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Visual of Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

How technology becomes nature in seven steps

Visual of The Playboy Interview

The Playboy Interview

In 1961, the name of Marshall McLuhan was unknown to everyone but his English students at the University of Toronto – and a coterie of academic admirers who followed his abstruse …

Visual of Pre-Order the Pyramid of Technology Toolkit

Pre-Order the Pyramid of Technology Toolkit

The Pyramid of Technology toolkit is a workshop-in-a-box that helps you better understand technology and catalyze innovative processes.

Visual of Reimagining popular apps with the Pyramid of Technology

Reimagining popular apps with the Pyramid of Technology

Today, there's an app for everything. They help us satisfy our cravings, allow us to communicate at all times and make it easier to share special moments. But the dark, cold …

Visual of An Ecstatic Dialogue with Richard Doyle

An Ecstatic Dialogue with Richard Doyle

When techno–optimist and fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute , Jason Silva, meets with Richard Doyle, author of Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants and the Evolution of the …

Visual of Simulacra and Simulations

Simulacra and Simulations

The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth--it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true. -Ecclesiastes If we were able to take as the …

Visual of The World Without Technology

The World Without Technology

I remember the smoke the most. That pungent smell permeating the camps of tribal people. Everything they touch is infused with the lingering perfume of smoke – their food, …

Visual of A new mythology of technology

A new mythology of technology

In conversation with architect Julia Watson, a leading expert on Indigenous technologies and author of 'Lo-TEK, Design by Radical Indigenism'.

Visual of Ecology – A New Opium for the Masses

Ecology – A New Opium for the Masses

Marxist philosopher Slavoj Žižek discusses the 'naturalization' of capitalism and how ecology became a new field of capitalist investment. He also argues that the ultimate …

Visual of A Stroll Through the Bubbles of Chemicals and Men

A Stroll Through the Bubbles of Chemicals and Men

A stunning pre-history of the anthropocene

Visual of The Coronation

The Coronation

For years, normality has been stretched nearly to its breaking point, a rope pulled tighter and tighter, waiting for a nip of the black swan’s beak to snap it in two. Now that the …

Visual of There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom

There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom

So you’re triggered by our call for products and now you’re considering to send in one, two or maybe three of your brilliant products for the Nano Supermarket? Good. Or – and this …

Visual of Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

An interview about the history and promises of synthetic biology, and the problem with the word "nature".

Visual of Getting rid of that bit of unspoiled green

Getting rid of that bit of unspoiled green

There it is. A hefty hen, with its head up high and its beak out. And a gigantic VR headset over its beady little eyes. What does this battery hen see? ‘An experience of a free …

Visual of Next Nature and the Curse of Oil

Next Nature and the Curse of Oil

The next step is to embrace and celebrate how cultural artifacts are escaping control, becoming autonomous, and forming the “next nature”.

Visual of Six principles of humane technology

Six principles of humane technology

We must be mindful about how we engage with technology: what we use it for, why, and whether it helps or hinders us. Sometimes our tech seems to be flowing in inhumane directions, …

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Professions Of The Future

As technology evolves, what today seems like science fiction may be the job market of tomorrow: 11 professions of the future.

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Humans Are the Sex Organs of Technology

Written by Kevin Kelly , published in The Technium .  I claim that technology has its own agenda. What is the evidence that technology as a whole, or the technium as I call it, is …

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On the origin of the word processor

Writing is recognised as one of mankind’s foremost inventions and the mechanization of writing is one of these developments that typify what is commonly regarded as the work of …

Visual of Technology: The 7th Kingdom of Life

Technology: The 7th Kingdom of Life

Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired Magazine talks about the nature of technology and propose to define technology as the 7th Kingdom of Life.

Visual of World of World of Warcraft (WOWOW)

World of World of Warcraft (WOWOW)

Videogame players celebrated this week as a hotly anticipated sequel to the popular online video game World of Warcraft hit the shelves. The nine million gamers can now play a …

Visual of The Evolutionary History of Office Chairs

The Evolutionary History of Office Chairs

On the shortlist for the year's strangest book title , Jonathan Olivares'  A Taxonomy of Office Chairs charts the "evolution" of chairs from the 1840s to the present day. The …

Visual of Would You Like a Bouquet of Nanoflowers?

Would You Like a Bouquet of Nanoflowers?

These crystalline 'nanoflowers' were developed by Cambridge University PhD student Ghim Wei Ho. The nanostructures of silicon carbide are grown from droplets of gallium on a …

Visual of Prof. Dr. Jos de Mul's - Poetry of Genetics

Prof. Dr. Jos de Mul's - Poetry of Genetics

In the weeks towards the Biggest Visual Power Show 2008 we post a few video's of earlier power show presentations. Philosopher Prof. Dr. Jos de Mul – author of countless articles …

Visual of The Soft Touch of a Human Hand

The Soft Touch of a Human Hand

Nissan’s Engineers Are Creepily Trying To Replicate Human Skin

Visual of Moral Shortcomings in the Technology Debate

Moral Shortcomings in the Technology Debate

Digital and genetic techniques increasingly influence life. Our belief in progress through technology stands in the way of a moral debate on this development. By Rinie van Est We …

Visual of Gardening on the Roof of a Bus

Gardening on the Roof of a Bus

A cheeky experiment to reduce CO2 results in a highly mobile garden.

Visual of How to design your (home)office

How to design your (home)office

Designer Govert Flint proposes a new office concept, entirely based on movement and play.

Visual of A Society of Simulations

A Society of Simulations

An interviewer once asked Pablo Picasso why he paints such strange pictures instead of painting things the way they are. Picasso asks the man what he means. The man then takes out …

Visual of How biotechnology could shape the future of product design

How biotechnology could shape the future of product design

Humans have been manipulating living things for thousands of years. Examples of early biotechnologies include domesticating plants and animals and then selectively breeding them …

Visual of On the origin of the LED lamp

On the origin of the LED lamp

For thousands of years people used oil lamps and candles to illuminate their homes during the hours of darkness. Neither produced much light and both were inconvenient in use as …

Visual of On inhumane technology

On inhumane technology

Stick-on shoes, wakeup lights, bionic limbs: these are examples of humane technology. But what exactly does this mean? It can best be explained in contrast with its opposite. …

Visual of On the origin of the e-bike

On the origin of the e-bike

The oldest known serious candidate forerunner for the bicycle is the ‘running machine’ built by the German Baron Karl von Drais. His two-wheeled machine became known as the …

Visual of Growing the Future of Meat

Growing the Future of Meat

Outside of the limits imposed by the edges of an animal’s body, the cells can reproduce and multiply until they exhaust the nutrients and space provided, filling petri dishes and vats to grow the future of meat.

Visual of The return of trade: Blockchain technology is enabling trade to make a fierce comeback

The return of trade: Blockchain technology is enabling trade to make a fierce comeback

Before money came into existence, trading was all we knew. Farmers in China traded their spades for food and other goods, and this continued up until a point where most spades …

Visual of Intimate Technology: the Battle for Our Body and Behaviour

Intimate Technology: the Battle for Our Body and Behaviour

Technology is nestling itself within us and between us, has knowledge about us and can act just like us.

Visual of The Institute of Digital Fashion explore what's next in the industry

The Institute of Digital Fashion explore what's next in the industry

Trading animal skins for pixels, our digital selves call for a digital wardrobe. The Institute of Digital Fashion , led by CommuneEast founder Leanne Elliott Young and Digi-Gxl …

Visual of The Office of the Future on Four Wheels

The Office of the Future on Four Wheels

Nissan created the e-NV200 workspace: an electrical van with zero emissions that is packed with everything you need to work efficiently.

Visual of Intimate Technology S01E06: Also, the Dichotomy of Pragmatism and Perversion

Intimate Technology S01E06: Also, the Dichotomy of Pragmatism and Perversion

Do we treat our technologies with more care and sentimentality these days than we did in the past?

Visual of 'The Invention of Morel’ is a techno-lovestory from the future, written in 1940

'The Invention of Morel’ is a techno-lovestory from the future, written in 1940

Octavio Paz says calls  The Invention of Morel , “ without exaggeration… a perfect novel. ” According to Borges, “ to classify  [it]  as perfect is neither an …

Visual of Suzanne Lee wants to live in a sustainable material world. Built with biology, not oil

Suzanne Lee wants to live in a sustainable material world. Built with biology, not oil

Biotechnology is nearly as old as humanity itself. The food you eat and the pets you love? You can thank our ancestors for kickstarting the agricultural revolution, using …

Visual of The Sound of the Blue Canary

The Sound of the Blue Canary

Blue is a beautiful color, but its sound is simply irresistible. It is the song of the unhappy and the depressed. It is a sound that touches people. It was also the sound of a …

Visual of Design on the Border of Technology and Biology Demands Us to 'Mother' Nature

Design on the Border of Technology and Biology Demands Us to 'Mother' Nature

Designer and architect Neri Oxman explores how digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Watch the TED talk.

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Out of Control

The Made and the Born: Neo-Biological civillization, written by Kevin Kelly, excerpt from Out of Control : The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World, …

Visual of The Story of our Food

The Story of our Food

Every time we eat a piece of food, we take a bite out of the world. All these small bites tell a dozen stories. A carton of eggs presents the story of contented hens, a bottle of …

Visual of The future of the ECO Coin

The future of the ECO Coin

How can we design a cryptocurrency for the better of humanity and ecology? In this last chapter of the crypto deep dive series , we will dissect two kinds of blockchain …

Visual of Interview: Huub Ehlhardt on the evolution of products

Interview: Huub Ehlhardt on the evolution of products

"To understand why a product is the way it is today, you need to learn about its evolutionary background." Meet Huub Ehlhardt, an engineer with a PhD in product design . Huub …

Visual of Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?

Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?

Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world. More and more private companies and city authorities are …

Visual of Software Fakes an Active Social Life While You're on the Sofa

Software Fakes an Active Social Life While You're on the Sofa

CouchCachet promises to give you the fully-booked, in-the-know life while you are on the Sofa.

Visual of Next Generation: AI meets human creativity in Sofia Crespo's Neural Zoo

Next Generation: AI meets human creativity in Sofia Crespo's Neural Zoo

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Would you like to see your work here?  Get in touch …

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What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

Since Darwin we tend to look at the biological world exclusively in economical terms. The idea that monkey's, frogs, or even ants do more than simply propagate, doesn't find much acceptance among scientists. And yet, even crayfishes at times seem to displace objects just for fun.

Visual of Q: How will we co-evolve with technology?

Q: How will we co-evolve with technology?

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit Cooking is a process through which humans outsource part of their bodily functions to technology (think …

Visual of Q: How will a technology enter the human habitat?

Q: How will a technology enter the human habitat?

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit In the late nineties, the Tamagotchi egg was released. A small egg-shaped device that contained a digital …

Visual of A path to humane technology

A path to humane technology

In 1486, six years before Columbus dropped anchor in the New World, the 23-year-old Italian nobleman Giovanni Pico della Mirandola penned a passionate discourse on the unique …

Visual of Oded Ezer discusses the future of typography and the importance of dreaming

Oded Ezer discusses the future of typography and the importance of dreaming

Oded Ezer is a typographer from Israel who never fails to push boundaries, or rather, discard them altogether. Ezer is a rebellious force that swings between commercial and …

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Can Life Be a Technology?

In 2009 the Initiative for Science, Society and Policy coined the phrase ‘living technology’ [1] to draw attention to a group of emerging technologies that are useful because they …

Visual of Diseases Of The Future

Diseases Of The Future

Nowadays humans suffer from diseases that didn't exist in the past, a trend that will probably continue into the future. A wide range of new disorders, especially related to the …

Visual of I Want Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I Want Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Read Nicholas Carr's essay on the transhumanist dream of having wings.

Visual of Can technology be humane?

Can technology be humane?

We must be mindful about how we engage with technology: what we use it for, why, and whether it helps us or hinders us. Sometimes our tech seems to be flowing in inhumane …

Visual of Nurturing Architecture

Nurturing Architecture

The way we currently build is not sustainable. We will have to develop a sustainable living environment that matches our human needs, intuitions and potential.

Visual of The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg discusses the promises and realities of synthetic biology.

Visual of Transportations Of The Future

Transportations Of The Future

A selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts of future way of transportation.

Visual of Fish-inspired soft robot takes a deep dive (literally)

Fish-inspired soft robot takes a deep dive (literally)

The deepest regions of the oceans still remain one of the least explored areas on Earth, despite their considerable scientific interest and the richness of lifeforms inhabiting …

Visual of Interview: Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret, Designers Exploring Alternative Ways of Thinking & Doing

Interview: Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret, Designers Exploring Alternative Ways of Thinking & Doing

Interview with Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret.

Visual of Five strategies of Biomimicmarketing

Five strategies of Biomimicmarketing

Green electricity, Organic Shampoo, Jaguar convertibles, Red Bull, Bio Beef, Alligator gardening tools, Camel cigarettes and Puma sneakers. Once you develop an eye for it, it is …

Visual of Q: How will technology enchant us?

Q: How will technology enchant us?

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit Take a mundane object from your house. Now ask yourself: How will this particular technology enchant me? …

Visual of Favorite explorations of 2009

Favorite explorations of 2009

As we bid farewell to 2009, it’s a good time to look back at our explorations of the year. Here are some of our most popular and peculiar posts, in case you missed them the first …

Visual of (Nano)technology imitating Nature

(Nano)technology imitating Nature

Over the coming years, nanotechnology will invade our everyday lives. Nanotechnology, usually defined as the control and manipulation of matter at the nanoscale, will be …

Visual of Why human enhancement requires technological citizenship

Why human enhancement requires technological citizenship

New technologies – from artificial intelligence to synthetic biology – are set to alter the world, the human condition, and our very being in ways that are hard to imagine. The …

Visual of How to biofabricate leather; lessons from the lab

How to biofabricate leather; lessons from the lab

Leather is one of the oldest and most versatile materials in the world. It’s a supple, tough, relatively strong and durable material and it’s relatively impermeable, yet …

Visual of The City as Technology in Tokyo

The City as Technology in Tokyo

Are cities in their current form really the future of the human habitat? What is a next nature version of the city and how would it look like? In line with this perspective, NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink led two workshops in Tokyo.

