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Ecology Software

Posted in Research by Misha on October 19, 2014

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Is it possible to interface with the underlying software of ecology using computer algorithms? In a time when our culture seeks a new balance within what Timothy Morton calls “the mesh”, our latest and greatest tools can only help gain the insight of enmeshment.

On a recent trip to Yosemite national park I was struck by the beautiful order and chaos that surrounded me. Termite or woodpecker gnawings of tree trunks resembled text or pictographs. I decided to feed photos of these carvings through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to see what information can be excavated from these traces left by the purposeful algorithmic activity of animals eating their wood (and having it too).

There must be some meaning in this!

There must be some meaning in this!

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