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After Dark: Transportation Revolution

explo transportation How has transportation evolved over time, and how does this evolution move toward generating a sustainable transportation ecology? Join us to learn more about how transit technology has advanced to respond to both current and anticipated future needs. From insight into the mechanics of self-driving cars to visions from the past of what an autonomous vehicle may be, as well as personal stories from our transit systems tonight we'll give the technologies that will drive our future mobility an approachable and humanistic voice.

After Dark: Transportation Revolution is part of:  Transportation/Transformations Week.

Self-Driving Cars Up Close
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

How do self-driving vehicles navigate our city? Dive into this cutting-edge technology that can identify and safely respond to objects and movement, such as pedestrians in a crosswalk or cyclists making unexpected turns. Learn how Cruise cars use cameras, radar, and LiDAR sensors to maneuver through a complex urban setting like San Francisco. Understand the environmentally friendly solutions that keep these vehicles moving toward a sustainable transportation future.

LiDAR City Tour
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio

Glimpse your favorite city landmarks in the city through LiDAR. Light Detection and Ranging sensors use lasers to measure distance to generate precise, 3-D information about the world. The views that manifest render familiar landmarks into surprising and captivating hyper-colors. While the view is fascinating, it is the depth of detail that makes this technology an essential component of the Cruise perception and navigation system.

Embarcadero Freeway, 1982 With Amos Goldbaum
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Gallery 2

See the pollutants caused by fossil fuels transformed into art. Developed at a lab at MIT, AirInk is the first art ink created entirely through air pollution. AirInk creators Gravity Labs aim to transform air pollution in a way that doesn’t reach our lungs or waste streams, but instead manifests as something beautiful, while also drawing attention to the need for us to move away from fossil fuels.

We invited San Francisco "based artist Amos Goldbaum to use AirInk to create a commissioned artwork that showcases the shifts we have already seen in San Francisco’s transportation ecology. Working from a historic photograph, Goldbaum will highlight our 30-years-lost “blight of the Bay” "the Embarcadero Freeway. Called an eyesore, a monstrosity, and evil, the highway, which once passed by the front doors of the Exploratorium, was demolished after being damaged in the 1989 earthquake. 

(Past) Future Visions With Cinema Arts
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Microcinema

Future speculation is one of humans' favorite pastimes. Indulge in a slew of vintage films that showcase the many directions that we once thought transportation could be headed. While some visions are spectacularly off the mark, others showcase surprisingly accurate and specific "insight into just where we were headed. Created during an era of advertising that often looked toward Hollywood norms for inspiration, many of these predictions are nestled into delightfully bizarre musicals. Bonus! Maybe you’ll stumble in at just the right time to hear BART’s confidence-lacking  theme song.

Can You “See” as Well as a Self-Driving Car? With Cruise
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio

How many relevant objects can you identify on the road? From pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles to traffic and construction signs, staying vigilant in your surroundings can feel overwhelming to some. Self-driving cars rely on a suite of sensors and machine learning to accurately identify objects to safely navigate the city.  Play a game to see if you can accurately and quickly identify as many objects as a Cruise car. 

The Bay Area’s Lost Streetcars With Chris Arvin
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Gallery 2

Perhaps the most iconic form of Bay Area transportation, streetcars are a beloved and unique piece of the visual fabric of our city. While trolley cars are often viewed as a charming nod to transportation history, digging into that past reveals a once robust public transit system that could provide valuable insight into where the future of public transit could go. Created by Chris Arvin, The Bay Area’s Lost Streetcarsis a collection of interactive maps and historic photos that showcase how public transit has evolved over time, and the valuable routes we have lost along the way. Join Chris to take a tour of where the streetcars used to go.

Visualizing Transportation With Remix
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Gallery 2

The transportation ecology of a city is complex and multifaceted; the impact of a small change can be immeasurable. The ability to truly see the big picture and analyze the effects of transportation scenarios is essential to city planners. Join Remix as they showcase their platform, which allows for wide-scale visualization and analysis of transportation design, city streets, and how different mobility options can share spaces.

A Ride in 2049 With Expanding Focus
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

What will cities look like in the future, and how will we navigate them? A Ride in 2049is a virtual reality experience that explores imagined future mobility systems in three cities: Frankfurt, Chicago, and Los Angeles. On your trip, you’ll be led by Myra, a future anthropologist, who tours you through these future cities and encourages you to think through what you want out of the future of transportation. What new technology may dominate these future transportation pathways? And how will this future impact our cities? Strap on a headset and imagine the future with us.

Make Your Own Mini-Hovercraft With Explorables
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Make your own mini-hovercraft with a CD and balloon, and watch it sail across the floor on a cushion of air. 

Love Your Bus, Save the City With Laura Bliss
7:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

Self-driving cars and dockless scooters may attract all the limelight, but one overlooked mobility mode already supports livable and sustainable cities: public buses. Dollar for dollar, gallon for gallon, and charge for charge, the bus's vast potential and profound efficiency can't be beat, despite the bad reputation this humble transport mode has developed over time. Join journalist Laura Bliss to hear more about the essential role of the bus in our transportation ecology and why, as new mobility options emerge, our bus systems need your love.

Climate With Erik Ian Walker, Michèle Walther, Thomas DiMuzio, Scott Brazieal, Bill Noertker, and TheClimateMusicProject
8:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Climate is an original composition by Erik Ian Walker, created in collaboration with The ClimateMusic Project. Tracking historical and projected variations in the climate system from 1800-2250, the composition is guided by four key markers of climate change: carbon dioxide concentrate, near-Earth atmospheric temperature, Earth energy balance, and ocean pH. Carbon emissions from human sources impact each marker, which is assigned a musical analog-tempo, pitch, distortion, and compositional form-to manifest the data as a fully realized musical work.

Climate follows two possible future scenarios: “business as usual,” in which we do little or nothing to rein in carbon emissions, resulting in an approximately 9º Celsius rise in global temperature and catastrophic impacts by 2250, and a more hopeful “2º” scenario (modeled briefly beginning in 2150) where society succeeds in reining in emissions during the first half of this century.

In Collaboration: How May Humans and Autonomous Vehicles Share Responsibilities
With Mishel Johns

8:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

How can computer intelligence and human intelligence work together to safely drive autonomous vehicles forward? And how do humans respond to sharing driving responsibilities with automated systems? Johns shares his research into shared control systems, which allow both human drivers and automated systems to control a vehicle simultaneously. Learn about the impact this type of collaborative driving could have on the future of our roadways and daily commutes.


Thursday, 09/19/19


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17.95 advance, 19.95 door, AD members free

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Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: (415) 528-4444
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