Innovative Nostalgia

Wi-Fi Hotspots Take Over Old Payphones

Nowadays telephone booths are obsolete objects. If you are a digital native you probably never noticed one of them. With the number of smartphone owners worldwide surpassing two billion, they have fallen into disuse. That’s why New York City decided to definitely say goodbye to neglected payphones and replace them with Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Image Consumption

People, Use Your Drone to Map El Niño!

How to monitor the effects of El Niño? The Nature Conservancy wants to take advantage of the massive image production that can be collected using smartphones and drones. From this month they are asking tech enthusiasts to capture the flooding and coastal erosion caused by El Niño. The idea is that crowd-sourced, geotagged images of storm surges and flooded beaches will give scientists a brief window into what the future holds as sea levels rise for global warming.

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Back to the Tribe

PC Problems? Better Call a Witch!

Witchcraft is definitely not the first thing we think of when we have a problem with modern technology. Silicon Valley companies though don’t seem to think this way. They recently employed a Wiccan witch to help them deal with hackers, computer viruses and demonic possessions.

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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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Suburban Utopia

Fake Grass Covered Roofs to Produce Energy

The concept of using our rooftops to produce green, renewable energy for our houses is already very common if we look at solar panels. Now an international team of scientists is researching into the idea of carpeting roofs with plastic grass-like material instead. The plastic blades would be used as miniature wind turbines able to generate wind power for the home.

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Augmented Bodies

A Tablet for the Visually Impaired People

Sight is a skill we often take for granted. However not everyone has this ability. Today around 314 million people suffer from sight impairment. We rarely take into account their relationship with technology that, if we think about it, is not simple. The use of smartphones and tablets is extremely difficult for a visually impaired person, and impossible for a person suffering from blindness. But this could change in the near future.

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Anthropocene

Earth next to the Sun makes us Modest

Next time you hear someone argue we are on the verge of becoming Gods, you might want to point them this image comparing the size of the Earth and the Sun. The realization that Earth would fit over a million times in the volume of the Sun kind of makes you modest, no?

Although humanity influences the Earth so radically that researchers now speak of a new geological era called the Anthropocene, all live on Earth including our existence still entirely depends on an entity on which we have no control whatsoever: the Sun.  No, we are not the Masters of the Universe.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 28:  An attendee inspects Google Cardboard during the 2015 Google I/O conference on May 28, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The annual Google I/O conference runs through May 29.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Augmented Bodies

Doctors Used VR to Save a Baby’s Life

Google Cardboard was used by a cardiologist to train for a very risky heart surgery on a four months baby. Teegan was born with a serious problem: the heart was not where it should have been, too far to the left, taking the place of a lung that was never formed. The surgery was the only option, but unfortunately both the young age and the specific location of the heart made it virtually impossible to operate “in the dark”.

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