Visual of Bio textiles: Meet three designers reimagining materials using biotechnology

Bio textiles: Meet three designers reimagining materials using biotechnology

The world needs interdisciplinary creators who are designing not just for humans, but for the rest of the living planet. To foster this thinking, Biodesign Challenge (BDC) pairs …

Visual of From Eco-Apartheid to Earth Democracy

From Eco-Apartheid to Earth Democracy

Do humans exist merely to make money and use resources? Vandana Shiva believes humans have a higher purpose.

Visual of Four visions for the future of public transport

Four visions for the future of public transport

The way people get around is starting to change, and as a professor of transport strategy I do rather wonder if the modes of transport we use today will still be around by the …

Visual of “That modernist dream of the house as butler, that’s not going to happen”

“That modernist dream of the house as butler, that’s not going to happen”

Looking at evolution, we see that there’s always a next nature. Nature changes along with us. How will that influence our way of life in the future?

Visual of Q: Could a technology establish new routines?

Q: Could a technology establish new routines?

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit Imagine asking your grandparents if they ‘have googled anything lately?’ Chances are they actually did, …

Visual of Q: Is the technology outside or inside your body?

Q: Is the technology outside or inside your body?

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit The first computers barely fit in your living room. This all changed with the introduction of the desktop …

Visual of How rich people used to show off their wealth with pineapples and celery

How rich people used to show off their wealth with pineapples and celery

A stack of pancakes ladened with syrup, a frothy latte posed next to a white MacBook, a deep pan pizza oozing with cheese. Instagram has made “food porn” – images that portray …

Visual of On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

Let’s talk about the most controversial of "m words"—monogamy. And let’s have this conversation with in mind its prehistoric origins. Our modern picture of prehistoric societies …

Visual of But will lab-grown meat be kosher?

But will lab-grown meat be kosher?

Read Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft's essay on judaism in relation to the production of laboratory-grown meat.

Visual of Oil Price Threatens Biofuel Firms

Oil Price Threatens Biofuel Firms

Economy is ecology? Technology Review writes the price of oil has dipped to levels that could be far too low for many advanced-biofuel startups to succeed, especially those that …

Visual of Our 14 Golden Rules of working with a robot

Our 14 Golden Rules of working with a robot

The 14 Golden Rules of HUBOT are rules of conduct which must be followed and which everyone needs to hold each other to account. Themes like respect, teamwork, creativity, and …

Visual of Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

Is the evolution of the single bladed razor into an exorbitant five–bladed vibrating gizmo the outcome of human needs, or is there another force in play? Say hello to Razorius …

Visual of Interview: Rachel Armstrong, Innovative Scientist Who Wants to Grow Architecture

Interview: Rachel Armstrong, Innovative Scientist Who Wants to Grow Architecture

Rachel Armstrong discusses living buildings, Venice's foundations, millennial nature and how to improve our future.

Visual of The age of cyborgs has arrived

The age of cyborgs has arrived

How many cyborgs did you see during your morning commute today? I would guess at least five. Did they make you nervous? Probably not; you likely didn’t even realize they were …

Visual of Hello, superorganism

Hello, superorganism

When I was a kid, my parents took me to the beach every summer. We’d swim in the ocean and play on our inflatable raft in the surf. When the tide was low, I’d build a sand castle …

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"A forest is a society of trees that communicate and help one another"

In conversation with Canadian researcher Suzanne Simard, inventor of the Wood Wide Web.

Visual of Entryparadise

Entryparadise

Written by Werner Lippert & Peter Wippermann, Curators of the Entryparadise exhibition (26/8 until 3/12, 2006, at Kohlenwäsche, Zollverein) Design is about to undergo a …

Visual of The Uncanny Valley of the Pussycat Dolls

The Uncanny Valley of the Pussycat Dolls

Make no mistake, you're not looking at the latest Barbie line: These are the The Pussycat Dolls. Formerly an LA stripper show burlesque show, now upgraded to be pop music …

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Out of Network

Artist Filippo Minelli aims to point out the gap between the reality we still live in and the ephemeral world of technologies.

Visual of The Dictionary of Online Behavior adds a virtual layer to your vocabulary

The Dictionary of Online Behavior adds a virtual layer to your vocabulary

To some extent, it's a chicken-and-egg question: Are you unable to think about things you don't have words for, or do you lack words for them because you don't think about them? …

Visual of How technology bridges the generational communication gap

How technology bridges the generational communication gap

Emoji, Skype, Selfies - can these communication technologies close the generation gap? In part, yes! Young people are teaching senior citizens how to use technology, and it’s …

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Why It's Time to Calm Down about "Invasive" GM GloFish

Is the neon green tetra GloFish soon to be the florescent, transgenic terror of America's waterways? The internet hype machine has repeated ad infinitum the Washington Post's  …

Visual of Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Joyce Hwang discusses the challenges for designers, and gains for citizens, of living in a truly biosynthetic city.

Visual of It could be time to start thinking about a cybernetic Bill of Rights

It could be time to start thinking about a cybernetic Bill of Rights

Like it or loathe it, the robot revolution is now well underway and the futures described by writers such as Isaac Asimov , Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick are fast turning from …

Visual of To decarbonize flying, we need biofuels

To decarbonize flying, we need biofuels

While aviation accounts for 2.4% of all emissions from fossil fuel use globally, two-thirds of the sector’s warming effect depends on something other than its CO₂ emissions. And …

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"The End": a Virtual Opera Singer, Millions of Fans and the Meaning of Death

Sixteen-year-old Japanese singer Hatsune Miku grew in short time to a worldwide popstar. With her colourful appearance she counts millions of followers on social media, she …

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Make the World Your Office

Imagine being able to enter your office through a digital representation of reality. It sounds crazy, but it’s possible with augmented and virtual reality.

Visual of Exploring the Offline World, if It Still Exists

Exploring the Offline World, if It Still Exists

The surprising results of a year offline in the "real" world.

Visual of Q&A with CEO of In Vitro Meat Company

Q&A with CEO of In Vitro Meat Company "Modern Meadow"

Excerpts from the Rebbit AMA with Andras Forgacs, founder of a company that manufactures in vitro meat.

Visual of The Story of Money: Bits

The Story of Money: Bits

The story of money: an accessible roadmap from prehistory to digital age, from cows to credit, from gold mining to bitcoin mining. The final episode: bits.

Visual of The New Technology in Agriculture: Trees

The New Technology in Agriculture: Trees

New technologies are changing the landscape, but the latest trend reshaping rural environments and agriculture is agroforestry: the art of planting trees.

Visual of The Story of Money: Plastic

The Story of Money: Plastic

The story of money: an accessible roadmap from prehistory to digital age, from cows to credit, from gold mining to bitcoin mining. This episode: plastic.

Visual of How technology keeps us connected, now more than ever

How technology keeps us connected, now more than ever

At this moment in time, many people are staying at home in order to flatten the curve . It is times like these that we realize how vital technology is to us and our societies. It …

Visual of The Economy of Ecology

The Economy of Ecology

What if we could redesign the system to work for humanity and the planet we call home? What would the economy of ecology look like?

Visual of Experiments in the Revival of Organisms

Experiments in the Revival of Organisms

Experiments in the Revival of Organisms is a 1940 motion picture which documents Soviet research into the resuscitation of clinically dead organisms by Doctor Sergey Sergeyevich …

Visual of Bulletproof Skin

Bulletproof Skin

Recent work of artist Jalila Essaïdi exemplifies of how science and art can meet and create meaningful inventions for society. Jalila Essaïdi used the spider silk produced by …

Visual of End of Life Care Machine

End of Life Care Machine

Designer, artist and engineer  Dan Chen has developed the ' End of Life Care Machine ', a machine designed to guide and comfort dying patients with a carefully scripted message. …

Visual of Yes, Naturally

Yes, Naturally

The introductory essay from the Yes, Naturally book - available in our store!

Visual of The Evolution Of The Desk 1980 - 2014

The Evolution Of The Desk 1980 - 2014

Objects that normally used to surround us became more and more virtual, radically changing the aspect of our workplace.

Visual of Next hospitals: How virtual reality is shaping the future of medicine

Next hospitals: How virtual reality is shaping the future of medicine

And it’s already showing incredible results. VR transports us to faraway worlds without even asking us to leave our chairs. Yet we usually hear about it in the context of video …

Visual of People are less likely to turn a robot off if it asks them not to

People are less likely to turn a robot off if it asks them not to

A team of German researchers published  a study  earlier this week indicating people can be duped into leaving a robot turned on just because it “asks” them to. The …

Visual of How to bingewatch our ‘Intimate Technology’ video series

How to bingewatch our ‘Intimate Technology’ video series

Technology is coming closer to us. In the form of decades old headphones or state-of-art devices. It has always been a part of our lives and this only seems to develop further: …

Visual of Breaking Point?

Breaking Point?

John Zerzan, published in Green Anarchy issue #24 - Spring/Summer 2007 The rapidly mounting toll of modern life is worse than we could have imagined. A metamorphosis rushes …

Visual of Where Be Dragons? Try Your Instinctual Fear of Snakes

Where Be Dragons? Try Your Instinctual Fear of Snakes

This last Monday rang in the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Not restricted just to the benevolent, snake-like creature of Chinese mythology, or to the greedy, princess-stealing …

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The Sci-Fi Prehistory of "Victimless" Meat

A (very) short history of a century's worth of "disembodied" meat in fiction.

Visual of Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Interview with Liam Young on his work in speculative architecture, the future, and our role in nature as humans.

Visual of In Defense of the Eggplant

In Defense of the Eggplant

The eggplant emoji became a political weapon and gain cult status being the forbidden fruit of the web.

Visual of China limits use of 'virtual' currencies

China limits use of 'virtual' currencies

By DAVID BARBOZA SHANGHAI — China made public on Tuesday regulations aimed at cracking down on the use of virtual currencies amid worries that a huge underground economy was …

Visual of Office Kiss

Office Kiss

Neo was here. By Kristof Wickman, Tyler Peterson, and Shaun Owens-Agase, November 2004. Source: oodagroup.com | Related: Warp Your Room | Learning to Build Superman's House | …

Visual of How Technology becomes Nature

How Technology becomes Nature

In this talk at TEDxGhent, our own Dr. Van Mensvoort shows how technology becomes nature in seven steps and what engineers, inventors, designers and entrepreneurs can learn from that.

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Love your monsters

Why we must care for our technologies as we do our children.

Visual of Gameplay of the Crowds

Gameplay of the Crowds

Australian programmer started a social experiment called “Twitch Plays Pokémon”. Over a Million People Play Pokémon in Social Experiment

Visual of ReGen, the Autarchic Off-Grid Village

ReGen, the Autarchic Off-Grid Village

Utopian off-grid ReGen Village produces all of its own food and energy is being implemented in Almere.

Visual of Visualize the Hidden World of Digital Networks

Visualize the Hidden World of Digital Networks

Have you ever wondered what the infosphere looks like? Dutch designer Richard Vijgen’s app Architecture of Radio is a field guide to the hidden world of digital networks.

Visual of Meet Emma: Your colleague of the future comes with a warning

Meet Emma: Your colleague of the future comes with a warning

Emma is in poor health. She has painful varicose veins, stress-related eczema, puffy skin, a grey complexion, red eyes and a hunch-back. She is an imagined office worker of the …

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They are made out of meat

A short story by Terry Bisson. For those who prefer video to literature, there's also this seven-minute film adaptation . "They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "Meat. They're made …

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Amazon Tribe lacks concept of Time

A study, in Language and Cognition has shown that time does not exist as a separate concept for the Brazilian Amondawa  – an Amazon tribe first contacted by the outside world in …

Visual of Bizarre Retro-Futuristic Visions of Meat

Bizarre Retro-Futuristic Visions of Meat

Illustrators from the 1800s to the 1950s offer strange prediction for the future of meat.

Visual of The Story of Money: Paper

The Story of Money: Paper

The story of money: an accessible roadmap from prehistory to digital age, from cows to credit, from gold mining to bitcoin mining. This episode: paper.

Visual of AI creates images of delicious food that doesn’t exist

AI creates images of delicious food that doesn’t exist

A team of researchers from Tel-Aviv University developed a neural network capable of reading a recipe and generating an image of what the finished, cooked product would look like. …

Visual of How modern technology is inspired by the natural world

How modern technology is inspired by the natural world

What do a kingfisher, cocklebur pods and a Namibian beetle have in common? Besides being living organisms, they have all served as inspiration for creative human technologies to …

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Next Nature Interview

For the Venezuelan Magazine Platanoverde , Gabriela Valdivieso y Lope Gutiarrez-Ruiz interviewed artist/scientist Koert van Mensvoort and discussed some of the idea's behind Next …

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Meat & Greet Workshop Report

Last week, Next Nature Lab had the first Meat & Greet to explore the future of in vitro meet.

Visual of The First Fully Autonomous Soft Robot

The First Fully Autonomous Soft Robot

The Octobot is the first of its kind made fully of soft materials and is aimed to pave the way towards a more safely interaction with humans.

Visual of In conversation with Teresa van Dongen, biodesigner exploring natural forms of artificial light

In conversation with Teresa van Dongen, biodesigner exploring natural forms of artificial light

There was a time when flipping the switch, and seeing a glass bulb light up, was magical to anyone in the world. Today, the presence of a light switch in a room, is something …

Visual of 72h Offline Challenge for Teenagers

72h Offline Challenge for Teenagers

Around 100 Polish teenagers aged between 12 and 18 agreed to withstand 72 hours totally offline: no phone, no computer, no TV. What were the results?

Visual of Interview: Pauline Van Dongen, Designer Merging Fashion and Technology

Interview: Pauline Van Dongen, Designer Merging Fashion and Technology

Dutch fashion designer specialized in wearable technology, Pauline van Dongen researches the human body in relation to its surroundings.

Visual of The 21th Century Paradigm

The 21th Century Paradigm

The history of art through the ages reveals a constancy that, by conscious or unconscious applications, provides us with an omnipresent correlation dealing with the …

Visual of Genetic Map of Europe

Genetic Map of Europe

European biologists have constructed a genetic map of Europe showing the relations between its various populations. The right part of the map shows the location in Europe where …

Visual of Repairing the Scars of War

Repairing the Scars of War

Lenka Clayton : A series of five digitally repaired images taken in Lebanon of buildings damaged by the 2006 conflict with Israel. The images were taken specifically for this …

Visual of Darwinian Selection of the Cowboy Hat

Darwinian Selection of the Cowboy Hat

The standard story of the cowboy hat goes something like this: In 1865, J.B. Stetson went out west during the California gold rush. He observed that bowlers, raccoon hats, and …

Visual of More than Fake Nature: The Surprising Sociology of Museum Taxidermy

More than Fake Nature: The Surprising Sociology of Museum Taxidermy

The greatest taxidermy in the world reveals a great deal about our changing notions of nature.

