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NNN at STRP Biënnale 2017

Join us for this year’s edition of the STRP Biënnale and expect a future oriented experience of senses and sensors. With its fully packed program, the biennial includes an exhibition with interactive installations, performances, concerts, a two-day conference and masterclasses in and around Klokgebouw, at Strijp-S in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Among the participants: NNN director Koert van Mensvoort, fellows Floris Kaayk, Thought Collider (Mike Thompson and Susana Camara Leret), Chloé Rutzerveld and Leanne Wijnsma. Make sure not to miss it! STRP runs from March 24th to April 2nd. More info: STRP.

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Society of Simulations

FarmVille Turns into Real-Life Agriculture

By taking a look at human evolution, we quickly notice that food gathering and production – also known as agriculture – has always been an important constant in our daily life, at least for most of our ancestors. With the industrialization of food this changed drastically and disconnected nine out of ten people from the production of the fuel that powers our bodies. Now that our “hunting ground” is the supermarket, we lost that connection with soil, animals, plants, seasons and climate, but also the direct link between labor and income.

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Next Nature

NNN Is Hiring: Managing Director

We are looking for a Managing Director (Dutch speaker) for our studio in Amsterdam. You will join an international network and will explore with us a future in which nature and technology are fusing. In a landscape of traditional nature organizations, we are the only group that approaches the concept of nature in a new way. Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots; we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How not to lose sight of the human factor? Preserving nature is of great importance, but we must also dare to look ahead. Do you agree? Then you might consider working with us! (Robots need not apply). Applications close on March 31, more info about the job.

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Augmented Bodies

Gene Therapy Cures Chronic Disease

Gene therapy has been there for decades. The idea is beautiful, one single treatment to get rid of horrific diseases forever. Before gene therapy was introduced diseases such as severe combined immune deficiency or SCID could only be treated with bone marrow transplant, which is a very pricey and delicate solution. Recently gene therapy has proven to work on this dreadful disease.

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Wild Systems

The Ephemeral Future of Internet Data

Since the introduction of computers and the Internet, the digital has been conceptualised as virtual, untouchable, and immaterial. The metaphor of ‘the cloud’ illustrates this very well. When you store your data in the cloud, you store your data on someone else’s computer. You might not see the computer and it might be on the other side of the world, but the fact that you can’t see it doesn’t mean it does not exist. Digital technologies are becoming more and more advanced, smaller, smarter, increasingly integrated with our bodies and environments.

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Meet the commercial 3D pizza printer that takes your order via a smartphone app.
Food Technology

3D Print Your Pizza in Six Minutes

Meet Chef 3D, the commercial 3D pizza printer that takes your order via a smartphone app. Simply select your pizza ingredients and the pizzabot will be on its way. Last year, the company behind the robotic chef obtained a grant from NASA to develop the project. Later this year, Chef 3D will make its appearance at theme parks, sports stadiums and shopping malls. Compared to human workers, “the robot is faster, cleaner, and more consistent”. And besides that, it will be possible to upload a jpg image to the menu and the robot will mimic it to perfection. Buon appetito!

Source: Business Insider. Image: Jeffrey Hosier

Congratulations to designer Leanne Wijnsma, who won the STRP Award for Creative Technology (ACT).
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Leanne Wijnsma Wins STRP Award

Our best congratulations to Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma for winning the STRP Award for Creative Technology (ACT), a new European prize that encourages the merging of innovative powers. Wijnsma won with her project Smell of Data, which the jury regarded as “a wonderfully layered and many-facetted project that brings together the digital and the sensorial in a surprising and meaningful way”. During this year’s edition of the STRP Biënnale (in Eindhoven from March 24 to April 2), Wijnsma will premiere her documentary about her search for a more instinctive Internet and will showcase the initial project.

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GM Ants Show How Insect Societies Work

Ants, they can be as annoying as impressive. Not just because they can carry 50 times their own body weight, but also for their cooperative work in the colony that rightly grants their little city the name “super organism”. A few of those ants have now been genetically modified for a research, and the results are astonishing. Ants social behavior is strongly dependent on their sense of smell, who would have thought that?

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Office Garden

Jobs for the Extraordinary-Robots at Work #5

How will your job look like in 2050? Join our design competition Empowered by Robots and share your vision on the job of the future. The winners will become part of HUBOT, the job agency for humans and robots. Here you can only find works where humans and robots have an ultimate collaboration. Need some inspiration? Have a look at our series Robots at Work! In this last episode we present you five jobs for the extraordinary, the ones who won’t let themselves be categorized.

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