DRIVING THE HUMAN FINAL SELECTION – 7 PROTOTYPES TO BE REALIZED IN 2022
last october driving the human unveiled 21 visions for eco-social renowal on the occasion of its berlin festival. those concepts explored the connections between technology and nature, artifcial intelligence and circular economy, new modes of production, indigenous knowledges, bacterial and interplanetary perspectives. now the research project has picked seven final projects which will be developed throughout 2022.
this selection opens up the next stage of the multi-year transdisciplinary project driving the human. the next milestone is a mentorship event in munich, from december 10–12, 2021. below the seven final projects:
do AIs dream of climate chaos – iris qu
do AIs dream of climate chaos
over the past few decades, the tech industry has overindexed on the existential threat of artificial intelligence while overlooking the doomsday scenarios backed by climate science. although most AIs manifest as software machine learning algorithms, they depend on an ubiquitous hardware infrastructure requiring constant human maintenance and temperature control. given sufficient data, a self-aware ai agent might very likely recognize the necessity of radical change to prevent its hardware failure. do AIs dream of climate chaos speculates a future in which an artificial intelligence agent spends all its computing resources processing climate chaos, in an attempts to compute a future where humans, ecosystems, and machines live in harmony.
human-bacteria interfaces – anne-sofie belling, bea delgado corrales, romy kaiser and paula nerlich
the human-bacteria interfaces (hbi) concept examines how multimodal interactions between humans and microbes can elicit novel ways for humans to “meaningfully” collaborate and coexist with the nonhuman within the built environment. specifically, hbis are tangible, living interfaces consisting of microbial consortia that interact or respond to stimuli from their surroundings by emitting signals accessible to humans through touch, smell and sight. these living interfaces are envisioned as part of an “ambient living intelligence” as they respond and interact with the rhythm of its human inhabitants and surroundings.
monsters and ghosts of the far north: towards an inclusive cartography – andra pop-jurj and lena geerts
MONSTERS AND GHOSTS OF THE FAR NORTH: TOWARDS AN INCLUSIVE CARTOGRAPHY
the arctic is a site of intense geopolitical and infrastructural intrigue, with incompatible and interlocking border claims rooted in colonial and cartographic history. monsters and ghosts of the far north questions current notions of sovereignty and challenges the permanence of national borders and the primacy of the nation-state, thereby reconceptualizing the contested geopolitics of land ownership in the region.
sedekah benih – vincent rumahloine and mang dian
sadaqah comes from the arabic word sadaqah, which means giving voluntarily. seeds are seeds, seedlings are small plants. sedekah seed tries to build safe spaces and relationships between people from various backgrounds online and offline through collective memories of plants. through the activity of distributing seeds to the participants of the sedekah sedekah, the participants tried to find and explore the public’s memory of tiis leungeun (a person talented in farming). sedekah benih tries to find and document the traditional knowledge about ecology in society passed down from generation to generation through art and media. we see that this traditional knowledge can be learned, developed, and shared to solve the current climate change problem. sedekah benih consists of three stages: seed selection, seed growing and care, and the harvest festival. we are currently in the second stage.
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