The city of Vilnius in Lithuania has created a Stargate connected to Poland

The city of Vilnius in Lithuania has created a Stargate connected to Poland

The idea of ​​the Lithuanian capital and Lublin, in Poland, is to create a virtual bridge between the inhabitants of the two cities at a time when the pandemic still limits travel. And the result is futuristic

(photo: Go Vilnius) Many have talked about Stargate, but it is not a 90s science fiction film, but the project that two countries of the European Union, Poland and Lithuania, have created for connect their citizens in real time. You will not be able to literally cross it to physically go to other parts of the globe (or the universe), but the design is precisely that of a futuristic portal that connects two worlds, and the idea is also very original.

The intention behind the latest project developed in Vilnius is to allow citizens of the Lithuanian capital to have a window on Lublin, in Poland, which is 600 kilometers away, to travel even without moving from their own square, at a time when the possibility to move from one country to another is still severely limited by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The portals installed in both locations in Eastern Europe are equipped with screens and cameras, thanks to which they are transmitted live images of the two cities and their inhabitants. The project represents a sort of digital bridge created to encourage people to rethink the meaning of unity and overcome borders in an original way, according to Go Vilnius, the tourism board of the Lithuanian capital, which is one of the promoters of the initiative. together with the Benediktas Gylys Foundation, the city of Lublin and the Crossroads Center for Intercultural Creative Initiatives.

"Humanity is facing many potentially deadly challenges; be it social polarization, climate change or economic problems. However, if we look closely, it is not the lack of brilliant scientists, activists, leaders, knowledge or technology that is causing these challenges. It is tribalism, lack of empathy and a narrow perception of the world, which is often limited to our national borders, ”explained Benediktas Gylys, president of the Lithuanian Benediktas Gylys Foundation. Gyls also stressed that these portals are an "invitation to overcome prejudices and disagreements that belong to the past".

The portal was designed by engineers from the Creativity and Innovation Center at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Vilnius Tech) and it took five years to build. As confirmed by the creators themselves, the circular shape is designed to evoke the wheel of time as well as to refer to the imagination of science fiction.

Other portals in the near future may be located in other cities, according to the creators. Meanwhile, the citizens of Lublin and Vilnius, waiting to be physically connected, will be symbolically more connected.

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