Suburban Utopia

Smog Free Bicycles

Dutch artist, innovator and NNN ambassador Daan Roosegaarde is internationally known for creating social designs that explore the relation between people, technology and space. In 2014 he initiated the Smog Free Project, consisting of an award-winning Smog Free Tower that produces clean air in public space and the Smog Free Ring, made of smog collected from the tower. Roosegaarde’s latest concept in his quest for unpolluted cities is the Smog Free Bicycle, a bike that purifies pollution as you pedal.

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Meat the Future

Bistro In Vitro at Museumnacht Leiden

Join us for the 9th edition of Museumnacht (Museum Night) in Leiden, the Netherlands. Tomorrow May 19, from 20.00 to midnight, we will serve Bistro In Vitro ice cream at Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken. Swing by and get a scoop of frosty polar bear or savory bacon ice cream, or both! Not a big fan of meat? No worries, our ice cream is suitable for vegetarians. We hope to see you there. More info and tickets: Museum Night.

Image: Bistro In Vitro at TU Eindhoven

Aldous Huxley brave new world
Artificial Womb

1932 – “Brave New World” Published

In 1932, English writer Aldous Huxley published his iconic novel Brave New World. This book brought the idea of the artificial uterus to the big audience, like never before, and still holds value as one of the most significant references in the sometimes heated debates on the subject of human reproductive technologies.

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Pyramid of Technology at WDCD 2017

Every human being has to cope with technological change, yet few of us are aware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted and discarded in our society. The Pyramid of Technology visualizes how technology becomes nature in seven steps and what we can learn from that. It helps us to dream, build and live in our next nature – the nature caused by humans. Join us tomorrow for the launch of the project at What Design Can Do in Amsterdam, to explore our life through the lens of the Pyramid of Technology.

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Wild Systems

Robot Librarians Instruct Young Generations

In our rapidly changing digital world, what does the future of young generations look like? And how do they perceive such developments? With the ReadICTed to Robots project, the library of the Dutch province Gelderland-South aims to encourage information and communication technologies (ICT) and digital knowledge in education. To achieve this goal, the organization decided to employ two social robots, Bibi and Robin, to work in the library. Students in secondary education will be taught to interact with robots in order to increase their knowledge and digital skills.

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Meet Koert van Mensvoort during MediaBites in Amsterdam
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Koert van Mensvoort’s Lecture at MediaBites

On May 18 and 19 we gather at VondelCS for the third annual edition of MediaBites Amsterdam. During this inspiring two-day event, the festival presents ‘Amsterdam brutality’ in looking at the future of technology and new media. Bridging innovation, technology and talent, MediaBites is open for starters, professionals, media partners and the curious. Next to Microsoft’s Hololens UX “evangelist” Martin Tirion, iOS apps creator Joost Lubach and many other speakers, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will share his vision on the opportunities and challenges of technology and its impact on the media. Get your free tickets now! The event is in Dutch, more info: MediaBites Amsterdam.

Picture by Meet the Media Guru

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