Wild Systems

The Ephemeral Future of Internet Data

Since the introduction of computers and the Internet, the digital has been conceptualised as virtual, untouchable, and immaterial. The metaphor of ‘the cloud’ illustrates this very well. When you store your data in the cloud, you store your data on someone else’s computer. You might not see the computer and it might be on the other side of the world, but the fact that you can’t see it doesn’t mean it does not exist. Digital technologies are becoming more and more advanced, smaller, smarter, increasingly integrated with our bodies and environments.

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Meet the commercial 3D pizza printer that takes your order via a smartphone app.
Food Technology

3D Print Your Pizza in Six Minutes

Meet Chef 3D, the commercial 3D pizza printer that takes your order via a smartphone app. Simply select your pizza ingredients and the pizzabot will be on its way. Last year, the company behind the robotic chef obtained a grant from NASA to develop the project. Later this year, Chef 3D will make its appearance at theme parks, sports stadiums and shopping malls. Compared to human workers, “the robot is faster, cleaner, and more consistent”. And besides that, it will be possible to upload a jpg image to the menu and the robot will mimic it to perfection. Buon appetito!

Source: Business Insider. Image: Jeffrey Hosier

Congratulations to designer Leanne Wijnsma, who won the STRP Award for Creative Technology (ACT).
Next Nature

Leanne Wijnsma Wins STRP Award

Our best congratulations to Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma for winning the STRP Award for Creative Technology (ACT), a new European prize that encourages the merging of innovative powers. Wijnsma won with her project Smell of Data, which the jury regarded as “a wonderfully layered and many-facetted project that brings together the digital and the sensorial in a surprising and meaningful way”. During this year’s edition of the STRP Biënnale (in Eindhoven from March 24 to April 2), Wijnsma will premiere her documentary about her search for a more instinctive Internet and will showcase the initial project.

Manufactured Animals

GM Ants Show How Insect Societies Work

Ants, they can be as annoying as impressive. Not just because they can carry 50 times their own body weight, but also for their cooperative work in the colony that rightly grants their little city the name “super organism”. A few of those ants have now been genetically modified for a research, and the results are astonishing. Ants social behavior is strongly dependent on their sense of smell, who would have thought that?

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Office Garden

Jobs for the Extraordinary-Robots at Work #5

How will your job look like in 2050? Join our design competition Empowered by Robots and share your vision on the job of the future. The winners will become part of HUBOT, the job agency for humans and robots. Here you can only find works where humans and robots have an ultimate collaboration. Need some inspiration? Have a look at our series Robots at Work! In this last episode we present you five jobs for the extraordinary, the ones who won’t let themselves be categorized.

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house is getting printed by a 3d printer in 24 hours
Suburban Utopia

Print Your House in a Day!

Tomorrow you could already move into your very own $10,134 home! Weather its gonna look like a spaceship, a castle or a huge piece of cake its up to you. Sounds like a dream right? Russian 3D printing company Apis Cor recently built the first 3D printed house on site with their mobile 3D printer.

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Person using Replika AI on smartphone
Society of Simulations

Your First AI Friend for Life

Remember the time when your best friend was still a human? Soon we might have this kind of conversations with each other, since Replika, your first AI friend is here. Replika is 100% AI chatbot that you “raise” by chatting with him/her. Replika learns your personality traits and mimics your behavior, while keeping your memories and helping you to get more connected with yourself.

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Join us this afternoon for a discussion on how we can reappropriate global climate change as an infrastructure for our urban environment.
Next Nature

Koert van Mensvoort at Tropic City Talk

The Earth is warming up, global warming extensively alters the Earth’s climate system, including its lands, oceans, and ice. Join us this afternoon for a discussion on how we could regulate climate change as an infrastructure for our urban environment. The event is initiated by designer Jólan van der Wiel, who will present the first part of his Odd Environments series: Tropic City. The installation imagines Amsterdam as a tropical city and will be concluded with an expert meeting in which NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will present his vision on natural transformation. The event is free and starts at 14:00 at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.
More info: Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Image: Gravity Stool by Jólan van der Wiel

Suburban Utopia

From Shopping Center to Urban Farm

In a corner of the Dizengoff shopping center in Tel Aviv there is a wooden kiosk selling fresh greens and herbs. It’s called Honesty Stand and it’s an unexpected oasis in the multitude of chain stores and food courts that you can find in every mall. This modest vegetable stand depends on the honor system: no staff or cashier, customers take what they need and leave the money in a box. Does it work? Yes, 80% of people do pay. Thanks to the high quality and affordable prices, the produce sells out easily and the stand has to be replenished four times a day, but that’s not difficult as the vegetables are grown on the roof of the shopping center.

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