Tag: Society of Simulations

In Silico Farming
Food Technology

Farming in Silico

Agriculture has been with us since the dawn of civilization, and since then all kinds of machinery have helped make the process physically easier. But farming is more than just manual labor. For many farmers, the hard part is not planting and harvesting, but knowing when, where and how to plant in order to get the best yield. Thankfully, there’s an app for that too: growing crops in silico – on a computer screen.

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Nomophobia
Intimate Technology

Nomophobia: the Fear of Phonelessness

You step outside your home without your phone and are seized by a sudden fear. Or you notice that your battery is low when out and about and decide to get home as quickly as possible. Do you recognize these anxieties? According to researchers from universities in Hong Kong and Seoul, they may be symptoms of something called “nomophobia”. That is, no-mobile-phobia: the fear of being separated from your smartphone.

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Next Nature

Next Nature Habitat VR Wins Sweden VR Award

And the winner of the Sweden International Virtual Reality Award in the category Best 360º Video is… Next Nature Habitat VR!

Our immersive experience allows us to travel through four different future environments, asking the question: what does it mean to live in a next nature? With the VR, we aim to stimulate debate on how we want to live in the future. According to the jury, the Next Nature Habitat VR “skillfully utilizes the VR medium and narration to take the viewer on a captivating thought-provoking visual trip about alternative habitats for humankind”. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the Sweden VR Contest 2017 and thanks to everyone who contributed to the development this production. Did you missed it? Watch the trailer above and ask yourself: where would you live?

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One minute of Internet
Office Garden

One Minute on the Internet

During the course of human evolution, work and leisure became separate concepts. Daily life for our ancestors was hard, mostly long hours of work trying to ensure basic survival. But with the rise of modernity, we have domesticated ourselves with new technologies. Keeping in mind that Facebook recently revealed to have two billion active users a month (which sums up about 25% of the global population), this makes us wonder how the average minute is spent on the Internet. Peculiar image of the week.

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talk with plants
Hypernature

Chat with Plants in the Botanical Garden

Ever wanted to have a chat with a plant? If so, make sure to visit the botanical gardens of The Netherlands. Exploring methods to better connect people to the natural world, Waag Society, in collaboration with the Dutch Botanical Gardens Association, have developed an app that allows visitors to talk with plants.

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virtual reality, virtual social network
Society of Simulations

Virtual Networking, the Future Social Media

In a way, social media is a form of virtual reality. You portray a version of yourself, but that representation isn’t exactly you. You have to leave some aspects of yourself out, and people often add in pieces that don’t exist in the real world. People tend to show only the best parts of their lives, while leaving out the negative and unexciting parts. Some day soon, that virtual version of yourself will become much more realistic, but still it won’t necessarily represent what you really are. Virtual reality technology, which is already becoming a part of the conversation surrounding social media, will enable this shift.

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fireflies
Fake Nature

Replacing Fireflies with Lasers

Oh look, a firefly…or is it a laser? Firefly-watching festivities are immensely popular in China and each season from the end of May until October draws flock of tourists. These events involve the release of tens of thousands of these glowing bugs outside their natural habitat. The East Lake Peony Garden, located in Wuhan (the capital of Hebei province) is China’s first firefly theme park. Yet, although the park itself is populated by some indigenous fireflies, many of them are not what they seem.

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smartphone, technology, millenial
Intimate Technology

Smartphones Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past

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.

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