The experience of sleep is a personal and intimate one. Although your body is at rest, your mind might take you on a trip to Mount Everest, a dive into a pool of liquid chocolate or a meat and great with your favourite artist. However, your destination might as well be a never ending maze, a pool of critters or a meet and greet with your worst nightmare. Dreams are unpredictable, but since you’re the leading actor, why not be the director too?
Rain radars help us plan our everyday life and foresee natural disasters. In a world were the line between the technosphere and the biosphere becomes blurrier everyday, not even our meteorology instruments can tell the difference, like a local technician spotted in New Zealand’s official weather forecasts site. Apparently there is a WiFi network illegally configured that interferes with the rain radar creating a ray of “clouds” that won’t bring any water, but it surely became our peculiar image of the week.
Source: Met Service
In 2003, broadcaster and author Mark Ovenden designed the World Metro Map to present a global transportation system that connects cities through underground railways. His vision could end up becoming reality after all, now that LA-based company Hyperloop One has selected 35 teams as finalists in its global challenge to design the future of the vacuum-sealed train system.
Sometimes everyone feels the need to take a break from the rest of the world. Not leaving the room for a day can be a welcome alternative to our daily social routine. In Japan they took this trend too far that it became a condition: hikikomori (literally being confined) are people who withdraw from social life, not just for a weekend time out. Ironically, studies proved that alternative realities can help Japanese socially frightened to find their way back into society.
During the 30th anniversary of Transmediale Festival in Berlin, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort, our fellow Floris Kaayk and technology philosopher Peter-Paul Verbeek will gather at Haus der Kulturen der Welt to discuss the origin of androids on behalf of Impakt. On Saturday February 4 at 16:30, Kaayk and Van Mensvoort will present their views on the changing definitions of what is natural and human using provocative cross-media projects, such as the Modular Body. What’s our future in post-natural environments where technology and the human body have become inseparable? Find more at Impakt and Transmediale.
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The natural habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic. The natural habitat of the scorpion is the desert. How about humans? What is our natural habitat? And what does it mean to live in a next nature? Discover it with the Next Nature Habitat VR, our immersive experience to travel through different environments where we might live in someday. Will machines take over, just like they did with the Internet or global finance? Or will we go back to live like our ancestors, in close harmony with nature and gathering food to survive? And what if we existed in a fully simulated reality, could we endure such a artificial place? Try to answer these questions and join the discussion on our possible future habitat. Step inside…
How will your job look like in 2050? Join our design competition Empowered by Robots, and share your vision for a future world of work where humans and robots will collaborate. The winners of the challenge will be featured in HUBOT, the job agency for humans and robots. To get inspired, dive into our new serie Robots at Work. In this first episode we present you five jobs for caretakers, the ones that work with their hearts.