Human Ecosystems: an opportunity for the commons

Human Ecosystems: an opportunity for the commons

iaconesiOn Friday 7 March, LabGov had the pleasure to host two talented guests in its weekly meeting at LUISS Guido Carli, Salvatore Iaconesi, hacker and artist, and Oriana Persico, artist and writer, who presented their most recent project: the “Human Ecosystem”.

Salvatore and Oriana created AOS – Art is Open Source, which in their words is “an international informal network exploring the mutation of societies through the ubiquitous digital technologies”.

Their aim is to move across arts and sciences in order to detect all the changes, the paradoxes and the emotional trends of our contemporary reality. The “Human Ecosystem” project is a tool in this sense, which let us “listen” to the emotional side of the city. It qualitatively and quantitatively measures all information that human beings produce in the main social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google +, and gives us back the real time geography of our relations, ideas and conversations in the form of an ever-changing map.

The result is not only visually stunning, but also a source of fundamental information that might improve our daily life in the community. In fact, through its Lab, the “Human Ecosystem” provides also consultation services that enable public administrations, universities and private companies to discover how this system might serve their purposes, especially in relation to common issues. As Prof. Gregorio Arena said, it might be an invaluable patrimony for the Labsus – LabGov cause in relation to the care and regeneration of the urban commons.