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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 …

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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 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 Jobs for Creators - Robots at Work #2

Jobs for Creators - Robots at Work #2

Have a look at our series Robots at Work! In this episode we present you five jobs for creators, the ones that build with their hands.

Visual of Jobs for Facilitators - Robots at Work #3

Jobs for Facilitators - Robots at Work #3

This is post number three of our serie 'Robots at Work'. In this episode we present you five jobs for facilitators, the ones who love to work with technology.

Visual of What Ant Colony Networks Can Tell Us About What’s Next for Digital Networks

What Ant Colony Networks Can Tell Us About What’s Next for Digital Networks

Ever notice how ant colonies so successfully explore and exploit resources in the world … to find food at 4th of July picnics, for example? You may find it annoying. But as an …

Visual of Jobs for Caretakers - Robots at Work #1

Jobs for Caretakers - Robots at Work #1

This is post number one of our serie 'Robots at Work'. In this episode we present you five jobs for caretakers, the ones that work with their hearts.

Visual of Jobs for the Extraordinary-Robots at Work #5

Jobs for the Extraordinary-Robots at Work #5

This is post number five of our serie 'Robots at Work'. In this last episode we present you five jobs for the extraordinary, the ones who won't let themselves be categorized.

Visual of Suzanne Lee wants to live in a world that uses only sustainable materials

Suzanne Lee wants to live in a world that uses only sustainable materials

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 Jobs for Entrepreneurs - Robots at Work #4

Jobs for Entrepreneurs - Robots at Work #4

This is post number four of our serie 'Robots at Work'. In this episode we present you five jobs for entrepreneurs, the ones who love doing big business.

Visual of Next Generation: Building aquatecture with Shaakira Jassat

Next Generation: Building aquatecture with Shaakira Jassat

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 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 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 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.

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But will lab-grown meat be kosher?

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

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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 Next Nature is ancient

Next Nature is ancient

Uli Westphal's Seed Series is an ongoing attempt to document the seeds of all edible plants, one seed at a time.

Visual of Next Nature Interview

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 …

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

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.

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Can AI become addicted?

In 1953, a Harvard psychologist thought he discovered pleasure – accidentally – within the cranium of a rat. With an electrode inserted into a specific area of its brain, the rat …

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Nature Loves Technology

We interviewed William Myers and Emma van der Leest, curators of Nature Loves Technology, our exhibition at Floriade 2022

Visual of Information Decoration: Our Environment as an Information Carrier

Information Decoration: Our Environment as an Information Carrier

Picture this: it's 40,000 years ago, and you are an early Homo sapiens. You are standing on the savanna. Look around you. What do you see? No billboards, no traffic signs, no …

Visual of Billionaire space race: the ultimate symbol of capitalism's obsession with growth

Billionaire space race: the ultimate symbol of capitalism's obsession with growth

Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids, laments the Rocket Man in Elton John’s timeless classic. In fact, it’s cold as hell. But that doesn’t seem to worry a new …

Visual of How my chatbot fell in love with me

How my chatbot fell in love with me

The virus is forcing all of us to sit at home. While we are allowed to have social contact—albeit at an appropriate distance, intimate contact is hard to find. How to cope with …

Visual of Nature Ludens: The Natural World at Play

Nature Ludens: The Natural World at Play

An ingenious Russian crow that used a lid as a snowboard to slide down a snowy roof persuaded millions of YouTube viewers that animals are not merely beasts of burden – they also …

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 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.

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Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?

Australian regulators will soon be faced with a challenge: can animal flesh produced in a lab be called meat? Amid reports that lab-grown meat could be on sale this year, the US …

Visual of Next Generation: illustrating the remains of the anthropocene with Louise Silfversparre

Next Generation: illustrating the remains of the anthropocene with Louise Silfversparre

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 …

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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 Next Generation: Shimmering nature with Elissa Brunato

Next Generation: Shimmering nature with Elissa Brunato

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 …

Visual of Next Generation: Designing modular fashion with Mathilde Rougier

Next Generation: Designing modular fashion with Mathilde Rougier

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 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 …

Visual of Next Generation: Simulating textile ecosystems with Scarlett Yang

Next Generation: Simulating textile ecosystems with 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 …

Visual of Next Generation: Going viral with lab-grown meat and Leyu Li

Next Generation: Going viral with lab-grown meat and Leyu Li

To explore the public opinion towards cultured meat, speculative food designer Leyu Li created fictional influencer “Meaty Auntie” and turned to TikTok.

Visual of Eating In-Vitro: Kitchen Meat Incubator

Eating In-Vitro: Kitchen Meat Incubator

The Kitchen Meat Incubator does for home cooking what the electronic synthesizer did for the home musician. It provides its users with a set of pre-programmed samples that can be …

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 Datafountain: Money translated to water

Datafountain: Money translated to water

"In the morning paper, I can read the weather report as well as the stock quotes. But when I look out of my window I only get a weather update and no stock exchange info. Could …

Visual of Next Nature Talk at Nature 3.x Symposium

Next Nature Talk at Nature 3.x Symposium

Koert van Mensvoort will take part in the Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now? symposium at the University of Minnesota.

Visual of Rotund Rats, Fat Cats and Chubby Chimps

Rotund Rats, Fat Cats and Chubby Chimps

It's nothing new that humanity is getting chubbier by the day. What's surprising is that we're bringing our animals along for the ride. A meta-analysis of animal weight has …

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 9 creatives in biotech you need to know right now

9 creatives in biotech you need to know right now

The field of biofabrication is still new to most people. As founder and CEO of Biofabricate, Suzanne Lee shared with us this exciting online event series Creatives in Biotech . If …

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 …

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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 Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

Like we did to old nature before, we must now cultivate our technological environment.

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 Social Avatar Beats Death

Social Avatar Beats Death

Avatars are commonly known as virtual characters in the digital realm representing a user. But what if avatars could house personal history, profile and ideas? Could that enable …

Visual of Build an organisation that lasts by creating a superorganism

Build an organisation that lasts by creating a superorganism

For the past 25 years, I’ve studied everything from baboon cooperation in Ethiopia and orca whale innovation in the Bering Sea, to the Argentine ant invasion in my kitchen, and my …

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 Simulating Old Nature on Next Nature

Simulating Old Nature on Next Nature

iDail replaces the iPhone keypad with a good old rotary keyboard. For all you nostalgics (and grandparents) out there. See also: Who wants a Stylus? , 8-bit icon watch , Treetrunk …

Visual of How to biofabricate leather

How to biofabricate leather

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 Meat, the Expectations

Meat, the Expectations

As the planet’s population speeds towards 9 billion, it’s becomes impossible to continue consuming meat like we do today. Will we all be eating rice and beans? Grasshoppers …

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Yes, Naturally

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

Visual of The Material Futures of Central Saint Martins

The Material Futures of Central Saint Martins

Meet United Matters, a London collective exploring how we might live in the future by blurring the boundaries between craft, science and technology.

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 Next Generation: Speculating about the future with Deborah Rhyner

Next Generation: Speculating about the future with 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 …

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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 …

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Enter the symbiocene

What if we would use the idea of symbiosis as the basis for the next period of Earth’s history?

Visual of Floating Underwater Self-Sufficient City

Floating Underwater Self-Sufficient City

Asian architects of AT Design Office want to build an incredible floating underwater metropolis that is also self-sufficient.

Visual of Next Generation: Unleashing nature’s untapped potential with Amelie Unger

Next Generation: Unleashing nature’s untapped potential with Amelie Unger

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

‘Optimism is our duty’: in 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 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 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 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 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 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 Like fish that don't know they are wet, we are dwelling in a waterworks of money

Like fish that don't know they are wet, we are dwelling in a waterworks of money

The ancient Egyptians and Greeks saw water as the source of life, the "origin of everything". Today that role is reserved for money.

Visual of NAT Designing Nature - Exhibition & Debate

NAT Designing Nature - Exhibition & Debate

NAT, designing nature is about the interface where nature and culture, biology and design intertwine. An exhibition that is a cross between an exotic Garden of Eden and an illegal …

Visual of Nature through the Windshield

Nature through the Windshield

Volume magazine interviews Next Nature founder Koert van Mensvoort.

Visual of Real Nature is not Green

Real Nature is not Green

At the edge of the woods along the motorway near the Dutch town of Bloemendaal, there stands a mobile telephone mast disguised as a pine tree. This mast is not nature: at best, it …

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 Seeking Symbiosis

Seeking Symbiosis

Visual artist Heleen Blanken explores the complex relationship between people, nature and technology.

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 What Julia Watson is reading this summer

What Julia Watson is reading this summer

In an era of high-tech and climate extremes, we are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. Architect Julia Watson imagines a design movement building on indigenous …

Visual of The GeneSprout Initiative: cultivating new plant breeding techniques

The GeneSprout Initiative: cultivating new plant breeding techniques

Some 10,000 years ago humans began to domesticate plants and animals. The birth of agriculture, one of the earliest technologies available.

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #4

What Is Next Nature? #4

Using your two eyes to watch three screens at once.

Visual of Robotization Makes Work More Human

Robotization Makes Work More Human

Imagine being 16 and studying for a job that soon won't exist. What kind of future is that? New occupations will come thanks to robotization.

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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 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 The information age is starting to transform fishing worldwide

The information age is starting to transform fishing worldwide

People in the world’s developed nations live in a post-industrial era, working mainly in service or knowledge industries. Manufacturers increasingly rely on sensors, robots, …

Visual of Echte Natuur is niet Groen

Echte Natuur is niet Groen

Ons beeld van natuur moet worden aangepast

Visual of Seven Future Visions on In-Vitro Meat

Seven Future Visions on In-Vitro Meat

Before we can decide if we will ever be willing to eat in-vitro, we need to explore the food culture it will bring us.