Visual of Teasing the Internet of Things

Teasing the Internet of Things

When there is such abundance of areas where IoT could be applied, several ridiculous, unnecessary products are inevitable.

Visual of Intimate Technology S01E07: Our Selves

Intimate Technology S01E07: Our Selves

We think of selfhood as residing in our everyday stream of consciousness. But could we possibly have a second digital self in our online behaviors? Watch episode 3 of our Intimate Technology series.

Visual of Intimate Technology S01E08: Scroll

Intimate Technology S01E08: Scroll

The last episode of our Intimate Technology series follows a minute in the life of a hyperconnected family in the digital era.

Visual of Intimate Technology Series on NNN

Intimate Technology Series on NNN

We called upon artists, filmmakers and film enthusiasts around the world to create a one-minute videos for the intimate technology series.

Visual of The Story of Money: Shells

The Story of Money: Shells

The story of money: an accessible roadmap from prehistory to digital age, from cows to credit, from gold mining to bitcoin mining. This episode: shells.

Visual of Technology and Sports: Nutrigenomics

Technology and Sports: Nutrigenomics

We’ve been told since grade school that what we eat is important, but we’ve all been told to eat the same sort of healthy things. This isn’t bad, but with the up-and-coming …

Visual of The Top 10 New Organisms of 2007

The Top 10 New Organisms of 2007

Genetic engineering isn't just for scientists in ivory towers or corporate R&D labs anymore. Researchers are still creating new mice and crops every week, but the tools and …

Visual of Green Blues: Biofuels add to Global Warming

Green Blues: Biofuels add to Global Warming

It is official: the Green Blues has begun. Almost all bio-fuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing …

Visual of Green Roofs for Living

Green Roofs for Living

This impression shows the ambitions of the city of Rotterdam for the coming decade. The city is supposed to have an image problem concerning its greenlife; as a big industrial …

Visual of Comeback of the 'Ugly' Fruits

Comeback of the 'Ugly' Fruits

Perhaps in the long run, historians will consider this as the official end of modernity as we knew it: The comeback of the wonky cucumber, abnormally bent banana, and comedy …

Visual of Bird + Subwoofer

Bird + Subwoofer

The Bell Isle Zoo is one of the examples of the decay of the once great city of Detroit. Situated on an island in the Fleming Channel, the zoo was shut down years ago because of …

Visual of Three Points in Support of In Vitro Meat

Three Points in Support of In Vitro Meat

The top three aspects why people should support cultured meat.

Visual of An AI Is Writing the Next

An AI Is Writing the Next "Game of Thrones"

One fan has become so impatient for the conclusion to "Game of Thrones", he's programmed an AI to write it for him. Move over, George R.R. Martin!

Visual of Microbiocene: A microbiological archeology of the future

Microbiocene: A microbiological archeology of the future

In configuring our next nature, artists and scientists explore new languages that move beyond the Anthropocene - the era of human beings. These semantics would bridge the gap …

Visual of Long line of cars

Long line of cars

There's a long line of cars And they're trying to get through There's no single explanation There's no central destination But this long line of cars Is trying to get through And …

Visual of Field of Waves

Field of Waves

Parks are not nature. Parks are culture: man-made simulations of nature, carefully constructed to provide walkers, runners and mountain bikers with a recreational, yet confined – …

Visual of Flight Paths Of Birds Captured On Video

Flight Paths Of Birds Captured On Video

Visualizing of the flight paths of birds.

Visual of Intimate Technology S01E01: All My Clothes

Intimate Technology S01E01: All My Clothes

This movie titled "All My Clothes" reminds us of a more straightforward example of intimate technology: the clothes we wear every day.

Visual of Here’s how the Dutch are embracing blockchain in the polder

Here’s how the Dutch are embracing blockchain in the polder

Smiling broadly and rattling with enthusiasm, the 33-year-old Rylana Doesburg shows off a QR-code on her phone: an angular pattern of black and white squares. “Thanks to this …

Visual of Exploring speculative developments of reproductive technology

Exploring speculative developments of reproductive technology

What if women of childbearing age no longer had to interrupt their careers for a pregnancy? In Kuang-Yi Ku ’s project Grandmom Mom, we take a look into the future. In 2050, the …

Visual of How to get rid of 2400 memory games

How to get rid of 2400 memory games

The Fake for Real memory game was sold in a stylish box with a pattern resembling the internationally known and faked Louis Vuitton pattern. The LV pattern was ironically mimicked …

Visual of Technology vs Football: 4-4

Technology vs Football: 4-4

Some matches remain interesting, even though they're predictable. Take the continuous battle between technology and football. Every time the stakes get high, such as at the World …

Visual of Should I be Afraid of...

Should I be Afraid of...

For doom-mongers delight, the Berlin-based design studio Bold Futures made a handy interactive graph of the fatal disasters that might snuff us.

Visual of Tiny Amounts of Alcohol Might Extend Life

Tiny Amounts of Alcohol Might Extend Life

A new study on the effects of cholesterol on the life span of Caenorhabditis elegans, a tiny worm often used in experimentation, resulted in some surprising finds. The life span …

Visual of Sitting on Tofu

Sitting on Tofu

Italian Designer discovers new material. A ideal throne for a vegan king.

Visual of NANO Supermarket New Line of Products

NANO Supermarket New Line of Products

During the 2014 Dutch Design Week, the NANO Supermarket debuts a new line of speculative nano products.

Visual of The Bottle of The Future is an Edible Blob

The Bottle of The Future is an Edible Blob

What if we could drink from a giant drop of water? The bottle of the future has the shape of a soft, hygienic, biodegradable and edible blob.

Visual of One Tree, 40 Different Types of Fruit

One Tree, 40 Different Types of Fruit

A single tree that can produce 40 different stone fruits, or fruit with pits, including peaches, apricots, almonds, plums, cherries and nectarines.

Visual of Intimate Technology S01E02: Misbehaving (Ro)bots

Intimate Technology S01E02: Misbehaving (Ro)bots

"Misbehaving (Ro)bots" asks whether technology could hope to replicate these small bothersome quirks that instill a feeling of intimacy.

Visual of The Story of Money: Gold

The Story of Money: Gold

The story of money, an accessible roadmap from prehistory to digital age, from cows to credit, from gold mining to bitcoin mining. This episode: gold.

Visual of Flock of Drones fly over Amsterdam

Flock of Drones fly over Amsterdam

Tonight a flock of drones can be seen in the skies of Amsterdam.

Visual of Software that Ranks Female Beauty

Software that Ranks Female Beauty

Earlier we reported software that predicts how a wine will rate in reviews even before it is made . Now, for puber-geek delight, lets try that for women. Tel Aviv University …

Visual of The Benefits of Artificial Wetlands

The Benefits of Artificial Wetlands

In 1994 researchers at Ohio State University created two artificial wetlands*  in riverine basins in order to investigate their possible benefits, and whether they could replace …

Visual of In Vitro Meat Godfather Dies at Age of 91

In Vitro Meat Godfather Dies at Age of 91

Dutch researcher and entrepreneur, Willem van Eelen, has died in Amsterdam. For more than half a century, Van Eelen relentlessly researched and promoted In Vitro Meat.

Visual of The Internet of Bees

The Internet of Bees

What can we learn from listening to the buzz of bees' conversation? With the help of a new monitoring system, a Canadian researcher is hoping to find out.

Visual of Intimate Technology S01E05: The Modular Body

Intimate Technology S01E05: The Modular Body

The body, like any technology, is made up of countless individual components. Yet, apart from dire medical emergency, have you ever thought about mixing and matching these …

Visual of A digital twin of the Earth could make the planet climate-neutral

A digital twin of the Earth could make the planet climate-neutral

While Elon Musk may be trying to initiate efforts to colonize Mars, scientists on Earth are attempting to build an accurate digital twin of the planet to simulate in the future. …

Visual of A More Interesting, More Depressing Theory of Easter Island's Downfall

A More Interesting, More Depressing Theory of Easter Island's Downfall

A new theory claims it wasn't human deforestation that caused the ecological collapse of Easter Island, but something smaller and squeakier.

Visual of Indomitable Flock of Balloons Got Wild

Indomitable Flock of Balloons Got Wild

1.5 million balloons were released in once to create a spectacular show becoming uncontrollable and dangerous.

Visual of Share the Smell of Your Delicious Dish

Share the Smell of Your Delicious Dish

The oPhone and oSnap allow you to send pictures with aromatic vocabularies.

Visual of Visualizing the Tropes of 'Climate Fiction'

Visualizing the Tropes of 'Climate Fiction'

Climate fiction has gone from a once-fringe genre to a standard literary device, it acts as a barometer of our own ecological anxieties.

Visual of Call for Videos: Intimate Technology

Call for Videos: Intimate Technology

Next Nature Network is curating the One Minutes series for September 2017.

Visual of Smartphones Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past

Smartphones Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past

Smartphones have 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.

Visual of The Story of Money: Livestock

The Story of Money: Livestock

The story of money: an accessible roadmap from prehistory to digital age - from cows to credit, from gold mining to bitcoin mining.

Visual of If the Implications of Global Warming Were Fair

If the Implications of Global Warming Were Fair

Contrary to popular belief, global warming is not simply a bad thing: there are winners and losers. While low-lying countries, like Bangladesh, are expected to suffer extensively …

Visual of Voyage of the Bacteria Bots

Voyage of the Bacteria Bots

The 1966 science-fiction movie Fantastic Voyage famously imagined using a tiny ship to combat disease inside the body. With the advent of nanotechnology, researchers are inching …

Visual of Miniature Sensor Network for the Office

Miniature Sensor Network for the Office

"Have you seen my stapler? No, but just look it up on Google home office maps ." CSIRO Researchers have developed miniature sensors that track lab equipment, coffee mugs and …

Visual of Humane Technology #1: Feels Natural

Humane Technology #1: Feels Natural

All too often, technology frustrates us. It forces our behavior into constrained pathways. Even more insidious, technology can knock us out of alignment with our values, goals or …

Visual of Should we clone Neanderthals?

Should we clone Neanderthals?

If Neanderthals ever walk the earth again, the primordial ooze from which they will rise is an emulsion of oil, water, and DNA capture beads engineered in the laboratory of 454 …

Visual of Bionic Hand with Real Sense of Touch

Bionic Hand with Real Sense of Touch

LifeHand 2: a prosthetic hand that infers the ability to feel rudimentary shapes and forms by touch.

Visual of Changing your Mood on Demand with Brain-Altering Wearable Technology

Changing your Mood on Demand with Brain-Altering Wearable Technology

Thync, is a new brain-altering wearable technology that promises to “shift your state of mind and conquer life” by allowing its users to change their mood whenever they need it.

Visual of Experimental Office: No Chairs, No Desks

Experimental Office: No Chairs, No Desks

To counter the sitting dogma, design firm RAAAF and artist Barbara Visser created a dynamic office concept, entirely based on movement and leaning.

Visual of Fake Grass Covered Roofs to Produce Energy

Fake Grass Covered Roofs to Produce Energy

The concept of using our rooftops to produce green, renewable energy for our houses is already very common if we look at solar panels. Now an international team of scientists is …

Visual of The Idea for Lab-Grown Meat Was Born in a Prisoner-of-War Camp

The Idea for Lab-Grown Meat Was Born in a Prisoner-of-War Camp

The phone call was as unexpected as the American accent at the other end of the line. And when she hung up a few moments later, Ira van Eelen had to stop to catch her breath. More …

Visual of The Future of Dating

The Future of Dating

Introducing Tinder VR: dating technology from the future.

Visual of The Evolution of the Richer

The Evolution of the Richer

Are we on the verge of a future human evolution, one that isn’t, at least in it’s very core, “the survival of the fittest”, but rather “the evolution of the richer”? Think about …

Visual of Humane Technology #3: Take Human Values as a Cornerstone

Humane Technology #3: Take Human Values as a Cornerstone

The third principle of humane technology: It should take human values as a cornerstone of its development. Technology doesn't have to be expensive or electronic to be humane. …

Visual of Automotive Monsoon – Reign or Rain of the Cars?

Automotive Monsoon – Reign or Rain of the Cars?

Try it once. Go stand near a highway, close your eyes and listen carefully. Hear the sound of tires on the asphalt, hear the rhythmic ‘sshhh’, focus on this particular sound. And …

Visual of Time Between Emergence and Design

Time Between Emergence and Design

Previously, experiences of time emerged from nature as given – offering seasons, the rhythm of humans, plants and animals. Nowadays, people integrate nature-time, body-time, inner-time, clock-time, and global 24/7 systems-time. Human beings, in past, current and next natures, have to deal with emergence and design of time in order to survive.

Visual of Cleaning the Air with Roof Tiles

Cleaning the Air with Roof Tiles

Smog-busting roof tiles could clean tons of pollution.

Visual of Archaeology of Media

Archaeology of Media

The Archéologies des Medias exposition turns archaic technology that was once cutting-edge into art.

Visual of The Sketchbook Made Of Artificial Skin

The Sketchbook Made Of Artificial Skin

The SkinBook is made of synthetic skin that allows beginner tattooists to practice their skills.

