Everyday life in 2030 - Future of Us exhibition

Organisers promise an "immersive, interactive, multi-sensory" experience for visitors of the “Future Of Us” exhibition, the capstone event of the year-long SG 50 celebrations. It will be launched by PM Lee Hsien Loong on 1 December 2015.

More than 85 per cent of tickets to this free exhibition, “Future Of Us” have been snapped up for the opening month of December.

Covering 6,000 square metres across six zones, the “Future Of Us”, exhibition covers areas like healthcare, transport and the environment, seen through the eyes of ordinary Singaporeans, not those of urban planners or policymakers.

For instance, visitors can foresee a future in which vital signs of an elderly person can be transmitted via sensors to a smartphone. In a medical emergency, care providers in the area would be alerted to help the person.

It also looks at how Singapore's underground and above-ground spaces and road systems will be used, and how vertical farming may be integrated into high-rises.

About 99 per cent of the featured ideas are in the research or prototype stage.

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, who heads the SG50 Steering Committee, said that he hopes the exhibition will inspire Singaporeans to come together, and share and commit their aspirations into action for a better Singapore

The creative director of the exhibition, Mr Gene Tan was asked about the exhibition featuring only positive traits such as graciousness and sportsmanship and excluded the "uglier" side of Singaporeans.

He explained that it was based on the aspirations submitted by members of the public, and these values are what resonated the most. He hopes that in the discussions that ensue, Singaporeans will talk about the other parts of living in future that may be less desirable, and we can have a debate about them.

“The year 2030 was chosen rather than 2065 - which is when Singapore will celebrate 100 years of independence - because the team wanted to present scenarios that are "real, distinct possibilities", Mr Tan said.  

Tickets to the free exhibition can be obtained via The Future Of Us website at www.thefutureofus.sg. The exhibition, to run from Dec 1 to March 8 next year, will be open daily from 9am. The last admission is at 8.30pm.

Source: “Keen interest in upcoming The Future of Us Exhibition” (The Straits Times,  25 November 2015)

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