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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 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 AI creates images of food that doesn’t exist (yet)

AI creates images of food that doesn’t exist (yet)

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. …

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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 Explore the future of nature at IDFA Festival

Explore the future of nature at IDFA Festival

Humans often claim to be at the top of the food chain, but is that really the case? We are experiencing – now more than ever – our own fragility: an increase in natural disasters, …

Visual of Bacteria That Eat Waste & Shit Petrol

Bacteria That Eat Waste & Shit Petrol

Energy problem? Why not genetically alter bacteria to have them provide 'renewable petroleum'. Crude oil is only a few molecular stages removed from the acids normally excreted by …

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 10 Next Nature dinner table conversation starters

10 Next Nature dinner table conversation starters

Summer is here and the sun is out, and yes, this is awesome. After a long day in the sizzling summer sun, you get a group of people together to share some delicious food, …

Visual of Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

A recent study demonstrated how artificial light is a serious threat to plant pollination. It puts plant reproduction in danger, as well as the whole ecosystem.

Visual of Next Generation: Unlearning botanical narratives with Nina Škerjanc

Next Generation: Unlearning botanical narratives with Nina Škerjanc

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 Next Nature Services

Next Nature Services

Intentionality separates culture from nature. A dog is intentional, a fox is not; a park is intentional, a forest is not. Since trash, ruined buildings, and automated computer …

Visual of Next Nature Academy presents: A workshop-in-a-box for your team

Next Nature Academy presents: A workshop-in-a-box for your team

Are you working on projects where technology and human interaction are involved, and are you looking for a new approach? As of today, we offer a brand new workshop concept for you …

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 (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 Watch Your City at Night from Space

Watch Your City at Night from Space

Less than one millennium ago the Earth at night was all black. Today it is all glowing and blossoming.

Visual of US Judge Rules Gene Patents Invalid ?because they are Natural

US Judge Rules Gene Patents Invalid ?because they are Natural

Did you know that about 20 percent of your body isn't really yours? It has been patented by some corporation you probably never heard of. You can't patent gold, you can't patent …

Visual of Next Generation: Wandering through the post wilderness with Melissa Schwarz

Next Generation: Wandering through the post wilderness with Melissa Schwarz

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 Next Generation: Emptying Out with Natasja Bökkerink

Next Generation: Emptying Out with Natasja Bökkerink

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 Next Nature's must reads

Next Nature's must reads

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

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 …

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 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 Reading the Body: Finger Length Ratio Predicts Athletic Ability

Reading the Body: Finger Length Ratio Predicts Athletic Ability

The human body is increasingly recognized as a biometric source of information for a wide spectrum of issues, including security, psychopathology, personality and health. Earlier …

Visual of Next Gen: Watching our collective heartbeats with Nino Basilashvili

Next Gen: Watching our collective heartbeats with Nino Basilashvili

Heartsync is an interactive art installation crafted by artist Nino Basilashvili that syncs up your heartbeat with others. 

Visual of Neither Warfare nor Dumplings Are Innate to Human Nature

Neither Warfare nor Dumplings Are Innate to Human Nature

In Ngogo, Gombe and elsewhere in Africa, bands of male chimpanzees regularly make organized raids on neighboring troops and batter their enemies to death. These grim, warring …

Visual of Drones and Robots Co-Work in Solar Farms

Drones and Robots Co-Work in Solar Farms

BladeRanger might have found the ultimate solution for solar panels cleaning putting drones and robots together at work.

Visual of Next Generation: Combining AI with human creativity with Sofia Crespo

Next Generation: Combining AI with human creativity with Sofia Crespo

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 …

Visual of Why we need to get better at predicting space weather

Why we need to get better at predicting space weather

The Sun is the most important source of energy for sustaining life on Earth, but it gives us a lot more than just light and heat. It also gives us solar storms.

Visual of Rating the Reputation Economy

Rating the Reputation Economy

Our online reputation is becoming a valuable currency that is hard to earn and easy to lose.

Visual of VR Days Europe: Next Nature Habitat

VR Days Europe: Next Nature Habitat

Next Nature Habitat premiered at VR Days Europe in Amsterdam last weekend.

Visual of Designing for Next Nature (workshop report)

Designing for Next Nature (workshop report)

The extent to which new technologies are intervening with everyday life can hardly be underestimated. Virtual realities, nano- and biotechnology are increasingly providing new …

Visual of How technology will help us adapt to climate change

How technology will help us adapt to climate change

Climate change will transform how we live, but these tech and policy experts see reason for optimism

Visual of How to bingewatch the Intimate Technology series

How to bingewatch the Intimate Technology 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 Nature Preservation: The Literal Version

Nature Preservation: The Literal Version

* warning: high doses of irony detected in this article * Method #01: Canning Promotional gift 'Nature in a can' complete with soil and bean plant seeds (from DKNY , 2010). Method …

Visual of Embracing the Future with Patricia Piccinini

Embracing the Future with Patricia Piccinini

Patricia Piccinini is an artist interested in the relationship between humans and non-humans, the natural and the artificial, science and storytelling. Working with silicone, …

Visual of FIBER Festival 2022: an exploration towards an alternative future

FIBER Festival 2022: an exploration towards an alternative future

FIBER Festival explores the future of a changing world through audiovisual art, daring conversations, and experimental electronic music.

Visual of The Cat Parasite that Sells Motorcycles

The Cat Parasite that Sells Motorcycles

The protozoa Toxoplasma gondii makes an unobtrusive home in nearly every warm-blooded species, but it's prolific life is limited: Toxo can only reproduce in cat stomachs. The …

Visual of Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

On may 21st, Next Nature Network art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink  will host a workshop around the idea of Speculative Sensing: exploring the potential of senses found in nature …

Visual of 5 unusual technologies for harvesting water in dry areas

5 unusual technologies for harvesting water in dry areas

Water scarcity is among the top five global risks affecting people’s wellbeing. In water-scarce areas, the situation is grim. Conventional sources like snowfall, rainfall, river …

Visual of Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

It is a well known secret that plastic hardly breaks down and almost all of the plastic ever made still floats around somewhere . With the great pacific garbage patch now twice …

Visual of The Furby threat to national security

The Furby threat to national security

We are now so used to communicating with some robotic device in our homes. But this skill cost Furbies a national ban in the US.

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 Demo Day at Next Nature Lab

Demo Day at Next Nature Lab

Unpolished creativity at the Next Nature lab from the Industrial Design Department at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Visual of Let’s Sweat the Heat Out: Sweating Wall Concept

Let’s Sweat the Heat Out: Sweating Wall Concept

Hydroceramic: a composite material able to lower the temperature of an interior space by five degrees Celsius.

Visual of Matilde Boelhouwer wants to make urban environments flower again

Matilde Boelhouwer wants to make urban environments flower again

Matilde Boelhouwer is a designer whose work speculates between art, design, science, biology and food. Matilde shapes this obligation into a studio which mainly focuses on the …

Visual of Using the intelligence of plants to battle climate change

Using the intelligence of plants to battle climate change

Living Carbon enhances natural traits in plants as a solution for stabilizing the climate by increasing the efficiency of the photosynthesis process. 

Visual of Veggie Burger That Bleeds Like Real Meat

Veggie Burger That Bleeds Like Real Meat

Prof. Patrick Brown developed a meatless burger that look and taste like meat, made out of plant ingredients.

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 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 Water Shows When the Heat is On

Water Shows When the Heat is On

Designer Carlijn Compen upgraded her watertap with some LED's that shift color along with the heat of the water. A simple yet effective example of information decoration that will …

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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 …

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Love your monsters

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

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Meat-Eating Made Us Humans

Eating meat has made us who we are today: evolved, intelligent humans, able to use a verbal language.

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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 …

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Next Nature went to China!

We are proud to invite you to our largest showcase (so far), currently on display at OCT Art & Design in Shenzhen, China. Spanning across three floors, with a total surface of …

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What's solar geoeneering and why is it controversial?

A report from 2021 from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine tackles a controversial question : Is solar geoengineering – an approach designed to cool the …

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Next Nature Movie #6: The Matrix

In the last few decades there have been numerous films that take the struggle between mankind and its increasingly intelligent and autonomous technology as a leitmotif. Ranging …

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Featured Page #01: Hypernature

During the coming weeks, we will present a selection of our favourite pages from the Next Nature book . To kick the series off, we’ll start with a spread about hypernature; the …

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Personhood Status for Robots

An "electronic personhood" for robots has been discussed in the European Parliament recently, raising big questions about equality, citizenship, legal and ironically, human rights for artificial intelligent machines.

Visual of Will Eugenics Become an Acceptable Strategy to Avoid Climate Change?

Will Eugenics Become an Acceptable Strategy to Avoid Climate Change?

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of today and various scenarios, ranging from artificial trees , pollution trading , co2 capturing to geo-engineering, have been …

Visual of Eating In Vitro: Meat Paint

Eating In Vitro: Meat Paint

Paint with meat! is a product for children of 5-10 years old. It allows them to prepare a meat dish on their own and in a very creative, fun and safe way: by painting with meat!

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Next Nature Habitat VR at SXSW17

This week our virtual reality experience landed at the inaugural VR program of SXSW festival.

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Do a Next Nature Workshop!

NNN organizes workshops using a physical Pyramid of Technology as conceptual tool.

Visual of You Are What You Eat, part II

You Are What You Eat, part II

Mark Menjivar created a series of portraits of people across the United States, by taking pictures of their refrigerators content. Quote: "For three years I traveled around the …

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Information Decoration Scarf

Remember the Information Decoration essay which argued our so-called information society barely employs our human bandwidth, as most of the data in our lives is presented in …

Visual of Google Wants to Tattoo a Phone Onto Your Throat

Google Wants to Tattoo a Phone Onto Your Throat

Google has just submitted a patent for lie-detecting throat tattoo that can also make calls.

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

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

Visual of Next Nature saves Old Nature

Next Nature saves Old Nature

Conservation workers ask synthetic biologists to help them save the world's endangered creatures and habitats.

Visual of A Plan to Eliminate Predators

A Plan to Eliminate Predators

British philosopher David Pearce believes we should to stop animals from hunting and killing other animals.

Visual of Apes Like Cooked Food, and What that Means for Human Evolution

Apes Like Cooked Food, and What that Means for Human Evolution

Humans are the only species on earth that cooks its food. Not only do we cook our food, but we usually find the flavor of cooked foods preferable to the raw version. Compare the …

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YouTube preserves unmediated Nature

On Youtube, there's a whole sub-genera of safari videos that show, in gruesome detail, what exactly it means to live and die in Old Nature. The above film is a particularly …

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Fake Nature can Prevent Climate Change

Scientists are working on an ingenious approach to carbon capture that will enhance the way plants isolate carbon dioxide from other emissions in order to contain it.

