Tag: Manufactured Animals

No Drones in the Park, Please!
Suburban Utopia

No Drones in the Park, Please!

Our peculiar image of the week comes from Iceland, where the use of drones has been forbidden in some national parks. The ban is apparently intended to protect nature, as well as visitors who would prefer not to have nuisance drones crash into them. No camping, dogs to be kept on leashes, and please, leave your drones at home!

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bas haring
Office Garden

Conversation with Dutch Philosopher Bas Haring: Robot, Colleague or Foe?

Last weekend we had the honor to welcome philosopher and writer Bas Haring to our exhibition HUBOT, the job agency for people and robots. We talked with him to discuss the conception, image and will of the robot, challenge our relationship with these kaleidoscopic creatures and take a HUBOT jobtest. Haring is no stranger to NNN, he was among the first ambassadors who joined our international network and contributed with a powerful story to the Next Nature Book. He is currently professor of Public Understanding of Science at the University of Leiden, has written a variety of popular books, including “Cheese and the Theory of Evolution”, “The Iron Will” and “Plastic Pandas” and is a recurrent face on the Dutch television.

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Next Nature

Opening HUBOT at DDW

The robots have arrived! Yesterday we celebrated the launch of HUBOT, job agency for people and robots at MediaMarkt, as part of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Our virtual office had opened a week before the physical launch, and the applicants were pouring in from all over the world. Now it was time to welcome job-seeking futurists to the offline opening of our office, this entailed drinks, jobs… and robots! 

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ants
Hypernature

Lazy Worker Ants

When looking at a crowded street from far above, it’s easy to make the comparison between humans and ants and think “we’re just like ants, aren’t we?”. Swarming around, running from place to place: we can be quite busy creatures. Although there are some crucial differences between us and them, ants can give us some interesting insights into our own systems, by showing us theirs.

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Office Garden

HUBOT: Take the Jobtest!

The robots are coming! They’re getting smarter, cheaper and more reliable. How long will I have my job before a robot steals it? The industrial revolution made muscular power redundant, the digital revolution automates our thinking. How to cope with that? Are we working against, or together with robots? Find out yourself and visit the virtual office of HUBOT.

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Internet of Bees
Hypernature

The Internet of Bees

Do you ever wonder what bees talk about amongst themselves? A beehive is a very busy home, and gossip must spread fast. But what kind of information can we take from that buzz of conversation? With the help of a new monitoring system, a Canadian researcher is hoping to find out.

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Motorboats disturb fish
Anthropocene

Boat Noise Makes Fish Bad Parents

Noise, with 7.423.642.565 people living on the planet we produce a lot of it, and everyone knows how exhausting and tiring the exposure to noise can be. We, humans, are able to escape loud places, but other species have to deal with the sounds we produce and its consequences. For instance, the sound of motorboat engines disturbs coral reef fish so acutely it changes their behavior, making them loose their parenting skills.

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