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Futures that Unite

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What will it take for us to live more equitably? Peacefully? Inclusively? Futures that Unite explores how we relate to one another. Explore new ways to connect and collaborate that all aim for the same goal: to tap into our collective humanity. As our future dreams turn into reality, perhaps we should place the greatest value on one another.

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What if future cities were created by everyone who lives within them? Bring your creativity and sense of play to co-design sustainable and inclusive communities in real time alongside an artificial intelligence (AI) design partner at “The Co-Lab.” This first-of-its-kind collaborative design experience, developed with Autodesk, will allow you to develop new ideas, faster, in a way that solves huge design problems.

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open insulin project hardware
“Biohacking” labs like the Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS) independently produce insulin, making it affordable to those who need it.
Often credited with shaping the ideas of Afrofuturism – in which the cultures of the African diaspora are seen through the lens of science fiction – Octavia Butler wrote stories in which identities are fluid.
Assistive Hip Suit
Robotic exoskeletons: they’re not what you might think. This soft exosuit from the Biodesign Lab at Harvard University is made of wearable textiles with lightweight mechanical components that extend the capabilities of the body.
Stephanie Dinkins artwork
Stephanie Dinkins’ sculpture “Not The Only One” (N’TOO) is an AI artist project that lets you speak to your ancestors.
Danae prosthetic
Baltimore-based startup company Danae allows users to digitally design their own shapes and patterns for artifical limbs, transforming a medical device into a custom canvas for personal expression.
(Im)possible Baby imagines a future where same-sex partners can have children together using the DNA markers of both parents.
Roomie robot
Low-cost and fully customizable, this Roomie robot was developed to help therapeutically treat COVID patients.
Olympic pictogram
Otl Aicher’s Olympics poster from 1972 showcases a pioneering graphic system to communicate across language barriers.
Tlingit hat
Smithsonian staff scanned this Tlingit clan crest hat and repaired it digitally before using computer-guided machines to create two replicas. One was returned to the Tlingit Kiks.ádi clan of Sitka, Alaska for use as a sacred object, and the other retained by the Smithsonian for educational purposes.