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Suburban Utopia

The Scandinavian Winds Power Your Internet

“Googling” is so easy and straightforward that seems to be an activity that won’t cause any impact on the environment. Unfortunately it does, from the manufacture and shipping of computers to the powering and cooling of the servers, huge amounts of resources and energy are consumed. According to climatecare.org every Google search accounts for 0.2 to 0.7 grams of carbon emissions and every e-mail equals to four grams of CO2.

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Next Nature

Next Nature Habitat VR Launch

If the natural habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic and the natural habitat of the scorpion is the desert, then what about humans? What is our natural habitat? As a species, we need to discover what does it mean to live in a world where biology and technology are merging, and ask ourselves what exactly is natural in our environment. We invite you to step inside our Next Nature Habitat virtual reality experience during VR Days Europe 2016 and see what is like to live in a next nature.

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The Brave New World conference discusses what ethical and social impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced in society.
Next Nature

Brave New World Conference in Leiden

How will the future impact human life? Will we fall in love with robots? How can we combine nature and architecture? Is technology part of human evolution? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the Brave New World conference on November 2 and 3, 2016 in Leiden (The Netherlands). The events discusses what ethical and social impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced to society. Among the speakers: NNN director Koert van Mensvoort and our ambassadors Floris Kaayk and Rachel Armstrong.

The Italian government just launched a campaign to raise awareness for falling birthrates and encourage family planning.
Intimate Technology

More Babies for Italy

The Italian government launched a remarkable campaign to raise awareness for falling birthrates. Named Fertility Day, the operation (that took place on September 22) might sound like a national holiday, but it is meant to encourage family planning and maternity. Along the campaign, 12 promotional “postcards” were launched, which went viral for all the wrong reasons. Together with the campaign images, the government created a website and an online game, both currently offline.

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Wild Systems

AI Teenage Girl Hit by Depression

When last year Microsoft Japan introduced an artificial intelligence program in the form of a teenage schoolgirl, young men nationwide were lining up to meet her. The AI was made to improve human-like experiences of the company’s customer service chat-bots. It was designed to learn from the conversations and interactions with human users on social media platforms. Unfortunately things took a turn for the worse, as she appears to have fallen into a suicidal depression.

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Plastic Planet

Dave Hakkens Wins the ECO Coin 2016

Every year at Next Nature Network we search the globe for people and projects that have outstandingly contributed to making this planet a more sustainable place to live and honor them with our ECO Coin Award. Last year the award was given to Yoyo Yogasmana for his work in Indonesia for transferring his knowledge on growing more than 130 rice varieties without the use of insecticides to the digital domain.

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What happens when nature and culture team up to create an ice sculpture?
Hypernature

Natural Ice Sculpture in North Carolina

Winter is coming! Our peculiar image of the week shows what happens when nature and culture team up to create an ice sculpture. This picture was taken after an ice storm, with temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees, swept through North Carolina and formed an ice shell on the front of a parked Jeep.

Via: Express

Babysitter robots
Intimate Technology

This Robot Takes Care of Your Children

As a parent you probably don’t always have time to entertain your children. One solution to the problem would be to hire a nanny. Another is iPal, the child-sized babysitter robot. With its height of 90 centimeters, big eyes and a tablet attached to its chest, this robot nanny is designed to take adult responsibilities.

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