- Plantiverse Initiative posits a novel route for building an interspecies economy by integrating animals, plants, and the environment as participants and beneficiaries.
- Experiments like Plantiver.se are an attempt to use humanity’s own tools to create an interspecies economy that’s both prosperous and sustainable.
Futurity Systems is proud to announce that its Plantiverse initiative has won an honorable mention in the Experimental category in Fast Company’s 2022 Innovation by Design Awards.
Futurity Systems combines deeptech research, design thinking, and rapid prototyping to create artifacts from the future, today. Plantiver.se is one such artifact, using digital hardware, artificial intelligence, and blockchain to create a metaverse where plants can participate.
“Nature has been excluded from the economy, with disastrous consequences. Experiments like Plantiver.se are an attempt to use humanity’s own tools – like Web3 technology – to create an interspecies economy that’s both prosperous and sustainable,” said Futurity cofounder Cecilia MoSze Tham. “We have a small window of time right now to make the emerging digital economy all-inclusive. One interspecies metaverse, where animals, plants, and the environment are active and equal participants, is a unique and urgent opportunity to remake the economy into a sustainable system for the long term ahead.”
Plantiver.se is one of Futurity’s many artifacts – future things brought into today’s world through a combination of deeptech research, industrial design, and business launches. It’s a working system in which common houseplants use inexpensive sensors and procedural graphics to generate digital twins – images of trees, which are then minted as “NFTrees”. The plant-made data-art is then sold to humans, with the funds going to plant-centric initiatives like wetlands protection and reforestation, and a plant-managed distributed autonomous organization (DAO) determining the allocation. In the future, coral reefs, bees and other ecosystems will participate in the new economy, with NFSeas and NFBees monitoring their own health and generating their own funds. We further explore our partnership with plants as food, material, and ecosystem service providers in InTense, our lush speculative lifestyle magazine from 2030.
“The ecosystem of the Metaverse is evolving quickly, but we already know it will blend blockchain and extended reality (XR), art and industry, personal and commercial actors; and the digital and physical worlds,” said Futurity’s other co-founder, Mark Bünger. “We brought together all these hardware, software, and distributed web protocols to show that this is not a futuristic vision – we can build an interspecies economy today. We love helping our clients achieve audacious visions like this, and our number one client is Planet Earth.”
The Futurity team is especially honored to have been recognized so quickly after being founded. As a small, young company we are in great company with Fast Company, and are just getting started. The Innovation by Design Awards, which can be found in the October 2022 issue of Fast Company, honor the designers and businesses solving the most crucial problems of today and anticipating the pressing issues of tomorrow. It is one of the most sought-after design awards in the industry.
About Futurity Systems
Futurity Systems are a diverse team of designers, engineers, thinkers and makers. We work with our clients and on our own products to tackle uncertainties by analyzing, synthesizing, applying, and engineering futures – to build better futures faster, together. Based in Barcelona and San Francisco, our work can be seen at our website.