Tag: Digital Native

Smartphone statue
Society of Simulations

19th Century Sculpture Seems to Be Holding a Smartphone

Today’s peculiar image comes from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Take a second look. No, the woman depicted in the sculpture isn’t holding a smartphone. If at first glance you thought she was, you wouldn’t be alone. The sculpture, Erastus Dow Palmer’s “The Indian Girl” (1856), actually depicts a Native American woman holding a crucifix. But in the last few years, visitors have had a quite different impression of the piece. In our smartphone-saturated world, it’s hard to see a figure looking intently at an object in its hand without instantly assuming it’s a phone. Looking at the past through the eyes of the present can have uncanny results!

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Enactus
Next Nature

Koert van Mensvoort at Enactus 2017

On Friday June 9, the annual Enactus national competition will take place in Utrecht at Jaarbeurs Media Plaza. During the whole day, thirteen student teams will showcase their social enterprises to 41 jury members, determined to secure a spot in the World Cup hosted in London later this year. Each team was challenged to come up with a concept and present it in 17 minutes to the judges to convince them of the project’s environmental impact. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will be among the jury members and will give a lecture on how technology is becoming our next nature (at 17:00). What are you waiting for? Register now!

Photo by Michiel Plas

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The Nano Supermarket was invited to the first edition of Broklede Inspiration Day at ROC Broklede, a high school in the Netherlands.
Next Nature

NANO Supermarket at RSG Broklede

Last week our NANO Supermarket pop-up store was invited to the first edition of Broklede Inspiration Day at RSG Broklede, a high school in Breukelen, The Netherlands. The theme of the day was innovation, and was aimed to let youngsters explore future possibilities in our rapidly changing digital era. The students who visited the indoor exhibition were amazed by the inventive products on the NANO Supermarket shelves and their underlying implications; their only disappointment was the fact that some of the items still don’t exist!

Book the NANO Supermarket to your school and explore speculative nanotech products that may hit the market within the next ten years.

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A new feature rumored to be in the next iOS update called Theater Mode could dim smartphone usage in cinemas.
Intimate Technology

Put Your Phone on Theatre Mode in Cinemas

We all know how annoying it gets to sit next to a person in the theatre who is continuously using the phone. But according to Sonny Dickson, things are about to change. The Australian famed “Apple leaker”, who notably reveals accurate information when it comes to new tech, wrote: “iOS 10.3 to feature a new Theatre mode”. The initial update is scheduled for January 10th and has many users speculating on screen level brightness and the disabling of notifications. If the function will be truly launched, it will be a matter of days. Until then, we can just switch our phone off.

Source: The Guardian

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Teenagers using their phones during school break
Society of Simulations

72h Offline Challenge for Teenagers

Around 100 teenagers, between the ages of 12 and 18, agreed to withstand 72 hours totally offline: no phone, no computer, no TV. The University of Gdansk, together with Dbam o Mój Z@sięg Foundation, decided to run this experiment to estimate teenagers’ Internet addiction scale. A tech-survival for those who see unlimited web access as natural as water flowing in their tap. What were the results?

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amazon reading app rapids
Innovative Nostalgia

The Reinvention of Children’s Books

In today’s rapidly moving society, even the biggest bibliophiles have problems finding the time to sit down with a good book. Though we never stop reading. Tons of digital letters cross our eyes daily, from email to Twitter feed. So, why are kids still learning to read from a book? Amazon is reinventing the children’s book in the form of an educational reading app called Rapids.

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Society of Simulations

Flip-Flop Selfie

Taking a selfie is not as obvious as it might seem. About five billion people, of the 7.4 living on our planet, don’t own a smartphone. These two boys use the nap of their flip-flop as a camera to take an imaginary selfie. Still, their selfie went viral and became our peculiar image of the week.

Image via Volkskrant

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Society of Simulations

In Defense of the Eggplant

After the cucumber and the banana, there is a new phallic fruit in town. The eggplant emoji, also known as aubergine, was added to the official Unicode 6.0 emoji set in 2010. The flourishing ‘dictionary’ of 1.851 ideograms depicts a broad range of small digital icons to boost text messages and is gradually evolving into a parallel visual language of its own, where suggested meanings are up for grabs.

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