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Citizen AI

ECO-ORACLE

My AI is a Soft Transformer

ALTERNATIVE MONUMENT FOR GERMANY

ALTERNATIVE MONUMENT FOR NEUKÖLLN

ALTERNATIVE MONUMENT FOR GERMANY

ALTERNATIVE MONUMENT FOR NEUKöLLN

Citizen AI

2023-ongoing

Governments around the world have prioritized the short-term profit of industry and capital at the expense of the environmental health of countless species - could a citizens' council advised by AI and scientists set new standards for humanistic policies? CitizenAI is a participatory laboratory that creates an open mindspace for citizens to navigate the climate catastrophe. Climate-care actions are developed and discussed. With the help of System Dynamics, LLM (Large Language Model) and scientific advice from the GERIX research institute, participants' ideas are evaluated and analyzed for their impact on health, happiness and environmental parameters in Europe. The aim is to further participatory modes of governance, to initiate critical dialogues on climate protection, capitalism and AI, and to identify concrete urban actions in the context of climate change. 


DescriptionCitizenAI explores a possible near future in which the EU's climate policy is transferred to a citizens' council advised by AI and science. Governments around the world have prioritized the short-term gain of industry and capital at the expense of the environmental health of countless species - could an AI set new standards for humanistic policy? With the project "CitizenAI" we create a participatory laboratory that promotes a structural, public discourse on the climate catastrophe, capitalism and AI and offers citizens the opportunity to participate in the political decision-making process in this context. The citizens discuss and negotiate with each other and try out experimental forms of grassroots democratic political discourse, prototyping participatory governance. Citizen AI took place for the first time as part of the CityScienceLab Hamburg research project and the CityScience meets CreativeCoding festival in 2023.

The project was divided into two phases: an intervention in the public space in the form of a poster campaign announcing that policy on climate protection issues will be transferred to citizen-oriented AI in the near future and inviting citizens to participate in the process of training the AI. With the poster campaign, we wanted to create a constructive provocation that attracts general attention to the topic and unsettles the relationship between the status quo and possible future scenarios. 

The second phase was a participatory lab where participants can engage in conversations with GERICS scientist Gaby Langendijk and interact with two tools we have developed: a system dynamics platform and an artificial intelligence entity (LLM) called "Eco Oracle", which has been fine-tuned with the theories of six critical thinkers (Antonio Gramsci, Donna Haraway, Vandana Shiva, Audre Lorde, Extinction Rebellion) and the IPCC report. The exploratory modeling system simulates the effects of 12 different actions against climate catastrophe under different aspects, namely the well-being and health of citizens, CO2 reduction, political stability and the resources needed to implement the actions. The speculative modeling was developed through numerous discussions with various climate researchers. The exploratory modeling system is publicly available in the form of an interactive online platform, thus ensuring the sustainability of the project Climate Action Model.

In our lab, participants are divided into small groups to jointly determine a combination of actions to achieve the European climate targets. The participants make a selection of actions that they deem most suitable. On the one hand, proposals from GERICS scientist Gaby Langendijk include aquaponic food production, social urban emissions trading systems and car-free cities. On the other hand, we have implemented proposals from our trained AI system, the Eco Oracle, which focuses on systemic changes such as collaborative governance, circular economy models and interspecies coexistence policies. Participants' decisions are processed by the exploratory modeling system (EMS) developed by Rico Herzog (City Science Lab) and evaluated in terms of their impact on health, peace, political stability, CO2 and resources.The Eco Oracle provides a summary and evaluates which of the groups can best drive the systemic change required to implement the necessary climate protection on a global level. By limiting the resources available to implement the proposed solutions, the discussion is gamified and both groups compete to achieve the most positive effect on the above evaluation criteria with the available resources.

Questions explored: how can artificial intelligence and participatory governance models be used to shape a sustainable planetary society and develop enhanced climate policies that take into account the interests and needs of citizens? How can artificial intelligence help to develop a vision of a sustainable society and outline concepts for a collaborative and inclusive level of consciousness that prioritizes climate action and sustainability? How can these visions and concepts help shape new forms of governance and citizenship based on humanistic values? And how can artificial intelligence support citizens in making informed decisions on climate actions and sustainability issues, while enabling dialog and participatory governance on these decisions?

Software

Collaborators

Systems Dynamic Model developed on the new model platform of the CityScienceLab, HTML + JavaScript, ChatGPT, Stable diffusion Open AI, 11labs

Artes Mobiles (Nina Maria Stemberger und Birk Smithüsen)

ECO-ORACLE

2023-ongoing

If an AI could dream of a sustainable planetary society, what would its dreams tell us? Which images would emerge, which politics and interventions? If an AI could fuse the minds, emotions and concerns of earth life into an interspecies consciousness, what new modes of citizenship and earth care could emerge? 

 

The Eco-Oracle invites the audience to interact with a climate caring AI entity based on the theories of five critical thinkers: Antonio Gramsci, Donna Haraway, Vandana Shiva, Audre Lorde, Extinction Rebellion and the IPCC report. Merging eco- and queer feminist, interspecies, neo-Marxist and climate justice discourses into one persona, the Eco-Oracle embodies the potential of a global awakening and engages directly with the questions and concerns of participants. 

 

The conversation-space is flanked by AI-generated videos in the form of personal video diaries containing everyday observations and reflections on past, present and future climate politics by humanoid beings that might exist in a coming interspecies-solidarity oriented future.

In collaboration with Daniel Franke

Collaborator

Daniel Franke

Collaborators

My AI is a Soft Transformer (2021) 

Mixed Media 3-Channel Sound Installation

My AI is a Soft Transformer is a sci-fi novel in the form of a talking, whispering, moaning cocoon that embraces the listener's body. The cocoon sends strings of thread throughout the exhibition space, and strings of thought throughout millennia of epidemic history, exploring notions of safety and sickness, bodily transformations and artificial intelligence.

The narration unfolds from the perspective of an extraterrestrial intelligence, traveling through time and space to implant an organic AI-code on earth. The algorithm alters the molecular structures of its host species and evolves through the long string of pandemics haunting humanity’s history. The alien time-traveler has no gender and only one organ of perception: skin. Its storytelling intertwines reflections on visuality, visibility and (gender) representation in the thematic cluster of (post) pandemic politics. 

The installation fabric is painted with a mix of organic fluids and meteoroid dust; its soft tentacles stretch out to attach and occupy the surrounding exhibition architecture.

Collaborator

Gry Peulicke Björge

Collaborators

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