Time Machines, Museums and the Future of the Past

As museums integrate the use of VR, 3D and haptic technologies to tell their stories, the concept of time travel becomes a reality – not only backwards but forwards too. We rely on museums to bring the past to life, but AI offers the possibility to use archives and collections to predict, create and inhabit future worlds. Museums are using immersive technologies to offer unprecedented interactivity with important moments of history and artists are using machine learning to work with archives and collections to create future worlds. How will the role of museums change if they anticipate the future as well as represent the past? How will AI affect the nature of collecting and the way we use collections, including perhaps our own personal archives?

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Lawrence Chiles

The National Gallery (UK)

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Sarah Coward

Forever Holdings Ltd

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Tonya Nelson

Arts Council England

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Micahel Takeo Magruder

Micahel Takeo Magruder

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