Visual of Maurizio Montalti talks nature’s cycle of life

Maurizio Montalti talks nature’s cycle of life

As modern humans, we are out of balance with our natural environment. With use of technology, we try to prolong our human lifespan and create materials that live longer than we …

Visual of Lab or Nature? Scientists are debating the origins of COVID-19

Lab or Nature? Scientists are debating the origins of COVID-19

We need to talk about COVID-19. Again (or, still). One of the main questions about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has for a while been about its origins. Most viruses …

Visual of Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Since the early days of the net, the electronic pastoral has lent itself to all sorts of dubious agendas pushed by science, the military and even libertarian tendencies. In the …

Visual of Escape of the Prairiedogs

Escape of the Prairiedogs

" It took just 10 minutes for a dozen prairie dogs to outwit the creators of the Maryland Zoo's new $500,000 habitat. Aircraft wire, poured concrete and slick plastic walls proved …

Visual of Millions of gadgets unused in Britain

Millions of gadgets unused in Britain

Gadgets! You love them when you buy them, but what happens next? Over half of Brits have abandoned gadgets because they don't know how to use them properly.  Seventy-one per cent …

Visual of Humane Technology #4: Resonate with human senses

Humane Technology #4: Resonate with human senses

Principle number four: Humane technology should resonate with the human senses, rather than numbing them. If you're an office worker or a video game fanatic , you may spend most …

Visual of Complete Computer Simulation of a Bacterium Holds Hope for Medicine

Complete Computer Simulation of a Bacterium Holds Hope for Medicine

Researchers at Stanford and the J. Craig Venter Institute  recently created the first complete computer model of an organism. The simulation models the genome and life processes …

Visual of I’ll Take A Variety of Fried Gadgets, Please

I’ll Take A Variety of Fried Gadgets, Please

Is a deep-fried iPad as unhealthy as a McDonald's meal?

Visual of Painting with Toxic Runoff

Painting with Toxic Runoff

A professor and an artist have invented a method to manufacture paint from acid mine runoff.

Visual of Biofabricate – NN Lecture in New York

Biofabricate – NN Lecture in New York

4th of December Dr Van Mensvoort lectures in New York at the BIOFABRICA summit. Other speakers include Paola Antonelli and Andras Forgac.

Visual of Technology Reflexology

Technology Reflexology

People have complex relationships with their own (and other’s) bodies. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is believed that your feet are a map of your body and can provide …

Visual of The Self-Portrait of the Digital Age

The Self-Portrait of the Digital Age

The series Museum of Selfies combines the original art of portraiture with its modern counterpart, the the smartphone self-portrait.

Visual of Technology and Emotions

Technology and Emotions

A wearable lighting device that changes color and shade according to movement, facial expressions, weather and mood.

Visual of Solar Eclipse May Impact Power Supply Due to Increased Use of Solar Panels

Solar Eclipse May Impact Power Supply Due to Increased Use of Solar Panels

Solar eclipse may impact power supply due to increased use of solar panels

Visual of The Face of Litter

The Face of Litter

Hong Kong is using DNA analysis to publicly shame litterbugs

Visual of Safe Driving Rewarded with Free Coffee

Safe Driving Rewarded with Free Coffee

As part of a new traffic safety initiative, a car manufacturer, a telecommunications operator, and a coffee chain have joined forces to develop a new app designed to promote safer driving.

Visual of Intimate Technology S01E04: So Happy Together

Intimate Technology S01E04: So Happy Together

What if you could upload your fondest memories to the cloud? Watch episode 4 of our Intimate Technology video series.

Visual of The Smell of Global Economy

The Smell of Global Economy

The Pollution Pods installation replicates the smell and air quality of five different urban environments, forming the smell of a global economy.

Visual of A next natural landscape of bikes

A next natural landscape of bikes

It was just little over a year ago that bike sharing schemes started to take off in China. Yet in the blink of an eye, millions of bikes painted in vivid colours, popped up in and …

Visual of Fake for Real: Is that coffee you're drinking?

Fake for Real: Is that coffee you're drinking?

Creating the perfect cup of espresso used to be an art form in itself. The beans had to be ground to exactly the right coarseness and the water pressure precisely controlled to …

Visual of Haptic technology

Haptic technology

Haptic technology refers to technology which interfaces the user via the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations and/or motions to the user (Just think of the Wii ). At the …

Visual of Credit on Color – Rainbow of Credit Cards

Credit on Color – Rainbow of Credit Cards

Regular readers of this website know we are keen to speculate that our global financial system is best perceived as an ecology, which although originally constructed by man, has …

Visual of Norwegian boy saves sister from moose attack using world of warcraft skills

Norwegian boy saves sister from moose attack using world of warcraft skills

Hans Jørgen Olsen, a 12-year-old Norwegian boy, saved himself and his sister from a moose attack using skills he picked up playing the online role playing game World of Warcraft.. …

Visual of Humane Technology #2: Revive Human Intuitions

Humane Technology #2: Revive Human Intuitions

Our second principle: Humane technology revives human intuitions, in particular those we might have forgotten about. 'Conventional' technology aims to overcome our hominid …

Visual of Post Natural Organisms of the EU

Post Natural Organisms of the EU

If you happen to be in the neighborhood you might want to drop by at the exhibition Post Natural Organisms of the European Union in Amsterdam. The small but delicate expo, curated …

Visual of The Sound of Silence? An Aircraft Engine.

The Sound of Silence? An Aircraft Engine.

Silence is a thing of the past. Just as no place has been left untouched by climate change, there is no place on earth that is not 'polluted' by the sounds of planes, ships, and …

Visual of Kitchen of 2001 – Envisioned in 1967

Kitchen of 2001 – Envisioned in 1967

Retro futuristic vision from the sixties: "The menu is given to the automatic chef via typewriter or punched computer cards."

Visual of Wearing Technology Under the Skin

Wearing Technology Under the Skin

UnderSkin is a device that would be implanted beneath the skin on your hand and charge off your body’s energy.

Visual of Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Cultivator is speculative design project on how bioprinting could find its way into the kitchen of the future.

Visual of The making of the Modular Body

The making of the Modular Body

Remember the Modular Body? Curious about how OSCAR was really created or keen to know more about the project as a whole? Check out the making of videos!

Visual of Intimate Technology Series: Watch the Trailer

Intimate Technology Series: Watch the Trailer

We are happy to announce our new upcoming weekly video-series on the 'Intimate Technology' theme.

Visual of Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

Meet the teledildonics, an ingenious species of bi-directionally controlled sextoys from the future, available today. These touch emulating vibrators find each other on social sex …

Visual of Exploring Next Nature (2004)

Exploring Next Nature (2004)

The first essay ever written on Next Nature, published in Next Nature Pocket and in Entry Paradise, New Design Worlds . ( download pdf ) (German version: Erkundungen im Nächste …

Visual of Craig Venter – Catalyst of evolution

Craig Venter – Catalyst of evolution

If the six hour crash course on synthetic genomics is a bit too much for you, there is always a more snappy TED lecture in which Craig Venter ponders on whether we can create new …

Visual of A Soft Drink Fairytale

A Soft Drink Fairytale

Once upon a time there were two global soft drink brands. One old brand and another, slightly younger. The older one positioned itself as The Real Thing as it entered the market …

Visual of The Virtual Lives of Extinct Animals

The Virtual Lives of Extinct Animals

What happens when next nature dreams of old nature? Such is the case with extinct animals that have ever come in contact with humans, particularly the dinosaurs, our own …

Visual of A bacteria of a different color

A bacteria of a different color

In 2009, undergraduates at the University of Cambridge worked with scientists and artists to engineer E. coli into E. chromi , a new type of bacteria that secretes a range of …

Visual of Humane Technology #6: Improve the Human Condition

Humane Technology #6: Improve the Human Condition

And now for the sixth and final principle: Humane technology improves the human condition and helps people realize the dreams they have of themselves. No matter what your …

Visual of House of Cow Blood

House of Cow Blood

Using animal blood for building your own house sounds like something from a horror film, but architect Jack Monro has created a set of  experimental bricks that take bovine blood …

Visual of High-Priced Honey from Parisian Rooftops

High-Priced Honey from Parisian Rooftops

Famous Parisian landmarks are home to hundreds of thousands of bees.

Visual of Jason Silva and the Dawn of Nanotech

Jason Silva and the Dawn of Nanotech

Buckle up for a new series of videos from performance philosopher Jason Silva.

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"News Machine" Illustrates the Effects of Media Distortion

The  News Machine  is a contraption that explains the news distortion that happens when a message is broadcast through different media. The starting point is a tweet sent from a …

Visual of Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

As a consequence of a big water diversion project to irrigate surrounding areas the Aral Sea is drying up.

Visual of 3D Holography: the Future of Medicine

3D Holography: the Future of Medicine

A new technology aims to provide doctors with a true hologram of organs.

Visual of Analogue vs Digital: Basic Parts of Matter

Analogue vs Digital: Basic Parts of Matter

Do you think you are made from bits and bytes? Stop playing video games and spend some more time offline! Both atoms and bits are basic parts of matter.

Visual of The Droneport: a New Infrastructure of This Century

The Droneport: a New Infrastructure of This Century

Architect firm Foster + Partners announced plans to build the world's first droneport in Rwanda.

Visual of New 3D Printer Can Save Hours of Time

New 3D Printer Can Save Hours of Time

A team of researchers recently developed a new method for 3D printing that can reduce the printing process down to minutes.

Visual of Microsoft Surface Computing Parody

Microsoft Surface Computing Parody

Have you heard of Microsoft's desktop follow-up Surface Computing ? It is a table size multi-touch screen only, eliminating mechanical intermediaries like the mouse and keyboard …

Visual of Periodic table of the internet

Periodic table of the internet

A periodic table of the most popular websites on the internet . websites are categorized according to search engines, internet tools, site ranking, aggregators, web comics, …

Visual of The Professors Doppelgänger Robot

The Professors Doppelgänger Robot

Although there are numerous researchers out there creating humanoid robots, none are as explicit about the close relation between anthropomorphism and narcissism as professor …

Visual of Antenna roofgarden

Antenna roofgarden

Don't ask me what the purpose is of having your roof crowded with antennas. Solar energy roof-gardens I could understand, but antenna roof-gardens just seem hopelessly old …

Visual of Mirror Neurons – Simulation at the basis of Human Civilization

Mirror Neurons – Simulation at the basis of Human Civilization

Within our society, imitation and simulation are typically seen as inferior symbols of a distorted mediated culture – think of fake Rolexes, plastic Christmas trees, silicone …

Visual of Corn 2.0: Survival of the Cheapest

Corn 2.0: Survival of the Cheapest

Congrats to Sean Serafini, the winner of our April Next Nature Spotter contest. While we received many images of fake nature , Sean's entry delves deeper into more diverse next …

Visual of A Lifetime of Questions through Google

A Lifetime of Questions through Google

Google becomes the authority on existential questions about aging.

Visual of Death Watch Marks the Time of Your Life

Death Watch Marks the Time of Your Life

Tikker, the watch that counts down your life, shows the amount of time you are estimated to have left.

Visual of Evolving Soft Robots

Evolving Soft Robots

A parade of puffing creatures you can not miss.

Visual of Interview: Arne Hendriks, Researcher and

Interview: Arne Hendriks, Researcher and "Father" of The Incredible Shrinking Man

Hendriks’s activity explores the positive transformative power of creative impulses and the importance of fundamental free scientific research.

Visual of The Future of Solar Power? Snail Teeth!

The Future of Solar Power? Snail Teeth!

The gumboot chiton snail produces the hardest biomineral known on earth - and it may hold the secret to better nanotechnology.

Visual of Caress of the Gaze

Caress of the Gaze

Designer Behnaz Farahi envisions an interactive 3D printed outfit that can detect and respond to the gaze of the other and respond accordingly with life-like behavior.

Visual of How Technology is Becoming More and More Sensitive

How Technology is Becoming More and More Sensitive

Over the past decade scientists have tried to get technology surfaces to be as sensitive as our skin, especially as our fingertips. Human tact is a very sophisticate interface …

Visual of The Candle of the Future

The Candle of the Future

My New Flame uses LED technology to faithfully recreate the experience of light from the ancient past

Visual of Dubai Employs First Robotic Police Officer

Dubai Employs First Robotic Police Officer

The first robotic officer will soon report for duty in Dubai.

Visual of The Tree of (After) Life

The Tree of (After) Life

The Bios Incube is a smartphone-connected biodegradable urn that turns cremated remains into a tree.

Visual of Ball of Being

Ball of Being

Ball of Being is an online dance film featuring atoms, planets, footballs, globes, foam and molecules. It is uncertain whether we are entering a microscopic nanoworld, virtual …

Visual of Out of Body Experience

Out of Body Experience

Did you have your Out of Body Experience today? We knew already that our nature is merely how we perceive it, but now scientists from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne …

Visual of Last night I saw a magnificent flock of Visas

Last night I saw a magnificent flock of Visas

"Visa has elements of Jeffersonian democracy, it has elements of the free market, of government franchising – almost every kind of organization you can think about. But it is none …

Visual of Soft Drinks for Suckers

Soft Drinks for Suckers

Tru Blood is a synthetic nutrient for vampires that completely eliminates the need to seek sustenance from any living creature. Packaged as a consumer good at your local …

Visual of Office Grass

Office Grass

These grass squares are designed to give a natural touch to the office or home by placing them freely or according to feng-shui. Inspired by Frank loyed Wright’s Fallingwater and …

Visual of The Eye of a Cyber Sapien

The Eye of a Cyber Sapien

An  earlier post  on this blog already displayed the possible future of sight using augmented contact lenses.  Researchers at MIT  take this second sight to a next level by …

Visual of The naturalness of travelling with a Jeep

The naturalness of travelling with a Jeep

GPS is not the most easiest product to advertise. Jeep uses biomimicmarketing to bring the message across. In this advertising campaign an iconic arrow is comprised by images of …

Visual of Tribal Communication Technology

Tribal Communication Technology

Mobile phones are nextnature: Twenty years ago they didn't exist, now everyone has one and when you leave your house without it, you feel amputated. Like you are missing a limb …

Visual of Entoforms

Entoforms

Artist Dolf Veenvliet ( Macouno ) is creating future fossil trilobites that have yet to exist. Using generative computer models, his Entoforms are not the result of millions of …

Visual of Street View of the United States

Street View of the United States

The All Streets map visualizes of all the 240 million individual road segments in the United States. Although no other features — outlines, cities, or types of terrain — are …

Visual of Dumpster Fish the Future of Farming

Dumpster Fish the Future of Farming

Cities have seen guerilla gardens, rooftop honey production, and fire escape chicken coops. Now, urban farmers may be adding aquaculture to the mix. Headed by ex-banker …

Visual of Our Image of Nature is Naïve

Our Image of Nature is Naïve

A while ago I tried to make a landscape paintings as seen on the Bob Ross television show, yet thing turned out a little bit different in my wilderness. Nature is perhaps the most …

Visual of Age of Internet Empires

Age of Internet Empires

A map of the most visited websites in each country. Google or Facebook, which one will conquer the world?

