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.

Peculiar image of the week via hstry.co.

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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Intimate Technology

Breaking Language Barriers

The whole world has become one big global village where English is of course the dominant language, but this does not mean that meaningful conversations cannot take place among non-english speakers with very different linguistic backgrounds. We have witnessed significant progresses in the field of real-time translation, and this new wearable translator, called ili, sums up perfectly this essence.

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Forward to Nature

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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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Society of Simulations

Of Outer Space and Virtual Spaces

Our relationship to the vastness of Cosmos is both of awe and anxiety. We are held in check – with our backs pressed against our very own piece of space-rock – whenever we attempt to comprehend the scale of the universe with our primate minds. Vast fields of void and nothing separate us, who are here, from whatever it is that lies out there. We take little peeks here and there, with robots and telescopes, and slowly we prepare and improve ourselves in order to tackle the massive undertaking that will be interstellar space-exploration.

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