technology from the future.
Many people say that myths and superstitions are a thing of the past. They say that they are the mark of a backwards culture and that our globalized society has been smart enough to move beyond them. But did we really? Did we do the right thing dismissing superstition and mythology as mere folly? Maybe, the important question to ask here is: is there really no myth left in the next nature?
Last week our NANO Supermarket pop-up store was invited to the first edition of Broklede Inspiration Day at RSG Broklede, a high school in Breukelen, The Netherlands. The theme of the day was innovation, and was aimed to let youngsters explore future possibilities in our rapidly changing digital era. The students who visited the indoor exhibition were amazed by the inventive products on the NANO Supermarket shelves and their underlying implications; their only disappointment was the fact that some of the items still don’t exist!
Book the NANO Supermarket to your school and explore speculative nanotech products that may hit the market within the next ten years.
Beating your robot might get you in real trouble with legal authorities in the near future. Recently the European Parliament discussed the introduction of an “electronic personhood” for robots. As personhood describes the status of being an actual person, this decision raises big questions about equality, citizenship, legal and ironically, human rights for artificial intelligent machines.