A project produces machines that fit within biological systems and not against them

What if the modern natural world was filled with robot fish that monitor water chemistry, man-made sponges that help fish communicate to land-dwellers, or steel-legged insects that help pollinate plants? An art + science project called Machine Wilderness imagines robot animals that go with the flow of natural processes, sometimes even upgrading it to counter anthropocentrism’s negative impact on Earth.

Project initiator Theun Karelse explains the inspiration:

“The overwhelming majority of man-made technologies and infrastructure is human-centered to the point of ignoring the needs of non-human life, and in many ways even our own. Machine Wilderness asks how we can design systems that are inclusive of other organisms, their cycles, behavior and needs, by taking specific locations as starting points for prototyping symbiotic systems.”

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