Terraforming Earth is a series of lectures and design labs about twenty-first-century society. The premise is that political and economic systems should be conceived and designed in a radically different way in order to create an environment for a society of plants, animals, people and machines to sustain itself and to thrive. An important complicating factor in this scenario is that the feasibility of new systems is always first tested in the ‘market’, while the way the ‘market’ is organised is responsible for the succession of crises currently affecting planet Earth.
Terraforming Earth Talks
The Terraforming Earth talks by Jaya Klara Brekke and Jay Springett were the public start of the Terraforming Earth programme, a series of lectures and design labs about 21st-century society.
Lab 1: Constitution of a 21st Century
The goal of this Lab was to explore the potential of the notion of ‘legal person’ to incorporate non-humans.
Report Terraforming Earth Lab 2: Autonomous Agents for a Regenerative Ecology
Autonomous Agents for Regenerative Ecology, the second lab in a series of three Terraforming Earth Labs, investigated how various autonomous technologies could support the emergence and regeneration of ecosystems.
Terraforming Earth Lab 3: Terrafiction
Lab 3: Terrafiction in the Terraforming Earth series will focus on the narrative development of a new 21st-century society, and will lead to a small collection of written or visualized speculative short stories set in the world that is laid out by the work of the previous Labs.
Terraforming Earth Lab 4: Naïve AI for livable cities
In this design research workshop, that is part of ThingsCon, a joining of forces is sought between critical design practices around smart cities, the practice of IoT driven precision farming and unexplored potential of machine learning systems (framed by the ‘responsible AI’ discourse). The central question of the workshop is: (how) can the ecological development of cities be supported by machine learning systems?