Visual of Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Besides finding their way, people look at to transport them to another place, or in this case, another perspective on planet Earth.

Visual of Street Lights Permanently Change the Ecology of Local Bugs

Street Lights Permanently Change the Ecology of Local Bugs

Streetlights affect local ecologies for a longer duration, and at a higher level in the food web, than previously thought.

Visual of Technology Costs Evolution

Technology Costs Evolution

Producing an iPhone in 1991 would have cost 3,56 million of dollars.

Visual of Intimate Technology Evening at Droog

Intimate Technology Evening at Droog

Droog Foundation and Next Nature Network invites you to join the conversation about Intimate Technology: April 23, in Amsterdam.

Visual of The Emergence of 4D Printing

The Emergence of 4D Printing

An inspiring TED talk by computational architect Skylar Tibbits about 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time.

Visual of The Future of Artificial Reproduction

The Future of Artificial Reproduction

According to researchers we could go a step further and use stem cells derived from your skin cells.

Visual of HUBOT: Meet the Home Healthcare Professional

HUBOT: Meet the Home Healthcare Professional

The home healthcare professional is one of the 16 positions from HUBOT, the job agency for people and robots.

Visual of Technology behind Google's results

Technology behind Google's results

As a Google user, you're familiar with the speed and accuracy of a Google search. How exactly does Google manage to find the right results for every query as quickly as it does? …

Visual of The Seven Wonders of Nature

The Seven Wonders of Nature

After setting up the biggest online voting poll ever for electing seven new wonders of the world, the swiss-canadian filmmaker Bernard Weber set up a new poll: the election of …

Visual of The Tissue Engineered Meat of Tomorrow

The Tissue Engineered Meat of Tomorrow

The meat in the supermarket is abstract, square and habitually made from wickedly manufactured animals. A friend once told me he only eats meat if he "can not recognize the animal …

Visual of The first map of the internet

The first map of the internet

Its simplicity is one of a kind and it takes my breath when I realize that this little drawing is actually the internets Big Bang point of origin. It shows the first node on the …

Visual of Waves of Asphalt

Waves of Asphalt

Set amid farmland in rural Japan, this small project is a bizarre hybrid of landscape art and infrastructure. It consists of a square, 20-space car park that looks as if it has …

Visual of A plate that regulates the speed of eating

A plate that regulates the speed of eating

Many people tend to eat too fast. As a result they do not receive signals from the stomach that they are in fact full. The result can be overeating and obesity . To encounter …

Visual of Office Rebellion

Office Rebellion

These peculiar illustrations are part of a sixteen-page pamphlet produced to put inside the postage-paid, business-reply envelopes that come with junk mail offers. Every envelope …

Visual of Doll Box Coffins

Doll Box Coffins

This interactive piece called Boys & Girls was made by artist Job Koelewijn , who invites people to take place in the life size coffin–style Barbie & Ken packages, where …

Visual of New Volvo Recognizes Shapes of Animals like Deer & Elk to Reduce Crash Impact.

New Volvo Recognizes Shapes of Animals like Deer & Elk to Reduce Crash Impact.

Volvo cars is testing a new safety system that automatically hits the brakes once an animal is detected in the vehicles vicinity. The Animal Detection System expands the range and …

Visual of Screw Technology

Screw Technology

In this particular piece of video art, loyal readers of nextnature.net might recognise the building as Zeche Zollverein in Germany, where we organized the Biggest Visual Power …

Visual of Artist Creates Portraits of Strangers Using DNA in Discarded Hair

Artist Creates Portraits of Strangers Using DNA in Discarded Hair

Heather Dewey-Hagborg just needs a strand of your hair to know what you look like.

Visual of Subjective Map of the Internet

Subjective Map of the Internet

Peculiar image of the week

Visual of The Holy Grail of Immortality

The Holy Grail of Immortality

Injecting mice with telomerase enables them to live 24% longer than the average mouse.

Visual of Twitter Gets Real in the Form of a Hotel

Twitter Gets Real in the Form of a Hotel

A hotel where all communication is conducted by Twitter hashtag.

Visual of Retro-Futuristic Society of Simulations

Retro-Futuristic Society of Simulations

In 1930 Germans envisioned our Society of Simulations.

Visual of The Mood Ring of the 21th Century

The Mood Ring of the 21th Century

The Moodmetric ring measures the autonomous nervous system signals that can be used to understand emotional reactions and improve quality of life.

Visual of Hyperform: the Future of 3D Printing

Hyperform: the Future of 3D Printing

"However, while 3D printers are becoming increasingly accessible and capable of rivalling the quality of professional equipment, they are still inherently limited by a small print …

Visual of Seconds for Sale: Domestication of Time

Seconds for Sale: Domestication of Time

Time Ingot is a solid piece of lead alloy, its mass can slow down time in the immediate vicinity.

Visual of Intimate Technology S01E03: A iReal

Intimate Technology S01E03: A iReal

What if your devices had a life of their own? Guy Farber’s playful short movie "An iReal" explores this very possibility.

Visual of Bali goes offline for 24 hours to celebrate the Hindu New Year

Bali goes offline for 24 hours to celebrate the Hindu New Year

If you've been dreaming of disconnecting and ridding your day of digital distractions, there's an island destination that would love to have you this weekend. Tonight, in one of …

Visual of GloFish

GloFish

  A tropical fish that fluoresces bright red is set to become the first genetically modified pet to go on sale in the US. Alan Blake and colleagues at Yorktown Technologies …

Visual of Portraits of American Mass Consumption

Portraits of American Mass Consumption

The Art of Junk by Chris Jordan .

Visual of Cityscape made out of cookware

Cityscape made out of cookware

So what are you doing this weekend? Grab your cookware and create the cityscape of of San Fransisco… Via This Foot Thing .

Visual of It came out of the Sea

It came out of the Sea

A giant, smiling Lego man has been fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort. Workers at a drinks stall rescued the 2.5-metre tall model. "We saw something bobbing …

Visual of Digital Trashcan in a Physical Office

Digital Trashcan in a Physical Office

The Swedish design group Front brings the principle of the digital computerdesktop trashcan back to the physical world. When your trashcan basket is full it bulges outward. When …

Visual of In Pursuit of Artificial Flavoring

In Pursuit of Artificial Flavoring

Following in the footsteps of a Marco Polo-esque spice trade, next nature explorers Jon Cohrs and Ryan Van Luit travel by canoe past massive cargo ships and factories in search of …

Visual of Traces of Everyday Embedded in Textile

Traces of Everyday Embedded in Textile

The ‘Decay’ project explores how traces of time and use can be embedded in textile. By wearing a carbon fibre suit over a white blouse, textile designer Marie Ilse Bourlanges …

Visual of Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts

Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts

Our proposal to study the financial system as an ecosystem is sometimes criticized as 'abuse of vegetational concepts'. Interestingly enough BBC documentary maker Adam Curtis now …

Visual of The Woods Smell of Shampoo

The Woods Smell of Shampoo

Named after the story of a city girl that washes her hair with pine-needle shampoo and one day walks in the woods with her daddy says "Daddy! The Woods Smell of Shampoo", this …

Visual of Virtual Offline Shopping

Virtual Offline Shopping

As the second most hardest working people on this planet, Koreans obviously dread their weekly shopping for groceries. It is therefore that Home Plus (Tesco in Europe) plastered …

Visual of Artificial Islands for a Tsunami-Proof Japan

Artificial Islands for a Tsunami-Proof Japan

Keiichiro Sako of  Sako Architects  has proposed constructing giant, drum-shaped islands on dry land as a means to protect residents of Tohoku from future tsunamis. The elevated …

Visual of Dyeing Salmon Pink for Farms and Profit

Dyeing Salmon Pink for Farms and Profit

Wild salmon gets its robust pink color from a diet rich in red-hued krill. Farmed salmon are fed on fish meal, chicken byproducts, soybeans, wheat and a long list of other …

Visual of First tasting of Printed Meat

First tasting of Printed Meat

Biological physicist Gabor Forgacs normally works on the “printing” of new organs for use in clinical trials, however, his technology could also be used to bioprint meat. In the …

Visual of GM Bacteria Turn Carbon Dioxide into Biofuel

GM Bacteria Turn Carbon Dioxide into Biofuel

In a twist on the classic " microbes that turn shit into petrol ", researchers at MIT have developed a bacterium that turns carbon dioxide into a direct substitute for gasoline. …

Visual of The Relative Size of Old Nature

The Relative Size of Old Nature

Created by Cary Huang, this interactive scale of the universe shows the relative sizes of everything from quarks to the Hoover Dam. Be prepared for some cosmic gee-whiz moments …

Visual of 33% of All Seafood in the United States Is Fraudulently Labeled

33% of All Seafood in the United States Is Fraudulently Labeled

A new study from the marine conservation group Oceana reveals that a full one-third of seafood across the US is mislabeled. Not surprisingly, the most expensive fish is also the …

Visual of Free Solar Chargers in the Streets of NY

Free Solar Chargers in the Streets of NY

Solar chargers for everyday emergencies.

Visual of Offshore Wind Farms Generate Their Own Microclimates

Offshore Wind Farms Generate Their Own Microclimates

As we strive to milk all available energy from nature, we not only harvest but alter our surroundings in the process. By mixing the warm sea air with cooler air above, offshore …

Visual of The Pulsating Heart of Tokyo

The Pulsating Heart of Tokyo

An astounding tangle of multi-colored water flowing throughout 18 arteries represents what happens every day in the pulsating heart of Tokyo. This is how Takatsugu Kuriyama , from …

Visual of A Wooden Floor that Follows the Curves of the Tree it's Made of

A Wooden Floor that Follows the Curves of the Tree it's Made of

A wooden floor that follows the curves of the tree it's made of, thanks to smart milling techniques.

Visual of POND: A symphony of lights and water

POND: A symphony of lights and water

Have you ever gone a day without water? Most likely you have experienced low energy levels or fatigue after a few couple of hours. Water gives us energy. More than that, water is …

Visual of All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

by Richard Brautigan (1968) I like to think (and the sooner the better!) of a cybernetic meadow where mammels and computers live together in mutually programming harmony like pure …

Visual of A day made of glass

A day made of glass

This video shows the design vision of Corning, a company that specializes in glass. Not just any glass, but glass incorporating technology, electronics and displays. And it sure …

Visual of Evolution of the Chicken

Evolution of the Chicken

From Dinosaur to primitive bird to supermarket discount. Although chickens thrive as a species – in the sense that billions of them roam the earth bio-industry – we doubt if the …

Visual of The Afterlife of PIG 05049

The Afterlife of PIG 05049

Christien Meindertsma spent three years tracking down every product made from a single pig. Pork made a showing, but the more strange goods were "ammunition, medicine, photo …

Visual of Bookshelves of the Ancients

Bookshelves of the Ancients

Decaying trees turn into decaying books and shelves.

Visual of Ghost Imaging: Taking Pictures of the Invisible Thanks to a New 3D Technique

Ghost Imaging: Taking Pictures of the Invisible Thanks to a New 3D Technique

British research group created anew scanning technique permits to obtain 3D images and detect wavelengths that our visual system is not able to see.

Visual of Moments in Meat History Part V- Industrialization of Farming

Moments in Meat History Part V- Industrialization of Farming

In 1876, the first cattle feedlot was established near Chicago.

Visual of Sexual Fetishes Evolve with Technology

Sexual Fetishes Evolve with Technology

Once common, statue-loving has disappeared from the sexual landscape.

Visual of The 10th Anniversary of the World's First Lab-Grown Steak

The 10th Anniversary of the World's First Lab-Grown Steak

Many people don't know that growing and cooking in vitro meat is a decade old.

Visual of The Evolution of the Treble Clef

The Evolution of the Treble Clef

Nongenetic evolution strikes again in the elaborate shape of the treble clef.

Visual of The Woods Smell of Meat

The Woods Smell of Meat

Steak doesn't grow on trees. Except when it does.

Visual of Bioplastic Made of Pressed Insect Shells

Bioplastic Made of Pressed Insect Shells

Aagje Hoekstra has developed a bioplastic made of of dead beetles called Coleoptera.

Visual of Stable Propagation of Next Natural DNA

Stable Propagation of Next Natural DNA

A team of scientists created a semi-synthetic organism with an expanded genetic alphabet.

Visual of Timeline Of The Far (not so bright) Future

Timeline Of The Far (not so bright) Future

BBC predicts the far future.

Visual of Googles Natural Tracking Technology

Googles Natural Tracking Technology

We may soon all be making natural gestures to interact with our digital devices.

Visual of Welcome to the Hearth of the Sun

Welcome to the Hearth of the Sun

Solarium, a video installation by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), puts visitors in the hearth of the sun.

Visual of Why Next Nature Network is hiring an army of bots

Why Next Nature Network is hiring an army of bots

As we showed with HUBOT , we can use new technologies and robotics to make our work more enjoyable, interesting and humane. Aside from our speculative jobs, a lot of robotic …

Visual of Cloth Carpet - a lifetime of cloth consumption

Cloth Carpet - a lifetime of cloth consumption

Why buy a carpet made out of sheep wool, if you can also buy one made people wool ? This carpet is made by the cloth consumption of a persons' lifetime. Created by Volksware .

Visual of Kids are extensions of parents?

Kids are extensions of parents?

The IonKids system from the firm Bluespan allows parents to give their young children some autonomy in the context of their environment to a certain point. The child wears an …

Visual of Map of Online Communities

Map of Online Communities

Just in case you hadn't seen this one . Informational spaces define physical spaces, rather than the other way around. The map is the territory? Let's just hope the territory can …

Visual of Lunch talk @ Art Center College of Design

Lunch talk @ Art Center College of Design

Lunch talk at the Art Center College of Design on March 5th. See also: Call for Proposals .

Visual of Mountain Sofa

Mountain Sofa

Give in to your god-complex by sitting on this Mountain Sofa by Gaetano Pesce .

Visual of Nanotechnology Crashcourse

Nanotechnology Crashcourse

This mashup video project integrates various video clips that ask: What is nanotechnology? Via Posthumanblues , via Futureblogger . See also: Small Talks , Bacteria Bots , …

Visual of Objects of Desire

Objects of Desire

Created by  Alex Sandwell Kliszynsk . Via Posthuman blues .

