Smart World

How Artificial Intelligence is changing our world

Few topics today are more polarising: Will artificial intelligence destroy millions of jobs or will its use usher in a golden age? Opinions could not be more divided. “Smart World”, the special exhibition at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology), bridged the gap between these two polar opposites.
The exhibition took visitors on a fascinating journey through the world of artificial intelligence and broke down the myths surrounding it. The exhibition provided guidance and enabled visitors to reflect on the multifaceted effects of AI on their own lives and society, and to understand it as a human-made and therefore adaptable technology.

In addition to teaching the technical basics, it focused on the interactions between humans and machines and their impact on many different areas of life, such as healthcare, education and work: What does living with AI mean for our future and what is this technology all about? Although artificial intelligence is on everyone’s lips, knowledge of its wide range of applications is often limited to small subareas. Smart World provided insights into the “black box” of AI, showcasing a rapidly evolving technology that has already become an integral part of our lives.

Visitors could expect an exhibition setting reminiscent of a winding rabbit hole, with branching corridors inviting them to delve deeper into the subject matter and discover the many different aspects of using artificial intelligence: Starting with applications used at home, such as voice assistants, smart watches and household helpers, the “Internet of Things” and energy-efficient appliances were presented, without neglecting security and data protection aspects.

To promote international exchange and sustainable museum work, this exhibition was part of a European collaboration between the Technisches Museum Wien, the DASA Dortmund and the Parque de las Ciencias in Granada. The collaboration was focused on innovation and sustainability. “Smart World” from the DASA Dortmund was previously shown in Germany and Spain and concluded its European tour at the Technisches Museum Wien. As part of the collaboration, the Technisches Museum Wien presented the “FOODPRINTS” exhibition on food production and sustainability, which was later shown in Dortmund and in Granada from autumn 2023.

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