Futures 2084

Material Intelligence

Material Intelligence

Author: Francisco BenĂ­tez

“What I want to show in this collage is a glimpse of how I see the future or how I imagine it. With electric cars, with the Metaverse, with implants that improve our neurological and physical abilities. Cryptocurrencies become normal. With intelligent objects like the cell phone or the watch. That everything is connected to a virtual assistant like Alexa. Some things already exist, are already developed. What I wanted to show in this work is a normalization of all these objects that are currently growing, and that within a couple of years, what we used to see as something futuristic or impossible, will be more normal in our society.” Francisco BenĂ­tez


This imagination is part of the pedagogical proposal of the Ecenarro Turrillo Chair, IntroducciĂłn al Conocimiento Proyectual 1 (ICP 1), Ciclo BĂĄsico ComĂșn (CBC), Universidad de Buenos Aires UBA. It corresponds to the initial sketch exercise of the first semester of 2022, linked to the Program 2084 Imagined Futures from the South.

Students were invited to dream and develop utopias with the precept of traveling to the future, the year 2084, and propose imaginations/transformations, understanding that design and its project disciplines are tools to improve contemporary and everyday living, with a sustainable commitment.

The teaching team was composed by Graciela Ecenarro, Andrea Santangelo, Silvina de Gennaro, Juan I. Cabello, Florencia de la Quintana, Natalia Naredo, Luciana Quartaruolo, Santiago OrtĂ­, Andrea LĂłpez y Natalia Ardissone.


Note: the title of this imagination has been granted by the editing area of 2084 Imagined Futures from the South. Since some of the imaginations have been presented without titles, we decided to give them one with the intention of helping to distinguish them.

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