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IBM's THINK Exhibit in New York City

October 12, 2011

Recently I visited the IBM THINK exhibit at the Lincoln Center in New York City; it is part of the larger IBM centennial celebration.


The entrance to the exhibit is a long wall comprised of lights that change constantly and display statistics on some environmental topics in New York City. For example, it displayed information regarding traffic patterns on Broadway along Lincoln Center and how the traffic changed throughout the day; facts were presented in words and the ebb and flow of the traffic patterns were visualized graphically. Another view also showed statistical information regarding energy usage in the city and the potential value of solar energy.



Each hour, a group of people enter the main area of the exhibit, which is underground. This exhibit is primarily a video, about 15 minutes long, that discusses some of the challenges we faced in the past as well as the present and how solutions to those problems have been developed over time. The video is presented across three screens and is intended to make you think, rather than to simply entertain. Technology has helped us solve many problems already and technology will help us solve problems in areas where we might not think about technical solutions. When the video is complete, the video displays turn into interactive kiosks where you can listen to additional recordings or explore many topics in more detail; there's a lot of historical information that is available and it's quite impressive to step back and appreciate how many problems have been solved over the past few centuries as mankind looks to improve the world.

As you leave the exhibit, you walk along a hallway with IBM's 100 Icons of Progress where you can read more about the key advances IBM made over the past century.

The name of the THINK exhibit is very appropriate; the entire exhibit is intended to expand your mind, how inventions and philosophies of great thinking have changed our world in the past and how the potential for change is even greater for our future; how a chance happening followed by years of hard work can be necessary to make progress. It was inspirational about what we have accomplished and what more we need to think about doing. I was very impressed with the exhibit and very proud to be an IBMer.

The exhibit is open through October 23rd and admission is free.





Posted October 12, 2011| Permalink