Many people say that myths and superstitions are a thing of the past. They say that they are the mark of a backwards culture and that our globalized society has been smart enough to move beyond them. But did we really? Did we do the right thing dismissing superstition and mythology as mere folly? Maybe, the important question to ask here is: is there really no myth left in the next nature?
Last week our NANO Supermarket pop-up store was invited to the first edition of Broklede Inspiration Day at RSG Broklede, a high school in Breukelen, The Netherlands. The theme of the day was innovation, and was aimed to let youngsters explore future possibilities in our rapidly changing digital era. The students who visited the indoor exhibition were amazed by the inventive products on the NANO Supermarket shelves and their underlying implications; their only disappointment was the fact that some of the items still don’t exist!
Book the NANO Supermarket to your school and explore speculative nanotech products that may hit the market within the next ten years.
Beating your robot might get you in real trouble with legal authorities in the near future. Recently the European Parliament discussed the introduction of an “electronic personhood” for robots. As personhood describes the status of being an actual person, this decision raises big questions about equality, citizenship, legal and ironically, human rights for artificial intelligent machines.
Can we trust robots? This is one of the key questions of the upcoming exhibition Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine. To explore the current rise of robotics Hello, Robot presents over 200 objects, including our Pyramid of Technology poster and What’s Flying There? drones coloring book. The exhibition will open tomorrow, February 10, at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and will run until May 14. Did we mention the opening talk “Life with Robots” (tomorrow at 18:00) by much-celebrated science fiction author Bruce Sterling?
More info: Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine
Image: TRNDlabs, SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone, 2015
In 2005, in his book Mycelium Running, American mycologist Paul Stamets predicted that mushrooms would help save the world. Twelve years later, several scientists and innovative entrepreneurs are using mushrooms to run their researches, businesses and dreams. Until Sunday February 12, you can learn more about the role of fungal micro-organisms at Fungal Futures exhibition in Enschede, The Netherlands. Even Stamets would be astonished by what a group of artists and designers can make nowadays with mushrooms.
The demand for male contraceptive methods is growing. At the moment, male birth control options are limited to the use of condoms, withdrawal or a vasectomy. A new contraceptive has appeared on the horizon, bringing the prospect of an alternative form of male birth control one step closer, with reportedly thousands of men on the waiting list.
Drones are becoming an integral part of our life. In the future they might control the weather, supply medicines, or maybe even become our best friends. Until that moment, we should consider developing drone regulations for our own safety. Researchers at Virginia Tech are studying the risk of injury caused by drone collision using a crash test dummy.