manipulating the human seeks connections between artificial intelligence and nature


Scientific and artistic collaboration from 2020 to 2023 Driving the Human proposes and builds seven concrete prototypes that respond to our current planetary scenarios. This year, we witnessed the second meeting during this long journey with a series of interactive installations, screenings, workshops and exciting performances that enliven the Silent Green cultural space in Berlin.

last October, Driving the Human 21 vision announced For eco-social renewal that proposes new ways to relate to each other and to the things that surround us. Of these, only seven were selected and presented in the former crematorium building in Berlin, which dates back to 1900. Each visitor is invited and encouraged to explore their own experience, exploring the connections between technology and nature. AI and the circular economy as well as indigenous know-how and new production methods such as bacterial and interplanetary perspectives. designboom participated in the three-day festival for the second time, following the growth of projects and evolution of concepts. The last seven prototypes have been brought to life in different ways, from room installations, designed objects and architectural mock-ups to interactive games, video works and performances.

image ©Camille Blak | Three-day Driving The Human festival at Silent Green in Berlin, 2022

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Do Artificial Intelligences Dream of Climate Chaos?

Written by Iris Qu 曲 晓 宇 Do Artificial Intelligences Dream of Climate Chaos? It explores the potential link between the fields of artificial intelligence and climate change. Code as primary agent, Chinese artist, technologist and programmer explores a future where humans, ecosystems and machines live in harmony.

Do AIs dream of climate chaos, predicting a future where algorithms make decisions based on their own existential needs. Machine learning infrastructures require many human and non-human factors to work, and such preconditions can exceed human-implemented climate mitigation targets. In this project, speculative AI algorithms calculate competing priorities such as land use, energy, waste and labor in a simulated ecosystem to optimize the lifespan of the system. The project aims to explore the trend towards machine learning-powered solution generation and question our tendency to optimize nature. ‘This year we are presenting a simulation of the ecosystem. The idea is to put an AI in this super-local space and the machine has to negotiate with all the creatures that live there.’ Iris Qu explained.

Leading the human seeks connections between artificial intelligence and nature through seven prototypesimage ©Camille BlakLeading the human seeks connections between artificial intelligence and nature through seven prototypes

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Backpack of Wings: Modern Mythology

Hyeseon Jeong and Seongmin Yuk (see more here and here) Lens a migratory bird using GPS data and invite participants to create an imaginary storytelling.

Backpack of Wings: Modern Mythology represents speculative future scenarios, which are collisions and integrations between a biogeographic tracking technology for wild animals in scientific fields and animism in the East Asian seismic disaster myth. Since ancient times, whenever a natural disaster has occurred, people have anecdotally reported that ‘the animals foresaw it’; this is a belief about animals as spiritual beings. As telemetry systems develop, this animistic belief is converted into data by being calculated and analyzed with biology on the animal body; In addition, animal behavior data provides predictions of upcoming natural events. Through ‘The Backpack of Wings’ we are interested in finding intersections between animistic mythology storytelling and scientific research, such as the ‘Ikarus project’, where researchers mount GPS trackers on birds and use the data to predict natural disasters and even prevent climate. change,’ told us about the artistic duo.

Leading the human seeks connections between artificial intelligence and nature through seven prototypesimage ©Camille Blak

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