(View of the hall containing a series of Sketchbots for the sand portraits. Photo by Andrew Meredith)
In a few short decades, computing has become intimate and personal. The Internet has insinuated itself in the stuff of daily life completely, becoming indistinguishable from life itself. While this possibly sounds sinister, the experience of it is completely normal, unremarkable, banal even.
But of course, it is completely remarkable. So remarkable, and yet still so invisible, that it requires a physical exhibit in order to reveal and explain it.
Enter “Chrome Web Lab”, a large-scale public exhibition at the London Science Museum, integrated with an online platform. It features a series of “experiments” that each expose a different aspect of the inner workings of the Web, and explain the computational magic that keeps it all humming along. It’s the product of many people and many companies, foremost among them Tellart and Google Creative Lab.