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In conversation with Teresa van Dongen, biodesigner exploring natural forms of artificial light

There was a time when flipping the switch, and seeing a glass bulb light up, was magical to anyone in the world. Today, the presence of a light switch in a room, is something intuitive, and perhaps even taken for granted. We spoke with Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen, who uses living organisms to power her lights. Having such a ‘living lamp’, means you’ll be taking care of small ecosystems of bacteria. In exchange, they will give you light.

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Reprodutopia

Next Nature baby care

Babies’ needs aren’t complex. And yet, they are. Over the years, parents have found some tricks to ease their babies as well as themselves. Taking a baby for a drive to make them sleepy, for example. Very inconvenient if the parent needs some sleep as well. With today’s technology, caring for a newborn should be a breeze. Here are some baby care products to make the life of babies and parents a little more… next nature.

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Wild Systems

Next Generation: How AI could revolutionize the teaching profession

In various parts of the world, access to education is, or risks becoming, a huge crisis. UNESCO estimates that around 20 million new teachers are needed worldwide – and that’s not taking into account the huge number set to retire in the next decade. With this level of demand, some specialists believe the key to filling the gap could be artificial intelligence.

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Suburban Utopia

How this self-sustainable microhome may change the future of housing

Looking for a self-sustainable mobile microhome? Ecocapsule got you covered. This cute-as-pie capsule pod allows you to live completely off the grid in a low-energy, mobile dwelling, packed into a compact egg-shaped form. And now, it’s finally possible to pre-order one, as the Slovak company has just launched the production of their first series of self-sustainable pods, and we were curious to hear what’s next.

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Office Garden

Here’s what manufacturing enhanced with virtual reality will look like

Robots are coming for our jobs. Virtual reality is coming to make the jobs that remain easier to accomplish.

All of the world’s manufacturing sectors are in the process of applying VR to the dizzying number of tasks required all up and down the supply chain — from handling raw materials to shipping goods off to end-users. Don’t be surprised if the future of manufacturing looks quite a bit different than it does today thanks to this up-and-coming — and quickly maturing — technology.

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'Circumventive Organs' explores bioprinting as a possibility for new organs.
Humane-Technology

Meet the Organ Designer at Fotodok

Now that organ printing is a reality, we can start designing body parts as well. And this where the Organ Designer comes in. This profession is one of the 16 speculative jobs from HUBOT, the job agency for people and robots, and will be on display as part of the Why Work? exhibition at Fotodok in Utrecht, opening on March 9th. Members bring a guest for free! Want to learn more about this job? Then visit our virtual office. Want to find out if this working position suits you? Take our jobtest!

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Next Nature

The return of Rayfish Footwear?

Rayfish Footwear was a fictional company that offered personalized sneakers crafted from genetically modified stingray leather. This online science fiction story allowed customers to grow and design their own sneaker from a genetically modified fish, to question our (often all too consumptive) relationship with animals. Now, the company fiction is back: Catch Rayfish as part of FAKE at the Science Gallery in Dublin.

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Manufactured Landscapes

Turning cities into parks: In conversation with Raymond Brouwers on Urban Street Forests

Urban neighborhoods with high-rise concrete buildings are often dreary and gray. Therefore, the Urban Street Forest project aims to color our cities with the planting of vertical forests by planting trees on the balconies of high-rise apartment buildings, involving local people, shops and organizations. We recently sat down with Raymond Brouwers, co-initiator of the project, to learn more about this hopeful initiative.

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