Drone Garden: robot plants struggling for resources

Drone Garden by Martin Reiche is an installation that addresses the issue of naturality in a networked and virtualised environment. It offers a speculative insight on a future where even robots will fight for vital resources (such as bandwidth as in this case). According to the project page:

[…] As a series of interconnected hybrid “plants”, the installation creates a utopian garden through wires, circuit boards, cables and other circuitry – a garden in which all of their inhabitants, the plants (drones), are constantly fighting for resources (network bandwidth). This fight, happening on packet level on the network sockets and in the memory of the “plants”, is fueled by an instinctive codified behavior which is visualized on the screen. The installation raises the question if it is ethical to interfere with such a confined microcosm, which, even though carefully designed and therefore artificial, nevertheless behaves and fights for its existence.

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