Tag: Save The Humans

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Robotization Makes Work More Human

The Robots are coming! They keep getting smarter, more reliable, and more affordable. They work 24 hours a day and never get sick. It’s no surprise that some are proclaiming that robotisation and artificial intelligence (AI) will eliminate jobs. In 2014 Oxford scientists calculated 47% of the current jobs could be automated by 2034, due to robotisation and AI.  Last year accounting and consulting firm Deloitte calculated 42% of the students at vocational high schools were still being trained to do these endangered jobs. Imagine being 16 years and discovering you’re studying for a job that soon won’t exist. What kind of future is that?

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Suburban Utopia

The Robots Are Coming!

Robots are getting stronger and smarter every day. How long will I have my job before a robot steals it? And they’re taking over our families, our houses, our cars… basically, our whole lives. Visions of the future in which people are dominated by superior machines have always been with us. Sometimes they turn us into human livestock; in other scenarios, our appliances actively try to exterminate us. Though Hollywood movies usually depict robots as metal people, the reality is more subtle than that.

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Meat the Future

NNN at Thought for Food Global Summit

How to feed more than nine billion people by 2050? This is the central question of this year’s Thought For Food Global Summit, held in Amsterdam on May 26 and 27. As world’s leading platform to address global food and nutrition security, the TFF movement brings together unconventional thinkers and doers from all disciplines and parts of the globe, who are dedicated to developing breakthrough solutions. Tomorrow, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will share his thoughts on in vitro meat, and what better way to enjoy his presentation than with an ice cream savory cone from our Bistro In Vitro ice cream cart? That’s right, see you there!

More info: TFF Global Summit

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Letter to Humanity

The Letter to Humanity is addressed to all 7 billion people on Earth and available in twenty-five languages. It encourages a new perspective on the role of humanity on Earth. The letter urges humans not to be slaves or victims of technology, but to use technology to enhance humanity.

Dear Humanity,

It feels strange writing you a letter, I admit. Letters are generally addressed to an individual or a limited group of people. It’s unusual to write to humanity as a whole. You don’t even have a postal address, and I doubt you get much correspondence. Still, I thought it was time I wrote.

Obviously, I realise I can’t possibly reach you completely – if only because humanity not only consists of every person who’s alive right now but also of everyone who’s ever lived. That’s an estimated 107 billion people. And then there are all the others who haven’t been born yet – hopefully there will be a great many of them. I’ll return to that later, but before we talk about the future, I’d like to look back.

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Today we globally celebrate Earth Day.
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Happy Earth Day!

Today we globally celebrate Earth Day. What better occasion to read and share the Letter to Humanity written for all of us by NNN director Koert van Mensvoort? Humanity is at a crossroads, there are two paths along which our relationship with technology can develop: a dream or a nightmare. That’s why the Letter to Humanity urges us, humans, not to be slaves or victims of our own technology, but rather to use it to enhance our life on this planet.

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Van Mensvoort Writes a Letter to Humanity

On the occasion of the Earth Day, 22 April 2017, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will share his Letter to Humanity. In the letter he urges humans not to be slaves or victims of their own technology, but instead to use technology to enhance humanity. His hope is to encourage a new perspective on the role of man on Earth. Translated in over twenty‐five languages, the Letter to Humanity is addressed to all 7 billion people on Earth. Stay tuned!

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Researchers at Virginia Tech are studying the risk of injury from a drone collision by hitting a crash test dummy in the head.
Wild Systems

Drone Hits Crash Test Dummy for Your Safety

Drones are becoming an integral part of our life. In the future they might control the weather, supply medicines, or maybe even become our best friends. Until that moment, we should consider developing drone regulations for our own safety. Researchers at Virginia Tech are studying the risk of injury caused by drone collision using a crash test dummy.

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Society of Simulations

72h Offline Challenge for Teenagers

Around 100 teenagers, between the ages of 12 and 18, agreed to withstand 72 hours totally offline: no phone, no computer, no TV. The University of Gdansk, together with Dbam o Mój Z@sięg Foundation, decided to run this experiment to estimate teenagers’ Internet addiction scale. A tech-survival for those who see unlimited web access as natural as water flowing in their tap. What were the results?

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“Death School” to Learn Love Life Again

At Hyowon Healing Centre in Seoul you can experience the emotional cost of a suicide during “Death School” classes. People of all ages come to face their fear and learn how to cope with life. First you have your photo taken, then you write a farewell letter to your loved ones and finally you are closed into a wooden coffin for ten minutes. Afterwards, Jeong Yong-mun, head of the centre, addresses the participants: “You have seen what death feels like, you are alive, and you must fight!”

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Cellphones Go Feral

In the wake of Samsung burning phones scandal, news websites promptly followed the development of the story. After reports of their flagship phone catching fire and causing serious damage, plane delays and even hospitalization, the company made a first recall to substitute the batteries with the ones of a different provider. Nevertheless, the new phones were still bursting into flames. After a second recall, a strong warning followed to urge consumers to turn off and “stop using the device”.

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