Smartphones, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence – digitalization has found its way into our everyday lives. But how does artificial intelligence “think”? What possibilities and opportunities does digitalization offer? And, most importantly, what role do human beings play? The Ars Electronica Center in Linz is dedicated to these questions.
Since 1979, Ars Electronica has been searching for the interfaces between art, technology, and society. The center describes itself as a museum of the future where fusions of art, science, and technology are displayed and developed. Visitors can choose to perform experiments in the fields of biotechnology, genetic engineering, neurology, robotics, prosthetics, and new media art, as well as learn about how we will communicate in the future and what these changes mean for us and our society. In 2009, the center was expanded in the run-up to Linz’s year as the European Capital of Culture, and its contents and exhibitions were tailored to focus on the life sciences.
Cooperation with international industry
The Ars Electronica Center doesn’t just deal with these topics on a theoretical level. The FUTURELAB is the museum’s research and development center. Approximately 40 developers work together with leading international industrial companies on self-driving cars, robot vacuum cleaners, robot mops, and more. Prototypes that are produced here are then put into distribution by the cooperation partners.
The greatest challenge is keeping up with the latest technological developments. A few years ago, the first and only 3D printer in Upper Austria was here at the Ars Electronica Center. Today, the focus is on artificial intelligence.