A step into the future: The museum of nature and science in Tokyo

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This is my third day in Japan, and I have already seen and experienced so much! High buildings that tickle my aesthetic sense, people so different from Norwegians (they are so respectful of others, in a way that both amazes me and scares me. When are they allowed to just be themselves?) and tasting food I never thought would enter my digestive track. Today we first went to the imperial palace, and it was fascinating. Right next to the park where skyscrapers, and the contrast of old vsΒ new appealed to me. It was very warm, though, so when we had wandered through it we almost called it a day and went home. But I found the guide-book and I was mystically drawn to an area of Tokyo called Odaiba. It took an hour to get there, and right there and then it seemed like an ordeal to find our way on the busy metro, but when I saw that museum of nature and science was in Odaiba too, me and my brother decided to got there.

I have rarely been so glad that I conquered skepticism before. The museum was amazing! From the start, when I read the introduction to the museum, I was energized. We could see a drawing on the floor that showed ways science can develop. I do not remember all the paths to enlightenment, but coincidences and integration through the exchange of information were two of them. It felt like somebody GOT me, and I knew this was the place to be. I was so touched that I almost started crying, filled with awe. Here was a place full of knowledge and desire to educate visitors.

I liked it that all the exhibits had a question at the end. “What would you do if you could help improve the climate?”. There were many challenges to think about. This was especially relevant when it came to the presentation of robots. On the one hand, the importance of robots and the technology that follows was highlighted, but it also encourages us to think about ethical issues on the other hand.

At four o’clock we sat down with others to see a real robot. I got goosebumps . It seemed as though I had the future right in front of me, that a curtain had been drawn that showed tomorrow in all its splendor. Perhaps that’s how it felt for those who sat in front of the television before the first moon landing? I realized how many opportunities we have. I realized how different it is to actually see the manifestation of something I have only read about before. Seeing robots that resemble people and talk like them was excruciatingly exciting. I was not the one who was fascinated and moved. I saw a little girl next to her mother who was “talking” with one real robot. First she cried, because it must have been uncomfortable to see something so alike a human being, that wasn`t quite like one. After a while, she became more curious, and calmed down when the mother continued as if everything was normal. I thought: These children, they are building our future. They have already taken the step into the future and might therefore accept it with open arms. I hope their enthusiasm also contains a dose of skepticism. Robots with consciousness are potentially dangerous. When I saw the robot who could kick a ball and jump on one leg, I imagined a fraction of a second, how scare it could be if they started to “think” for themselves and wanted nothing to do with the stupidity of our human race. Like everything else in life: one should hurry slowly. Most things can be used both for positive things and negative. This is a good example of nuclear power.

The world is a fascinating place, and every day we are getting closer to advancing into a world very different than how it is now. Education is the key to build a peaceful world, where we use technology for the benefit of humankind.

Here are some pictures of what I saw today:

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19 thoughts on “A step into the future: The museum of nature and science in Tokyo

    Ebrian Fox said:
    August 8, 2017 at 15:39

    Awesome experience you got there. Hope you have more images tot show. We’re going to Tokyo next year and this give us an idea. thanks!

    Reg said:
    August 8, 2017 at 17:45

    I would love to go to Tokyo and experience the culture there!

    StephJ said:
    August 9, 2017 at 11:51

    This place seems beyond cool I would love to visit there one day. I feel like it would be a huge culture shock for me!

      mirrorgirl responded:
      August 10, 2017 at 12:51

      Culture shock can be a good experience, because when you are able to reflect, you might learn something new and broaden your horisont πŸ™‚

    Jason Panuelos said:
    August 9, 2017 at 15:04

    I didn’t know there was such a museum in Tokyo! Would love to visit the next time I’m there. So cool! πŸ˜€

      mirrorgirl responded:
      August 10, 2017 at 12:50

      I would really recommend it πŸ™‚ Where are you from?

        jimmyinjapan said:
        October 9, 2017 at 12:33

        I am from NYC but my wife is from Japan

    chewoutloud said:
    August 10, 2017 at 03:10

    Wow, that’s a pretty amazing museum! Very thought provoking. I def. want to go to Tokyo πŸ™‚

      mirrorgirl responded:
      August 10, 2017 at 12:50

      I think you will really like it πŸ™‚

    mitchellejuaban said:
    August 10, 2017 at 04:32

    You know what, I’m with you on the matter of how scary things could be if AIs start to have some degree of consciousness and intelligence. I think it shouldn’t go this far, but reality bites this is where things are heading. In a few years they wouldn’t just be in museums but they’d be in offices, homes, and on the streets.

      mirrorgirl responded:
      August 10, 2017 at 04:58

      I think you’re right. But fortunately we have a long way to go before AI equals real consciousness.

    tumandok said:
    August 10, 2017 at 07:30

    My curiosity is not sufficiently met by looking at your images posted here. It is far behind to say that this museum depicts what future should be. As you can see in the modern movies particularly futuristic films, the effects and the objects are amazing. – Gil Camporazo

      mirrorgirl responded:
      August 10, 2017 at 12:49

      I agree with you. One should go there and experience it, because it was really a great museum!

    Bhushavali said:
    August 12, 2017 at 18:07

    Whoa! Indeed weird & wonderful!! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    franckxethee said:
    August 13, 2017 at 03:45

    This would be a nice and educational visit. It’s deeply rooted to the rooted to the belief of its members.

    Fred Hawson said:
    August 13, 2017 at 05:17

    I have not heard of this place when we visited Tokyo before. We should try to visit this museum next time. Japan is just as rich in technology as it is in history.

    kenknight said:
    August 13, 2017 at 15:36

    Well, Japan is one advance country so why not check out the science behind the precision of Japanese technology. I’ve always been fascinated by Japan’s culture and being technologically elite.

    jimmyinjapan said:
    October 7, 2017 at 14:38

    I will have to check out that museum next time. Turns out, we were both in Tokyo the same time this year! Haha. Great to read your blog. I am doing a similar thing with my blog. cheers!

      mirrorgirl responded:
      October 9, 2017 at 08:39

      Hi! You should absolutely visit, I promise you’ll like it πŸ™‚ I will check out your blog. Already longing to go back to Japan, there is just so much to see!

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