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Wild Systems

Should Intelligent Sex Robots be Banned?

The Campaign Against Sex Robots, recently launched, is pushing towards banning the continuation of sex robots development. Over the last decades, an increasing effort from both academia and industry has gone into the development of these robots – going so far as looking to imbue them with artificial intelligence in order to make them seem more like humans, and therefore more attractive to customers. According to the campaign, these developments are unethical and will eventually harm humanity.

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Information Decoration

Artworks that Look Virtual, but Are Completely Hand Painted

These paintings by Johnny Abrahams look almost computer made – except they are not. Working mainly with black and white acrylic paints and with a lot of patience, the American artist is able to create dizzying, hyper digital-like canvases by hand. Compared to the many examples of digital art that we see emerging these days, it’s hard to believe that these extremely organised paintings did not roll out of a computer.

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Microbial Factories

Bacteria and Drones: New Ways to Collect Samples

Sample collection in hard-to-reach and harsh environments has often made scientific research a costly and dangerous exercise. Luckily technology has helped us overcome some of these difficulties.

Although costly robots, for instance, have for a long time been the equipment of choice to collect samples in space. But there is a new competitor for the robot space-sample collector. Experiments have shown that a remarkable amount of small organisms are able to survive in space. ESA researchers have send living kombucha bacteria into space to look for signs of life.

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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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Intimate Technology

Botox Makes it Harder to Feel Emotions

Botox – one of the many self-cultivating tools people use in the effort to design themselves – works by paralyzing the muscles involved in producing facial expressions. Studies suggest that by doing so, it limits the ability to process the emotional content of language, and may lower the quality of emotional experiences.

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