The invention of the passenger lift (1852) and the electronic air conditioner (1902) radically changed the face of modern cities and made possible the emergence of previously unimaginable spaces, programs, and life styles.
But for contemporaries, there was nothing remarkable about these comparatively simple pieces of equipment. They were simply the latest mechanical novelty in a series of many strange, and at first sight useless, inventions flooding the world at the time. It was only decades later that mass adoption of passenger lifts and air conditioning made their dramatic effects obvious.
Where should we look for the future today? Which fields are our boldest inventors working in? And how do we identify the most noteworthy new technologies in an age of mass communications, smart networks and the constant blurring of the line between the virtual and the real?
It is with just such questions in mind that Strelka Institute together with Russian-Dutch design bureau SVESMI has launched Technology Fantastic – a project bringing together engineers, scientists, designers, architects, programmers, and even soldiers to try to work out which of the host of contemporary inventions and discoveries will have the biggest impact on the fate of tomorrow’ cities.
Technology Fantastic at Strelka was an opportunity to meet some of the main participants in this project, sit in on demonstrations of several inventions, and indulge in heated arguments about the future.
Science, Invention and Freedom - Gennady Gorelik, a research fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University. (USA)
Advanced materials and technologies for new architecture – innovation engineering and business administration - Oleg Figovsky, Member of European Academy of Sciences, RAASN and RIA, expert of technological projects European Committee, Director R&D of Nanotech Industries, Inc., Director R&D & Founder of INTC Polymate, chairman of the UNESCO chair “Green Chemistry”. (Israel)
A Spare Planet - Sergey Krasnoselsky, engineer, author of the book “A Spare Planet”. (Russia)
Zeppelin Forever - Svetlana Tumanova, CEO of Lokomosky. (Russia)
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