Humane-Technology

In Conversation with Marleen Hartjes: Introducing a digital door to the museum

Don’t be surprised when you catch a human face on a screen strolling through the Van Abbe museum for contemporary art in Eindhoven, as these are Europe’s very first robotic museum-tours that offer a ‘digital door’ to the museum for those who are not physically able to attend. We spoke with Marleen Hartjes, project leader of the Special Guests programme of the museum, and explored with her the potential of this highly evolved form of “Skype on wheels”.

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Office Garden

Games become jobs: Looking through the eye of the submarine with an X-Box controller

Submarines feature a special device called a periscope that allows people inside the submarine to see what’s going on above water. Controlling such an eye requires hours of training, and costs a whopping $38.000 per ship. However, the new generation sailors saw fit for a millennial-ready tool: the 30$ X-box controller from that children’s’ playstore around the corner. 

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Next Nature

Listen to this podcast with Koert van Mensvoort

Script, the human invention of writing, may be one of the oldest and most invisible forms of technology. But, don’t we all sometimes prefer listening to someone telling a story, instead of reading it? Therefore, we’re happy to share this podcast with you. Get inspired by the Next Nature Philosophy, told by our very own Koert van Mensvoort, who was recently invited for a podcast at the Zukunftsinstitute. Listen here! (Language: English)

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Wild Systems

The return of trade: Blockchain technology is enabling trade to make a fierce comeback

Before money came into existence, trading was all we knew. Farmers in China traded their spades for food and other goods, and this continued up until a point where most spades were no longer used for digging, as they had shrunk down for convenience in being a medium of exchange. While the heavily abstracted spades had turned into something that resembled its former function, farmers were still able to connect it to the environment in which the trade was happening in; the farm. This makes us wonder, what are our contemporary spades? Are we experiencing the return of trade, made possible by digital tokens?

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