CyberFlora explores the crossover between science and art, by looking at a distributed form of 'plant' intelligence. Instead of typical AI explorations utilizing one highly expressive robot, this installation possesses four species of robotic flower, 20 in total. Each of them possess a simple form of artificial intelligence, so that the full installation has a form of group intelligence.
The flowers are responsive in two simple ways - at a reasonable distance, the flowers will be attracted and attentive to a viewer - some of them track the viewer around the space. If the viewer moves too close, however, a fear response is triggered, and the flowers will recoil.
SHOWINGSSmithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, 2oo2-2oo3