Visual of Phone of the future

Phone of the future

Comic relief for the weekend. The Sumsing Turbo 3000 has it all. Commercial spoof of a cellphone with many functions by Groen Brothers . Related: Excuse me, Is Your Tooth Ringing? …

Visual of Battle of platforms

Battle of platforms

Ever wondered why there is so much competition in the world of operating systems? This video made by Leon Wang illustrates that "old nature" mechanisms like survival of the …

Visual of Death: An in your Face type of Business

Death: An in your Face type of Business

Everyone wants to be remembered after his or her death. Some choose to be buried, others to be cremated. The company Cremation Solutions has a new service which ensures you will …

Visual of Spot of the Month: Arbor Artificialis Naturalis

Spot of the Month: Arbor Artificialis Naturalis

Our first spot of the month was made by Tijn Kooijmans, who pinpointed the first Dutch Arbor Artificialis Naturalis planted in 1999 by telecom provider Libertel. You too can share …

Visual of 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design: Introduction

11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design: Introduction

Welcome to the 11 part series The Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Product Design. In this series, we will be examining how designers can better integrate human-like forms or …

Visual of Humane Technology #5: Empower People

Humane Technology #5: Empower People

Principle number five: Humane technology doesn't outsource people, but instead empowers them. How healthy or humane is it to have an escalator to the gym? Humane technology should …

Visual of The Roots of Plant Intelligence

The Roots of Plant Intelligence

Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities ... But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their …

Visual of Animals of the Future

Animals of the Future

Nearly every adult in the Western world owns a personalized pet, sometimes more than one . It is treated with great care, fed when necessary and fitted to the owner’s wishes and …

Visual of NANO Supermarket in RTL Koffietijd

NANO Supermarket in RTL Koffietijd

Design fiction for the masses. Our NANO Supermarket was presented in the Dutch television show RTL Koffietijd (coffeetime). If you belong to the exquisite 5% visitors of this …

Visual of Moments in Meat History Part I - Origins of Meat-eating and Hunting

Moments in Meat History Part I - Origins of Meat-eating and Hunting

About 4 or 5 million years ago, major changes in the Earth's climate brought about grassland regions where giant mammals could graze.

Visual of Nanoscale Bouquet of Flowers

Nanoscale Bouquet of Flowers

Roses are red, violets are blue. Nanoscale flowers are what some scientists grew.

Visual of All This Technology Makes Us Anti-Social

All This Technology Makes Us Anti-Social

Peculiar image of the week.

Visual of Animals Love Technology

Animals Love Technology

A macaque stole a tourist's iPhone and fiddled around with it like a human would.

Visual of Blaming Car Technology for Dumb Drivers

Blaming Car Technology for Dumb Drivers

Cars increasingly rely on technology designed to make driving easier and safer. But are these improvements creating less-skilled drivers?

Visual of In Memory of New Materials Gone

In Memory of New Materials Gone

A deceased scrollbar in a Church. What does it mean?

Visual of Let the Drones take care of the Biosphere

Let the Drones take care of the Biosphere

Drones are typically thought of as flying spying robots, or even worse flying spying shooting robots. But could we also employ drones for good? The people of …

Visual of The Sound of Nature

The Sound of Nature

Love the sound of nature.

Visual of Next Generation: Louise Silfversparre illustrates the remains of the Anthropocene

Next Generation: Louise Silfversparre illustrates the remains of the Anthropocene

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Attack of the Metal Eating Plants

Attack of the Metal Eating Plants

Genetically modified plants may be the green solution for cleaning up polluted sites . Researchers David Salt and John Freeman aim to develop plants that remove toxic metals from …

Visual of Slogan of the Week

Slogan of the Week

The media are disappearing, Nature takes over. Our slogan of the week.

Visual of Slogan of the Week: Games become Jobs

Slogan of the Week: Games become Jobs

Slogan of the week: Games become Jobs.

Visual of All Is Full Of Love

All Is Full Of Love

While time seems to flow in this one direction, some people just know how to walk straight through that fourth dimension; catch it in a videoclip and throw the message into …

Visual of Napkin Sketch – On the impact of Design

Napkin Sketch – On the impact of Design

Created by Bruce Mau , who is not so much interested in the world of design, as in the design of the world. See also Napkin Sketch – Nature changes along with us .

Visual of Sustainable roof

Sustainable roof

Peculiar image of the week by Beatrice Jansen .

Visual of Effects of citrus smell and mosquito noise

Effects of citrus smell and mosquito noise

Recently, two new inventions have been developed. One, the mosquito-buzzer produces a 5 or 6 KHz buzz, which is (or should be) only audible for people under 25 years old. A …

Visual of Biodiversity of Green Brands is Increasing

Biodiversity of Green Brands is Increasing

This collection of green, leafy, eco, enviro, bio, organic logo's was collected by Andrew Kinnear . See also: Five strategies of biomimicmarketing , Biodiversity in the …

Visual of FDA holds up the delivery of an 'Apple'

FDA holds up the delivery of an 'Apple'

The US Food and Drug Administration is holding up the delivery of an iMac because they seem to think it is an apple, not an Apple. I don’t want to believe that either UPS or the …

Visual of Recycling Robot Takes the Streets of Italy

Recycling Robot Takes the Streets of Italy

Let the robots do the dirty work! This real-life Wall-E Recycling robot, part of the $3.9 million DustBot research program that is trying to improve urban hygiene, collects trash …

Visual of The anatomy of fun

The anatomy of fun

This guy put his work as an x-ray technician and his gaming hobby together and put his (old) gaming devices under the scanner. I was surprised how some of them actually look like …

Visual of Beware of the Virtual Squirrels

Beware of the Virtual Squirrels

Kasey McMahon and Derek Doublin demonstrate the tension between people and their environment through the eyes of its non-human inhabitants. Beware of the Virtual Squirrels ! The …

Visual of Design Fiction – Medical Bill of the Future

Design Fiction – Medical Bill of the Future

According to this fictitious future medical bill almost every part of the human body will be repairable in 2028. Gut bacteria replacement, Bone tissue growth for skull repair, …

Visual of The Crossing of Species

The Crossing of Species

Designer Bob de Graaf takes pleasure in collecting and combining objects from old nature & next nature in search for similarities. Surely a traditional biologist would not …

Visual of The Human Construction of Gay Animal Culture

The Human Construction of Gay Animal Culture

Much attention has recently been devoted to 'gay' animals. It's not the fact that many species have enthusiastic homosexual lives that should be surprising – there are convincing …

Visual of Evolution of the Lion

Evolution of the Lion

Corporate logos constantly have to adapt to survive. With the lion of the Peugeot car brand this resulted in a parade of poses over time. Peculiar image of the week.

Visual of Exploring the Oceans of Plastic

Exploring the Oceans of Plastic

Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing …

Visual of Planes of Existence

Planes of Existence

Peculiar image of the week, by Mattijn Franssen .

Visual of #9: Be Aware of the Ecosystem You're Invading

#9: Be Aware of the Ecosystem You're Invading

Part 9 in the 11 part series Anthropomorphism and Design . With most products, one wouldn’t normally worry about the environment that it enters. However, anthropomorphic products …

Visual of Archaeologist Finds Ruins of 'Friendster'

Archaeologist Finds Ruins of 'Friendster'

Last month internet archaeologist Dr Maxwell Fry stumbled upon the perfectly preserved ruins of an online community called 'Friendster'. Remember, that predecessor of Facebook, …

Visual of The future of Assisted Living

The future of Assisted Living

Arjen Born , a Dutch Photographer, envisions the future of assisted living through hilarious and moving photographs. Photography often reside in the realm of the nostalgic past, …

Visual of Portrait of a Generation

Portrait of a Generation

When exactly does Second Nature become First Nature?

Visual of The Anatomy of Mickey Mouse

The Anatomy of Mickey Mouse

Finally a full anatomical model of the renowned comic figure.

Visual of The Six Epochs of Evolution

The Six Epochs of Evolution

Buckle up for a cinematic espresso show from Jason Silva on the various epochs of evolution.

Visual of Virtual Offline Shopping

Virtual Offline Shopping

If the Korean Virtual Shopping Store becomes a success, all shop shelves will soon be LCD Screens.

Visual of A Brief History of Humankind

A Brief History of Humankind

Historian Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a journey through the whole human history.

Visual of Wow, Cool! A 3D model of the Save Icon!

Wow, Cool! A 3D model of the Save Icon!

When a floppy disk becomes a 3D printed save icon.

Visual of A Swarm of Micro Drones

A Swarm of Micro Drones

Agile micro drones able to act like a swarm.

Visual of Architecture of density

Architecture of density

Pictures taken by Michael Wolf in Hong Kong. See the whole series here .

Visual of Inner life of a cell

Inner life of a cell

You know.. cells have feelings too... and friends.. Check the video here

Visual of Lecture at Art Center College of Design

Lecture at Art Center College of Design

Visual of Wood of logo's

Wood of logo's

A wood of logo's. Installation created by Karl Grandin – yup, same guy made the nextnature.net wallpaper– at the powershow in Paradiso, Amsterdam 2005. See also: Animal Sweater .

Visual of Get it out of Your Head

Get it out of Your Head

Talking about image consumption ... Via scaryideas.com | Related: Some Kids Don't Like Chicken | Banksy Pet Store   | Featherless Chicken | Confetti Chicken | FFR Image Consumption

Visual of Nocturnal Life of Diurnal Birds

Nocturnal Life of Diurnal Birds

English Robins are forced to sing their song during the night. Not because they have figured out that music just sounds better in the dark, but because they can't compete with the …

Visual of A Whole New Species of Television is Born

A Whole New Species of Television is Born

So you thought the Razorius Gilletus essay was farsighted? Interestingly enough, Samsung is advertising its latest TV-set as a whole new species . Despite the obvious …

Visual of Symphony of Science

Symphony of Science

As it is Sunday today, lets indulge in a scientific spiritual music video. Created by John Boswell . Thanks Finnigans Riverrun.

Visual of Co-Evolving with Technology

Co-Evolving with Technology

Looking at this nextnatural comic, our co-evolutionary relationship with technology might need some work.

Visual of The birth of the artificial womb

The birth of the artificial womb

Researchers in Tokyo have developed an artificial womb (for goats).

Visual of All This Technology Makes Us Anti-Social

All This Technology Makes Us Anti-Social

Then and now.

Visual of Change Your Notion Of Nature

Change Your Notion Of Nature

A message for all you Next Nature readers from the one and only Snow White, who knows a thing or two about Hypernature . Download the Next Nature Appzine for free and change your …

Visual of The art of growing grasshoppers

The art of growing grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to meat protein. Could the ability to grow them in your kitchen make them more appealing? Watch the video below and …

Visual of The Age of Rust

The Age of Rust

Meet the incredible new species "Petramosaurus Cavator" and discover its impact on our planet.

Visual of digital cave of lascaux

digital cave of lascaux

The lasertag , made by Graffiti Research Lab , allows people to leave their mark on the city for a short while, without getting your hands dirty. After Rotterdam, New York, …

Visual of Diversity of Species in the Rainforest

Diversity of Species in the Rainforest

Nice one. I wonder if that wicked spider crane really exists.

Visual of What does Technology want?

What does Technology want?

Technologist, environmentalist and nextnature thinker avant la lettre Kevin Kelly , muses on what technology means in our lives – from its impact at the personal level to its …

Visual of Anthropomorphobia

Anthropomorphobia

Are you familiar with the affliction? Anthropomorphobia is the fear of recognizing human characteristics in non-human objects. The term is a hybrid of two Greek-derived words: …

Visual of What Robots dream of...

What Robots dream of...

You may think it's a cliché, but deep down inside robots want to be birds and fly high in the sky. Hooray for the good people of Festo , that demonstrate at TED how they turn the …

Visual of Annual Meeting of Time Travellers

Annual Meeting of Time Travellers

Appropriated from the blogosphere by NextNature.net. Peculiar image of the week.

Visual of Map of Emerging Technologies

Map of Emerging Technologies

This nice interactive map makes it clear what’s awaiting us in the near future. Presumably.

Visual of Portrait of MAN

Portrait of MAN

Amazing short animation by Steve Cuts.

Visual of In Vitro Meat: Animal Liberation?

In Vitro Meat: Animal Liberation?

Many people welcome in vitro meat because of what it may mean for animals. Even though they often find the idea strange, the promise for animals is widely felt as a source of hope.

Visual of Technology Is Our Next Nature

Technology Is Our Next Nature

Video testimonial for our Next Nature Appzine, all the way from India!

Visual of Technology Made us Human

Technology Made us Human

Buckle up for a cinematic espresso shot from performance philosopher and NNN ambassador Jason Silva.

Visual of The Death of Paper

The Death of Paper

And so it begins. For this 1-year old, a magazine is just a broken iPad.

Visual of Herds of Deer-Shaped Power Lines

Herds of Deer-Shaped Power Lines

Not real, but a far more creative way to deal with unsightly public works than tree-shaped antennas . Via Gizmodo .

Visual of Relics of the Past

Relics of the Past

Yes grandchildren. Back in the old days we used to *read* books.

Visual of The Visible Flight of Seagulls

The Visible Flight of Seagulls

A long exposure turns seagulls into airplanes.

Visual of Up in the North: the Rising Kingdom of Google Earth

Up in the North: the Rising Kingdom of Google Earth

Nation states and geographical borders. But for how long?

Visual of An introduction to Biomimicry

An introduction to Biomimicry

The first time I explained biomimicry to a stranger was not in a talk or a workshop but in a big-box bookstore just after Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature had come out. I …

Visual of On the Origin of the Smartphone

On the Origin of the Smartphone

Visual of Max Liboiron:

Max Liboiron: "Pollution is Colonialism"

We now live in a world where plastics are becoming a part of our marine ecosystems. As a result, we strive hard to clean the plastics from our oceans. Dr. Max Liboiron ( Michif …

Visual of The Golden Quarter

The Golden Quarter

Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled?

