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WiFi Angels at Telemagic in Rotterdam

Imagine you can hear WiFi, every area would have its own soundscape. Streets, parks, subways, hotels, highways; they all sound different. WiFi radiation is everywhere, yet invisible to our human senses. The WiFi Angels app lets you sense electromagnetic radiations by turning the WiFi networks that surround you into a celestial choir. On the 21st of April at 21:00, our angels will guide you to the Telemagic paranormal tech fair in Worm, Rotterdam. The exhibition showcases 25 stands of spiritual healing for the technological body. Get ready for a discourse of consciousness in cyberspace. Next time you search for WiFi, just follow the angels!

Scientists succeeded in digitally transmitting the basic look and taste of a glass of lemonade.
Society of Simulations

Digital Lemons to Make Virtual Lemonade

Ever wondered how does the Internet taste like? Lemons, obviously! Scientists at the National University of Singapore succeeded in digitally transmitting the basic look and taste of a freshly poured glass of lemonade to a simple glass of water. It works as follows: use a sensory device to calculate the color and pH levels of the beverage, send these data to a special jug, which then mimics the specifications of the drink with a pulse of electricity. A LED light will make sure your refreshment has the right color tone, cheers!

Source: New Scientist

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Bionic Leaf Helps Vegetables to Grow

Leafs are great. Not just visually beautiful when turning our forests from green to yellow but with great internal power. From turning sun in usable energy to serving the human as a tissue repair for damaged hearts. This time though, it is not the leaf we are used to see in our common habitat but a bionic one, showing us once again how old and new nature can merge.

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NNN fellows Driessens & Verstappen present Tickle Salon as part of the Humans Needs Not Apply expo in the Science Gallery, Dublin.
Wild Systems

Driessens & Verstappen in Dublin

In an possible automated world, will it be time to put humans out to pasture? This and many other questions laid the foundation for the exhibition Humans Needs Not Apply at the Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. The show illuminates a robotic future where human jobs have ceased to exist and computers run in full automation to alarming, yet exhilarating, ends. From Lady Charrerley’s Tinderbot to Self Typing Machines and NNN fellows Driessens & Verstappen‘s Massage Robots coming from the ceiling in their installation Tickle Salon. If you are in Dublin, make sure not to miss it! The exhibition runs until May 21st.

Image: Tickle Robot

Image Consumption

From Bad Selfie to Perfect Portrait

Never take a bad selfie again with Adobe’s latest AI photo editor. The company revealed a glimpse of one of its future mobile applications developed by the artificial intelligence framework, Adobe Sensei. The concept video presents a myriad of promising photo-editing features to create the ultimate portrait: from 3D-facial mapping to automatic portrait masking and style transfers. While these technologies at present are mainly part of experimental research, Adobe suggests that such features might soon be coming to a smartphone near you.

Source: Engadget

Join Leanne Wijnsma at Odorama: Icons of Smell, a night full of multi-sensory experiences at Mediamatic in Amsterdam
Augmented Bodies

Leanne Wijnsma at Mediamatic

We increasingly use digital technology to augment our senses, but we rarely realize that some of them are excluded from the process. The sense of smell is one of those senses, that’s why experience designer Leanne Wijnsma developed The Smell of Data, a scent dispenser to warn us from hazardous websites. On April 19 at 20:00, Wijnsma will presents the project during Odorama: Icons of Smell, a night full of multi-sensory experiences at Mediamatic in Amsterdam. With professors Ep Köster and Charles Spence, the panel will explain everything about the impact of scents on our consciousness and behavior.

Photo: Neon Moiré

Paying with Face in China
Intimate Technology

Pay with Your Face

Face recognition is not a new technology, but now it became good enough that we can rely on its search results. A company in China is selling service products related to face recognition that can be applied to huge platforms, even banking security to authorize payments, provide access to facilities and track down criminals.

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Chinese space mangoes
Food Technology

A Truly Exotic Fruit: the Space Mango

So far we know quite little about the effects space has on humans, different countries, organizations and researchers are emphatically trying to explore foreign planets to find our new next habitat. With the space mango it’s the other way around: modified in space and planted on planet Earth!

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In Conversation with Yoyo Yogasmana, Winner of the First ECO Coin Award

In 2015 we handed our first ECO Coin Award to Age of Wonderland fellow Yoyo Yogasmana for his work in Indonesia to preserve more than 130 existing rice varieties without any use of insecticides and transfer his knowledge to the digital domain. Two years have passed, reason enough to catch up with Yogasmana and discuss the Kasepuhan community, global food networks and winning the ECO Coin Award.

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