Monique Verdin, "Headwaters : Tamaracks + Time : Lake Itasca" (2019), digital assemblage. Photograph taken in 2019; United States War Department map of the route passed over by an expedition into the Indian country in 1832 to the source of the Mississippi River.

AI-Assisted Biodesign

“The future with AI does not have to be something that happens to us, it is something that we can cocreate.” —Amy Karle

AMY KARLE, BioAI Mycelium Grown Into the Form of Insulators, 2023

Amy Karle is a contemporary artist who uses artificial intelligence as both a medium and a subject in her work. Karle has been deeply engaged with AI, artificial neural networking, machine learning, and generative design since 2015. She poses critical questions about AI, illuminates future visions, and encourages us to actively shape the future we desire.

One of Karle’s projects focuses on how AI can help design and grow biomaterials and biosubstrates, including guiding the growth of mycelium-based materials. Her approach uses AI to identify, design, and develop diverse bioengineered and bioinspired structures and forms and to refine and improve the structure of biomaterials for greater functionality and sustainability. Another project is inspired by the seductive form of corals. Karle’s speculative biomimetic corals leverage AI-assisted biodesign in conjunction with what she terms “computational ecology” to capture, transport, store, and use carbon dioxide. Her goal with this series is to help mitigate carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources such as power plants and refineries and to clean up highly polluted areas.  

AMY KARLE, BioAI-Formed Mycelium, 2023

AMY KARLE, BioAI-Formed Mycelium, 2023
AMY KARLE, BioAI-Formed Mycelium, 2023

Cite this Article

Karle, Amy. “AI-Assisted Biodesign.” Issues in Science and Technology 40, no. 2 (Winter 2024): 76–88.

Vol. XL, No. 2, Winter 2024