Society of Simulations

“Death School” to Learn Love Life Again

At Hyowon Healing Centre in Seoul you can experience the emotional cost of a suicide during “Death School” classes. People of all ages come to face their fear and learn how to cope with life. First you have your photo taken, then you write a farewell letter to your loved ones and finally you are closed into a wooden coffin for ten minutes. Afterwards, Jeong Yong-mun, head of the centre, addresses the participants: “You have seen what death feels like, you are alive, and you must fight!”

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Our NANO Supermarket will be present during the STW annual conference in Utrecht.
Next Nature

NANO Supermarket at STW 2016

For the upcoming edition of the annual Technology Foundation STW conference, our NANO Supermarket will be there to reflect and debate on potential technological futures. The event will take place on Thursday, November 24th, at the Werkspoorkathedraal in Utrecht (The Netherlands). Besides our NANO Supermarket bus, there will be: a 3D-printing workshop to turn junk into jewelry, a demonstration of robot football by world champion Tech United Eindhoven and a robot for the audience to meet. Expect a day full of technological advancements! 

Nespresso_Bug
Plastic Planet

Plastic Pod Beetles

The Nespresso coffee pods are here to stay. The plastic and aluminium they are made of is not biodegradable and, though the efforts to recycle and upcycle them, the impact of this practical way of drinking coffee is taking its toll on the environment. Artist Alex Aebi‘ s collection of insects made of recycled plastic pods shows us an alternative way in which this waste can inhabit our natural world. Peculiar image of the week via Guilliiame Perret.

Pauline van Dongen launches new website
Intimate Technology

Pauline van Dongen Launches New Website

Make sure to check out the new website of fashion designer specialized in wearable technology and NNN fellow Pauline van Dongen. Besides her interesting work and vision, the website now offers insights into how her studio operates and how she continuously reflects on marrying technology with fashion. Without spoilering too much about the experience, do keep in mind van Dongen is not afraid of programming pixels. Find more at paulinevandongen.nl

Bistro In Vitro Ice Cart
Meat the Future

Bistro In Vitro at NEMO Science Museum

This week you can get a taste of Bistro In Vitro Ice Cream at NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam. Our ice cart will be there to serve six thrilling flavors: meat fruit, polar bear, bacon, ice queen, dragon and chocopanda. While savoring the ice cream, you can listen to NNN director Koert van Mensvoort tackling meat production and consumption and the possibilities of cultured meat. Keeping in mind our planet accelerates towards nine billion inhabitants, we should explore which future we actually want.

Join us on Tuesday, November 22nd, from 15.30 to 19:00 at NEMO Science Museum and attend the lecture at 16:30.

Image: Bistro In Vitro Ice Cart at Vondelpark by Nichon Glerum

Suburban Utopia

Swedish Government Rewards Citizens Who Repair Instead of Throwing Away

For most Swedes today sustainability is a way of life. They eat, buy, work and travel with the environment in mind, from their shopping carts filled with fair trade products to the yearly carbon emissions reduced by 23% since 1990. In line with this conscious consumer mindset, the Swedish government proposed two economic changes; both ment to shift from a throwaway culture to an economy built on long-lasting and repairable goods.

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Koert van Mensvoort presents his work in Rotterdam
Next Nature

Koert van Mensvoort at Galerie Untitled

What to do this Sunday afternoon? If you are in Rotterdam we suggest you a visit to Galerie Untitled. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will be there, together with musician Gery Mendes, for an afternoon-filling program during the exhibition The Sound of Silence. The expo presents photographs, clippings and drawings from Zaida Oenema and Lenny Oosterwijk, artists who take nature as their source of inspiration. The event takes place on Sunday, November 20th, from 15:00 to 17:00. Reserve your tickets!

Back to the Tribe

Our Tribal Genes Affect Politics

In the last week a lot of people were baffled with the election results in the US and this prompted a myriad of experts proposing their theories to explain it. Some argue that the responsible was the echo chamber effect of social media, others say that the polls were misleading and others blame the mass media. But what if the cause was in our evolution, hidden deep in our genes and digging up our tribal instincts?

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