A group of scientists, civic leaders, and (we’re fairly confident) sci-fi fans has just produced a cool concept that’s one part Stargate, one part Star Trek, and all portions brilliant: installing two high-tech public ” Sci Fi portals” in two European cities, giving anyone walking by a real-time look into lifelong distances apart.
Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, and Lublin, Poland’s capital, became the first two cities to interact through PORTAL on May 26th. This digital bridge is a new wave collaborative accelerator that aims to bring individuals from many cultures together and encourage them to reconsider what it means to be united.
Sci Fi Portal or Just PORTAL as it is Called
‘Humanity is facing a lot of potentially deadly challenges, be it social polarization, climate change, or economic issues. Though if we look closely, it’s not a lack of brilliant scientists, activists or leaders, knowledge, or technology that cause these challenges. It’s tribalism, lack of empathy, and a secluded perception of the world, which is often limited to our national borders. That’s why we’ve decided to bring the idea of PORTAL to life – it is a bridge to unity, an invitation to rise above prejudices, above the disagreements that belong to the past, it’s an invitation to rise above the illusion of us and them’, says Benediktas Gylys, the president of Benediktas Gylys Foundation and the author of the PORTAL idea.Press Release
Citizens in the two cities may look through a digital gateway ‘ Sci Fi Portal ‘ that compresses the distance and makes it feel like there’s a whole other universe just on the other side of the glass, even though they’re more than one thousand miles away. The portals in photos emanate a seductive temptation to walk right through and resurface in a new world — which, of course, we don’t yet have the capability to achieve.
For the past five years, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University has been constructing the Sci Fi portal, and its completion coincides with the pandemic, allowing people from different cultures to see one other at a time when most have stayed at home. The team hopes to place portals in more cities in the future, in collaboration with the Benediktas Gylys Foundation and the Crossroads Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives.