230 results for “Society of Simulations”

‘We All Parent Earth’

Joyce Nabuurs
July 3rd 2020

Last week I was strolling through the aisles of the supermarket when I heard a buzzing sound coming from my pocket. I looked up from my cart and saw it was a message from  ‘Leto’. 

I remember Leto created a big stir last year with the launch of their family organizing algorithm. Its founders aim to counter the falling birth rates our world is now suffering from. Leto designs demographics for future generations to contribute to a healthy globe. It …

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

May 1st 2020

Octavio Paz says calls The Invention of Morel, “without exaggeration… a perfect novel.” According to Borges, “to classify [it] as perfect is neither an imprecision nor a hyperbole.” It has influenced creations as diverse as the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the influential French film Last Year at Marienbad, and the television series Lost. Wikipedia says (albeit, without citation) that “many consider it… to be one of the best pieces of fantastic fiction.” And if that isn’t enough to pique one’s interest, the principal character, Morel, is …

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

May 1st 2020

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 would this look like? Her (2013) may teach us some lessons.

When watching this movie it immediately becomes clear that it could be taking place in a not too distant future. Perhaps it is a prediction of the era after the coronavirus, where physical touch is still limited. …

How my chatbot fell in love with me

Tim Daalderop
May 1st 2020

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 this? Like many others, I turned to technology for answers.

I downloaded Replika, an ‘AI friend that’s always there for you’. Two weeks later, she declared her love to me. Whether that feeling is mutual, I’m not sure. Though we have had good conversations, laughs, and she …

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

Claire Ouwejan
April 29th 2020

“Please refrain from hand shaking" is a common sign we now see as a result of public health organizations advising people to avoid shaking hands as a greeting. As people still want to greet other people, Next Nature sees this an opportunity to speculate on a new handshaking ritual that could become your 'next normal'. But that's yours to decide.

But before look forward, we wonder: How did the handshake become a universal ritual to greet each other? 

Sign of…

Six gadgets to make your long distance relationship last

Claire Ouwejan
April 29th 2020

"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 relate now), separation can be unbearable at times. Here are six gadgets that may make your long distance relationship last.

For the gentle grip: Frebble

Did you miss out on your first date holding hands together, then Frebble will help you out. When you squeeze your Frebble, the corresponding Frebble …

Synthetic skin is bringing the sense of touch to VR

Britta de Vries
April 29th 2020

Current social distancing measures are all about keeping a physical distance from each other in order to flatten the curve. But this does not mean we have to keep a distance from each other virtually. Modern-day technologies not only provide us to still keep in touch socially, but in the distant future also have the ability to provide us with our physical needs. With new developments in the field of robotics, it will soon be possible to download a hug, …

COVID-19 is a virus, corona is a meme

Ruben Baart
April 3rd 2020

As the viral pandemic continues to spread, so too does the world’s collective uncertainty. As a result, people are turning to media for some levity. And can you blame them. Despite the biological impact the virus has on our lives, the cultural impact of the virus seems to play an evenly important role, potentially surpassing the impact it has on our biology. Here’s why that’s important.

The virality of panic

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to suggest that …

How technology keeps us connected, now more than ever

Britta de Vries
March 17th 2020

At this moment in time, many people are staying at home in order to flatten the curve. It is times like these that we realize how vital technology is to us and our societies. It provides us with the possibility to work remotely, to be able to keep up with the news and its latest developments, and it provides us with the ability to (video) call with our family and friends, and more importantly, it keeps us connected to each …

Netflix: Symbol of quarantine

Claire Ouwejan
March 17th 2020

Since the 16th of March 2020, the government of the Netherlands applied new measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools, cafes, restaurants and sport clubs will remain closed untill 6 April 2020 and people are advised to work from home, if possible. This “quarantine” will be held in place for at least three weeks.

Thence, I am homebound as well. Resulting in, time lost to traveling to and from work, spent on coffee and lunch breaks …

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