About the event
Aether was said to be the 5th element, the 'other' that was the unknown, something that linked us together. In times when we are separated, the 'other' that can bring us together is digital.
The reach of social media, social apps and even a phone call is linking us to other humans at a time of need. We are social creatures and our digital future is facilitating this contact.
But digital is helping to save our planet in ways beyond being connected. Digital allows Big Data, which is making leaps and bounds in allowing us to find trends and patterns in vast quantities of data leading to breakthroughs in medicine and space. Digital makes software which can run simulations to help in modelling our environment and tracking what may happen in the future based on past experiences. Digital creates robots who can carry out tasks to change the way we interact with the world around us and each other. Digital is everywhere and the Aether is the leap into what is next.
Below is a selection of content suggestions from our team allowing you to explore the digital world.
TOP DIGITAL RESOURCES TO TRY AT HOME
Our lives are full of digital and tech but we can gain more insight into how they work with a little bit of learning. Below are some links to help you brush up on your digital skills.
Learn simple coding using the MIT developed Scratch
Video games give us a way to explore in a world very different to our own. We can experience what the past, present and future may be like with added layers of technology. Each of these games shows how different our lives could be depending on where the digital age takes us.
(Games each have their own age rating, please be aware of this when considering game play)
In a time where androids are part of everyday life, you can explore what it means to live in the world when you are not human. If you become autonomous from your original programming, what choices will you make?
In the not too distant future you gain the hacking skills to change the environment around you in response to the added security from the Government. As we gain more digital control in our world this game explores what the very real outcomes of this could be.
In the future we may be able to relive the past. Using the ‘ANIMUS’ technology humans are able to relive the lives of their past ancestors and this game explores what uses this technology could have.
What if we take this digital enlightenment too far? In a post-society world humans have reverted to the stone age, but there are remnants of the life lead before. Explore this open world to learn what our distant future could be.
DIGITAL WAYS TO GET OUT AND ABOUT
What if you could travel anywhere at the click of a button? This reality is coming closer. Below are links to virtual tours you can take to get out and see the world as digital brings the world to you.
Explore the whole world from above with satellite imagery and 3D terrain of the entire globe and 3D buildings in hundreds of cities around the world. Zoom to your house or anywhere else then dive in for a 360° perspective with Street View.
Museums may be closed but you can still explore their halls and find treasures on display with these virtual walk rounds.
Download the ‘Capturing Everest’ app to get a taste of extreme outdoor adventure.
Virtual National Parks
Get ‘outdoors’ and explore the USA's national parks at your own speed.
Download the Google Expeditions app to get 360 views of famous and educational locations with markers sharing key facts.
Concert and theatre videos
Recording theatre and streaming it to cinemas has been a great benefit of the improvement of digital technology and many of these recordings are now available online. There are lots of bands with live concert videos available to make you feel like you were there.
Social connection by digital means is an important part of our lives. From video calling family who live miles away to keeping up with friends who are travelling, we use digital communication to bridge the gaps. Social media may lead to an increase in people feeling isolated but below are a few links showing the science behind social media as a connection in difficult times.
Social media can disseminate critical information as well as unite disaster victims during their recovery efforts, suggests a study published in Frontiers in Communication.
JUST FOR FUN
Just for fun
Stuck in the house with your family and want to do some shouting? This fast-paced game based on phones and tablets invites you to work together to successful fly a failing spaceship.