Ecology Intelligence

Ecology Intelligence

Who or what has Mind? How do ants make decisions? Does a robot have feelings? Is there wisdom in swarms? Drawing on the expertise of invited specialists robotics scientist Dr. Robert Oates and artist Rebecca Beinart this lab was a chance to unpick ideas of intelligence and who or what forms it might take.

Looking at the city as a living organism, this laboratory set out to consider what form an Urban Immune System might take. What might threaten or support the health of a city? The lab was an open space to develop a broad set of ideas and responses to the provocation of Ecological Intelligence. To investigate these questions we might perform experiments using our own bodies, communication tools, computers, yeast, seeds, robots or conversations. We will consider what kind of 'agents' could work within the city to act as an immune system that supports the environment in supporting itself.

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