The Octobot is the first of its kind made fully of soft materials and is aimed to pave the way towards a more safely interaction with humans.
Manufactured Animals

The First Fully Autonomous Soft Robot

Behold the Octobot! This robot is the first of its kind fully made of soft materials and aimed to pave the way towards a more safely interaction with humans. Developed through a combination of 3D printing, molding and soft lithography, the robot operates without being tethered to a power source.

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Society of Simulations

In Defense of the Eggplant

After the cucumber and the banana, there is a new phallic fruit in town. The eggplant emoji, also known as aubergine, was added to the official Unicode 6.0 emoji set in 2010. The flourishing ‘dictionary’ of 1.851 ideograms depicts a broad range of small digital icons to boost text messages and is gradually evolving into a parallel visual language of its own, where suggested meanings are up for grabs.

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Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?

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Society of Simulations

What Is Next Nature? #16

According to psychologist Martin Seligman: “Social relationships do not guarantee high happiness, but it does not appear to occur without them”. Humans are intrinsically social beings. Like Lev Vygotsky, another psychologist, said “We become ourselves through others”. Both psychologists point out that social relationships are essential for our development and well-being. Considering the population density today and our social system, it shouldn’t be a problem to meet that need for social companionship. Yet somehow loneliness has become one of the major societal issues of today. Is it a matter of one or the other, connectivity versus conviviality?

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Plastic Planet

Plastic Cup Fields Are Not Forever

Last weekend a team of experts from NNN, Deloitte and Bitonic gathered at Lowlands Popfestival to explore the opportunities for a local ECO coin implementation. The ECO coin is an alternative currency that aims to give people an economical incentive, rather than only moral, to add value to their environment. A festival is a perfect local setting to test-drive the concept. The idea is to link the ECO coin to the plastic cups scattered around the venue: one coin for every cup.

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Meat the Future

Towards a Post-Animal Bioeconomy

In 1931, Wintston Churchill speculated on the future of laboratory-grown meat in his essay Fifty Years Hence. He wrote: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium”. Even before animal welfare conditions and environmental damage, Churchill foresaw the benefits of simple animal tissues over raising animals as a whole.

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