Global Environmental Monitoring System
Team: Alex Stulock
Date: Spring 2019
What if campers became agents of change for a global environmental consciousness?
Campers of 2050 will never be without a friend, even if that friend isn't human. The extent to which Artificial Intelligence is woven into our daily lives is only partially visible on the surface, but when examined more closely it has fundamentally changed how we learn, socialize, work, and explore. The combination of A.I. and biological nanotechnology has given rise to new tools for outdoors-men, campers, and preservationists who want to play an active role in restoring their local environments and weather-beaten campgrounds. Climate change has seriously affected their most treasured landscapes, but as the threat of catastrophe begins to recede behind a shock wave of disruption, dedicated people around the world are using these diagnostic tools to collect and add data to the Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS). The GEMS Intelligent Correction algorithms go online in less than two weeks, at which point the state of the global environment will rest entirely in the hands of a non-human intelligence network.
However, despite the best intentions of scientists and politicians, the advent of this technology is pushing some people to their ethical and political limits. Suddenly, everybody knows what their trees, lakes, and deserts would have to say about being nudged along a new path of evolution. The refusal by some countries to volunteer their natural resources to the system has escalated diplomatic tensions to near-war levels over the hard issues of access, control, and monitoring of the network that is the backbone of GEMS. Each country refusing to participate in the GEMS experiment increases the chance of unmanageable predictions in the overall system, which could lead to chaos over time and trigger irreparable actions. Augmenting nature is an unnatural act by definition, but it may be the only option we have left.
The combination of A.I. and biological nanotechnology has given rise to new tools for outdoors-men, campers, and preservationists who want to play an active role in restoring their local environments and weather-beaten campgrounds.