Our lustrous NANO Supermarket left the four wheels of the track to open a pop-up store exhibition. The shelves of the NANO Supermarket are stocked with nanotech products that could hit the market in the next ten years: medicinal softdrinks, interactive wall paint, programmable wine and more. Our debate provoking objects are pioneering, uncanny and disturbing. They function as scenarios for potential technological innovations, helping us to decide what future we actually want.
Since its opening, the NANO Supermarket has received over 75.000 visitors in various cities around the globe. Pictured above the latest indoor exhibition at Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam.
Charlie Chaplin in ‘Modern Times’ being fed by a futuristic robot in a clumsy, yet dominating manner, was the opening scene of the Empowered by Robots conference held on October 25 at Klokgebouw, in Eindhoven. Chaplin confronts us with our fear for upcoming technologies. Koert van Mensvoort, Next Nature Network director and moderator of the event, opened the congress with this video to prove the contrary: we need to take the best features of humans and robots and demonstrate we can become colleagues.
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.
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.
‘Robotisation’, ‘Robots taking our jobs’, ‘Human replaced by a machine’ is what we often read in the newspapers. Whereas news items mainly focus on robots taking our jobs, we would like to show to other side of the same story. Empowered by Robots is a congress during the Dutch Design Week that explores the optimistic side of future employment. Besides that, Koert van Mensvoort has an exciting announcement to make.
To make a hamburger of 200 grams you need: three kilograms of grain and forage, 200 liters of water for land irrigation and livestock drinking, seven square meters for grazing and cultivating feed crops and 1.093 kilojoule of fossil energy to grow and transport feed (enough to power your microwave for 18 minutes). Keeping in mind the continuous growth of the world’s population, we need to find alternatives to the traditional meat production. One of them could be in vitro meat.
The Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade, in the south of The Netherlands, just opened a new exhibition where we discuss the future of in vitro meat. The opening coincided with the second International Conference on Cultured Meat held in Maastricht. It was a unique oportunity to gather scientists, designers and theorists to talk about possible scenarios for lab-grown meat production.