While DAO’s have attracted the majority of investor funding from promises of increased profits, efficiency, and transparency by using smart contracts on the blockchain, Plantoids show they can have an artistic beauty as well.
The Plantoid is a plant-like creature with self-executing code that allows it to self-replicate, introduced by a team of artists known as Okhaos. Dubbed as a “bitcoin eating plant,” as once it has collected sufficient funds through donations, Plantoids will create another version of themselves by hiring new artists, all independently without human interaction.
Moreover, just like other creatures, without their life force, which in this case is bitcoin, Plantoids will practically cease to exist. While she will still exist, she will “only exist as a single physical instance, unable to reproduce itself any further,” highlighting the symbiotic relationship between this form of artificial life and people; humans act as pollinators and are paid to design blueprints.
Primavera De Filippi, the founder of Okhaos, in an article from Singularity Hub, stated:
“Plantoid is an attempt at using art to illustrate what I consider to be one of the most innovative and disruptive aspects of the blockchain—the ability to create autonomous entities which are completely independent and self-sufficient.”
Moreover, just like natural organisms that exist in the animal kingdom, when Plantoids start to saturate the world, competition begins to arise. But in this case, it is for donations. This Darwinism effect will mean that only the most aesthetically pleasing attributes are carried on in newer generations, to ensure the flow of donations continues. Smart contracts utilized on the Ethereum blockchain serve the purpose of specifying the size, materials, and so on of the Plantoid’s offspring.
A small percentage of the donations are paid back to ancestors, as a royalty. This ‘pyramid scheme’ will keep artists enticed after the initial contracting, rewarding 'good' aesthetics as artists will not only receive payment for creating the Plantoid in the first place but a long-term revenue stream as well.
The team behind this blockchain-based artificial lifeform has collected together an initial group of artists and designers, but in the future people can come and go as they please according to the laws of the work. These autopoietic laws can be changed through proposals and suggestions, allowing for alterations to the DAO’s self-executing logic.
Eventually, we may see these artificial life forms take on board more innovative technologies, as well as the blockchain, as these life forms seek to evolve and find the ideal environment:
“As a new species, Plantoids still need to evolve and figure out how to best survive in any given environment. The first Plantoid is initially alone, but as time passes and more Plantoids are created from its collaboration with human beings – then new Plantoids will emerge, experimenting with new physical characteristics, but also diverse personalities and governance structures enabling them to communicate with other humans through the blockchain.”