OUT NOW: Save the Humans! Book

NextNature.net
December 17th 2015

Few months ago, we called upon you, dear readers, to participate in our new publication: Save the Humans! We invited you to submit quotes that question the autonomy of mankind in the digital computer era and study the future of the independent creative spirit. We received more than 400 quotes! A colorfully designed book, featuring quotes by thinkers in the fields of art, science and technology, is now ready and available on our web shop!

Smartphones, health-care robots, wearable computers and driverless cars – they’re coming, or they’re already here. We are becoming increasingly intimate with the machines that constantly measure, monitor and control our lives. How does this affect our autonomy and our human spirit? And how can the growing global population – already above 7 billion – work together to create humane lives for us all? What’s at stake is the remains of human agency. Let’s use the brain pixels that aren’t yet taken up and Save the Humans!

New possibilities, from algorithms to nanotechnology and robotics, challenge us to use our imagination and sometimes lead to a new reality with far-reaching consequences for our life on earth. We must also admit that many new digital applications pose a threat for privacy and our autonomy. This book reveals the state of the free minds of creative people in the 21st century. In an accessible, open yet critical way, it will encourage you to ponder what the recent changes mean for our lives.

Technology may help us understand the complex network society, it increases the quality of life, but it also creates an extremely bureaucratic and controlling atmosphere. Time to Save the Humans!sth collageConcept by designer and MOTI director Mieke Gerritzen. The book, available in English and Dutch, has been produced by Next Nature Network and published by Bis Publishers.

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Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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