There’s a factory in China that produces mosquitoes and their plan is to release them into nature to cull the population and eradicating disease. As Zika-linked microcephaly crisis continue to grow in Brazil, pressuring the World Health Organization (WHO) to announce a public health emergency, China is determined to start a pilot field study using mosquitoes infected with bacteria to help fighting the deadly disease.
Designer and architect Neri Oxman and her mediated matter lab explore design at the intersection of technology and biology. In her TED talk, she leads us into a new age of guided growth, microbial factories, augmented bodies and intimate technologies.
Drones were initially known to be adopted in the military field, for air-patrolling and attack missions. Nevertheless in the late years they are having a great role in completely different and wider fields, such as deliveries, weather control and entertainment. Recently British company BioCarbon Engineering developed a new ingenious way to exploit drones: reforestation.
While traditional wood milling forces trees into straight rectangle shapes, novel smart milling techniques allow for industrial-scale manufactured hardwood flooring that follows a tree’s growth.
When Gavin Munro was playing in his garden as a young boy, he noticed that an overgrown bonsai tree had the distinct appearance of a chair. Soon after, he got a spinal graft, requiring him to wear a back brace to heal and align his bones: “There were long periods of staying still, plenty of time to observe everything going on and reflect” he recalls.
Today Munro is creating a farm where planted trees can be grown around braces and harvested as fully formed chairs, sculptures, lamps, and tables.
In both vases pictured, you can put your flowers into water. Both are analogue objects. The manufacturing process is the analogue/digital difference in this case. The vase pictured at right is a 3D printed vase, completely digitally processed by a 3D printer. It is believed that in the near future we will all have a 3D printer at home. Will we be giving them commands to print our home accessories, food or maybe even our own organs?
From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game
The technology behind artificial reproduction is at a level that was unimaginable decades ago, we can now use artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization to create babies without having actual sex. In the future, according to researcher Dr Paul Turek and his team, we could go a step further and use artificial testicles to produce sperm cells.
Spider silk has always been a material that amazes scientists for different applications, from electronics to re-growing bones. Add to the list of possible uses a new and exciting one: in the future, it might be possible to grow a new heart in the laboratory using spider silk.
This weekend, Next Nature Network creative director Dr. Van Mensvoort will lecture at Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now? at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
The multi-disciplinary conference is co-organized by Professor Matthew Tucker and Professor Christine Baeumler at the University of Minnesota. The event will bring together professionals from various disciplines to meditate on how the global environmental problems of the Anthropocene change our involvement with nature. The discussion will include post-industrial feral landscape ecology, eco-toxic tourism, manufactured urban ecosystems, post-natural disaster resiliency planning, hypernature and technology, and genetically modified environments.
The symposium is free and public, so make sure to drop by if you live around!
Next Nature @ Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now?
Saturday, April 18 5 pm – 6 pm
U of MN Northrop Best Buy Theater, Minneapolis, USA