Tag: Symbolic-Overdrive

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Priests Bless Server Rooms

Normally priests use holy water for the blessing of believers’ houses or as a means of repelling evil. However, it is becoming common practice for priests to bless server rooms and sprinkle the holy water on computer terminals and data centers, as such places are the ones that need the blessing these days (think last week’s worldwide cyberattack).

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Next Nature

Celebrate Easter with a Next Nature Egg Hunt

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a fun egg hunt? This year you can upgrade your hunt and search for next nature eggs instead! Do away with dishonest health claims for eggs and uncertain promises of organic, free-range hens. Find Honest Eggs on the shelves of the NANO Supermarket at DGTL Festival in Amsterdam this weekend. Or what about some Marrow Eggs? These dainty “eggs” aren’t filled with yolk, but with snow-white cultured marrow. You can get a “taste” of the marrow egg and 29 other exquisite recipes at our Meat the Future expo at CUBE Design Museum in Kerkrade. The exhibition is opened on Easter and Easter Monday from 10:00 to 17:00. The holidays are filled with traditions, it is up to us to create new ones. Happy Easter everybody!

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Next Nature

WiFi Angels at Telemagic in Rotterdam

Imagine you can hear WiFi, every area would have its own soundscape. Streets, parks, subways, hotels, highways; they all sound different. WiFi radiation is everywhere, yet invisible to our human senses. The WiFi Angels app lets you sense electromagnetic radiations by turning the WiFi networks that surround you into a celestial choir. On the 21st of April at 21:00, our angels will guide you to the Telemagic paranormal tech fair in Worm, Rotterdam. The exhibition showcases 25 stands of spiritual healing for the technological body. Get ready for a discourse of consciousness in cyberspace. Next time you search for WiFi, just follow the angels!

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Suburban Utopia

The New Gold: Honey!

A ‘gold rush’ is haunting New Zealand’s beekeepers, as beehive and honey thefts are growing, leading local police officers to believe a network of organized crime is seeking to profit from escalating honey prices. It appears the search for the liquid gold is on a quest to prevail, since prices for native Manuka honey have tripled in value since 2012.

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Introducing Tinder VR: Dating technology from the future.
Intimate Technology

The Future of Dating

Electronic machines have changed loving relationships, from instant messaging to swipe-based romance, from remote kissing to immersive pornographic experiences. It will only be a matter of time before we will find our significant other through virtual reality. At this year’s edition of CES in Las Vegas, leading dating app Tinder unveiled a feature that does exactly that. Introducing Tinder VR: dating technology from the future.

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The Tappy 'smart ring' is a wedding ring connected to your bank account.
Intimate Technology

Payment by Wedding Ring

Contactless payments are becoming ever more ubiquitous. A single tap of your card, smartphone, key fob, or smartwatch easily does the trick. Besides the “conventional” payment methods, we have seen a biohacker paying with his thumb and an artist paying with hugs. So what’s next? Hong Kong-based tech company Tappy believes the future of wireless payments is in jewelry.

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Wild Systems

KaraokeBot Sings Christmas Carols

A next nature Christmas looks as follows. We start by sending out augmented Christmas cards and then we build our very own Christmas tree. For the menu we turn to our In Vitro Meat Cookbook for an exquisite three-course meal accompanied with Nano Wine and amplify our senses with a Google Nose. After the banquet we gather around KaraokeBot, an AI system that generates and sings Christmas songs from the visual components of an uploaded image, and sing the night away. The holidays are filled with traditions, it is up to us to create new ones. Happy Christmas everybody!

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Society of Simulations

In Defense of the Eggplant

After the cucumber and the banana, there is a new phallic fruit in town. The eggplant emoji, also known as aubergine, was added to the official Unicode 6.0 emoji set in 2010. The flourishing ‘dictionary’ of 1.851 ideograms depicts a broad range of small digital icons to boost text messages and is gradually evolving into a parallel visual language of its own, where suggested meanings are up for grabs.

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