Fish, Plant, Rack V.2 allows the navigational electrical discharges of the virtually blind elephant fish Gnathonemus petersi to instruct the actions of a robot whose task is to monitor the development of plants in a hydroponic system. Using an AI system DharmAi designed by Brian Lee Dae Yung, the robot listens to the audible incoming stream of pulses from the fish and interprets emerging patterns and densities of clicks as parameters for actions. The robot, despite its sophisticated intelligence, is a slave to the fish and to the plants and is caught in a one-dimensional arena which allows it to express itself only within prescribed limits. In a situation that accommodates three different forms of intelligence, is this a future ecological system that is perfectly balanced?
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