Scouring the Wired blog for ideas, I came across these superpowered, GPS enabled insects of the future as an idea for camouflaged drones within the city or park. A french photographer has hypothesised a time where science, technology and living organisms have all intersected to create a handful of ultra-developed species with highly technological capabilities, an imagined future, based loosely on current research on synthetic biology and genetic engineering. Subtle changes in the animals appearance or genetics that are not overstated, spectacular or entirely visible make these animals the perfect infiltrator to an unsuspecting natural environment.
The artist worked with synthetic biology specialists and speculative designers to figure out what could actually happen in the future, exaggerating the present to create a speculative fiction. By exaggurating the present, what would the Architecture of a data harvesting device controlling the city be?
BEETLE: has a GPS receiver in its horn and secretes a two-layer ABS/plexiglass material.
SCORPION: used during minimally invasive surgeries. It can regenerate cells at an increased rate, which results in injuries healing in seconds or minutes.
JELLYFISH: The moon jellyfish is able to study aquatic life, map ocean floors and monitor ocean currents. It can transmit data from as deep as 7,000 meters below sea level.
LIZARD: The monitor lizard secrets a thin layer of aluminum. Highly adaptable through camouflage
OWL: The owl’s pixelated vision enables it to transmit a fuller picture to the brain. Its feathers protect it from predators by producing narrow-band wavelengths.
INSECT: The weevil has anodized aluminum jumping components that allows it to jump 3 to 7 feet high.
DRAGONFLY: The dragonfly is able to detect traces of volatile inorganic gases like CO2.