Encountering Artificial Intelligence technology at a Korean science museum

Encountering Artificial Intelligence technology at a Korean science museum

Author: Sook-kyoung Cho – Gwangju National Science Museum, South Korea

We are in the time of the 4th Industrial Revolution, driven by the new technologies of artificial intelligence and the internet of things etc. One of the functions of today’s science centers and museums is to show how these technologies can transform not only our daily life but also society as a whole. Another function is to show how our participation in technological development and application could change our future.

In 2017, three National Science Centers being 3 years old in Korea, worked together for having a special exhibition under the title of “2030 Future city: Future home, Future street, Future industry”. It lasted for a year touring 4 metropolitan cities (i.e. Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, Pusan) with many hand-on exhibits experiencing AI and IoT technologies. One of the most attractive exhibits was to comparing the paintings and musics by people and AI technology. Another was a “IoT Tree” having big datum about everything, gave you answers whatever you asked to it. At the end of the exhibition, we asked the visitors what kind of future they want to have and how they would like to react to new technologies. This exhibition had a great success with almost 100,000 visitors (e.g. 20,557 in Gwangu) and 77 times media coverages in TV.

In this presentation, I will introduce some details of the special exhibition with a video-clip and the results of people’s survey about the AI and IoT technologies. And discuss the lessons from the first collaborative special exhibition by National Science Centers in Korea with the audience. More than 1/3 of the visitors expressed their views on post-it notes and some worries about new technologies. Overall, most of their answers were quite close to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by UN and this result reflected in following exhibition planning.

The author has not yet submitted a copy of the full paper.

Presentation type: Visual presentation
Theme: Technology