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Hypernature

Banana by Design

That banana you buy in the supermarket is a product of nature, right? Not really. If you compare the supermarket banana with the original wild banana the differences in size, look and taste are striking.

Human design has turned old nature into hypernature: better than the real thing. But at the end of the day, the supermarket banana is not so much a product of nature, as it is a product of design.
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Intimate Technology

Turning Contact Lenses into Screens

The way we interact with technology is hanginhanging very quickly and is becoming every day more personal and intimate. Scientists from the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute transformed contact lenses into computer screens. They came up with a polymer film coating able to conduct electricity on a contact lens, with the potential to build miniature electrical circuits that are safe to be worn.

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Next Nature

Save The Humans @ The Hoxton Hotel

Smartphones, health-care robots, wearable computers and driver-less cars – they’re coming, or they’re already here. We are becoming increasingly intimate with the machines that constantly measure, monitor and control our lives. How does this affect our autonomy and our human spirit? And how can the growing global population – already above 7 billion – work together to create humane lives for us all? What’s at stake is the remains of human agency.

Next Thursday, February 11, the Hoxton Hotel in Amsterdam dedicates an evening to our newest publication: ‘Save the Humans!’ Speakers include philosopher Jos De Mul, filmmaker Floris Kaayk and initiator of the publication Mieke Gerritzen. Next Nature Network founder Koert van Mensvoort will lead the conversation.

Check the event page for more info.

 

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Augmented Bodies

From Homo Sapiens to Homo Optimus

We are slowly but surely entering an age of technological singularity, in which artificial intelligence and biological enhancement are combined in order to construct the next stages of human evolution. The year 2050 seems to be the point when technological advancements will allow us to merge our biological bodies with computers.

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Forward to Nature

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Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?

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Manufactured Landscapes

The Largest Solar Power Plant in the World

Lately Japan is facing an energy and space crisis. It’s been several years since the disaster of Fukushima and looks like Japanese people are still undecided on where to draw the energy they need. Despite the tragedy the government did not retreat from the nuclear path, but on the other hand investments in clean technologies are growing. An example is the new ambitious project of the floating photovoltaic system of Kyocera Solar TC Yakamura that will lie on the waters of a dam, representing the largest solar establishment in the world.

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Suburban Utopia

Enlisting Eagles to Take Down Drones

An eagle clutching a flying drone is probably not a scene that you see everyday, unless you live in the Netherlands. That’s right, because to defend the safety of citizens, the Dutch police launched an experimental program to test if it is possible to use eagles or other predatory birds to efficiently seize with the maximum promptness any drone out of control or driven a bit too unscrupulously by the owners.

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Plastic Planet

Welcome to the Age of Plastic

According to a new study, humankind is now entering the “Age of Plastic”. The research investigates the evidence that we are living in the Anthropocene, a time in which humanity is the main geological force. Jan Zalasiewicz, Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, explained: “Plastics were more or less unknown to our grandparents, when they were children. But now, they are indispensible to our lives”.

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