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When MoMA and MIT join forces, the result is the highlight of an exhibition that zeros in on "current examples of successful design translations of disruptive scientific and technological innovations, and reflects on how the figure of the designer has changed from form giver to fundamental interpreter of an extraordinarily dynamic reality.” Translation: cool design developments meet scientific concepts meet human nature.

The Design and the Elastic Mind is now on view at MoMA, with over 200 objects, installations, and more than you can wrap your brain around (but you have through May 12th to try). From day-to-day life, to future life, to exploring the dimension of the city and ways of communicating...it's a perfect storm of science, art and technology. MIT explains their contribution:

What does the telecommunications traffic flowing in and out of New York City reveal about the city that never sleeps?

To find out, researchers from the senseable city laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a novel project that reveals the complex dynamics of talk that exist between New York and other cities around the globe. The project, called New York Talk Exchange (NYTE), is based around an analysis of telecommunications traffic flowing to and from New York City.

"It is like showing how the heart of New York pulsates in real time and how it connects with the global network of cities," said Carlo Ratti, director of the senseable city laboratory and associate professor of the practice of urban technologies at MIT.

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So shut your phone off, power down your laptop and see what everyone is talking about.