Visual of Eating in Vitro: Magic Meatballs

Eating in Vitro: Magic Meatballs

Magic Meatballs are designed to playfully familiarize children with lab-grown meat.

Visual of Eating In-Vitro: Meat-Fruit

Eating In-Vitro: Meat-Fruit

La Pâte Meat Fruit aims to seduce and inspire diners with an entirely new eating experience that balances eating meat and fruit. In vitro technology is used to grow meat …

Visual of Designer Creates Water Bottles from Algae

Designer Creates Water Bottles from Algae

Icelandic Product Design student Ari Jónsson has used red algae powder and water to create a biodegradable water bottle.

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Strategy #5: Brand It ‘Naturally Made’

The fifth category encapsulates the products that are ‘naturally made’. Arguably, here the natural claim is the most convincing. Think eco-tomatoes, bottled mineral water from a …

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 …

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That modernist dream of the house as butler is 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?

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Norwegian forest cat on batteries

Robots are penetrating our homes... disguised as cats? On July 30, Sega Toys releases an el-cheapo simulation cat toy for robot cat lovers with allergies or pet-unfriendly …

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 …

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Death Threat by a Twitter Bot

Dutch developer Jeffrey van der Goot got questioned by the police after one of his Twitter Bot released a tweet containing a death threat.

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Are Robots the Future of Tattoos?

An industrial robot just tattooed the first person ever in San Francisco.

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.

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Watch out for Bullied Robots

Dystopian future scenarios filled with evil robots are everywhere. We are afraid of robots treating us badly, but what will happen if it'll be the other way around? According to …

Visual of How climate fiction novels allow us to imagine possible futures

How climate fiction novels allow us to imagine possible futures

Every day brings fresh and ever more alarming news about the state of the global environment. To speak of mere “climate change” is inadequate now, for we are in a “ climate …

Visual of Next Generation: Demonstrating non-human narratives with Lindsey Bundel

Next Generation: Demonstrating non-human narratives with Lindsey Bundel

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 Next Nature Spotter – iPhone application

Next Nature Spotter – iPhone application

While the spotting of old nature phenomena in our surroundings – birds, insects, trees, stars, etc – has a large tradition enjoyed by millions, the spotting of next nature …

Visual of Food Simulator to Fulfill the Desire to Eat

Food Simulator to Fulfill the Desire to Eat

Two master's students have created a speculative device to simulate the sensations of eating.

Visual of Next Nature and Next Generations

Next Nature and Next Generations

Our workshop with kids from Lanterna Magica, an unconventional primary school in Amsterdam.

Visual of Catch and eat fishing by phone

Catch and eat fishing by phone

For mobile gamers in western Japan, a hearty seafood dinner awaits just a few key clicks away, thanks to a unique new cellphone fishing game that rewards successful players with …

Visual of Nanotech Water Bottle Harvests Water from the Air

Nanotech Water Bottle Harvests Water from the Air

The Namib desert gets less than a half an inch of rain per year, yet the stenocara beetle manages to survive in these punishing conditions. The beetle's secret lies in an array of …

Visual of Next Natural Goats Adapt to Climb Trees

Next Natural Goats Adapt to Climb Trees

Thanks to evolution goats can climb, shifting their ecosystems to the trees.

Visual of We Feel Empathy for Robots (Even if They Don't Look Human)

We Feel Empathy for Robots (Even if They Don't Look Human)

Human test subjects felt empathy for dinosaur robots being cuddled or abused.

Visual of Next Generation: Writing a design manifesto with Pleun Wilting

Next Generation: Writing a design manifesto with Pleun Wilting

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 …

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Innovation inspired by Old Nature

Janine Benyus talks about biomimcry at TED (video) . Of course, we “like” her book and appreciate the concept of biomimcry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to …

Visual of Dataplant: Money translated to plants

Dataplant: Money translated to plants

Remember the datafountain ? Of course there are many other applications of information decoration: datawallpaper, datasounds, datafurniture and dataclimate. The picture above …

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Erkundungen im Nächste Natur (D)

Die Natur verändert sich mit uns (English version: Exploring Next Nature ) by Koert van Mensvoort , published in Entry Paradise, Neue Welten des Designs, Gerhard Seltman, Werner …

Visual of Get Vegetarian Teeth and Eat Less Meat

Get Vegetarian Teeth and Eat Less Meat

Want to live a greener life? Eat less meat. Recently the UN appealed for a radical shift in diet , to improve individual health and ease conditions affecting the global …

Visual of Eating In-Vitro: Knitted Meat

Eating In-Vitro: Knitted Meat

Rather than growing whole steaks in bio-reactors, Knitted Meat assumes that it is more feasible to create thin threads of protein. Supermarkets sell balls of meat fiber seasoned …

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Featured Page #02: Google Nature

During the coming weeks, we will present a selection of our favourite pages from the Next Nature book . This week the second one in this series: Google Nature. Imagine you are an …

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Recap of the Next Nature book launch

The new Next Nature book is here ! Next Nature fellows, ambassadors, members and newly interested people came together on the 4th of June to celebrate the book launch with a …

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A vegan meat revolution is coming to global fast food chains

A few years ago, convincing meat-free “meat” was nothing more than a distant dream for most consumers. Meat substitutes in supermarkets lacked variety and quality. Plant-based …

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 …

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Potatoes from Mars

It might sound like the title of a bad horror movie. But cultivating potatoes in space may soon be more than just fiction. Scientists and biologists are currently using simulated Mars and moon soil to experiment with space farming. One of them is space farmer Wieger Wamelink.

Visual of What You Feel Is What You Get - Smartphone for the Blind

What You Feel Is What You Get - Smartphone for the Blind

A revolutionary new smartphone for the blind uses a completely tactile interface.

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

The Institute of Digital Fashion explores 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 Power Show 2008 at Million Dollar Theater LA

Power Show 2008 at Million Dollar Theater LA

Location announcement: The upcoming Biggest Visual Power Show 2008 on Next Nature will take place at the recently renovated Million Dollar Theater on 307 Broadway, Downtown LA. …

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Nextnature pocket outdated – buy it cheap

Remember the Next Nature pocket , featuring a 140 page trip of visions and statements from thinkers from around the globe on their explorations in next nature? We now consider …

Visual of EcoBot III: a Robot that Produces Energy Fueled by Organic Matter

EcoBot III: a Robot that Produces Energy Fueled by Organic Matter

There are robots that look like people, and then there are robots, like the Ecobot III, that look nothing like humans but have our same biological needs: they have to eat, digest …

Visual of Robots Cooperate to Save Coral Reefs

Robots Cooperate to Save Coral Reefs

Robots use swarm intelligence to rebuild coral reefs.

Visual of Otra Nation: Make Walls Great Again

Otra Nation: Make Walls Great Again

This group of 14 designers, engineers, builders and architects make a proposal of a wall for Trump's ambitious project.

Visual of Digital Overruns Nature: Pixel Attack

Digital Overruns Nature: Pixel Attack

Apparently, camouflaging oneself with digital patterns rather than nature-imitated patterns functions as a better camouflage within "old-nature" situations. So the digital …

Visual of Conservationists Turn Their Sights on Urban Habitats

Conservationists Turn Their Sights on Urban Habitats

For city-dwellers, the closest 'true wilderness' to be found is usually the weeds sprouting in abandoned lots. Snow-capped, postcard nature might be beautiful but is …

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Corporate animal pattern laptop

These photo's were send to us by NextNature.net reader Gordon Cohen, who decided he liked the corporate animal backdrop so much that he and his girlfriend had it laser etched on …

Visual of Cat-like Sensitive Whiskers for Robots

Cat-like Sensitive Whiskers for Robots

Electronic whiskers put sensitive catlike sensors on robots.

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 Screen mutations and reframing perspectives with Louisa Zahareas

Screen mutations and reframing perspectives with Louisa Zahareas

In the digital era of a globalized world, our screens have become a second set of eyes. Communication has advanced leaps and bounds, to a point where we cannot imagine a world …

Visual of Faked Fireworks at Beijing Olympics

Faked Fireworks at Beijing Olympics

A local Chinese newspaper, The Beijing Times , revealed some of the staggering fireworks at the opening of the Beijing Olympics were actually not fireworks, but computer graphics. …

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Biomodd at work

Modding is the act of adapting hardware/software to have it do what you want it to do, which does not always correlate with what it is originally built to do. Biomodd (ding) is …

Visual of Next Nature iPad Appzine Updated

Next Nature iPad Appzine Updated

Shift your notion of Nature for € 4.49.

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 …

Visual of Waterworld - Old nature meets next nature

Waterworld - Old nature meets next nature

Atkin's Architecture Group recently won the first prize award for an international design competition with this hyperreal entry. Set in a spectacular water filled quarry in …

Visual of Next Nature Movie #3: Koyaanisqatsi

Next Nature Movie #3: Koyaanisqatsi

Koyaanisqatsi (1982) is a film with no actors, no storyline, and no dialogue. The only things we see are landscapes, images of cities, and people going about their regular lives. …

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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 Fake Shanty Town Simulates Poverty for Rich Vacationers

Fake Shanty Town Simulates Poverty for Rich Vacationers

You too can experience a life of grinding poverty in South Africa – with free WiFi and optional breakfast.

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Next Nature at Futur en Seine Festival

Next Nature at "Mindfulness and Digital Detox: How to Tune Out to Tune In" Conference in Paris.

Visual of Human Nature as Pathology

Human Nature as Pathology

Modern society seems to have transformed human nature into a pathology. Our emotions are controlled by drugs. We are forced to operate within a narrow bandwith of what are …

Visual of Rule #1: Any Association that Can be Made, Will be Made

Rule #1: Any Association that Can be Made, Will be Made

For other entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   People have evolutionarily built-in mechanisms that help us to …

Visual of Who Watches the Watchers?

Who Watches the Watchers?

In The Watchers , the creative geniuses at Studio Smack picture a world where surveillance systems don't just watch us - they actively judge.  Are you a green-coded Conformist or …

Visual of Moments in Meat History Part VI - Meat the Future

Moments in Meat History Part VI - Meat the Future

By the turn of the century, some people began raising questions about our meat consumption habits.

