Exhibition: Reflecties in Museum Tetem, Enschede, The Netherlands

Press/Media: Research


Reflections. Exhibition 10 September 2020 - 13 October 2020 https://tetem.nl/event/reflecties/

Hoe ziet onze toekomst eruit? Welke rol spelen mens en machine daarin? De filosofische tentoonstelling Reflecties bestaat uit acht installaties die een verhaallijn vormen over Artificiële Intelligentie (AI) en zelflerende systemen (machine-learning technology, MLT) in de toekomstige samenleving. Bezoekers kunnen bij iedere installatie reflecteren op vragen die betrekking hebben op het thema van die installatie.

What does our future look like? What is the role of humans and machines in it? In the philosophical exhibition Reflections, you are invited to explore offline and online installations and become part of a story about algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Who are you? Can the machine get to know you? How does AI work? Does your life get better when algorithms ‘optimize’ your decisions? Is your expertise worth anything if machines think faster and perform better? What is left of you then?

The exhibition invites the public to reflect on these questions and on the social challenges we are currently facing. AI experts expect that by 2060, machines will dominate human beings in all domains. But if people are no longer useful because of their cognitive or artistic skills, what are we still needed for? If machines will soon be able to think, calculate, paint and compose better than ourselves, if their stories are more touching than ours, from what do we as humans derive our meaning and what is our new role? In order to be happy as a human being in 2060, it is necessary that we think about our digital future NOW, about the relationship between man and machine and about our human dignity within this reality.

Reflections consists of eight installations that form a storyline about Artificial Intelligence and machine-learning technology in our future society. Visitors can reflect on questions related to the theme of each installation. The exhibition can be experienced physically and remotely with a robot.

Reflections is a collaboration between the University of Twente and Tetem. The exhibition is  developed within the framework of the Make Happiness project of Tetem and the research project Man and Machine – Learning in the Digital Society by Professor Mieke Boon with students of the Master’s program Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society, the Bachelor’s program ATLAS and BMS lab. The exhibition is designed by Jan Merlin Marski.

Period10 Sept 2020

Media contributions


Media contributions


  • Artifical Intelligence
  • Human Dignity
  • Reflection
  • Ethics