25 results for “Technosphere”

The new Next Nature book is here!

September 4th 2020

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, from genetics to breeding; a simple tomato isn’t remotely as simple as you might think. Technological advances allow our daily ingredients to be grown bigger, faster and better than ever before.

Conversely, in our world, technology (such as the internet or the financial markets) …

NNN announces 2021-2024 plans: ‘Hello, Superorganism’

July 30th 2020

With great pleasure we announce our plans for 2021-2024: ‘Hello, Superorganism’.

Our human presence has a huge impact on the planet; plastic in the oceans, climate change, mass urbanization and deforestation. We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, an age where humanity and its instrumentalities are the most potent and influential geological force. Simultaneously there are many other organisms that are asserting themselves: networked micro-organisms, an internet of trees and artificial intelligences that guide our lives. What can we learn from …

Welcome to the Novacene

July 30th 2020

James Lovelock (1919) has lived on Earth for over a century. You may find that long, but it is short for himself. He thinks big and from a long-term awareness.

At the age of fifty, in 1969, he presented his Gaia hypothesis, exploring how all living matter is connected in a superorganism that optimizes conditions for life on Earth. Although controversial in his day, his Gaia hypothesis made him the most prominent environmental thinker of the twentieth century.

The twenty-first …

Smart cities could give the visually impaired a new outlook on urban life

Drishty Sobnath and Ikram Ur Rehman
September 17th 2019

Travelling to work, meeting friends for a catch up or just doing some shopping are often taken for granted by people with no known disabilities. For the visually impaired, these seemingly simple things can be a serious challenge.

But imagine a city equipped with technology that enables the visually impaired to recognise people, places or even bank notes, helping them to live more independently whether indoors or in a public place. That’s the promise of so-called smart cities, which use …

Technosphere Weighs 30 Trillion Tons

Van Mensvoort
May 12th 2017
If humans would disappear from the face of the Earth today, we would still leave 30 trillion tons of mass in the geological record. Certainly, "we were here" is written all over.

Robo-Bee Pollinated a Japanese Lily

Nadine Roestenburg
February 16th 2017

A video of a robotic bee pollinating a flower (looking more like Loopin' Louie spinning off the board game and hitting a flower) recently caught our attention. What at first sight might look like a silly viral video, could be an important step in the survival of bees. To save us humans from a future without honey and pollinating crops by hand, we need to save the bees. These insect-sized drones could actually play a major role in their survival.…

There Are More People Flying in Airplanes right Now, than there were Alive on Earth in the Stone Age

Van Mensvoort
March 22nd 2016
Today there are on average there are some 8000 planes in the sky carrying at least half a million people. On average during the Stone Age there must have been less.

Technology Made us Human

Van Mensvoort
August 28th 2015
Buckle up for a cinematic espresso shot from performance philosopher and NNN ambassador Jason Silva.

Visualizing the World Economy

Van Mensvoort
August 27th 2015
This Is What $15.3 Trillion of World Trade Looks Like.

Ambient City

Van Mensvoort
March 31st 2015
How cities will function when there are more robots than people working in factories, everything is intelligently interlinked, autos drive autonomously and drones deliver the mail?
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