At Grow Your Own Cloud, we are interested in exploring the natural data storage properties of plants, to store and treat data in a more regenerative way.
We are developing methods for long-term data archival in DNA and plants. This leads to the creation of a biological cloud - a clean and even regenerative complement to the real-time digital cloud.
While data that needs to be used and processed on a daily basis continues to live on server farms, the bulk of data that is rarely or even never used again can flow to the biological cloud to be stored in DNA and carbon absorbing organisms.
For thousands of years, human beings have worked to separate themselves from nature. Seeing things from an anthropocentric perspective has led to humanity positioning itself as a species apart.
The organisms that cohabit planet Earth form a rich and generous ecosystem, providing habitats, producing food and creating oxygen. Yet, In the context of climate crisis, post-industrialization, techno-capitalism and global pandemics it is important that we do not simplify notions and attitudes towards ‘nature’ as simply a positive force, or another opportunity to be exploited by the human race.
Instead we seek to understand the place of humans within nature, alongside bacteria, elephants, soil and oceans. We believe that looking backwards can help shape and nuance our views and notions of nature for the future, and bring this into our work to demonstrate both the creative, positive forces and potential harms that could arise from new types of interactions, new opportunities for symbiosis, between the species.
Through Grow Your Own Cloud, we imagine what the world might be like if humans saw themselves as part of nature once again. To understand the true value of the ecosystems that have formed over millions of years and the underlying technologies inherent in the biological systems around us.
Through our work, we want to change the way humans consider nature and technology. Can technology become a living organism in a wider ecosystem of the Earth? Can we shift from models of technology that exploit the Earth's resources, to regenerative models?
All this information or data, means that plants have the potential to store huge amounts of data within their DNA. At Grow Your Own Cloud, we are interested in exploring the natural data storage properties of plants, as well as the numerous potential ways to store and treat data in a more meaningful way. We work with the natural properties of organisms, to develop methods which encourage interspecies collaboration, through data archiving.
In the case of plants, we help educate people on how they might carefully take care of their plants in order to protect data integrity, keep it secure, as well as nurture the plant. This in turn helps improve plant growth, mortality rates, while ensuring that data is not lost prematurely.