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Updated Next Nature Spotter

Join us in spotting Next Nature phenomena around the World. Download the free Next Nature Spotter app.

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Aleph Farms wants to bring clean meat from the lab to the next farming industry

Growing meat artificially, instead of within an animal, may soon be an available reality. Meet one of the pioneering developers of this product of the future: Aleph Farms. With …

Visual of POND is a symphony of lights and water

POND is 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 Next Generation: Exploring the vegetal cyborg with Marie Declerfayt

Next Generation: Exploring the vegetal cyborg with Marie Declerfayt

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

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Real Vanilla is Natural, but Natural Vanilla is Fake

What most gourmands would define as "real" and "natural" vanilla flavoring is simple: Vanilla beans steeped in alcohol. But vanillin, the chemical responsible for vanilla's taste …

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 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.

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AI Defeats Human at Go

Go world champion Ke Jie has lost two games of 'Go' against Google's DeepMind AI system AlphaGo.

Visual of Max Liboiron: pollution is colonialism

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 Strategy #3: Promote A Natural Feeling

Strategy #3: Promote A Natural Feeling

A third category of biomimicmarketing is the group of products that sell themselves by emphasizing they provide the consumer with a ‘natural feeling’. Bra’s so light and soft that …

Visual of Interview: Suzanne Lee, Fashion Innovator Who Grows Clothing in the Laboratory

Interview: Suzanne Lee, Fashion Innovator Who Grows Clothing in the Laboratory

We recently talked with Suzanne Lee about the textile industry and technology, growing leather in the lab, and the use of new alternative materials in the future of fashion.

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Take nature, add nature

Myoung Ho Lee, a young artist from South Korea, has produced an elaborate series of photographs that pose some unusual questions about representation, reality, art, environment …

Visual of Adorably Endangered Kitten Born to Domestic Cat Surrogate

Adorably Endangered Kitten Born to Domestic Cat Surrogate

"Crystal", an endangered black-footed cat , was recently born to a domestic cat surrogate at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species . The birth was achieved using a …

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #6

What Is Next Nature? #6

Flying thousands of miles to see untouched nature.

Visual of Next Generation: Thinking about the future of food with Annie Larkins

Next Generation: Thinking about the future of food with Annie Larkins

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 Moments in Meat History Part IX - In-Vitro Meat

Moments in Meat History Part IX - In-Vitro Meat

In 1995, the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the use of in-vitro techniques for commercial meat production, paving the way for lab-grown meat products to make their way to the market.

Visual of Next Generation: Exploring non-binary futures with Lena Kuzmich

Next Generation: Exploring non-binary futures with Lena Kuzmich

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 …

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Information Decoration for Dummies

With this cooking timer gadget , you can explain information decoration to anyone. In addition to its default explicit digital time display, it has a modus in which the passing of …

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What is Next Nature?

At the Next Nature Power Show 2011 our master of ceremony, Koert van Mensvoort gave a mini lecture on our changing notion of Nature.

Visual of App Brings Big Data to Birdwatching

App Brings Big Data to Birdwatching

The eBird app is bringing big data to bird spotting.

Visual of Clothes that Turn Heat into Electricity

Clothes that Turn Heat into Electricity

With rising energy costs and our growing arsenal of iPads, smart phones, and wearable monitors, we're always on the lookout for new ways to power our devices.  Perpetua Power , an …

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'Fiji Water' Is Purer than Tap Water, No?

Researchers tested 'Fiji Water' against ordinary tap water. What they found is kind of shocking.

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #11

What Is Next Nature? #11

Being reminded by Facebook that it's your best friends' birthday.

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 …

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What to do with your cat?

Our relation with the animals we consume is very remote nowadays. The meat in the supermarket is abstract and square. You might consider a vegetarian life style. No? Then you …

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Designing for Next Nature Workshop

Designing for Next Nature Workshop. This weekend at the Media Design Program @ Art Center College of Design . See also: Call for Proposals .

Visual of Strategy #1: Use Nature As Aesthetics

Strategy #1: Use Nature As Aesthetics

The products in the first category have none or only a very weak link with the natural imagery being used: Lacoste is not about crocodiles, Linux is not about penguins, Bacardi is …

Visual of You are what you eat

You are what you eat

Evolution according to Ted Sabarese . Via Trendbeheer .

Visual of Innovative Nostalgia

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 Bionic Ants That Work Together

Bionic Ants That Work Together

These robotic ants by Festo are learning to work together, like real ants do.

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #1

What Is Next Nature? #1

Texting smiley faces with a straight face.

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 …

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"Responsive Typography" Tracks Your Location to Automatically Resize Text

A new website changes the text's font size depending on your distance from the computer.

Visual of Fake Nature Meets Real Nature

Fake Nature Meets Real Nature

Real pigeons in a fake tree.

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Next Nature Talk at SXSW

Going to the lustrous SXSW festival in Texas this year? Don't miss out on the Next Nature presentation!

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Animator vs Animation

What happens if the user interface becomes a landscape? Watch the short film by Alan Becker.

Visual of Conversations at the doctor

Conversations at the doctor

A mother takes her sick child to the doctor. Who, after careful investigation, concludes the child has a 'virus infection'. The kid is offended and shouts: "But Doctor! I am not a …

Visual of Strategy #2: Use Nature As A Metaphor

Strategy #2: Use Nature As A Metaphor

The border between the first and the second category is fluid. With the products in the second category, the link is more content oriented. For instance, by calling a sneaker …

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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 Augmented Cat beats Dog

Augmented Cat beats Dog

Supersmart cat beats pitt-bull with a little help of an electric vacuum cleaning robot.

Visual of The Pigeon that Shat the Golden Soap

The Pigeon that Shat the Golden Soap

Ever wished you could take a shower with pigeon poop? Artist Tuur van Balen proposes changing pigeons from flying rats to cleaning agents. A speculative, specially engineered …

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Next Nature Talk at IoTx in Dubai

Going to the lustrous IoTx conference in Dubai this year? Don’t miss out the Next Nature lecture.

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #14

What Is Next Nature? #14

Not knowing what hanging up the phone means.

Visual of 'I volunteer myself to try this cultured meat at my own risk'

'I volunteer myself to try this cultured meat at my own risk'

The Netherlands leads in cheese, clogs, and cultured meat. This sustainable and animal-friendly form of meat has largely been developed in our country. In 1997, Willem van Eelen …

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 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 Pirjo Kääriäinen on new ecological biomateriality

Pirjo Kääriäinen on new ecological biomateriality

Meet Pirjo Kääriäinen, professor of design driven fibre innovation at Aalto University, Finland. Kääriäinen founded CHEMARTS —a collaborative program at the university that brings …

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ChatGPT is getting stupider and we don't know why - so I asked ChatGPT

AI language model ChatGPT has hit the mainstream last year when it became widely accessible to everyone. Next to doing our (home)work, it became also a D&D Dungeon Master , …

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Nature as a material

Very nice bench, designed to use plants as a building material. Buy them here

Visual of Pixelated Nature

Pixelated Nature

What happens if your childhood experience of your environment has been solely through video games? According to artist Shawn Smith, "pixels became a sort of map from which to …

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 …

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Don't turn that page, it's patented

Apple's recent work on iOS has been using as much references to "natural" elements as possible, making the digital as physical as possible. Doing how they do, they have been …

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 Deforestation in China threatens giant pandas

Deforestation in China threatens giant pandas

I found this ad very ironic; after killing the giant panda (by turning it into a logo) WWF is complaining that the Chinese are killing the living version of it. I wonder if they …

Visual of Moments in Meat History Part III- Preservation

Moments in Meat History Part III- Preservation

The oldest evidence of cold food storage dates back to 1700 BCE.

Visual of Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling …

Visual of How future fashion could help us cope with isolation

How future fashion could help us cope with isolation

Today we cannot meet, touch or hug our loved ones. And while we all like the feeling of the touch of another human being, physical contact does not just feel nice, it is crucial …

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Internship at Next Nature Network

To all students! It's that time of the year again. We have six wonderful intern positions opening up in February 2018. Six! From editorial talent to design heroes to marketing …

Visual of Artificial bones for the natural meat experience

Artificial bones for the natural meat experience

The world is developing, climate change is happening and it's time for us to do something. Now. One strategy would be to simply stop eating meat — or at least reduce the amount of …

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Join Next Nature Network

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Welcome to the CRISPR baby world—here’s what you should know

Last week, the gene editing world was hit by news the equivalent of a nuclear bomb. In a video on YouTube , Dr. Jiankui He at Southern University of Science and Technology in …

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Maurizio Montalti talks about the 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 …

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

Interview with Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret.

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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 …

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No Future for Traditional Meat

At Home in the Lab with Mark Post, Father of the In Vitro Hamburger. Interview from The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

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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.

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Is in vitro meat good news for animals?

The Singapore Food Agency has approved “chicken bites” containing meat made from real chicken cells that were grown outside of a chicken’s body. Alongside similar news from Israel …

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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 …

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From Eco-Apartheid to Earth Democracy

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

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What food design can do

Food design gives us a taste of innovation. It visualizes, speculates, challenges and problem-solves.

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Gigantic lab-grown mammoth meatball feeds an entire family

Researchers used genetic information from an extinct mammoth to create a lab-grown meatball.

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The Moon Gallery: the first museum in space

The Moon Gallery aims to set up the first permanent museum on the Moon. Soon launching to the International Space Station, full of ideas worth sending to the Moon. The gallery is …

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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 …

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Artificial Womb Workshop at Border Sessions

At Border Sessions Festival in the Hague a workshop was hosted by Next Nature Network on the artificial womb.

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Animals are shapeshifting to cope with climate change

Global warming is a big challenge for warm-blooded animals, which must maintain a constant internal body temperature. As anyone who’s experienced heatstroke can tell you, our …

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3 exhibitions that explore the relationship between humans and the environment

As we go about our daily activities, we may lose sight of our connections with nonhuman life. Here are three exhibitions to encourage you to step outside of your everyday and …

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How fungi can help create a green construction industry

The world of fungi has attracted a lot of interest and seems to be becoming very fashionable of late. A new exhibition at Somerset House in London, for example, is dedicated to …

Visual of Next Generation: Visualising the diversity of microbial species with Valerie Daude

Next Generation: Visualising the diversity of microbial species with Valerie Daude

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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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.

