Yesterday we went to Linz on a departmental away day. There we visited the Ars Electronica center – a “museum of the future”.
This exhibition is a great playground. You are allowed to touch (almost) everything, to try everything out, to participate and to “change” the exhibition in that way. It was great. I was also very interested in all the different User Interfaces presented. I’m not sure but I do not remember to have seen a single keyboard in the exhibition although the visitor constantly interacts with computers. However, the aim is that the visitor forgets about computers. I am sure there are plenty of industrial applications hidden in this museum but I mostly thought about the children’s room of the future 🙂 .
During the exhibition I had to think about a few people: Matt Jadud and the CSCS (cool stuff in Computer Science) group at Kent, Jonathan Roberts (who is interested in Visualisation) and Paul Mutton aka Jibble, whos Shakespeare social networks project was exhibited, too. I think all of them would be very interested in this exhibition. I strongly recommend it to you.