Elvin Lam - Deafuturama

Arts Access Victoria presents The Museum of Us

Deafuturama explores four ways that technology might evolve to make everyday activities and experiences more accessible for Deaf people in the future.

illustration of a future city silhouette with the word Deafuturama layered across the bottom

About the work

Deafuturama explores what communication may potentially look like for Deaf people in the future.

Where once ‘texting’ and ‘camera phones’ were new and innovative, we explore what the ‘new normal’ will look like in the years to come. 

Deafuturama explores four ways that technology might evolve to make everyday activities and experiences more accessible for Deaf people in the future:

Holographic Interpreter (HI): 

Accessible using a mobile phone, tablet and/or smart watch, this artificially intelligent and portable interpreter can be custom designed to match our needs and lifestyles.

It can interface and interact with its surroundings, interpreting and translating any conversation in any language.

The HI can be programmed to communicate in any language, listening to the conversation surrounding it and interpreting back in Auslan, ASL, and ISL.


The Menu Board: 

Tired of not getting the meal you ordered?

This feature of the HI is available for all shops and restaurants. Artificially Intelligent, the ‘Menu Board’ will scan the menu and interpret what’s available for people who have difficulty to reading.

All languages available (including Auslan). Once you have made your selection, simply sign it to the ‘Menu Board’ and your order will be on its way.


Recognised Language: 

Auslan will become an official language of Australia alongside English.

Auslan will be a required subject in school with all students learning Auslan in order to better communicate with Deaf people.

This will also provide Deaf people greater opportunities to become teachers and educators.


Caption Glasses: 

These artificially intelligent glasses will provide the wearer the ability to see closed captions in their chosen language when watching movies, television shows, live performances and events.

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