Creative brains imagine a smarter tomorrow
15 May 2012 Last updated at 13:11 BST
The graduate students at New York's Interactive Telecommunications Program - also known as the "centre for the recently possible" - barely think about the present.
They are on a mission to explore the use of today's communications technologies - and how they might augment, improve and bring art into people's lives tomorrow.
Often defined as "an art school for engineers or a tech school for artists", ITP is a two-year graduate programme at the Tisch School of the Arts, and is the birthplace of successful applications like FourSquare.
It is a place where almost a decade ago, students were already working on how to connect social media and mobile devices.
Every semester, the school opens its doors to showcase its students' most innovative ideas. This year many projects focus on the interaction between body and virtual world, using the body as the controller.
The BBC went to see what the future may look like.
Produced by Anna Bressanin; camera by Ilya Shnitser