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Discussing bio-based material experiences with Elvin Karana

The world of design is in need of new materials that align with the urgency for sustainability. Issues such as climate change, plastic waste and harmful materials require us to …

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Goodbye, Nature vs Nurture

Talking about nature and nurture as separate, clear-cut forces is far adrift from the complexities of developmental science, says Evelyn Fox Keller in NewScientist . ONE of the …

Visual of The Forgotten Plan to Coat Utah's Delicate Arch with Plastic

The Forgotten Plan to Coat Utah's Delicate Arch with Plastic

Arches National Park, located in Utah, is home to some of America's most beautiful rock formations. The most famous of them, Delicate Arch, has always been, well, pretty delicate. So much so that back in the 1940s, park rangers hatched a plan to preserve the natural monument - by coating it in plastic.

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Rights for Robots: EU Calls for Regulation

A new report recommends that we decide the legal status of robots sooner rather than later. It even suggests that they could be given personhood and rights.

Visual of Next Generation: Cooking with viruses with Pei-Ying Lin

Next Generation: Cooking with viruses with Pei-Ying Lin

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

Visual of Next Generation: Exploring cybernetic ecologies with Marie Walker-Smith

Next Generation: Exploring cybernetic ecologies with Marie Walker-Smith

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 Next Generation: Sensing the critical zone with Menno Brouwer

Next Generation: Sensing the critical zone with Menno Brouwer

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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Taco futures: In vitro meat in Mexico City

Our In Vitro Meat Cookbook has inspired many people around the world. Just recently, we had the BBC over at our headquarters to see what makes us thick. This idea of in vitro meat …

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Talking non-human nonsense with 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 …

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Grossed Out by Lab-Grown Meat? Here's 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be

In vitro meat is creepy, unnatural and downright disgusting – and so is every other kind of food we eat.

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In vitro meat (finally) hits the market

Humanity has an insatiable hunger for meat. Since 2013 we have been researching, developing and campaigning for a humane and eco-friendly way to get our protein fix. Since day one …

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Furniture futures

Wondering how next natural furniture may change your way of life? Will we feed our lamps? Grow chairs? Talk with our tables?

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Next Nature Habitat VR Wins Sweden VR Award

Our Next Nature Habitat VR experience has won the Sweden International Virtual Reality Award in the category Best 360 Video!

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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 …

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Author Jenny Kleeman is meeting the people creating our future

Meet Jenny Kleeman , journalist and documentary-maker. Sex Robots & Vegan Meat is her first book for anyone interested in, well, sex robots, vegan meat, out of body birth bags …

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A button that tells your boss you're unhappy

With gyms closed and millions cooped up and restless at home, it’s little wonder that “healthtech” is now being billed as the next big battleground over which the likes of …

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Meat the future: the Netherlands might soon become a global hub for in vitro meat

Remember when we created a little petition back in 2018 in the hope to legalise the tasting of in vitro meat? About 4000 of you agreed with us and signed it. If you were one of …

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Next Nature: Radikale Mediokrität

Lecture spoken by Henk Oosterling at Biggest Visual Powershow , Zollverein Essen, Germany, 23 June 2006 Damen und Herrn, Next Nature, Nächste Natur ist ein Pleonasmus, ein …

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N is for Nature

There are people who think what makes a good wine comes from nature - factors like rain and soil and temperature. Then there are those who think it's a matter of second nature - …

Visual of Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport

Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport

The 5th largest airline in the United States, JetBlue, is growing potatoes at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

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Why there is a new urgency for speculative design

Pink chickens, synthesized tiger penises and salads grown from bodily fluids - how could they shape our future? In a Next Nature collaboration with the Gogbot Festival, the …

Visual of Next Generation: Exploring blood, salt and iron as biomaterials with Hedwich Rooks

Next Generation: Exploring blood, salt and iron as biomaterials with Hedwich Rooks

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: magazine@nextnature.net. …

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ISEA 2010: Artists addressing NextNature

At ISEA 2010 , the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, media artists and media researchers from all over the world present their work in Dortmund (Germany). This year, …

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Microbiocene: the 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 …

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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 …

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You Can Never Go Back To Nature

One of the arguments that environmentalists use against factory farming and burning fossil fuels is that these activities are "unnatural" or that they "go against nature." But …

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2017 - Artificial Womb Incubates Fetal Lamb

A lamb born at the equivalent of 23 weeks in a human gestational period was kept alive in an artificial womb and developed just as if it was in a normal womb.

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Artificial Womb Workshop at BioClub Tokyo

On August 8, NNN gave a workshop at BioClub Tokyo to share some insights on the future of technologies concerning human reproduction, sexuality and relationships.

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Dinner with Chef Watson

Chef Watson knows over 10.000 recipes. The highbrow robotic cook invited us over for dinner during the first Neo-Futurist Dinner at Mediamatic.

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Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Speculative designer Agi Haines' work focuses on (re)designing the human body, and speculates upon future scenarios.

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Nature So-called

Nature is not what it used to be. Or at least that is what we may think, when we look at the way humans and their technologies have treated nature. When we speak of "nature", …

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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 …

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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 …

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Have you thought about your social media death?

Recently, Twitter announced it would be clearing all inactive accounts in an effort to free up dormant usernames and prevent the risk of old accounts being hacked. The new policy …

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Roboat Ahoy: the First Autonomous Boats

The first self “driving” boat will be entering the canals of Amsterdam in 2017 with versatile ends.

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Showcase your work on Next Nature!

Are you a recent graduate or young maker who feels your work deserves a spotlight? Does your project seek to understand how technology becomes so omnipresent, complex, intimate …

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Five things not to miss at Floriade

Here are 5 things you cannot miss at Floriade Expo 2022

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Eating In-Vitro: Instant Meat Powder

The number one argument for eating meat: it provides nutritious proteins that cannot be entirely supplied by vegetarian alternatives. Like it or not, humans are omnivores. Meat is …

Visual of No-Waste Architecture From Seawater

No-Waste Architecture From Seawater

The Salt Project created an additional ecosystem to revive desertified lands.

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The Next Nature gift guide 2019

Whether you're in need of a holiday gift for your techie spouse or tech-adverse grandpa, the truth is, your loved ones deserve better than a generic gift card. Now we understand …

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Towards a global society as a superorganism

Today we hold the ability to gather a lot of knowledge, thanks to science. We are able to watch, analyze, manipulate and change matter to the nano-level. This makes it tempting to …

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Transportations Of The Future

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

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The New Way to Boost Creativity

Danish company develops device to stimulate creativity.

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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.

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Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

Sind wir noch zu retten? That was the slogan of this year’s Ars Electronica festival in Linz (Austria). Titled ‘REPAIR’, the media art festival urged to leave our scepticism and …

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What is a species?

A koala bear isn’t actually a bear, it’s a marsupial. Whales aren’t fish, they’re mammals . Tomatoes aren’t vegetables, they’re fruit . Almost nothing is actually a nut . Peanuts, …

Visual of Dancing at the intersection of natural and virtual worlds

Dancing at the intersection of natural and virtual worlds

Exploring the intersection of technology and art, a team of creatives presents a virtual performance that pushes the limits of human expression.

Visual of Four Objections to Lab-Grown Meat

Four Objections to Lab-Grown Meat

In vitro meat has been billed as a way to  end animal suffering , put a stop to global warming , and solve the world's insatiable demand for animal protein. There's no doubt that …

Visual of Bugs that Turn Whole Plants into Sugar

Bugs that Turn Whole Plants into Sugar

Remember the bacteria that eat waste and shit petrol ? How about some microbes that eat plant waste and turn it in to sugar? Now you might say you have no need for sugar as you …

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Social animals are the inspiration for robot swarms

From flocks of birds to fish schools in the sea, or towering termite mounds , many social groups in nature exist together to survive and thrive. This cooperative behaviour can be …

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Amsterdam Weekly on the Natural Revolution

The free cultural paper Amsterdam Weekly discusses the Natural Revolution of and includes tree tips for successful living in the next version of nature. Download PDF (148kb) . …

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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: …

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Houses to Live Integrated with Nature

Easy-to-assemble customized tiny houses that can be covered under layers of soil, turf, or even sand and snow.

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This year's electronic waste weighs more than the Great Wall of China

It’s widely known that the world has a plastics problem. What’s less widely known is that we have a similar problem with another kind of waste: electronics

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.

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Nature-Inspired Nano-Robots

Researchers developed tiny, autonomous robots able to repair circuits.

Visual of A Temporary Tattoo That Heals

A Temporary Tattoo That Heals

Moving tattoos from purely aesthetic crave to a healing method thanks to nanotechnology.

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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?

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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 …

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'Thrillification' is thrill about getting notifications

Checking for new notifications has become a habit that is hard to resist. For some users of social networks it is a kind of an impulse. When receiving and opening notifications, …

Visual of Tiny houses: why more people are living in miniature

Tiny houses: why more people are living in miniature

Tiny houses have been heralded as a radical and creative way to address a lack of affordable housing, as well as reducing living costs and shrinking our carbon footprint. My PhD …

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Next Nature DVD

" A DVD with over twenty visions of artists, scientists, designers, filmmakers and thinkers who present their powerful imagery, radical ideas and visionary statements on how we …

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.

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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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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 …

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Gathering Electricity from the Atmosphere

"Atmospheric energy" has the power to revolutionize the production of electricity.

