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(ILR) Joseph Obel: Plasto-Sapiens: Plastic Humans and Pollution Pleasure


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My research, titled "Plasto-Sapiens: Plastic Humans and Pollution Pleasure," explores the delicate relationship between humans, plastic, and water bodies. This project aims to uncover the evolutionary trajectory of plastic materials and waste in human environments, the adaptive behaviors of humans towards plastic use, and the ongoing struggle to mitigate plastic pollution. By examining the complex interplay between these elements, the research intends to offer innovative solutions and raise awareness about the environmental and health implications of plastic pollution. The study will have three main objectives, including relationship exploration, sonic exploration, and AI-human collaboration for plastic waste mitigation. The relationships to be explored will include human-plastic, human-water, and human-plastic-water. In sonic exploration, the research will involve recording and analysis of sounds associated with plastic, water, the rustles of plastic waste materials, the bubbling of torrential waters as it forcefully creates alternative routes to evade passage-blockage by plastic and the human hustles that involve plastic use and misuse. This will involve in-situ and digital research and collection of materials. For the AI-human collaboration aspect, the research explores how to develop a virtual assistant for humans by the use of AI technology, to provide humans with information on ways to recycle and upcycle plastic waste.

"Plasto-Sapiens: Plastic Humans and Pollution Pleasure" is an interdisciplinary project that explores the triad relationship of Intelligence, Love, and Revolution. The research explores the evolving, behavioral, and sensory scopes of plastic pollution in the human body and water bodies, and attempts to mitigate these pollution problems and politics for a just and sustainable world. This research will contribute to a deeper understanding of the triad relationship between humans, plastic, and water bodies such as rivers while exploring Intelligence, Love, and Revolution. The collaboration with AI technology in the research emphasizes the potential for intelligent systems to facilitate environmental sustainability. This proposal encourages support and contribution in a transformative journey towards a healthier relationship between humans, plastic, and water bodies.


Further research:

"Plastic: A Toxic Love Story" by Susan Freinkel - The book explores the history and impact of plastic on our environment and health, providing a comprehensive look at how plastic has become intertwined with our daily lives.

"The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman - Weisman examines what would happen to the Earth if humans suddenly disappeared, with significant focus on the enduring impact of plastic waste.

"Developing AI Applications for Environmental Sustainability" by various authors (Communications of the ACM) - This article explores how AI can be used to address environmental challenges, including waste management and recycling.

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics" by Ellen MacArthur Foundation - This report proposes a vision for a circular economy for plastics and includes case studies and strategies for reducing plastic waste.

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