Yesterday Bistro In Vitro served some delicious ice cream during the opening of the exhibition (Re)Inventing Nature at Fotodok, Utrecht.
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Bistro In Vitro at (Re)Inventing Nature Expo

Yesterday we served some freshly scooped meat ice cream at the opening of the exhibition (Re)Inventing Nature, where international artists examine the changing relationship between humans, nature and technology. Among the participants: NNN fellow Floris KaaykYves GellieUniversal Assembly Unit and many other talents. The exhibition runs until April 23rd at Fotodok in Utrecht and it’s free for children under 12.

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Jobs for Entrepreneurs – Robots at Work #4

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? Take a look at our series Robots at Work! In this episode we present you five jobs for entrepreneurs, the ones who love doing big business.

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