Imagine 2049 Time Capsule

Click on the image above to visit Imagine 2049 and submit your invention for inclusion in the Time Capsule!

I recently submitted an Invention for the Imagine 2049 time capsule, which is part of Scott Kildall’s series, 2049.

You can submit your invention for the future at

All “future inventions” submitted before Thursday, January 10th will be placed in the time capsule and opened in the year 2049. Please consider being a part of this project. Here is my entry for the time capsule:

“A five senses book that would enable people to see, hear, taste, smell, and touch objects and things from any time in history. Warning text would be placed on whatever entry the reader wishes to learn more about and experience. It would be a comprehensive inventory with help text on understand the historical, cultural, and societal context of the item the reader wishes to examine. Although there would be an option to experience the object or thing, the reader is unable to bring it into the future. If they wish to live with that object or thing, they would need to make the decision and sacrifice to give up living in the future and live in the past. They would not be able to return. This would be the Book of the Five Senses.”


Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

4 thoughts on “Imagine 2049 Time Capsule”

  1. Well, I wanted to send this message to people that are really technically savvy. Not me. Nevertheless, I submitted just the general idea. No circuit diagram or anything (there wouldn’t be enough time for me to put it together. So this is what I submitted:

    Remote Control Pet Translator Application
    Purpose: To understand what your pet is saying.
    What it does: Records arfs, meows, and other pet vocalizations as well as sensations, i.e. mood, smell, brain activity associated with it.
    How to use: Download to phone, or similar device with screen.
    How it works: Close range signals, battery operated. Gives a good clue to what your pet might be saying based on aggregate of brain-wave activity, olfactory functions, thermodynamics, etc., that the app interprets.
    Why you need it: Sometimes a pet tries desperately to tell you something other than he’s hungry, sleepy, in pain, etc. It can be mind-boggling.
    Examples: One particular meow means, “I don’t feel like eating generic crunchies”. Another meow might mean, “Please get my toy.” A certain arf might mean, “I think you’ve been on that computer too long.”

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