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.
Due to technological developments, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish the fake from the real, and the natural from the made. In the run towards Impakt festival 2016 Authenticity? Impakt is hosting various events throughout which they explore the thematic approach of the festival. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort was invited together with NNN fellow Floris Kaayk to discuss authenticity and create a program around their most recent projects.
Last week The Hague hosted the 12th edition of TodaysArt, a festival dedicated to contemporary experiments in music, art and digital culture. As the event – called “Public Under Construction” – incorporated meetings, performances, installations and concerts all focused on the future, it gave more questions than answers. Some of them are worth pointing out.