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When Was the Last Time you Were Bored?

Since we own it, the smartphone has became an extension of our body. At the first hint of boredom throughout the day, we instinctively grab it and start scrolling social media pages, typing instant messages, checking the mail, or playing the latest game. In the Society of the Simulation in which we are living there is no room for ennui, we don’t experience a moment of mental non-operational time anymore.

Recent studies found that, on a daily basis, we check the smartphone 150 times and spend an average of 2 hours and 57 minutes on mobile devices.

To get us rethink our relationship with technology, New Tech City launched the Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art Of Spacing Out project. The idea is to ask people to measure their smartphone use with an app called Moment and then take some conscious steps to limit the digital interactions. The challenge will take place the first week of February, but you can already sign up.
Are you willing to stop the constant brain stimulation and let yourself get bored?

Source: NPR

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Made-to-debate

Save the Humans – Call for Quotes

We call upon you, dear readers, to participate in a new publication from the Next Nature Network: SAVE THE HUMANS!.

We are becoming increasingly intimate with the machines that constantly control and watch the way we live. How can the growing world population of more than 7 billion people create a humane life for everyone? Let’s find the errors and the holes in the technosphere that will give us space for free and creative thinking. Let’s use the brain pixels that are not taken yet. And Save the Humans!

We invite you to make a contribution by submitting quotes that question the autonomy of mankind in the digital computer era, and study the future of the independent creative spirit.

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Next Nature Emergency Blanket

In 1964, NASA developed a new material consisting of a thin sheet of plastic, coated with a metallic reflecting agent. A thin sheet of plastic coated with a metallic reflecting agent proved resistance to the hostile space environment, large temperature range and resistance to ultraviolet radiation. As a spinoff, this material is now widely used as ‘survival’ blanket in emergency situations or extreme sports, usually to protects its users against forces of ‘old’ nature (cold, heat, rain, wind).

This Next Nature Survival Blanket however, protects against the forces of next nature: drone attacks, electrosmog, internet fail, et cetera.

Concept: Koert van Mensvoort, Hendrik-Jan Grievink
Design: Hendrik-Jan Grievink

The Next Nature Emergency Blanket is especially developed for the exhibition Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Earth in Our Hands at the Deutsches Museum in Munich (Germany) which runs from December 5, 2014 to January 31, 2016.

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Office Garden

Professions Of The Future

As technology evolves, what today seems science fiction may become the job market of tomorrow. Experts predict that 60% of employments in the next 10 years haven’t even been invented yet.

Based on social, technological, economic, and environmental changes occurring today, companies such as Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan (CST) and Sparks & Honey recently conceptualized a series of jobs they think are going to be created or become common in the future. Rewilder, nostalgist, digital death manager, shown below a selection of 11 new professions that you may practice one day.

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Food Technology

Three Points in Support of In Vitro Meat

In vitro meat is a broad project that bonds many worlds together: animal rights, environmentalism, sustainability, public health, science and the list goes on and on.

The Modern Agriculture Foundation aim is simple: to make the day cultured meat will become a commercially available product arrive as soon as possible. They are hoping in a major step towards the replacement of the conventional meat industry – worldwide. While cultured beef research is getting the focus today thanks to Mark Post’s first hamburger, recently the organization have started a new campaign, for the promotion of cultured chicken meat research.

At the Modern Agriculture Foundation they truly believe cultured meat is the most effective, realistic, global solution to a lot of wrongdoings caused by the traditional meat industry.

Below they elaborated the top three aspects why we should support cultured meat.

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Augmented-Bodies

A Jewel That Stops You From Checking Your Phone

For every smartphone user to recognize, is that merely the lighting of your screen, a vibration or ring distracts you from almost every activity. Even when you are spending time with your lover, friends, family or colleagues, any event on your screen seems to outrange the interaction you are physically part of. Being honest, does the screen really makes you happy, and does that tweet, like or Instagram truly enlight you? Research shows that people value off line interaction over online communication, which furthermore for a larger part contributes to people’s wellbeing and feelings of happiness (Leefritme, 2010).

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