Nashville’s New Teleportation Device

In Jack and Joe, FBI Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar fly to Nashville, Tennessee, then drive a Crown Vic to continue the Hunt for Jack Reacher.

Planes and cars? How antiquated. Elsewhere in Nashville, there’s a golden box that’s capable of teleportation!

Sort of…

Portal Vanderbilt Nashville

Shared_Studios Portal (courtesy of Amar C. Bakshi)

The big golden shipping container sits on the lawn of of Vanderbilt University in Nashville where students, professors, and anyone who signs up can step inside and have a life-size conversation with someone in Mexico City.

Portal Vanderbilt University

Photo: Jae S. Lee / The Tennessean

Inside the box is an 8-foot tall projector screen. With the help of multiple cameras, microphones, and Wi-Fi, the person inside the box is able to have a full-body conversation with whoever may be in a similar box in Mexico City, in real time. It’s all part of an art project called Portals… which has placed similar boxes all over the globe including Cuba, Afghanistan, Iran, NYC, and Zimbabwe.

The idea of having a conversation with a stranger is part of Vanderbilt’s effort to expand diversity. Which is similar to the goal of the art project as a whole — simply have a conversation with a stranger from another culture. Discover what you have in common. Expand your worldview. Who knows who you’ll find on the other end? Maybe Otto and Gaspar could find someone who knows someone who knew Joe or Jack Reacher. Hey, six degrees of separation, right?

Meanwhile —

Caffeinate and Carry On!

Diane Capri

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One Response to Nashville’s New Teleportation Device

  1. Linda Aksomitis October 16, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Love the headline, Diane! What an intriguing idea from Vanderbilt University–I’ll have to add it to my must-see list of places.

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