Sleep and Dream Controller
Intimate Technology

Sleep and Dream Controller

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?

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Information Decoration

Meteorology Captures the Technosphere

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

Society of Simulations

A Virtual Cure for the Socially Withdrawn

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.

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Next Nature

The Origin of Androids with Floris Kaayk and Koert van Mensvoort at Transmediale Festival

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.

Image: Getty Images

Next Nature

Step Inside the Next Nature Habitat

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…

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Office Garden

Jobs for Caretakers – Robots at Work #1

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.

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Suburban Utopia

Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Throughout the history of transports there have been moments that redefined the paradigm of the car. It can be the way of going from point A to point B, a machine to break velocity records and impress the audience, or your own business. The automobile has also shaped our cities and our culture, it made our streets wider, turned fields and forests into parking lots and made the air unbreathable. A new vision by Hyundai is set to redefine the paradigm of what a car is, and with it the shape of our houses and furniture may change radically. The funny thing is that it seems quite obvious, why didn’t we think of this sooner?

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Can a drone take your selfie?
Image Consumption

The Selfie Drone

We all know that selfies are self-taken digital photographs. With the arrival of the selfie-stick we have extended the length of our arms with a piece of hardware, to keep taking photos ourselves. What about drones, can they take selfies? According to the IoT Group, they can. Their fold-up flying selfie drone, called ROAM-e, uses a facial recognition software to follow the subject once it takes off. It even shoots 360-degree pictures. Thanks to this drone we will no longer suffer from selfie elbows!

Find more about new drones applications in our What’s Flying There? coloring book.