This exhibit aims to create conversations about what it would look like if our natural and technological world were to combine. Our relationship with technology greatly defines our relationship with nature. As we find ourselves beginning to rely on various pieces of technology. From our cell phones to in-home AI, people are spending more time inside speaking to a screen than outside experiencing the natural world.

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

It depends who you ask.
AI systems will typically demonstrate at least some of the following behaviors associated with human intelligence: planning, learning, reasoning, problem solving, knowledge representation, perception, motion, and manipulation and, to a lesser extent, social intelligence and creativity.

The Relationship Between Nature and Technology

We’re seeking these nature alternatives as society urbanizes and wild places become harder to access. Yet there is a limit to the extent technological representations of nature can provide the soothing, restorative, creativity-enhancing benefits of a walk in the real woods.

Our concern is that in the process of pursuing more realistic technological nature, we are becoming increasingly alienated from the real thing, growing to accept a digital substitute for engagement with the wild, and compromising our fundamental affiliation for the environment in the process.

Our exhibit, Nature is Data: A Deeper Look into our “Natural” World will be open from October 16th through March 3rd. Stop by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see more.