NNN fellow Floris Kaayk just won a Gouden Kalf Award for his latest project The Modular Body.
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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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Meeting the Future at TodaysArt

Last week The Hague hosted the 12th edition of TodaysArt, a festival dedicated to contemporary experiments in music, art and digital culture. As the event – called “Public Under Construction” – incorporated meetings, performances, installations and concerts all focused on the future, it gave more questions than answers. Some of them are worth pointing out.

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Pakhuis de Zwijger invited Koert van Mensvoort to discuss the topic of Humane Technology.
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Sign of Times: Koert van Mensvoort Lecture on Humane Technology

As the pace of technological innovation is accelerating, we need to inform ourselves to understand what is means to live in a highly advanced society. In an ongoing lecture and debate series, Pakhuis de Zwijger is exploring our digital society in which humans matter, and invited NNN director Koert van Mensvoort and professor of Stochastic Networks Johan van Leeuwaarden to discuss the topic of Humane Technology.

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Disney's Frozen is causing tourism overload in Norway, and it's not sure if that is a good thing.
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Disney Causes Tourism Overload in Norway

In March 2012 a team of Disney’s creatives booked a tour through Norway to find inspiration for their upcoming film Frozen, or “Frost” as the movie is called in Norway. The breathtaking fjords, glacier lakes and snow-capped mountaintops served as the perfect backdrop for the Oscar-winning film. The animated feature not only broke box office records when it was released in 2013, it also boosted Norwegian tourism by 20%. And it’s not sure if that is a good thing.

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The first self driving boat in Amsterdam
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Roboat Ahoy: the First Autonomous Boats

Just when you thought the development of autonomous transportation couldn’t be any better, the Roboat arrived. This self-driving boat will be entering the canals of Amsterdam in 2017 with versatile ends. The Roboat will be used to transport goods and it will also be deployed as a temporary floating infrastructure, assembling itself into a walking bridge or a concert stage.

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Doge on windos operating system
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Computers Need Domestication

One of the most rewarding parts of our relationship with dogs is how we humanize them, they seem to smile at us, speak and understand our feelings. But in the end we are just putting a human layer on an animal with a brain that is still a mystery to us. What we know very well is how to train them, we study their reaction to certain basic stimuli and take advantage of it to get them to perform a specific task. This method was set thanks to the behavioural studies developed by physiologist Ivan Pavlov. Now, more that 100 years after, his research became relevant again because we have to deal with a new kind of mysterious brain that needs to be trained: deep machine learning.

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Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma designs for the human instinct and puts the sense of smell back to where it belongs, as modern hazards have shifted to the digital realm.

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