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Art versus Nature

Amsterdam Weekly featured an article about the Natural Habitat exhibition (pdf) , currently on display at Montevideo/Timebased Arts. In the exhibition artists play with the …

Visual of Flat Pets

Flat Pets

Here's an animal-friendly alternative for Tinkebells Cat Bag and it scares the crap out of mice! There's also an instant infant and a cuddly fish bowl . These cardboard-pets were …

Visual of Artworks that Look Virtual, but Are Completely Hand Painted

Artworks that Look Virtual, but Are Completely Hand Painted

These paintings by  Johnny Abrahams look almost computer made - except they are not. Working mainly with black and white acrylic paints and with a lot of patience, the American …

Visual of Tiny Robots Assemble a Room in Minutes

Tiny Robots Assemble a Room in Minutes

Dom Indoors , is the latest research project developed by a construction robotics company called Asmbld . It includes a robotic system that can reconfigure an indoor space within …

Visual of Next Generation: Growing technology with Prosthetic X

Next Generation: Growing technology with Prosthetic X

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 Inverting the energy paradigm with Charles Eisenstein

Inverting the energy paradigm with Charles Eisenstein

Energy policy blah blah blah, life cycle analysis blah blah blah, energy return on energy invested, peak oil, carbon footprint, renewables, hydro, nuclear, blah blah blah blah …

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Recreation in NextNature

(Not a tourist-pic from North Korea) In January this year, at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands said: "(...) My wife and I …

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 …

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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 Spatial planning - Learning from Second Life

Spatial planning - Learning from Second Life

Written by Joop de Boer from Studio Golfstromen - strategy, planning and design on the city. In the virtual world 'Second Life' everything is possible. That's most obvious in the …

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 …

Visual of Lucas Foglia's photography explores the uneasy relationship between humans and nature

Lucas Foglia's photography explores the uneasy relationship between humans and nature

There’s no place on earth untouched by human activity: This was clear as Lucas Foglia whizzed across the vast, white expanse of Alaska's Juneau Ice Field last summer. He was …

Visual of Next Generation: Pursuing digital tactility with Studio PMS

Next Generation: Pursuing 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 …

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Watch Koert's TED Talk on Meat the Future

We need to talk about the future of meat! Watch Next Nature Network director Koert van Mensvoort's TED talk on Meat the Future.

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Smell of Data Documentary on Nextnature.net

The Smell of Data documentary will make its online debut on nextnature.net.

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Adding a new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

The local fishermen looked on skeptically. From the deck of a small motorboat, scuba divers grabbed odd chunks of ceramic – which could be described as rocky brains stuck on …

Visual of Why physical distancing feels so unnatural to us

Why physical distancing feels so unnatural to us

For many people, the most distressing part of the coronavirus pandemic is the idea of social isolation. If we get ill, we quarantine ourselves for the protection of others. But …

Visual of The Embassy of Health is designing a chronically healthy society

The Embassy of Health is designing a chronically healthy society

How will we stay healthy in the future? Can we utilize the power of design to move towards a more healthy society?

Visual of How WhatsApp voice memos help Senegal's farmers

How WhatsApp voice memos help Senegal's farmers

Within the digital realms of our smartphones, WhatsApp groups cater to diverse intents: exchanging witty dad jokes, soliciting style counsel ahead of night-outs with friends, or …

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True Knowledge beats Google

What you are looking at, is the logo of perhaps the (in idea) biggest competitor on the search-engine market. It is beta-testing right now, but its demo video looks promising. Why …

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What Bits Want

Digital bits have lives. They work for us, but we totally ignore them. What do bits really want? Here are the life stories of four different bits.

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The In Vitro Meat Cookbook Is Officially Art

The Stedelijk Museum has added The In Vitro Meat Cookbook to its public art collection, turning the book into a piece of art!

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Exploring the society of trees

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

Visual of Next Generation: Designing ecological webs with Miriam Lellek

Next Generation: Designing ecological webs with Miriam Lellek

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 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 …

Visual of Experience biodesign at DDW19

Experience biodesign at DDW19

Bio design crosses the border between the ‘made’ and the ‘born’. Enabling living organisms as essential design elements, it brings us products that adapt, grow, sense and repair …

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6 gadgets to make your long distance relationship last

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder" is a common phrase people associate with romance that has been forced apart by distance. But for long-distance couples (as many of us can …

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Better Than Nature?

At the turn of the millennium, miniaturized canines acquired the cherished status of living, designer handbag ornaments.  These teeny tiny photogenic doggies, which had been …

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Is That You Mother Nature?

Is that Mother Nature showing herself in that tree?

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Smart homes could help dementia patients live independently

You might already have what’s often called a “smart home”, with your lights or music connected to voice-controlled technology such as Alexa or Siri. But when researchers talk …

Visual of Your Data Is Worth More Than You Think

Your Data Is Worth More Than You Think

How valuable are your data?

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #13

What Is Next Nature? #13

Feeling as if the world comes to a hold during a blackout.

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #16

What Is Next Nature? #16

Feeling lonely while surrounded with people

Visual of Plants + Science = Meat!

Plants + Science = Meat!

What if you could have the taste of a juicy, sizzling burger without the destructive impact of using animals for meat? That is what Impossible Foods wants to do with its new burger.

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What Is Next Nature? #10

Seeing more airplanes in the sky than birds

Visual of This startup uses body heat to mine crypto

This startup uses body heat to mine crypto

While many love to speculate about the sheer number of jobs that robots and artificial intelligence are going to replace in the near future, no one seems to be coming up with any …

Visual of In conversation with cyborg musician Kai Landre

In conversation with cyborg musician Kai Landre

What does the merge of bodies and technology mean for the human? For cyborg Kai Landre, cybernetic extensions become body parts and not technology. Kai began his transition to a …

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The Next Nature gift guide 2021

As winter arrives, so does the season of giving. Good gift giving is an art and can be quite the endeavor at times. But don’t worry, Next Nature is here to help! We present to you …

Visual of Next Generation: Designing a living menstrual cup with Lucrezia Alessandroni

Next Generation: Designing a living menstrual cup with Lucrezia Alessandroni

What if living objects could re-connect humans with their menstrual cycle and change the way we perceive it?

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Next Senses

Next Senses explores the unchartered territory of how we could experience the world with technology

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What Is Next Nature? #3

Feeding your rabbit a carrot-free diet

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What Is Next Nature? #2

Fruit flavored candy

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What Is Next Nature? #9

Young people who are afraid of making a phone call

Visual of Next Generation: Creating utopian and dystopian futures with Bas Jansen

Next Generation: Creating utopian and dystopian futures with Bas Jansen

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

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Manko & The Invitation [#3]

Last month we discussed how the vacuum played a big role in Manko's life since he lost his right leg. Soon he developed this idea further, beyond the mere notion of extensions …

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Colorless coral: How climate change is affecting the great barrier reef

Our peculiar image of the week comes from the Great Barrier Reef. You've probably seen images of this vibrant underwater attraction before. If you're lucky, maybe you've seen it …

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Let's Laugh at Robots!

Welcome to the world of robot fails.

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What Is Next Nature? #7

Head lice spreading among selfie-making children.

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What Is Next Nature? #5

Walking on the grass while there is a road and feeling rebellious.

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In conversation with Studio Drift

A flock of drones that fly like birds, drifting blocks of concrete, a choreography of opening and closing flowers. The work of Studio Drift is challenging the distinction between …

Visual of Next Generation: Designing chairs with mealworms and Will Eliot

Next Generation: Designing chairs with mealworms and Will Eliot

William Eliot designs chairs while collaborating with mealworms.

Visual of Enter Spa Sybarite: the luxury wellness center of our dreams and nightmares

Enter Spa Sybarite: the luxury wellness center of our dreams and nightmares

In conversation with film director Joshua Ashish Dawson about the future of wellness, climate anxiety and healthy cynicism India-born, Los Angeles-based film director Joshua …

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Next Nature lecture at Lift Conference

Lecture this Friday on Next Nature by Mieke Gerritzen at Lift conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Expect wild trees, wild beaches, wild animals, wild implants and wild corporations.

Visual of The NBIC Convergence: When Machines and Matter ‘Have Sex’

The NBIC Convergence: When Machines and Matter ‘Have Sex’

The Singularity , as popularized by Ray Kurtzweil, refers to a near term, theoretical time when machine intelligence greatly surpasses our own. At this point we will experience a …

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What Is Next Nature? #15

Wearing Earphones without listening to music.

Visual of Next Generation: Delving into biophilic design with Daniel Elkayam

Next Generation: Delving into biophilic design with Daniel Elkayam

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 Next Generation: (Un)learning Time By Light with Valentine Maurice

Next Generation: (Un)learning Time By Light with Valentine Maurice

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 …

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We now have satellite traffic jams in space

It seems that traffic jams aren't just a problem confined to Earth's highways and byways. How did this happen? And should we be concerned?

Visual of Brexit: the Cultural Climate Warms Up

Brexit: the Cultural Climate Warms Up

On the aftermath of such a historic day for Britain and the EU, it's easy to get swayed into the polarities of political discourse, particularly on social media and the Internet, where things heat up and move fast. The results of the referendum have just come out, and the Internet is already burning with tension. This is called "climate change" - just not the one you are used to hear about.

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #8

What Is Next Nature? #8

Seeing any way, but the Milky Way.

Visual of Next Nature Gift Guide 2016

Next Nature Gift Guide 2016

Here is a the Next Nature gift Guide 2016.

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #12

What Is Next Nature? #12

Removing your make-up together with your sense of identity.

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 …

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Empowered by Robots Event Report

A report on the Empowered by Robots conference during DDW16, demonstrating fruitful collaboration between humans and robots.

Visual of Racist Robots and Bloodthirsty Crowds

Racist Robots and Bloodthirsty Crowds

It took less than 24 hours for Twitter to corrupt an innocent AI bot and teach it morally repugnant things.

Visual of Turn your garden into living artworks for bees

Turn your garden into living artworks for bees

Art not for people, but for insects. That is the goal of the Pollinator Pathway project by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg. With her concept she wants to change the way we perceive our …

Visual of Exploring public spaces, landmarks and landscapes in Beneath the Surface expo

Exploring public spaces, landmarks and landscapes in Beneath the Surface expo

The ‘Beneath the Surface’ exhibition organized by Taiwan Designers’ Web at the Chiayi Art Museum teaches us about unconventional connections, past and future.

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 …

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What Will Life Be Like Inside A Computer?

Many scientists believe that we will soon be able to preserve our consciousness indefinitely. This could be done by copying and transferring these contents into a computer, or by piecemeal replacement with parts of the brain gradually replaced by hardware.

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Nature is an Agreement

Nature is an agreement. Just like the nude beach. Here you keep your breasts and your crotch covered, There you drop everything and act like it is the most ordinary thing in the …

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 The Museum of Edible Earth

The Museum of Edible Earth

We spoke with the Museum of Edible Earth, a travelling museum dedicated to the prosperous amount of soil samples.

