For many people it’s hard to imagine going a day without a smartphone. We use them for everything: talking to friends, browsing the Internet, playing games, tracking fitness goals and much more. They’ve become almost a part of who we are. According to tech industry experts, however, the smartphone’s days are numbered and that number is lower than you might expect.
How many times a day do you check your phone? According to Dutch virtual mobile network Ben, the answer is 200 times a day. As a commercial telecom provider, Ben should be very happy of our addictive smartphone habits. However, they recently launched an advertising campaign to sell smartphone plans by promoting disconnection. Remarkable, if you ask us.
Real innovations are high tech but analogic, they are created by mixing biology, genetics and design to save energy and resources. This is the concept behind Lining Yao’s work, Chinese interaction designer and maker of novel materials and interfaces. She recently completed her PhD at Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab in Boston, where she focused on pushing Human Computer Interaction towards Human Material Interaction, and she is now Assistant Professor at HCII Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Hello filmmakers, hello video enthusiasts! Always wanted to have your work featured online? NNN is curating the September 2017 edition of The One Minutes series on the theme Intimate Technology. Send your one minute long video and explore with us how advanced technologies are changing the relationship with our body, environment and sexuality. Ask yourself, how far do we allow technology to go? And how close to the skin can it get? Hurry up, the deadline is July 15. Submit your work here.
Welcome back! Today we share the second part of Leanne Wijnsma’s search for a more instinctive Internet: Smell of Data. Last week’s episode introduced us to the concept of data leaks and the impact it has on us as a society, as a whole. This week we dive into the promise and perils of online privacy and how governments and privately-owned companies want to know everything about you. Missed the first part? Watch it here.
We warmly welcome newly appointed fellow Leanne Wijnsma to the Next Nature Network. Her award-winning project The Smell of Data, a scent dispenser to warn Internet users from digital hazards online, was developed in partnership with NNN, and has been broadly covered by (inter)national media outlets. Exclusively for our readers, Wijnsma made a documentary series following her search for a more instinctive Internet. We will share it on nextnature.net in a five-part weekly series. Introducing part one: Digital Jungle.
Technology is coming closer to us, it colonizes our bodies and identity. It has always been a part of our lives, and our attachment to it seems to grow every day. We are pleased to announce that NNN will curate the One Minutes series for September 2017. Under the theme ‘Intimate Technology‘, we are calling on film makers, students, artists, enthusiasts, technology experts, dancers, choreographers, professionals critics and basically everyone who wants to share a one minute video with us.