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The Technological Sublime

The sublime is an aesthetic concept of 'the exalted,' of beauty that is grand and dangerous. Through 17th and 18th century European intellectual tradition, the sublime became …

Visual of Next Generation: The virtual infinity of Scarlett Yang

Next Generation: The virtual infinity of Scarlett Yang

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

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Mojo Visions augmented reality contact lenses kick off a race to AR on your eye

The digital world has been creeping closer to your face. Was a time when a laptop was about as personal as you got with a computer. Then came smartphones, and a few years later, …

Visual of Next Generation: The speculative futures of Deborah Rhyner

Next Generation: The speculative futures of Deborah Rhyner

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of Why I'm turning my son into a cyborg

Why I'm turning my son into a cyborg

Imagine if everyone spoke a language that you don’t understand. It’s not a foreign language–it’s been spoken around you since the day you were born–but where as everyone else …

Visual of Could Biomimicry Help us Solve the Refugee Crisis?

Could Biomimicry Help us Solve the Refugee Crisis?

From nutrients within an organism, to organisms within collectives, to populations within a territory and so on - nature offers models on how to deal with highly complex systems.

Visual of How AI and genomics will impact the future of making babies

How AI and genomics will impact the future of making babies

As if stand-alone technologies weren’t advancing fast enough, we’re in age where we must study the intersection points of these technologies. How is what’s happening in robotics …

Visual of Why in the future, we will all wear one piece of garment

Why in the future, we will all wear one piece of garment

It's not an easy task to define the practice of designer Jasna Rok . Fashtech pioneer? Radical innovator? Visionary designer? ‘All of the above’ seems only appropriate. In fact, …

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The Anthropocene Explosion

We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, in which humanity and its instrumentalities are the most potent and influential geological force.

Visual of The Digital Mythology of... Super Mario

The Digital Mythology of... Super Mario

Mythology still surrounds us, we just relate to it differently. Games and movies have replaced pantheons and folk tales. Fairies and gnomes left the forests and the rivers and moved to virtual realities.

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The return of direct democracy: Introducing a digital agora to the crypto-world

In Ancient Greece the people were part of a direct-democracy, this means that they would directly vote for policies and laws. Nowadays, it seems as though this horizontal approach …

Visual of The future infrastructure of the blockchain might be green and humane

The future infrastructure of the blockchain might be green and humane

The connection we share through the Internet has laid the foundation for a whole new digital infrastructure, in which blockchain technology is heralded by many believers for being …

Visual of Towards collective standpoints on the future of baby making

Towards collective standpoints on the future of baby making

For the closing event of Reprodutopia , a true meeting of minds took place as we discussed the social implications surrounding the future of reproductive technologies. Multiple …

Visual of Interview: Jason Silva, Media Artist and Curator of Awe-Inspiring Ideas

Interview: Jason Silva, Media Artist and Curator of Awe-Inspiring Ideas

Media artist, filmmaker and wonderjunkie Jason Silva talks about technological evolution and why humans are gods with anuses.

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Letter to Humanity

NNN director Koert van Mensvoort writes a letter to humanity.

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Slowing down to start up: Here's the first chapter of our crypto deep dive series

It takes years to design a new banknote, having hundreds of people working on every little detail, all done under the watchful eye of governments and professionals. However today, …

Visual of Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

We recently spoke to Ilari Laamanen, to peel the outcrops of Momemtum9, and unveil the overlapping themes to the next nature philosophy.

Visual of Bio textiles: Meet six designers changing the future of fashion

Bio textiles: Meet six designers changing the future of fashion

We live in a world of fast or disposable fashion. This industry is increasingly impacting the environment due to the use of toxic chemicals, water and energy consumption, heavy …

Visual of Why half of the world's beaches could disappear by 2100

Why half of the world's beaches could disappear by 2100

Up to half of the world’s sandy beaches are at risk of disappearing by the end of this century if no action is taken to limit greenhouse gas emissions. That’s according to a new …

Visual of Next Generation: Hearing the first breath of Earth with Dora Lionstone

Next Generation: Hearing the first breath of Earth with Dora Lionstone

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Highlanders in the Lowlands: Re-enactment of an Extinct Cow

Highlanders in the Lowlands: Re-enactment of an Extinct Cow

At the end of every cold winter there is a debate in the Netherlands on whether the forestry service should feed the oxes, horses and deers grazing the Dutch nature resorts. The …

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Next What?

In this essay, anti-civilization, anarchist philosopher John Zerzan critiques the concept of 'next nature.' He argues that rather than freeing us, our self-domestication through …

Visual of How this self-sustainable microhome may change the future of housing

How this self-sustainable microhome may change the future of housing

Looking for a self-sustainable mobile microhome? Ecocapsule got you covered. This cute-as-pie capsule pod allows you to live completely off the grid in a low-energy, mobile …

Visual of Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

We sat down with Shahar Livne, an Israeli-born designer who graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven to talk about her vision on the future of plastics.

Visual of The next sexual revolution is going to be all about technology

The next sexual revolution is going to be all about technology

Sex is one of the most powerful, fundamental human drives. It’s caused wars, and built and destroyed kingdoms. It occupies a significant percentage of most people’s thoughts. As …

Visual of Why superhuman technologies will affect us all

Why superhuman technologies will affect us all

When you look through a super-telescope, you can still see the planet Earth. Once called the blue planet, she now looks red and parched. We had no choice but to abandon her… On a …

Visual of Body hair helps animals stay clean – and could inspire self-cleaning technologies

Body hair helps animals stay clean – and could inspire self-cleaning technologies

Watch a fly land on the kitchen table, and the first thing it does is clean itself, very, very carefully. Although we can’t see it, the animal’s surface is covered with dust, …

Visual of Three scenarios for the future of farming

Three scenarios for the future of farming

Agriculture may be one of the oldest of our technologies. Over time it has developed, changed, revolutionized, industrialized - or simply put, it has evolved . Today’s farms are …

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Talking Nonhuman Nonsense

Nonhuman Nonsense is a research-driven design and art studio existing somewhere between utopia and dystopia. They wonder upon our relationship with the non-human, embracing …

Visual of Interview: Bruce Sterling on the Convergence of Humans and Machines

Interview: Bruce Sterling on the Convergence of Humans and Machines

We had the honor of hosting Bruce Sterling in our Next Nature Network headquarters to talk to him about the concept of the convergence of humans and machines.

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Our Relationship with Tech Is Growing Stronger

It's getting difficult to discern what's technology and what's not.With wearable technology becoming more and more integrated into society, our lives become infused with more technology.

Visual of Colonizing Mars: Not with humans, but plants

Colonizing Mars: Not with humans, but plants

The idea of colonizing Mars has become the big speculative future of humanity on Earth. But, artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg has radically different ideas to contribute to the …

Visual of Next Generation: Shaping intimacy through objects with Pleun van Dijk

Next Generation: Shaping intimacy through objects with Pleun van Dijk

Pleun van Dijk is a speculative artist/designer who investigates the intimate relationship between human and technology.

Visual of Meet the lungs of the sea: phytoplankton

Meet the lungs of the sea: phytoplankton

Phytoplankton are microscopic algae living throughout the ocean’s surface waters. They can’t swim and are at the mercy of the currents and tides. Despite their small size, …

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Interview Mark Wigley: "We are living in an ecology of antenna"

With the invention of the radio antenna in the late 19th century, we became a different species: Introducing the human insect. A species, able to communicate across oceans using …

Visual of From Main Street to the Mansion: Disney, Playboy and the Next Nature of Sex and Death

From Main Street to the Mansion: Disney, Playboy and the Next Nature of Sex and Death

Nature demanded that we make a choice between immortality and sex, but the Next Nature of the 21st century may not. For help, we can look back to the 20th Century, which had many …

Visual of The Risk of Technological Unemployment

The Risk of Technological Unemployment

Stephen Hawking gives his opinion on what technological unemployment, aka machines taking over our jobs, can represent for future human societies.

Visual of Next Generation: In pursuit of digital tactility with Studio PMS

Next Generation: In pursuit of digital tactility with Studio PMS

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Beyond Biomimicry: A New Urgency

Beyond Biomimicry: A New Urgency

Designers face an unprecedented urgency to alter their methods and reprioritize their goals to address the accelerating degradation of the environment. This new …

Visual of The Carnery - A Cultured Future with In Vitro Meat

The Carnery - A Cultured Future with In Vitro Meat

In vitro meat has the capacity to transform meat production as we know it, introducing an entirely new way of thinking about and interacting with food.

Visual of Future cities: We need to reimagine the look of urban landscapes

Future cities: We need to reimagine the look of urban landscapes

In imagining future urban landsapes, we need to answer questions about what can be sustained and what cannot, where cities can be located and where they cannot.

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Innovative Nostalgia

We humans simply feel more comfortable with technological change when it comes in a familiar form that refers to an existing and accepted object, habit, value, tradition or intuition.

Visual of Three ways farms of the future can feed the planet and heal it too

Three ways farms of the future can feed the planet and heal it too

Intensive agriculture may be nourishing most of the Earth’s inhabitants, but it’s doing the opposite to earth itself. Its dependence on singular crops, heavy ploughing machinery, …

Visual of The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make.

Visual of The Birth of a Digital Nation in Estonia

The Birth of a Digital Nation in Estonia

Due to its digital citizenship program, something interesting is happening in Estonia. In July there were more new applications for e-citizenship than newborn babies. Are we …

Visual of ‘Optimism is our duty’: A conversation with Koert van Mensvoort

‘Optimism is our duty’: A conversation with Koert van Mensvoort

We live in a world in which we control the biology of a tomato at such precision, you could think of it as a product of technology, instead of a product of nature. Think about it, …

Visual of A full course cabbage meal to discuss the problem of agricultural over-abundance

A full course cabbage meal to discuss the problem of agricultural over-abundance

Last night we were invited to celebrate the plenty at the third edition of the Neo-Futurist Dinner series at Mediamatic in Amsterdam. This time, the night was hosted by Dutch …

Visual of How in vitro meat became a subject of debate in the Dutch parliament

How in vitro meat became a subject of debate in the Dutch parliament

To all in vitro meat optimists, hear hear! In May 2018 we launched the petition ' In vitro meat is here. Let us taste it. ' We proudly announce that this petition led to …

Visual of The Death of the Traffic Light

The Death of the Traffic Light

MIT researchers have developed a system of traffic control that will make traffic lights obsolete.

Visual of This bio-brick is made out of urine mixed with sand and bacteria

This bio-brick is made out of urine mixed with sand and bacteria

The world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student in civil engineering Suzanne Lambert, signalling an …

Visual of These are the 'meltwater lakes' of Antartica

These are the 'meltwater lakes' of Antartica

During the Antarctic summer, thousands of mesmerising blue lakes form around the edges of the continent’s ice sheet, as warmer temperatures cause snow and ice to melt and collect …

Visual of Will we ever shake hands again? With this technology, we could

Will we ever shake hands again? With this technology, we could

“Please refrain from hand shaking" is a common sign we now see as a result of public health organizations advising people to avoid shaking hands as a greeting. As people still …

Visual of Self–Repairing Architecture

Self–Repairing Architecture

All buildings today have something in common: They are made using Victorian technologies. This involves blueprints, industrial manufacturing and construction using teams of …

Visual of Welcome to the Age of Plastic

Welcome to the Age of Plastic

According to a new study, humankind is now entering the "Age of Plastic". The research investigates the evidence that we are living in the Anthropocene, a time in which humanity is the main geological force.

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Technology: Intrusive or Supportive?

Is the use of personal devices becoming a replacement for the spectrum of emotions that make us all humans?

Visual of Shark Drones Clean up the Port of Rotterdam

Shark Drones Clean up the Port of Rotterdam

In the port of Rotterdam you might be able to cross a floating Waste Shark: a robot able to collect up to 500 kilos of trash.

Visual of The return of Rayfish Footwear?

The return of Rayfish Footwear?

Rayfish Footwear was a fictional company that offered personalized sneakers crafted from genetically modified stingray leather. This online science fiction story allowed customers …

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Next Nature reading list

Ten books that continue to inspire the next nature philosophy—gathered for you to read this summer.

Visual of Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

We recently interviewed Lining Yao, Chinese interaction designer who uses organic materials as a technology that brings us back to nature.

Visual of In Conversation with Yoyo Yogasmana, Winner of the First ECO Coin Award

In Conversation with Yoyo Yogasmana, Winner of the First ECO Coin Award

Read our conversation with the ECO Coin Award Winner of 2015: Yoyo Yogasmana.

Visual of These speculative 'Next Senses' allow you to augment your senses with technology

These speculative 'Next Senses' allow you to augment your senses with technology

Imagine you could communicate telepathically with a whale, listen to the WiFi networks in your environment, or experience smells through seeing color. Developments in technology …

Visual of Netflix: Symbol of quarantine

Netflix: Symbol of quarantine

Since the 16th of March 2020, the government of the Netherlands applied new measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools, cafes, restaurants and sport …

Visual of Insects are helping us develop the future of hearing aids

Insects are helping us develop the future of hearing aids

The human ear is a miracle of mechanical evolution. It allows us to hear an astonishing range of sounds and to communicate and navigate in the world. It’s also easy to damage and …

Visual of Celebrating Dutch Water Protection: <br> Last Weeks to See 'Gates of Light'

Celebrating Dutch Water Protection:
Last Weeks to See 'Gates of Light'

If you are in The Netherlands you can explore the latest art project by Studio Roosegaarde and discover the iconic, yet historical value of the Closing Dike.

Visual of The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact

The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact

  Is human activity altering the planet on a scale comparable to major geological events of the past? Scientists are now considering whether to officially designate a new …

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Microsoft Is Betting on Mixed Reality

The Microsoft HoloLens is a holographic computer that enables you to interact with high-definition holograms through augmented reality.

Visual of Future of Food: Eating From the Ditch

Future of Food: Eating From the Ditch

For years scientist and farmers are researching the possibilities of eating duckweed, shoveling it out of the ditches onto our plates. This proteinrich plants can be used in animal fodders or be eaten by humans.

Visual of How the Dutch government is obstructing the advent of in vitro meat

How the Dutch government is obstructing the advent of in vitro meat

In 2017, two years after her father died , Ira van Eelen decided to call the Dutch Arable Farming Union. She couldn't help but wonder how come the Netherlands was still not …

Visual of A Film to Double the Shelf-Life of Food

A Film to Double the Shelf-Life of Food

The eco-friendly food packaging material able to improve food safety, conservation and quality.

Visual of Legally Stealing $60Million of Cryptocurrency

Legally Stealing $60Million of Cryptocurrency

All it takes to steal $60million worth of cryptocurreny is to create a child DAO. Sounds too good to be true...

