Negative consequences of technology
Society of Simulations

Technology: Intrusive or Supportive?

Is the use of personal devices becoming a replacement for the spectrum of emotions that make us all humans? This discussion started a long while ago but opinions are still controversially parted. We buy the latest gadgets expecting them to make our life easier, but it seems they do more than just that. Most of the technology we use today can either be intrusive or supportive; how can we enjoy the benefits of our technologies while avoiding the negative consequences?

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Supermarket

A Film to Double the Shelf-Life of Food

Storing leftover food with plastic wrap is a fair way of keeping your food fresh for a longer time. However, this material is quite limited because what it does is just sealing everything off from oxygen. Researchers at the National University of Singapore have successfully developed a natural chitosan-based and  environmentally-friendly film with grapefruit seed extract able to improve food safety, conservation and quality.

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Forward to Nature

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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?

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Anthropomorphobia

Let’s Laugh at Robots!

This video makes us laugh at how clumsy robots can be. As silly and infantile as they look, we might as well be laughing at the mischief of toddlers. Yet, to laugh at them is to anthropomorphize them. It is, in a way, to look at robots as if they had human characteristics. But in the end, these fails remind us that robots are still a long ways off.

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Information Decoration

Storing Knowledge for Eternity

Researchers at the University of Southampton have discovered a way to store data in five dimensions on a nano structured glass able to survive for billion of years. Their first experiment with this technique dates back to 2013, when they successfully managed to record a 300 KB copy of a text file in 5D. However this time this high density, immutable storage is capable of storing up to 36 TB of data and will last (almost) forever.

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