Organism Machine Hybrids

Jon McCormack, Natalie Alima

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Biomimetic and designed interventions on natural developmental and growth processes are important new techniques for artists, architects and designers. This chapter presents new methods for hybridised design relationships between organism,
human designers and programmable machines. We call this new approach a "biohybrid", representing a trivariate of three different intelligences: human, biological and artificial. We present a survey of current methods and classify approaches into five categories: nano-scale interventions, bio-scaffolds, fabricated host materials,
tropisms and robotic augmentation. We then present a series of design experiments
that use computational form-nding to create complex bio-scaolds. The scaolds
form porous substrates that support and choreograph the development of Mycelium
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence and the Arts
Subtitle of host publicationComputational Creativity, Artistic Behavior, and Tools for Creatives
EditorsPenousal Machado, Juan Romero, Gary Greenfield
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030594756
ISBN (Print)9783030594749
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2021

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