Hyper Human opens this weekend — who is the human of the future?
In the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, Tekniska museet is unveiling its new exhibition. It puts forward a highly relevant question: Who is the human of the future? Following the success of the Robots exhibition, which showcased human-like robots, this amazing self-produced exhibition focuses on the technology in humans. With the help of art, ethical reasoning, the latest technology and the extensive knowledge gathered at Tekniska Museet, you can now be part of an exhibition that we hope everyone can connect with — even in the current circumstances. It is certainly a time to reflect on where we are going and what the future human is going to be like.
What happens when technology makes it possible for us to design our children using genome editing? Where is the distinction between man and machine when we are able to enhance and replace body parts? Who is in control when we allow artificial intelligence to make decisions in crucial life choices? This is your chance to explore these questions and more.
With an immersive experience that arouses curiosity, poses questions and fascinates, the Hyper Human exhibition illustrates some of the challenges that we face as a result of technological developments. But above all it inspires a sense of hope and engagement in questions concerning how technology can make it possible for a greater number of people to have a greater quality of life.
“The ever accelerating process of technology requires us to stop and have the opportunity to reflect and understand” says Magdalena Tafvelin Heldner, who is the Project Manager at Tekniska museet. “We all need to be involved in deciding what we want our future to look like. It is not just about what is technically possible, but also what is ethical, based on, for example, equality, sustainability and justice.”
In addition to the exhibition, Tekniska museet also houses one of Sweden’s leading designers, Monica Förster, and her design studio. Together with the innovation agency BAS ITG, she has let artificial intelligence influence the design — a meeting between man and machine that produces both surprising and interesting results.
Hyper Human combines a historical perspective with an analysis of the present and thoughts on the future. It features a musculature model from the 1700s, prosthetic eyes from the 1800s, intelligent supercomputers from the 1980s, and visions of the future drawn from both popular culture and science.
During your time in the exhibition, you as the visitor will be challenged by a range of different ethical questions, where there are consequences to every response.
Read about how Tekniska Museet is handling COVID-19 here.