Visual of How cyborg soil reveals the secret microbial metropolis beneath our feet

How cyborg soil reveals the secret microbial metropolis beneath our feet

Dig a teaspoon into your nearest clump of soil, and what you’ll emerge with will contain more microorganisms than there are people on Earth. We know this from lab studies that …

Visual of Leonardo DiCaprio is investing in future meat startups

Leonardo DiCaprio is investing in future meat startups

Globally, humanity consumes almost 350 million tons of meat a year. In the next 10 years, this number is expected to increase by a significant percentage. Scientists believe that …

Visual of Join us at the DDW Talks: Next Biodiversity

Join us at the DDW Talks: Next Biodiversity

The influence of humans on the earth can hardly be underestimated. Think of climate change, deforestation, and the decline of biodiversity. We are heading for a sixth mass …

Visual of Food after flood: what's on the menu when sea levels rise?

Food after flood: what's on the menu when sea levels rise?

As sea levels climb, coastal communities brace for floods and erosion. Artist Allie Wist asked herself: what will we eat in a flood-filled future?

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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.

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Next Nature Gift Guide 2017

The gift giving season is once again upon us and to help out those who are struggling to find that perfect gift for that special someone we have brought together a collection of Next Nature inspired gifts.

Visual of Sónar Lisboa: a festival for body and brain

Sónar Lisboa: a festival for body and brain

Sometimes a festival can be so much more. Tapping into arts, design, and electronic and experimental music festival, Sónar Lisboa (8-10 April) is one for the body and for the …

Visual of Call for Proposals: Designing for Next Nature

Call for Proposals: Designing for Next Nature

Nowadays, children know more corporate logo's and brands than bird or tree species. The average Western person has more worries about the instability of financial markets and …

Visual of Why Meat Grown in Labs is the Next Logical Step for Food Production

Why Meat Grown in Labs is the Next Logical Step for Food Production

Lab grown meat is part of the trajectory that agricultural technology is already following.

Visual of Preventing Data Leaks with Smell

Preventing Data Leaks with Smell

The Smell of Data alerts Internet users in any case of data leakage and communicates digital hazards by means of smell.

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 Will 3D-printed mussel reefs be the next nature?

Will 3D-printed mussel reefs be the next nature?

Researchers hope that 3D-printed, biodegradable mussel reefs help the growth of mussel banks.

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Building the farm of tomorrow

Seven examples of how design will help us built the farm of tomorrow.

Visual of Meat the Future Exhibition

Meat the Future Exhibition

From October 11 to June 11 we will discuss the future of meat at Cube Deign Museum in Kerkrade (The Netherlands) with the exhibition Meat the Future.

Visual of Managing the data deluge: Twitter as a tool for ecological research

Managing the data deluge: Twitter as a tool for ecological research

As early as 2009-10 , researchers were looking at Twitter data mining as a way to predict the incidence of flu. At the time, the H1N1 virus, or “swine flu,” had made the jump from …

Visual of Aleph Farms grew meat in space

Aleph Farms grew meat in space

Hello meat lovers! In vitro meat innovator Aleph Farms has taken the saying 'one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind' to a whole new level. The startup has succeeded …

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The new Next Nature book is here!

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 What Rachel Armstrong is reading this summer

What Rachel Armstrong is reading this summer

Architect Rachel Armstrong establishes an alternative approach to sustainability. Through a close reading of computational properties of the natural world, Armstrong develops a …

Visual of Next Nature Gift Guide 2022

Next Nature Gift Guide 2022

The most wonderful time of the year can turn stressful quite easily when you run out of exciting gift-ideas. Don't worry, we got you covered.

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 Bacteria might have eaten the Titanic's wreckage by 2030

Bacteria might have eaten the Titanic's wreckage by 2030

In 1912, the RMS Titanic met a fateful demise as it crashed into the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean, leaving a mark on the world's collective memory, and igniting a lasting …

Visual of Counteracting Climate Change with Geoengineering

Counteracting Climate Change with Geoengineering

A respected astrobiologist argues that a radical new process called geoengineering might be the only way to save us from climate change.

Visual of The Biofabricate Summit '24 is coming to Paris!

The Biofabricate Summit '24 is coming to Paris!

Biosequin, seaweed textiles, and microbe sunscreen: these ideas and more are marking the next wave of bio-innovators during the Biofabricate Summit 2024.

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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 Opening HUBOT at DDW

Opening HUBOT at DDW

The robots have arrived! Yesterday we celebrated the launch of HUBOT , job agency for people and robots at MediaMarkt , as part of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Our virtual …

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The Pyramid of Technology: 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 Living robots made from frog stem cells may revolutionize medicine

Living robots made from frog stem cells may revolutionize medicine

At just a millimeter wide, Xenobots are “neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal", they are "a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism”, says …

Visual of The next generation xenobots are here

The next generation xenobots are here

In 2020, scientists made global headlines by creating “ xenobots ” – tiny “ programmable ” living things made of several thousand frog stem cells. These pioneer xenobots could …

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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 Golden Quarter

The Golden Quarter

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

Visual of Next Generation: Changing the oceans chemistry with Santa Ramaherison

Next Generation: Changing the oceans chemistry with Santa Ramaherison

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 I'm not a robot: AI better at proving to be human than humans

I'm not a robot: AI better at proving to be human than humans

Researchers at the University of California discovered that bots now excel at solving CAPTCHAs faster and more accurately than humans.

Visual of Why looking at beaver dams might save the world

Why looking at beaver dams might save the world

Eddie Corwin studies beaver dams and ponds from satellite images in order to restore watercourses and wetlands, and establish nature reserves.

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.

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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.

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We Domesticated Ourselves

Our bodies are maps of our ancestor's social lives.  We evolved, physically and behaviorally, in incredibly complex social groups.  Such intense sociability may have favored the …

Visual of Domestication as a Last Refuge

Domestication as a Last Refuge

In glass capsules endangered rainforest flora will be able to survive regardless of what happens to their natural habitat.

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 A Search Engine for Satellite Imagery

A Search Engine for Satellite Imagery

Terrapattern is a search engine that gathers similar elements of satellite imagery, giving surprising results.

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 Organs from genetically engineered pigs may help shorten the transplant wait list

Organs from genetically engineered pigs may help shorten the transplant wait list

Demand for life-saving organ transplantation is at an all-time high. In 2021, a record 41,000-plus organ transplants were performed in the U.S., with top numbers for kidney, liver …

Visual of Fashion brand Ganni grew leather with bacteria

Fashion brand Ganni grew leather with bacteria

Danish fashion brand Ganni proposed a post-leather future: they grew imitation leather with bacteria.

Visual of Carnerie is the grow your own meat device of the future

Carnerie is the grow your own meat device of the future

This speculative kitchen device shows us a future where growing meat at home is not just a possibility but a reality.

Visual of Wear Your Social Network

Wear Your Social Network

Get Wickd (props for the name boys – totally wicked!) is a tech-fashion brand that sells basic clothes with barcodes that can link your mobile phone to any page on the web, from a …

Visual of How We Domesticated Food

How We Domesticated Food

We tend to believe that the fruit and the vegetables we eat today are "natural" and the same as they always were. It turns out that in the past this familiar food didn't look like this at all.

Visual of NATURE is an exhibition where biology and design meet

NATURE is an exhibition where biology and design meet

Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade and Cooper Hewitt in New York present the comprehensive exhibition NATURE - in which internationally renowned designers, artists and inventors …

Visual of Next nature disasters: the Facebook outage of 2021

Next nature disasters: the Facebook outage of 2021

Where were you on the 4th October 2021? During the day that will be remembered for the Facebook outage, not everyone was equally impacted.

Visual of How to design your future family

How to design your future family

Imagine a place called Reprodutopia. How would such a place look like?

Visual of A Clockwork Forest

A Clockwork Forest

Has nature become a fairytale or do we want it to be one? In their installation The Clockwork Forest , artist collective Greyworld seems to opt for the latter. The work of art …

Visual of 1955 - Artificial Womb Drawing Patented

1955 - Artificial Womb Drawing Patented

In 1955 Emanuel M. Greenberg patented his Illustration of an artificial womb, his invention contains all the apparatus he thought would be required to grow a baby.

Visual of The Robots Are Coming!

The Robots Are Coming!

Robots are getting stronger and smarter every day. They are taking over our whole lives. How long will I have my job before a robot steals it?

Visual of How public camera recordings domesticate us

How public camera recordings domesticate us

Facial recognition is increasingly being used in many countries around the world. In some cases the take up has been dramatic . As a result, people are being observed by cameras …

Visual of CO2 injected volcanic rock could save the atmosphere

CO2 injected volcanic rock could save the atmosphere

The rapid technological advancement of the human race has led to many consequences, especially regarding the integrity of the atmosphere that protects all life on Earth. Although …

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 Bonobos (And Maybe Baboons) Domesticated Themselves

Bonobos (And Maybe Baboons) Domesticated Themselves

While evidence indicates that humans  domesticated themselves , we're not the only primates capable of self-domestication. Bonobos and baboons have shown they are just as capable …

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Meanwhile in the Next Nature Lab

Last week, the young and talented designers of the Next Nature lab at the Eindhoven University of Technology presented their end of semester works in an internal exhibition. There …

Visual of How to design a digital democracy

How to design a digital democracy

10 design requirements to fully immerse ourselves into the 21st Century—in which technology makes our world richer, not poorer.

Visual of Social Networking with Plants

Social Networking with Plants

Using energy is not a social activity. Every electrical device we use has its own carbon “foorpint” which, in excess, can harm other living beings. How and to what extent you’ve …

Visual of 1896 - Baby Incubators in Coney Island

1896 - Baby Incubators in Coney Island

In 1896 Dr Couney incubated premature babies. He saved at least 6.500 premature infants from death by putting them on display in Coney Island.

Visual of Next Generation: Fantasising about fashion with ShirpShiro

Next Generation: Fantasising about fashion with ShirpShiro

Finding realistic solutions to the humanitarian and environmental issues in the textile and fashion industries.

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Orthorexia Nervosa: the "healthy" eating disorder

Following anorexia nervosa (under eating) and bulimia nervosa (overeating and compensating), orthorexia nervosa (obsessively healthy eating) is the latest eating disorder in the …

Visual of The Anthropocene Explosion

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 Ikea's Lab-Grown 3D Printed Meatballs

Ikea's Lab-Grown 3D Printed Meatballs

Ikea’s research laboratory was inspired by our Magic Meatballs to re-design their famous meatballs.

