Futures that Inspire
What happens if we approach the future with a spirit of play? Futures that Inspire will encourage you to think adventurously about what might lie ahead. In the brave world of the future, what seems impossible today may become totally commonplace tomorrow. Imagine new materials, new foods, new species. Consider life underwater or even on another planet. To infinity and beyond!
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“Cosmic Listening” by artist Stacey Robinson presents an Afrofuturist vision for the future. The young woman’s technology is focused on flight, leaving a place of unrest to journey to a future world.
As the space race was unfolding in the 1960s, some architects were imaginatively designing for life underwater, as is seen in this drawing from the Cooper Hewitt’s collection.
This skateboard from the National Museum of American History’s collection was used by Leo Baker, a seven-time X-Games medalist and one of the sport’s most acclaimed street skaters – and an advocate for trans identity, who points to future fluid identities by their own example.
Never Alone, an award-winning video game, was developed collaboratively with Alaska Native storytellers and elders, and delves deeply into the traditional lore of the Iñupiat people.
Let your mind wander with this entrancing installation from designer Emanuel Gollob. Doing Nothing with AI will invite you to engage in creative daydreaming. Step back from the rush and see what new futures form.
Artist Jeffrey Veregge’s graphic novel explores a water world in its reimagining of the Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in combination with Indigenous storytelling traditions of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Washington state.
How can humans adapt to a water world? The floating community Oceanix city would allow 10,000 people to live on the ocean surface without harming marine ecosystems.