marketlab : a non carbon based life form by buket yenidoğan & burak gedik
Where is the boundary of our existence in a world filled with only carbon-based organisms which are all depending on the solar energy from the sun to survive? How and what for do the plants use that energy? What is "surviving" and what is "living"? All carbon-based organisms utilize and transform the energy they receive from the sun, to various forms for their vital activities such as protecting self, nutrition etc. Then, is every organism that is capable of doing the same can be considered "alive"? Through artificial intelligence and deep learning, artificial forms, clever-robots that can interpret, decide and manage their knowledge can be produced. Is it possible to define robots with artificial intelligence which use electrical energy instead of chemical energy as "non-carbon based life forms"? So could there be non-carbon-based life forms in an apocalyptic world where artificial intelligence and technology are advanced, where robots could upgrade or evolve themselves, mimic the other organisms and learn? And if so, what would they look like, act like? In our project we created with my co-artist/engineer Burak Gedik "A Non-Carbon Based Life Form", we question the future of life forms and the concept of life by showcasing an AI robo-plant which can utilize and store the solar energy to produce its own nutrient or energy storage to use for vital activities just as its photosynthetic and autotrophic plant ancestors, but this time in the form of electricity instead of chemical carbon-based structures; realize the solar changes in the environment and rotate itself to adapt, manage its movements and make decisions to protect itself from the attacks in the environment and increase its energy reproduction. How? Our non-carbon based robo-plant, which mainly consist of materials like plexiglass and metals, transforms the solar energy received from the light source in the installation area into electrical energy by using its solar panel and stores it in its batteries. With this electrical energy it is stored and artificial intelligence, it is able to move the flower part where the solar panel locates on the double axis in order to optimize energy reproduction according to the changes in the angle of incident light as well as to protect the solar panel which is the source of the energy production against the threats coming from outside. Thus, while exhibiting an autotrophic attitude that produces its own energy, it takes and makes the necessary decisions to maintain its self-protection and vital activities. The root parts which are made from plexiglass show that this robo-plant is a part of the ecosystem it belongs and it communicates with this ecosystem with the LED lights embodied inside the roots. For imitating the changes in the position of the sun/suns in the imagined apocalyptic world, we used two light sources which are moved by a rail system in two different colors. We designed colored led lamps that the robo-plant can use to express the preferred light source it uses and light intensity whereat its energy production performance. The reason behind this interactive and communicative behavior is that robots are now used for informative and auxiliary purposes, so they usually communicate with people through an interface; we have assumed that this advanced robot life form can choose to maintain such this tradition from its ancestors.