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Emerge 2015

Emerge 2015

Emerge 2015

What if we could teach robots to dance? How would it change the relationship between humans and machines?

What if we could teach robots to dance? How would it change the relationship between humans and machines?

Emerge 2015

Emerge 2015

Emerge 2015

Visitors built a pinhole camera with a 100-year exposure time to hide somewhere in the Phoenix area, monitoring changes in the urban landscape between now and 2115.

Visitors built a pinhole camera with a 100-year exposure time to hide somewhere in the Phoenix area, monitoring changes in the urban landscape between now and 2115.

Emerge 2015

Emerge 2015

Emerge 2015

What if a robot could help simplify one decision by choosing art for your home?

What if a robot could help simplify one decision by choosing art for your home?

Emerge 2015

Emerge 2015

Emerge 2015

Exploring utopian experiments, dreams, and the concept of the ideal city through a roaming atmospheric performance.

Exploring utopian experiments, dreams, and the concept of the ideal city through a roaming atmospheric performance.

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Over 2,000 people attended Emerge 2015 on Friday, March 6 at the SkySong Innovation Center in Scottsdale. Featured visionary Jad Abumrad, creator and host of RadioLab and winner of the MacArthur genius award, joined ten other visitations from the future, including theatrical performances, improvisation, games, and hands-on opportunities to design and build the future.

Emerge 2015 also served as a research platform: Megan Halpern, Emerge’s director of research and collaboration, led a team of graduate student researchers who conducted interviews with Emerge visitors and visionaries. The interviews, along with ethnographic observations, are the basis for several journal articles that focus on why we imagine the kinds of futures explored at Emerge, and the relationship between collaborative event creators and audiences.