In image above: civilians’ urban mobility on self-balancing, electric personal transporters by Sitway (photo courtesy of Daniel Pego, SitGo),in the exhibition Futuros de Lisboa/Futures of Lisbon, Museum of Lisbon, Portugal. Scientific curators: João Seixas, Manuel Graça Dias, Sofia Guedes Vaz.
The opportunity of exploring the future possibilities of digitalization in about everything at Web Summit 2018, opened up the spectrum of relevant-to-the -Future(s) thinking zones. Thus said, we talk about the Future allright - possible, transformative, dystopian, real, imaginative Or other - in places of massive human congregation. The Future inside the City (nevertheless the future of a coastal city like Lisbon) is far more than a group of predictions but a series of questions that create a multidimensional grid of issues, strongly involved in the evolution of the urban lifestyle from now on: a line of problems, conditions, situations, systems and solutions entirely interconnected and therefore inescapable.
It is all about an exhibition concerning Lisbon-and every other large town or city near the sea or located further in the continent. The themes of ecology and sustainability, innovation and creativity, design and industry, cohesion and justice, finance and economy, education and learning, mobility and transport, freedom and security, humanity and cognition, health and well-being, community and municipality, ethnicity and citizenship, de-systematization and re-systemization, information and intelligence, society and robotics - emerge as topics of both literary but also scientific endeavors. The Future is definitely happening Now, it is impossible for us to ignore as it is more than certain that it is up to us to finally shape It. That is probably the main conclusion, out of the Futures of Lisbon exhibition.
“ What will remain of our conflicts, problems and controversies when the labels that gave them a name are already as forgotten as are those of the past?”…”Looking at the world today from a future time encourages a more open and, above all, more humble attitude when we assess our present, our disputes, our decisions. Looking from afar allows us to focus on the essential and on what we can truly understand about ourselves, the city and urban life.”
In photos bellow, from top to bottom: New Drone Technology by Instituto Superior Técnico. "Chico", a humanoid cognitive robot, designed and manufactured by the Institute for Systems and Robotics of Lisbon (video). Circular Economy Model graph. Future infrastructures & systems: ethical consumption, de-plastification, new business models, repair, performance economy, dematerialisation. Chelas district, Lisbon, a view from the future, (photography: Luísa Ferreira, digital imaging: Inês Lino, José Pedro Piteira).