Visual of How AI could revolutionize the teaching profession

How AI could revolutionize the teaching profession

In various parts of the world, access to education is, or risks becoming, a huge crisis. UNESCO estimates that around 20 million new teachers are needed worldwide - and that's not …

Visual of Struck by lightning: Shipping emissions double frequency of lightning storms

Struck by lightning: Shipping emissions double frequency of lightning storms

They say lightning never strikes twice, but it appears to be striking a lot more often in some areas of ocean than others. New research published in Geophysical Research Letters …

Visual of 400 BCE - Myth of Princes Grown in Jars

400 BCE - Myth of Princes Grown in Jars

In year 400BCE in ancient Indian Sanskrit epics, 100 princes were created from a jar of ghee.

Visual of GM Ants Show How Insect Societies Work

GM Ants Show How Insect Societies Work

Scientists gene modify ants in order to find out more about their social behavior.

Visual of This artwork lets trees tell the story of climate change

This artwork lets trees tell the story of climate change

In our ongoing battle against climate change, it's hard to transcend from our human position and ‘think’ like nature. Given, nature doesn't think the way humans do, but it does …

Visual of Welcome spring with this selection of NANO Supermarket products

Welcome spring with this selection of NANO Supermarket products

Well, we finally made it. After a long, cold, dark winter, spring has officially started today. And guess what it's bringing with it? Nope, not spring flowers: Love flowers! …

Visual of Plastic Planet

Plastic Planet

We tend to think of plastic as a cheap, inferior and ugly material used to make children’s toys, garden furniture and throwaway bottles. But as an experiment, imagine for a moment …

Visual of Nomophobia: the Fear of Phonelessness

Nomophobia: the Fear of Phonelessness

Nomophobia, no-mobile-phobia, is the fear of being separated from your smartphone.

Visual of In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

What do in-vitro human skin, spider silk and cow manure have in common? They are all unlikely materials that can cloth, protect and inspire humans, as realized by award-winning …

Visual of A Map of Mars for Regular Humans

A Map of Mars for Regular Humans

If we'll ever get to go to Mars as tourists , we wouldn't get lost. Ordnance Survey , the official British mapping agency, recently released a new detailed map of the Red Planet. …

Visual of Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

While we can’t just leave the coast permanently without upsetting the delicate balance of this new environment we created, we can take better care of it to ensure that it is around for years to come.

Visual of A Village Made of Plastic

A Village Made of Plastic

A canadian entrepreneur is trying to help reduce plastic pollution by building a village made out of plastic in Panama.

Visual of Envisioning the future of artificial biological reproduction in Mexico

Envisioning the future of artificial biological reproduction in Mexico

The debate on the future of artificial biological reproduction is moving to Mexico. C Minds, an impact innovation agency that believes in ‘a 4th Industrial Revolution that brings …

Visual of Here's all you need to know about the future of the ECO Coin (and how it came about)

Here's all you need to know about the future of the ECO Coin (and how it came about)

Today is Earth Day! This means that we think about the relationship between man, nature and technology, as technology is becoming a nature of its own. Acknowledged in 192 …

Visual of Discover the art of the living at Centre Pompidou

Discover the art of the living at Centre Pompidou

Go forward to nature at the La Fabrique du Vivant (the Factory of Life), the newly opened exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Exhibiting the recent works of fifty …

Visual of Next Generation: Searching for Null Island with Deborah Mora

Next Generation: Searching for Null Island with Deborah Mora

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Space Archeologist Unlocks Secrets of Ancient Civilizations

Space Archeologist Unlocks Secrets of Ancient Civilizations

Sarah Parcak is a pioneering "satellite archaeologist" from University of Alabama, a sort of Indiana Jones with 21st century tech. She has been awarded the 2016 TED Prize for her …

Visual of Making Power Stations Part of the Landscape

Making Power Stations Part of the Landscape

Can we have pretty power stations? The design of power stations is becoming more appealing.

Visual of Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma designs for the human instinct and puts the sense of smell back to where it belongs, as modern hazards have shifted to the digital realm.

Visual of Designer babies: the kids of the future?

Designer babies: the kids of the future?

What if you had the choice of sparing your child from diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or autism?

Visual of The Ephemeral Future of Internet Data

The Ephemeral Future of Internet Data

What the Internet would look like if all data were ephemeral?

Visual of Future AI may hallucinate and get depressed — just like the rest of us

Future AI may hallucinate and get depressed — just like the rest of us

Scientists believe the introduction of a hormone-like system, such as the one found in the human brain, could give AI the ability to reason and make decisions like people do. …

Visual of 3D Printed Fish Remove Toxins and Deliver Drugs

3D Printed Fish Remove Toxins and Deliver Drugs

Researchers from UC San Diego announced that they have developed 3D print tiny microrobots in the shape of fish able to detect and remove toxin from liquid.

Visual of Meet the Band Aid of the Future

Meet the Band Aid of the Future

This potentially revolutionary device includes LED lights and temperature sensors to provide medication directly to the wounded section of the skin.

Visual of Seaweed Farms to Solve the Problem of Ocean Acidification

Seaweed Farms to Solve the Problem of Ocean Acidification

By burning fossil fuels we are responsible for the increase of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. Aside from raising temperatures globally, this is also affecting our …

Visual of Swedish Government Rewards Citizens Who Repair Instead of Throwing Away

Swedish Government Rewards Citizens Who Repair Instead of Throwing Away

Sweden is paying people to fix their belongings instead of throwing them away.

Visual of The End of Air-Conditioning

The End of Air-Conditioning

New heat-reflective material signs the end of air-conditioning use.

Visual of 'Her' is an outlook on a possible future—of dating a chatbot

'Her' is an outlook on a possible future—of dating a chatbot

With most of us stuck at home because of lockdown, for the singles around us intimacy may have turned into a distant dream. Could we find our salvation in technology? And what …

Visual of Synthetic skin is bringing the sense of touch to VR

Synthetic skin is bringing the sense of touch to VR

Current social distancing measures are all about keeping a physical distance from each other in order to flatten the curve. But this does not mean we have to keep a distance from …

Visual of Interview: Chloé Rutzerveld, Designer Who Wants to Grow Healthy 3D Printed Food

Interview: Chloé Rutzerveld, Designer Who Wants to Grow Healthy 3D Printed Food

Food and Concept designer, Chloé Rutzerveld, explains her 3D food printing project Edible Growth.

Visual of Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

We recently talk to Nadine Bongaerts about the role and impact of synthetic biology, the gap between bio­sciences and society and the importance of communication to overcome the fear of new technologies.

Visual of The Bioengineered Elixir of Life

The Bioengineered Elixir of Life

Scientists say they can reverse aging by reprogramming the genome.

Visual of Morality of an Autonomous Car

Morality of an Autonomous Car

When an autonomous car has to make a decision, will self-interest or the public good predominate?

Visual of This Robot Takes Care of Your Children

This Robot Takes Care of Your Children

This robot nanny is designed to take on adult responsibilities, raising concerns regarding the consequences of using robots to raise our children.

Visual of Welcome to the City Made of Bone

Welcome to the City Made of Bone

Our cities are made out of steel and concrete. What if we replace them with wood and bone?

Visual of 'Clickvalue' is the subjective value of someone’s like, retweet or share

'Clickvalue' is the subjective value of someone’s like, retweet or share

Although all likes, shares, and retweets come from the same act of clicking, not all of them carry the same value. If you are in love, the most valuable like will be the one from …

Visual of The Complex Networks of Our Planet

The Complex Networks of Our Planet

This video by Nature explains the complexity of networks on our planet.

Visual of How blockchain technology is changing the agriculture industry

How blockchain technology is changing the agriculture industry

Blockchain is useful for more than cryptocurrency. It’s revolutionizing industry after industry. Next, it may change the way we get our food. The agriculture industry is complex. …

Visual of Celebrate 10 years of Studio Drift at the Stedelijk Museum

Celebrate 10 years of Studio Drift at the Stedelijk Museum

Tonight, Studio Drift is launching their debut museum solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam: Coded Nature . As  NNN Fellows , this Dutch duo is showcasing a …

Visual of Swiss hotel chain offers a ‘social media sitter’ to handle your Instagram while you relax

Swiss hotel chain offers a ‘social media sitter’ to handle your Instagram while you relax

Ibis, A popular European hotel chain, just introduced the world to the “social media sitter.” It’s the answer to a problem few knew existed, and even fewer though we needed …

Visual of Evolution in the Bedroom

Evolution in the Bedroom

Good morning anywhere in the world! Waking up is a problem (at least for 50% of the population). That's why alarm clocks exist; machines and devices are invented to solve …

Visual of Canadians Sell Cans of Fresh Air to China

Canadians Sell Cans of Fresh Air to China

A Canadian start-up that collects oxygen from the the Rocky Mountains forests and bottles it to sell.

Visual of A.I. Can Guess Exact Locations of Images

A.I. Can Guess Exact Locations of Images

Google's PlaNet will be soon able to tell you where a photograph was taken by simply looking at its contents.

Visual of Genetic Scissors Instead of Chef's Knife

Genetic Scissors Instead of Chef's Knife

CRISPRy cabbage has been served for the first time in the world.

Visual of Getting Rid of Plastic in the Oceans

Getting Rid of Plastic in the Oceans

The Ocean Cleanup Foundation’s prototype floating barrier wants to clean the oceans water.

Visual of Your Next Sneakers Are Made of Algae

Your Next Sneakers Are Made of Algae

An ecofriendly alternative to plastic lies on the surface of waste streams.

Visual of A Taste of RoboBee Honey

A Taste of RoboBee Honey

Where most researchers are focusing on keeping bees alive, researchers of Harvard are developing a bee replacement; the Robobee. The Robobee is only the size of half a paperclip, with ultra thin wings flapping 120 times per second. The main goal is to build a mechanic pollinator.

Visual of One Day of Air Traffic

One Day of Air Traffic

Mike Kelly shows the entire day of traffic, in just one image.

Visual of Are we living in a superorganism?

Are we living in a superorganism?

The coverstory of Next Nature Magazine investigates how the rise of virtual influencers on social media reveals a superorganism.

Visual of Close to skin technology

Close to skin technology

Wearable Interfaces, Smart Materials and Living Fabrics. V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam-based Virtueel Platform, the expertise centre for …

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Next Nature Introduction

This project - the Next Nature Network - is about Nature's brand image. One might surmise that "Nature," being 100 percent all-natural, can't have any brand image.  The facts …

Visual of This Headset Will Widen Your View of Reality

This Headset Will Widen Your View of Reality

This augmented reality helmet allows the wearers to see all around them without having to turn their head.

Visual of Human-Like Robot Makes Freaky Joke About the Future of Mankind

Human-Like Robot Makes Freaky Joke About the Future of Mankind

To thread the uncanny valley is a conscious choice for many artists and enthusiasts, as a means to evoke, through their work, powerful emotions, thoughts and everything in between.

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53 Shades of Blue

An artist installed a sculpture on the main street of Ljubljana, Slovenia, that measures the blueness of the sky.

Visual of Are These the Headphones of the Future?

Are These the Headphones of the Future?

No matter which brand is going to rule the wireless headphones scene, it's time to get used to have a computer in our ear that we never need to take out. Until it may grow into it someday!

Visual of The Robots of Tomorrow: Biodegradable

The Robots of Tomorrow: Biodegradable

What happens to robots that are no longer needed? In the future robots will be biodegradable.

Visual of Work Remotely in VR Nature

Work Remotely in VR Nature

Breakroom is a VR app that lets you fill your daily working tasks in a simulated nature surrounding, enhancing productivity and mental balance.

Visual of 'Halfseen' means reading (the beginning of) a message without opening it

'Halfseen' means reading (the beginning of) a message without opening it

The appearance of “seen” has created a new phenomenon: opening messages partially, having a peek at the beginning of the message and assuming the rest so that the other person …

Visual of I like my steak lab-grown, not-grass fed

I like my steak lab-grown, not-grass fed

Right now, somewhere in a laboratory in California, the Netherlands or Japan, a technician is taking a few thousand skeletal muscle cells from a living animal, and placing them in …

Visual of The Great Pacific garbage

The Great Pacific garbage "patch" is now three times the size of France

Mon dieu! The swirling pile of trash in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an exponential rate. A recent study has estimated that the mass of the garbage island is four to sixteen …

Visual of This expo confronts a planet in a state of emergency

This expo confronts a planet in a state of emergency

Meet the 'Eco-Visionaries' , these are the architects, artists and designers who respond to some of the most urgent ecological issues of our times. This exhibition reveals how …

Visual of Project Natal: You are the Cursor

Project Natal: You are the Cursor

Today browsing and gaming is dominated by the shortcomings of machines, for machines simply do not know who is on the other end. Man needs to interact; therefore man needs to …

Visual of Nine Strategies of Geo-engineering

Nine Strategies of Geo-engineering

Recently some scientists in Britain have recommend planetary ' geoengineering ' to avoid climate change. And as politicians are listening , it is time to explore the options. New …

Visual of The Advent of Connected Toys

The Advent of Connected Toys

It is the era of smart toys, but they certainly raise difficult questions for parents.

Visual of The Future of Firefighting

The Future of Firefighting

Firefighters can see through smoke with new thermal mask.

Visual of Mediamatic offers a quarantine-approved dinner date

Mediamatic offers a quarantine-approved dinner date

Dinner for two, please! Well we didn't expect to say that in a while. Luckily our friends at Mediamatic are working on an innovative solution. Their 'Serres Séparées' dinner dates …

Visual of Summit of the Mount Everest on Tour

Summit of the Mount Everest on Tour

Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured by the height of its summit above sea level. In May 2005, artist Xu Zhen led an ascent on Everest, and succeeded in …

Visual of Nano Supermarket – Jury Report

Nano Supermarket – Jury Report

Nanotechnology is an important emerging technology of our time – it radically intervenes with our sense of what is natural – yet most people are still relatively unaware of its …

Visual of Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

An interview with Daisy Ginsberg, artist and synthetic biologist.

Visual of Meet the Hospital of the Future

Meet the Hospital of the Future

With its 656 beds, this hospital offers unconventional and leading computerized assistance for all sorts of patients.

Visual of First Testings of Google's Project Loon Announced

First Testings of Google's Project Loon Announced

Google plans to connect more than 100 million people in a cheap, new and sustainable way, in a territory where only one person on three has access to the Internet.