238 results for “Back to the Tribe”

Avatar and the glowing bioluminescence of Pandora

May 28th 2020

At first sight James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar (2009) is no more than a spectacularly rendered version of the classical Pocahontas story. We could criticize its keenly calculated ambition to please everyone, the hammy dialogs, its thinly veiled ecological message, or the somewhat bizarre spirituality in its second half. But we choose not to. Avatar is an important film and there is more than meets the eye through the 3D goggles.

To begin with, the film familiarizes us with the beauty …

On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

Ruben Baart
May 1st 2020

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 may look a lot like The Flintstones, where the narrative goes as follows: we’ve always lived in nuclear families. Men have always gone out to work or hunt and women stayed at home to look after the house and the children. Throw in a dinosaur and there’s your family. Yabadabadoo right? Wrong!

Tuning into …

How AI is reshaping electronic music

Linda Valenta
September 12th 2019

The idea that AI can compose electronic music may sound a little off to people. It raises essential questions about creativity as a product exclusive to humans: can an AI be creative? Can it be musical? Can it compete with human-made melodies? Does it need to?

More and more, AI has set foot in the realm of creative industries. From an AI writing the next GoT book to IBM’s Watson creating a trailer for a non-exisent sci-fi thriller. And that’s …

The New Technology in Agriculture: Trees

Jack Caulfield
January 15th 2018
New technologies are changing the landscape, but the latest trend reshaping rural environments and agriculture is agroforestry: the art of planting trees.

Next Nature Habitat VR Wins Sweden VR Award

September 13th 2017
Our Next Nature Habitat VR experience has won the Sweden International Virtual Reality Award in the category Best 360 Video!

Supermarkets Are Our New Savannah, Especially During Natural Disasters

Megan Ray Nichols
September 11th 2017
Before a natural disaster hordes of people crowd in supermarkets and fight over the last supplies. It mirrors the savannah with cliques and groups trying to get the available food, water or shelter.

Greetings from the Ciptagelar Village

August 16th 2017
A series of photographs from the Ciptagelar village in West Java, Indonesia.

Fellow Day 2017: Next Habitat

Ruben Baart
July 4th 2017
Last week, our NNN fellows gathered to discuss the Next Habitat; how will we work in the future? And how does this affect our personal lives?

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

Alessia Andreotti
June 29th 2017
We recently interviewed Lining Yao, Chinese interaction designer who uses organic materials as a technology that brings us back to nature.

Priests Bless Server Rooms

Ruben Baart
May 22nd 2017
Sanctifying servers with knowledge and power from digital demons.
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