Artificial Womb

Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg

Humanity is facing the disconnection between biological reproduction and the body, facilitated by the emerging technology of the Artificial Womb. Envisioned in bleak science fiction scenarios many times in the past, this technology is about to become a reality in our present. But how will it affect our culture – and how should that new culture be designed? If birds lay eggs, why shouldn’t humans do that, too?

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a robot developed to control crops
Wild Systems

Robotic Tarzan Controls Crops

With an growing world population, we will have to change the ways we produce food in order to feed everyone. The employment of robotics for food production and agriculture is one approach the problem. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology developed a robot that mimics a two handed animal, the sloth. What inspired them was not the laziness sloths are usually known for, but the way they swing from branch to branch. The task of this robot is to help farmers to control their crops more efficiently.

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Help Dave Hakkens build the third version of his Precious Plastic recycling machines!
Plastic Planet

Precious Plastic One Year After

Each year at NNN we look for people and projects that contribute to making the planet a more sustainable place and reward them with the ECO Coin Award. In 2016 the winner was Dutch designer Dave Hakkens and his Precious Plastic recycling machines. One year after launching the second version of his machines, studio Dave Hakkens treated themselves with a little present to celebrate this achievement: the precious plastic patches. Hakkens is currently working on the development of an upgraded version of the machines, and you can help him achieve that goal. Play your part in plastic recycling worldwide, and you might get a nice patch in return.

Augmented Bodies

Looking into the Artificial Eye

Sensor specialist iniLabs recently developed what they call a neuromorphic sensor able to mimic the human eye and the ways it processes information. Researchers at Kingston University in London, in cooperation with King’s College London and University College London, are working on possible applications for this new discovery.

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a replicate female period on a computer chip
Intimate Technology

Female Menstrual Cycle on a Computer Chip

The female reproductive complex is a truly complicated system made of organs and changing hormones that can seem quite obscure at times, even to a woman herself. Recently scientists managed to reproduce the entire menstrual cycle in the laboratory for the first time ever. All on a computer chip of the size of a hand, visually not resembling anything we carry in our body.

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Next Nature

Letter to Humanity in 25 Languages, Plus One!

Last Saturday we globally celebrated Earth Day and shared our Letter to Humanity with the world. Available in over twenty-five languages, we called on our readers to share, copy, translate and further distribute the letter. However, “amongst all languages, one version was sadly missing” wrote us Gijs Ockeloen, who provided a translation in Morse Code. “Please make this important message accessible to the shrinking but not yet extinct morse-community!” he asked. Ockeloen worked as a telegraphist for the Royal Netherlands Army in 1979, where he learned to communicate with Morse Code. We thank Gijs for his contribution and gladly share his Letter to Humanity version. Is your language missing? Send your translation, we will add it with your name on lettertohumanity.org.

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