Bitcoins in Japan
Wild Systems

Japan Is Ready to Pay Bills with Bitcoins

From this month onwards, Japanese people can use bitcoins to pay their electricity bills. The land of the rising sun is the first country to accept the digital currency as payment method for basic services. This move represents a huge step for a system that started deep in the web and that is slowly reaching the surface of our everyday life.

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Fake-for-Real

Copy-Paste Stedenbouw

“Imitatie is de oprechtste vorm van vleierij”, luidt het spreekwoord en dus kan Hallstatt—een kleine UNESCO werelderfgoedstad in het centrum van Oostenrijk—zich echt trots voelen. Temidden van tal van neppe Italiaanse villa’s en Franse paleizen, is dit het enige dorp in de wereld wat geheel gekopieerd en herbouwd is in China. Staatsontwikkelaar Minmetals bouwde het dorp in de buitenwijken van Huizhou, in het zuidelijke deel van het land.

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BlackBerry has just confirmed that it will no longer create its own phones, marking the end of an era for the once dominant leader of the smartphone market.
Nongenetic Evolution

Bye Bye BlackBerry

Remember how a decade ago everybody had a BlackBerry? Those days are over now, as the Canadian tech firm has confirmed that it will no longer create these phones, marking the end of an era for the once dominant leader of the smartphone market. While the news is hardly surprising, BlackBerry has greatly contributed to how mobile telecommunication is shaped, as we know it today. Consider this a eulogy to how BlackBerry became a relic of the past.

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Food Technology

From Vegetable to Stroopwafel

Stroopwafels are – just like tulips, clogs and windmills – iconic for the Netherlands. This traditional recipe dates back to the end of the 18th century in Gouda, when a baker started making waffles from residual crumbs and spices and sweetened them with syrup. With STROOOP! food designer and NNN fellow Chloé Rutzerveld presents a modern version of the typical Dutch delicacy, fully made of vegetables.

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Koert van Mensvoort and Floris Kaayck Discuss Authenticity at Impakt Festival
Next Nature

Koert van Mensvoort and Floris Kaayk Discuss Authenticity at Impakt Festival

Due to technological developments, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish the fake from the real, and the natural from the made. In the run towards Impakt festival 2016 Authenticity? Impakt is hosting various events throughout which they explore the thematic approach of the festival. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort was invited together with NNN fellow Floris Kaayk to discuss authenticity and create a program around their most recent projects.

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As part of a new traffic safety initiative, a car manufacturer, a telecommunications operator, and a coffee chain have joined forces to develop a new app designed to promote safer driving.
Suburban Utopia

Safe Driving Rewarded with Free Coffee

As part of a new traffic safety initiative, a car manufacturer, a telecommunications operator and a coffee chain have joined forces to develop Driving Barista, a new app designed to promote safer driving. For every 100 kilometers you drive without picking up your phone, you are rewarded with a coupon for a free cup of blended or iced coffee. But if you drive 99 kilometers and decide to pick up the phone, it resets back to zero.

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NNN fellow Floris Kaayk just won a Gouden Kalf Award for his latest project The Modular Body.
Next Nature

Floris Kaayk Wins Gouden Kalf Award

Congratulations to NNN fellow Floris Kaayk, who just won a Gouden Kalf Award for his latest project The Modular Body. The work is an online science fiction story around the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. Its inventor is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile and innovative biologist. Together with a like-minded team of professionals, he starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials.

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