Dec 272011
 
  • What is Next Nature?

    Today, the human impact on our planet can hardly be underestimated. Climate change, synthetic biology, mass urbanization – ‘We were here’ echoes all over. Although many people have tried to improve our relationship with nature, only few have asked the elementary question ‘what is nature?’.

    This website radically shifts your notion of nature. It shows how our image of nature as static, balanced and harmonic is naive and up for reconsideration. We are living in a time in which the ‘made’ and the ‘born’ are fusing. This does not mean however, that we have become gods and have control over our own destiny. Rather, our relationship with nature is changing.

    Where technology and nature are traditionally seen as opposed, they now appear to merge or even trade places. While old nature, in the sense of trees, plants, animals, atoms, or climate, is increasingly controlled and governed by man – it is turned into a cultural category – our technological environment becomes so complex, omnipresent and uncontrollable, that we start to relate to it as a nature of its own.

    With our urge to design our environment, we cause the rising of a next nature, which is unpredictable as ever: wild software, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

    We must no longer see ourselves as the anti-natural species that merely threatens and eliminates nature, but rather as catalysts of evolution. Will we be able to improve our human condition, or will we outsource ourselves for good? People are technologic beings by nature. We are playing with fire again and again. We should tread carefully; yet this is simultaneously what makes us human.

    Hence the need to explore how we can design, build and live in the nature caused by people.

    baby

  • Frequently asked questions

    What is Next Nature?
    Nature caused by human culture? Sorry, I don’t get it.
    Nature is changing along with us. What do you mean by that?
    Do you have a definition of Next Nature?
    Culturally emerged nature? You mean plastic flowers?
    How can nature emerge from culture?
    Are nature and culture becoming one?
    What do you mean with ‘culturally emerged nature’ exactly?
    Can you give a few examples of next nature?
    Why do you use the word ‘nature’ for these phenomena? Isn’t that confusing?
    Why is next nature so important? What is the urgency?
    Is next nature related to ongoing scientific research?
    What do you mean with old nature?
    When did next nature start?
  • Further reading

    • Next Nature intro by Bruce Sterling

      This project is about Nature’s brand image.  One might surmise that “Nature,” being 100 percent all-natural, can’t have any brand image.  The facts suggest otherwise. Try it for yourself: tell a friend that something seemingly 100 percent natural is actually […]

    • Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

      Is the evolution of the single bladed razor into an exorbitant five–bladed vibrating gizmo the outcome of human needs, or is there another force in play? Say hello to Razorius Gillettus, one of the new species emerging from our technoeconomic […]

    • 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, shelter, tools, and art. Everything. Even the skin of the youngest […]

    • 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 is a picture of nature. It […]

    Visual introduction

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     Posted by at 7:30 pm
    Dec 232011
     

    http://www.hvks.com/index.html

    Numerical Analysis & Applications

    What’s Here?:
    The web site contains applications or source code for various numerical algorithm related to technology, engineering and science.Polynomial Zeros:
    Particular there has been an emphasized on finding zeros in polynomials. There is well known algorithms for finding these zeros using various methods. The most famous one is the well known Jenkins-Traub method, however there exists other “newton” variations like the one by Madsen from the early seventies or Graeffe method which was reborn by Malajovich and Zubelli. The method by Halley’s, Laguerre‘s is also quite useful. All these different method has been nicely packages into a windows applications that can be downloaded:
    Polynomial Zeros

    Three of the algorithms are also available as C++ source from the ports section of this web site: Ports
    A series of web based tool for finding roots of a polynomial, integration and graphing functions can be used directly from this web page.
    Arbitrary Precision:
    A collections of C++ source files that allows integer or floating point precision to be performed with any precision. Truncation mode (Round nearest, Round up or Round down) can also be associated with any arbitrary precision floating point numbers. Furthermore two template classes for complex arithmetic and interval arithmetic for arbitrary precision numbers has been added: Arbitrary Precision

     Posted by at 9:36 pm
    Dec 102011
     

    Confirmed – TI Shipping Launchpad’s With MSP430G2553 and MSP430G2452

    After the initial post on new chips being shipped with the Launchpad on the MSP430 Yahoo Group, member pine from the Forums confirmed it with pictures. From what we gather, Launchpad’s now ship with the following changes:

    • Higher capacity MSP430G2553 and MSP430G2452 chips instead of the G2211 and G2231.
    • Male headers come presoldered.
    • Changes in the RX/TX jumper setting to support both USI and USCI serial modules on the G2452 and G2553 respectively.

    Any more changes that you noticed? Let us know below.
    Thanks to Rockets4Kids for first noticing it on the interwebs.

     Posted by at 6:27 pm
    Dec 102011
     

    http://www.observatory.cz/static/Obloha%20dnes/otacivka.php

    http://earthsky.org/

    http://aaadelhi.org/?q=node

    http://virtualtelescope.bellatrixobservatory.org/nextshow.html

    http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/projects/online-observing.html

    http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

    http://www.hvezdarna.cz/

     

     Posted by at 6:25 pm
    Dec 102011
     

     TAKE TIME WITH YOUR IMAGES

     By Christopher Schneiter

    I have always been fascinated by long exposures, going back to Daguerre, with his incredibly long ones. In Figure 1 below, we see a seemingly empty street, with one lone person in the foreground. In reality, the street is empty only because the people were rendered invisible because they moved during exposure. The man in the foreground appears only because he stopped to get his shoes shined.

     Posted by at 10:05 am
    Dec 102011
     

     TAKE TIME WITH YOUR IMAGES

     By Christopher Schneiter

    I have always been fascinated by long exposures, going back to Daguerre, with his incredibly long ones. In Figure 1 below, we see a seemingly empty street, with one lone person in the foreground. In reality, the street is empty only because the people were rendered invisible because they moved during exposure. The man in the foreground appears only because he stopped to get his shoes shined.

     Posted by at 10:05 am