In Yongwook Seong’s AI art, 3D Printed Marine Structures save the dying Neo-Coral Metropolis.

3D Printed Marine Structures

Yongwook Seong envisions biomorphic architectural 3D printed Marine Structures beneath the water to protect the faltering ecosystem of the imaginary Neo Coral City in his new AI-generated series. The narrative uses the text-to-image design tool Midjourney to show how recent changes in ocean chemistry and temperature have wreaked havoc on the once-thriving huge reef region with its enormous diversity of marine life.

The fictitious underwater design-build company comes in to restore this new monument. This is by incorporating symbionts that can withstand heat and acid. Their initiatives thus create a brand-new, thriving underwater environment, complete with homes, buildings for learning and culture, graves, and public areas.

What is Midjourney?

Similar to OpenAI’s DALL-E and the open-source Stable Diffusion, Midjourney is an independent research lab. It develops a private artificial intelligence application that generates visuals from textual descriptions.  

As of July 12, 2022, the tool is currently in open beta.  David Holz, a co-founder of Leap Motion, is the team leader for Midjourney.  A limited free tier and paid tiers that provide faster access, more capacity, and other services make up Midjourney’s premium business model. Holz stated that the business was already profitable to The Register in August 2022. Using Midjourney’s Discord bot commands, users produce artwork.

Currently, the only ways to access Midjourney are through a Discord bot on their main Discord, via direct messages, or by inviting the bot to a different server. Users use the /imagine command, similar to other AI art generator applications, and then enter a prompt to produce images. The bot then displays a picture. Additionally, Midjourney is developing a web interface.

3D printed Marine Structures
3D printed Marine Structures via Midjourney

Sustainable AI-Generated 3D Printed Marine Structure

In Yongwook Seong’s AI art, 3D-printed marine structures save the dying Neo-Coral Metropolis.

With the help of artificial intelligence, Yongwook Seong has created a series of 3D-printed marine structures that could help save the dying Neo-Coral Metropolis.

Seong’s structures are designed to mimic the natural coral reefs that have been lost due to climate change. They are made up of calcium carbonate, which is the same material that makes up real coral reefs.

The structures are also equipped with sensors that can monitor the health of the Neo-Coral Metropolis. By monitoring things like water temperature and pH levels, the sensors can help to keep the city healthy and thriving.

Seong’s work is an example of how AI can be used for good. His designs have the potential to save an entire city from destruction!

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November 23, 2022