With the current race towards advancements in technology, in the years to come, we are going to see another human evolution perhaps just like what we had witnessed in the science fiction movies of the past.
HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species explores the possible future paths of our species. It asks what it means to be human in a world of artificial intelligence, lifelike robots and genetic modification. It probes the social, ethical and environmental questions raised by using technology to modify ourselves. Will virtual reality be the new reality? What would happen if a robot knew what we wanted before we knew ourselves? How might we modify ourselves to adapt to an environment that we are drastically transforming? Is longevity a noble aspiration or a terrible threat for the planet?
Showcasing works by international artists, scientists, technologists and designers, HUMAN+ presents a future world where the lines between fiction and reality are blurred and shows how our perception of humanity is being transformed by science and technology.
The exhibition is divided into 4 sections namely – Augmented Abilities, Encountering Others, Authoring Environments and Life at the Edges. It serves to explore the science and technology aspect of humanity going forward into the future.
Here is some snippets of the little adventure I had during the opening week of the exhibition.
The Lab (Activity Area)
Life at the Edges
Nadine & Charlie (Activity Area)
The areas which will be of interest will be the sections where you get to experience some engagements with the props on display, the Lab (Which happen to be closed during my visit) as well as interaction with Nadine who is one of the most realistic female humanoid social robots in the world. Made in Singapore, Nadine was modelled on Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalman, she looks and acts incredibly lifelike.
Nadine has been created by Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, Director of Institute for Media Innovation (IMI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Meanwhile, the team behind Nadine is also working on Charlie which is visible in the section next to where Nadine is located. the workshop opens daily from 2:00pm – 7:00pm.
Exhibition Title: Human + – The Future of Our Species
Exhibition period: May 20 – October 15, 2017
Venue: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Bayfront – Downtown Line & Circle Line