Refik Anadol unveils the world’s first open-source generative AI model focused on nature

Turkish new media artist Refik Anadol is set to reveal the world’s first open-source generative AI-model dedicated to nature, named Large Nature Model, in preparation for his upcoming museum, DATALAND. The AI learning model will focus solely on “nature’s inherent intelligence” rather than human intellect, which is the basis for most existing models.

The unveiling will take place at the 54th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 15 to 19. The project’s main goal is to shift society’s understanding and interaction with nature. Anadol has designed the Large Nature Model to utilize data from esteemed institutions like the Smithsonian Institution and London’s Natural History Museum, among others.

Anadol elaborated on the project, stating that the Large Nature Model is more than just a research initiative or repository. It’s a tool for education, insight, and advocacy for our shared environment. The model, which combines art, technology, and nature, aims to raise environmental awareness and inspire innovative solutions by connecting isolated archives. Furthermore, by engaging people on various sensory levels, the model’s outputs make the abstract idea of environmental conservation tangible, promoting a collective responsibility to take action.