No Drones in the Park, Please!
Suburban Utopia

No Drones in the Park, Please!

Our peculiar image of the week comes from Iceland, where the use of drones has been forbidden in some national parks. The ban is apparently intended to protect nature, as well as visitors who would prefer not to have nuisance drones crash into them. No camping, dogs to be kept on leashes, and please, leave your drones at home!

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Office Garden

Conversation with Dutch Philosopher Bas Haring: Robot, Colleague or Foe?

Last weekend we had the honor to welcome philosopher and writer Bas Haring to our exhibition HUBOT, the job agency for people and robots. We talked with him to discuss the conception, image and will of the robot, challenge our relationship with these kaleidoscopic creatures and take a HUBOT jobtest. Haring is no stranger to NNN, he was among the first ambassadors who joined our international network and contributed with a powerful story to the Next Nature Book. He is currently professor of Public Understanding of Science at the University of Leiden, has written a variety of popular books, including “Cheese and the Theory of Evolution”, “The Iron Will” and “Plastic Pandas” and is a recurrent face on the Dutch television.

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organ designer
Office Garden

HUBOT: Meet the Organ Designer

Now that organ printing is a reality, we can start designing body parts as well. As an organ designer, you develop genetic algorithms from which organs are grown to perfectly fit the recipient’s body, but also to meet the personal wishes of the patient. From a liver replacement or a new heart valve, to an extra sense to communicate with a dolphin. You imagine it, you design it. Nothing is too challenging for you. Are you interested in this job? Take the job test and find out if this working position suits you.

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firefighting
Information Decoration

The Future of Firefighting

We have been taking advantage of fire for more than 100.000 years, it has been helping us in so many different ways. But the benefits of this power come with a cost. There is evidence of fire-fighting machinery in use already in Ancient Egypt, since that time we invented numerous tools for fire prevention and control. This high tech firefighting helmet is one of those tools.

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Next Nature

Opening HUBOT at DDW

The robots have arrived! Yesterday we celebrated the launch of HUBOT, job agency for people and robots at MediaMarkt, as part of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Our virtual office had opened a week before the physical launch, and the applicants were pouring in from all over the world. Now it was time to welcome job-seeking futurists to the offline opening of our office, this entailed drinks, jobs… and robots! 

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