Yesterday the Bistro In Vitro Ice Cart took off for the Spring/Summer season in Vondelpark, Amsterdam. Bistro In Vitro is a fictitious restaurant with a menu of lab-grown dishes that may end up on your plate one day. We invite you to combine your favorite dishes to create your own personal menu and to reserve a virtual table. At the Bistro In Vitro’s mobile Ice Cream Cart we already give you the chance to taste one of the desserts on the menu.
We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make. We are our thoughts, whether they are created by our neurons, by our electronically augmented minds, by our technologically mediated social interactions, or by our machines themselves. We are our bodies, whether they are born in womb or test tube, our genes inherited or designed, organs augmented, repaired, transplanted, or manufactured.
Amazon has proven to be a pioneer in innovations and originality. After patenting the 1-Click Ordering system they plan to implement a new payment system, the pay-by-selfie, a technology that enables users to pay for items by taking selfies to confirm their identities.
In the presidential election of 2008 Barack Obama already used data to boost his campaign, but in 2012 it became the most important and effective tool to reach the right voters. The availability of huge piles of data on voters’ behavior is fundamentally reshaping politics and it tends to work in favor of those in power.
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?
For the first time in history the world population counts more overweight people than underweight people. While we became fatter, our life expectancy rose from 59 to 71 years. Even if fatter doesn’t mean also healthier, it implies that fewer people are malnourished, drastically increasing longevity.
Business and sports go hand by hand, but also hi-tech is now stepping in. A group of entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley, such as Google, Apple, Facebook, PayPal and Yahoo, will start a professional soccer team in San Francisco, The San Francisco Deltas. They hope to use virtual reality to improve athletes’ performances – for example, the goalkeeper’s reflex – first in training and then in the actual game. Their ultimate goal is to have a new format in order to improve the show for the public.
Surfers Against Sewage is a charitable organization created with the aim of protecting “the oceans, waves and British beaches”. Their environmentalist battle to bring to the public attention the pollution of our seas and the exploitation of the coast has resulted, over the years, in some effective and sometimes very explicit awareness campaigns. In their provocative last images the target is plastic.