Driving the Human is shortlisting seven projects to find new ways of living together on the planet



last october drive people Unveiled 21 visions for an eco-social renewal on the occasion of its Berlin Festival. These concepts examined the connections between technology and nature, artificial intelligence and circular economy, new modes of production, indigenous knowledge, bacterial and interplanetary perspectives. now the research project has selected seven final projects that will be developed over the course of 2022.

this selection opens the next stage of the multi-year transdisciplinary project Driving the Human. The next milestone is a mentoring event in Munich from December 10th to 12th, 2021. The following are the seven final projects:

AIs dream of climate chaos – iris qu

AIs dream of climate chaos

In the past few decades, the technology industry has overindicated the existential threat posed by artificial intelligence, overlooking the end of the world scenarios supported by climate science. Although most AIs manifest as machine learning software algorithms, they depend on ubiquitous hardware infrastructure that requires constant human maintenance and temperature control. Given enough data, a confident AI agent could very likely see the need for radical changes to prevent hardware failure. AI dream of climate chaos speculates on a future in which an agent of artificial intelligence uses all its computing resources to process the climate chaos, all in one tries to calculate a future in which people, ecosystems and machines live in harmony.

Driving the Human is shortlisting seven projects to find new ways of living together on the planet
Human-bacteria interfaces – Anne-Sofie Belling, Bea Delgado Corrales, Romy Kaiser and Paula Nerlich


The concept of human-bacterial interfaces (HBI) examines how multimodal interactions between humans and microbes can reveal new ways for humans to work together “meaningfully” and to coexist with non-humans within the built environment. hbis are tangible, living interfaces made up of microbial consortia that interact or respond to stimuli from their environment by sending out signals that are accessible to humans through touch, smell and sight. these living interfaces are intended to be part of an “ambient living intelligence”, as they react to and interact with the rhythm of their human inhabitants and their surroundings.

Driving the Human is shortlisting seven projects to find new ways of living together on the planet
Monsters and ghosts of the far north: On the way to an inclusive cartography – andra pop-jurj and lena geerts


The Arctic is a place of intense geopolitical and infrastructural intrigues with irreconcilable and interlocking border claims that are rooted in colonial and cartographic history. Monsters and ghosts of the far north questions current ideas of sovereignty and questions the permanence of national borders and the primacy of the nation state, thereby re-conceptualizing the controversial geopolitics of land ownership in the region.

Driving the Human is shortlisting seven projects to find new ways of living together on the planet
sedekah benih – vincent rumahloine and mang dian


sadaqah comes from the Arabic word sadaqah, which means something like to give freely. Seeds are seeds, seedlings are small plants. sedekah Seed tries to build safe spaces and relationships between people from different backgrounds online and offline through collective memories of plants. By distributing seeds to the participants in the sedekah sedekah, the participants sought to find and explore the public’s memory of tiis leungeun (a person gifted in agriculture). sedekah benih tries to find and document the traditional knowledge about ecology in society that is passed on from generation to generation through art and the media. We see that this traditional knowledge can be learned, developed and passed on to solve the current problem of climate change. sedekah benih consists of three phases: seed selection, seed cultivation and care and the harvest festival. we are currently in the second stage.


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