Epiphyte owns shares in local industry. Using lichen and moss as living sensors, the bot makes trades based on air quality.
If local industry lowers the health of the sensors, the bot will sell shares and buy stock in industry specific competitors.
Taking inspiration from early cybernetics, Epiphyte proposes an alternative kind of computing: one that includes non-humans in the act of value making.
By making lichen and moss key components of the trading process, epiphyte aspires to a more wholistic understanding of intelligence and inherent value.
By accounting for environmental health, Epiphyte proposes a way to internalize the costs of industry, making the true cost of business count within existing market frameworks.