Augmented Bodies

Designer Babies: the Kids of the Future?

What if you had the choice of sparing your child from diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or autism? Scientists are working on new DNA techniques that will allow you to choose embryos with edited genes. This gene technology can lower the risk of severe illness as well as increase certain desired factors, like a higher I.Q., athletic ability, eye and hair color and gender.

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Artificial Womb

Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg?

Humanity is facing the disconnection between biological reproduction and the body, facilitated by the emerging technology of the Artificial Womb. Envisioned in bleak science fiction scenarios many times in the past, this technology is about to become a reality in our present. But how will it affect our culture – and how should that new culture be designed? If birds lay eggs, why shouldn’t humans do that, too?

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a robot developed to control crops
Wild Systems

Robotic Tarzan Controls Crops

With an growing world population, we will have to change the ways we produce food in order to feed everyone. The employment of robotics for food production and agriculture is one approach the problem. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology developed a robot that mimics a two handed animal, the sloth. What inspired them was not the laziness sloths are usually known for, but the way they swing from branch to branch. The task of this robot is to help farmers to control their crops more efficiently.

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Help Dave Hakkens build the third version of his Precious Plastic recycling machines!
Plastic Planet

Precious Plastic One Year After

Each year at NNN we look for people and projects that contribute to making the planet a more sustainable place and reward them with the ECO Coin Award. In 2016 the winner was Dutch designer Dave Hakkens and his Precious Plastic recycling machines. One year after launching the second version of his machines, studio Dave Hakkens treated themselves with a little present to celebrate this achievement: the precious plastic patches. Hakkens is currently working on the development of an upgraded version of the machines, and you can help him achieve that goal. Play your part in plastic recycling worldwide, and you might get a nice patch in return.

Augmented Bodies

Looking into the Artificial Eye

Sensor specialist iniLabs recently developed what they call a neuromorphic sensor able to mimic the human eye and the ways it processes information. Researchers at Kingston University in London, in cooperation with King’s College London and University College London, are working on possible applications for this new discovery.

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