WORLD – AI for Sustainability
Generating water, energy and food with a leave-no-trace philosophy
When technology fosters sustainable ways of living
IIVO is a circular climate system showcasing experimental solutions to major issues of water scarcity, energy transition and food shortages, providing ‘’hope in the desert’’. Thanks to cutting-edge technical innovations combining Artificial intelligence and Expert Intelligence, plant physiological knowledge is taken to the next level to increase production qualitatively and quantitatively.
A biotope micro-climate
Unique innovations
Experimental solutions

The horticulture of the future

Gathering objective feedback from living organisms as they indicate what resources they need at any given moment in time.

As an integrated water/energy/food system, IIVO’s experiment leads up to the crop being grown inside a giant food cone, where objective feedback from the grown resources is essential to enhance production with no waste.

To demonstrate this feedback mechanism of the crop, Hoogendoorn Growth Management sponsors the essential IIVO process automation, sensors and smart cameras for the Biotope, allowing a real-time situation analysis of ‘’the Cone’’ from anywhere. As a result, the thousands of edible lettuce plants in the various growth stages are visible through the camera images.

In addition, the climate conditions in “the Cone” are continuously recorded for the edible lettuce production. All data collected with Hoogendoorn’s industry standard hardware is connected with the IIVO process computer.

  • Extracting moisture from desert air
  • Irrigating an 18 metre-high ‘’food cone’’ covered with edible plants
  • Growing mushrooms with colourful solar panel skylights providing the energy to power the whole system


What if Nature could speak our language?
Letters from Nature
Jeroen Van Der Most

Climate change is destroying our planet, but nature did not have a voice to speak up. In the poetic art project Letters from Nature, AI is used to write letters to world leaders on behalf of the world’s ice caps, glaciers, coral reefs and islands under threat. To warn and ask for help.
Inspired by nature’s ability to speak and tell stories, like it has been speculated over thousands of years in tales and world sagas, this project aims to channel all the threats that stem from our current policies and behaviours into a speech made by the victim itself, Nature, as if it could speak our language.

In this art project, the latest AI text model was used to write letters on behalf of various major entities under threat. The technology played a key role in enhancing the message while bringing the human intellectual input to translate the objective: to rethink our relationship with our planet.

The letters have been generated with GPT-3, a large-scale language model by OpenAI. Based on a context of characters (tokens), it can predict what characters are likely to follow, which in turn can be fed into the process of text generation.

Dutch artist Jeroen Van Der Most, or shorthand Most, has created art with data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence for over 10 years. His current focus is on using AI to deepen the relationships with our natural surroundings to benefit the ecosystems of tomorrow.