Visual of Bringing In Vitro Meat to the Market

Bringing In Vitro Meat to the Market

Mark Post is planning to bring lab-grown meat on the market shelves within five years at a reasonable price.

Visual of Harvesting Water from Thin Air

Harvesting Water from Thin Air

Scientists in Harvard University have designed a new material inspired by organisms, such as cacti, that can effectively harvest water from thin air.

Visual of A Virtual Reality Retreat

A Virtual Reality Retreat

Are we sleepwalking into our technological future?

Visual of What will COVID-19 teach us about life?

What will COVID-19 teach us about life?

We live in turbulent times. Thanks to science and technology, we are able to perceive our environment down to the atomic level. We can read DNA, manipulate cells, cut and paste …

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People would rather give up sex and vacations than their smartphones

Did you know that some Dutch people are so addicted to their devices that they'd rather give up sex, vacations, or even a finger than their phone?

Visual of Cats Take Over London Underground

Cats Take Over London Underground

Last week nearly 70 portraits of cats replaced all advertisements at the Clapham Common tube station in London.

Visual of How to Fool a Neural Network

How to Fool a Neural Network

A neural network helps computers with image recognition. It is usually tough to fool. But one group of researchers has found a way to reliably trick it.

Visual of Future Food: here's what we'll be eating in 2050

Future Food: here's what we'll be eating in 2050

What will you be having for breakfast, lunch or dinner in 2050? Where will this food be sourced? And how will it be prepared? Edible insects? A hamburger made from cultured meat? …

Visual of Open call: speculative product advertisements

Open call: speculative product advertisements

In anticipation of the forthcoming Next Nature Magazine, we call upon you, dearest creatives, to submit a fictitious editorial advertisement: The Infotizement. The infotizement is …

Visual of Should Intelligent Sex Robots be Banned?

Should Intelligent Sex Robots be Banned?

The Campaign Against Sex Robots, recently launched, is pushing towards banning the continuation of sex robots development.

Visual of Lab-Grown Shrimps Are Coming to Your Plate

Lab-Grown Shrimps Are Coming to Your Plate

A startup called New Wave Foods is developing artificial shrimp meat in the laboratory.

Visual of A Floating Tunnel for Norway

A Floating Tunnel for Norway

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration proposed an underwater tunnel hanging from floating pontoons from the southern city of Kristiansand to Trondheim in the north.

Visual of Bodily Currencies: Blood, Sweat and Tears

Bodily Currencies: Blood, Sweat and Tears

Welcome to the access and experience economy. Currency: sweat, blood and action.

Visual of Next Nature Gift Guide 2018

Next Nature Gift Guide 2018

The season of giving has come and to make sure you can find the perfect gift for your loved ones we have brought together a collection of Next Nature inspired goodies. Whether you …

Visual of An artificial skin to breathe underwater

An artificial skin to breathe underwater

The human world often sees itself as separate from the rest of the natural world. Because we have deemed ourselves, ironically, as higher functioning beings over all others on …

Visual of With this sound recognition technology scientists can eavesdrop on nature

With this sound recognition technology scientists can eavesdrop on nature

What if humans would be able to listen to what nature has to say? Conservationists are trying to grasp non-human sounds , which might help us to better understand environmental …

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Brain Needs 'Nature'

Scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental …

Visual of Lions Relocate to the Suburbs

Lions Relocate to the Suburbs

As cities push to the edges of the wilderness, wild animals are increasingly com

Visual of From the Super Muscular Pig to the Hypoallergenic Cow: New GMOs May Soon Be on Your Plate

From the Super Muscular Pig to the Hypoallergenic Cow: New GMOs May Soon Be on Your Plate

The acronym that keeps Europe awake at night is TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), a trade and investment deal that the EU is negotiating with the US. From …

Visual of How to Integrate ECO Coins into Society? Four Eco Dreams in Four Scenarios

How to Integrate ECO Coins into Society? Four Eco Dreams in Four Scenarios

Economy and ecology are two spheres that usually do not cooperate. Thanks to the ECO coin  the environmental value can be conceived economically. A currency that can be earned by …

Visual of Floating Green Power

Floating Green Power

Offshore renewable energy resources, such as floating solar arrays, have begun to pop up around the world.

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 The path towards solar democracy with Marjan van Aubel

The path towards solar democracy with Marjan van Aubel

Solar cells are often considered an eyesore, used for their sustainability yet not for their beauty. Installed on roofs or in solar parks, they take up precious space. Well that’s …

Visual of 3 future farms that can feed the planet and heal it too

3 future farms that 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 Using bacteria to create self-fired and biologically glazed ceramics

Using bacteria to create self-fired and biologically glazed ceramics

Embracing nature's ingenuity, designer Nicole Chrysikou harnesses the power of bacteria for her pottery practices.

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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 An afternoon with Josh Tetrick: The man who wants to bring in vitro meat to the market by 2018

An afternoon with Josh Tetrick: The man who wants to bring in vitro meat to the market by 2018

Meet Josh Tetrick, entrepreneur who wants to reinvent the food industry and plans to launch lab-grown meat on the market by the end of 2018.

Visual of This tiny tooth sensor tracks what you eat, and it could help you be healthier

This tiny tooth sensor tracks what you eat, and it could help you be healthier

The South Beach diet. The Atkins diet. Eating paleo. Cutting out gluten. Going vegan. The list of fad diets and health crazes goes on, yet health statistics in the US and around …

Visual of Next Generation: Moving towards the plastic human with Max Ahluwalia

Next Generation: Moving towards the plastic human with Max Ahluwalia

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 The Technological Sublime

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 Food Familiarization #2: Celebrity Endorsement

Food Familiarization #2: Celebrity Endorsement

How "celebrity endorsements" transformed the potato from the devil's tuber into a global staple.

Visual of Designer Govert Flint applies motion to everyday life

Designer Govert Flint applies motion to everyday life

Interview with Govert Flint, designer, architect and self-taught artist.

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 Smartphone app helps indigenous communities fight deforestation

Smartphone app helps indigenous communities fight deforestation

Five people suspected of illegal gold mining in Peru are in custody after indigenous community members used a system called ForestLink to alert authorities to the activity. …

Visual of Pack your bags: Next Nature is going to China

Pack your bags: Next Nature is going to China

To our Chinese friends (and beyond)! From 2 November 2019 to 1 February 2020, we'll be crossing the globe for a large showcase at the OCT Art and Design Gallery in Shenzhen, …

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Work with us!

We are a network of makers, thinkers, educators and supporters. With members in 44 countries, we are the international network for anyone interested in the debate on our future – …

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 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 Animal-Free Meat Could Put a Hold on Global Warming

Animal-Free Meat Could Put a Hold on Global Warming

Growing meat in the lab, rather than slaughtering animals, could become a viable alternative for people who want to cut the environmental impact of their food consumption, but …

Visual of Setting Aside Half the Earth for Nature

Setting Aside Half the Earth for Nature

E.O. Wilson, a respected biologist, has proposed a radical idea: set aside half of the planet as nature preserves.

Visual of 1999 - Ectogenesis Enters The Matrix

1999 - Ectogenesis Enters The Matrix

The movie The Matrix brought ectogenesis to the public eye.

Visual of Making Seawater into Clean Fuel

Making Seawater into Clean Fuel

Scientists have been hard at work searching for renewable energy sources. Now, a new breakthrough: the ability to produce hydrogen fuel from seawater.

Visual of Space Tourism: Your next vacation destination might not be on Earth

Space Tourism: Your next vacation destination might not be on Earth

Back in the mid-twentieth century, before the first moon landing, people had all sorts of ideas about the golden age of space travel in front of them. Colonize the moon! Fly …

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

Her is an outlook on the 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 Knitting sweaters from human hair

Knitting sweaters from human hair

The textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world that leads to a chain reaction of nasty results: loss of biodiversity, water pollution and soil erosion are just a …

Visual of The Animal Sweater

The Animal Sweater

The pattern on the Animal Sweater suggests a new way to experience commercial imagery. The Animal sweater, designed by Karl Grandin, was first shown at The Biggest Visual Power …

Visual of Lets Grow an Avatar Forest

Lets Grow an Avatar Forest

After making the successful and popular movie Avatar (2009), James Cameron started the Avatar Home Tree Initiative . This initiative consists of building "Avatar" forests on 17 …

Visual of Manko & Death [#11]

Manko & Death [#11]

Manko had been here before. Being just thoughts, surrounded by nothing. He felt glad his thoughts were there, one after the other, so there had to be a form of time and therefore …

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 Totem Animals for the Anthropocene

Totem Animals for the Anthropocene

Invasive species become the animal symbols for a man-made world.

Visual of In Vitro Recipe #11: Meat Fruit

In Vitro Recipe #11: Meat Fruit

Meat fruit combines the femininity of fruit with the masculine sensibilities of red meat in a hybrid celebration of our post-patriarchal, post-gender society.

Visual of Turning Leaves into Batteries

Turning Leaves into Batteries

Other than decompose and give nutrition to the soil, leaves can be used to store energy, becoming the raw material of batteries.

Visual of Our Relationship with Tech Is Growing Stronger

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 Gène Bertrand on design for human needs

Gène Bertrand on design for human needs

Nature has always been a source of inspiration for many artists and designers, yet the urgency to connect to nature is more pressing than ever. Environmental issues such as …

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Can microbes communicate with alien species?

Are we alone in the universe? The famous Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) programme has been trying to answer this question since 1959. American astronomer Carl …

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Next Generation: Redesigning Burberry with Jiyong Lee

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 …

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Reconnecting with wildlife through biodiverse meditations

Sleep and dream like a koala, relax under biodiversity and feel the meditative effect of artificial wildlife.

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The Breathe Table - Visceral Interaction

Now why is that girl so excitingly staring at a few blurry blobs on a flat screen? Is it because these blobs are connected to her breath... What? Yes that is right, you are …

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Tattooed Goldfishes

If a tattooed pig is a bit too much for you, why not go for a tattooed goldfish? They bring you lost of luck and are available Chinese characters such as “Wealth, Dragon, …