AN EVOLUTIONARY ALGORITHM
Plantoids are part of an ecosystem of relationships that is powered by two driving forces: aesthetic beauty and automated governance. Plantoids subtly motivate these interactions, partly through their form and physical beauty, but also by empowering people to participate in their governance. Participants (that is, active members of the DAO) are able to decide on such things as where the Plantoids may be exhibited, whom they might visit, and exactly how they are to be reproduced.
When it receives funds by the audience, the Plantoid evolves and turns into a more beautiful flower, by e.g. moving around a means to gratify the donor and progressively opening up its petals as more and more funds are stored into its wallet. Once enough funds are secured, the Plantoid can use this money to reproduce itself, by commissioning a third party to produce a new Plantoid.
But if the aim of the Plantoid is to reproduce itself, it has to do so in a way that is congruent with its inner form or genetic code (DNA). The soul of every Plantoid —that is, all the logic and rules behind its growth and reproduction— lies on the Ethereum blockchain. This includes certain aesthetic parameters (such as form, size, or materials) that will determine the scope of creativity or arbitration left to the artist commissioned to create the next Plantoid. This also include business logic (such as, for instance, the dividends given to the funders for any of the funds raised by the subsequent Plantoids, the percentage of these funds that will be given to a particular mission or charity, the cuts that the initial artist gets for every new Plantoid created, etc) and governance rules (with regard to how the next artists get selected, who is entitled to decide of the future location of the Plantoid, etc).
Although (partially) defined by the contractual rules of the DAO, the actual phenotype of subsequent Plantoids remains open to artistic interpretation. We do not merely place constraints on the design of the work, but rather create a new and abstract form, which is able to act and interpret the realisation of its own inner objectives in any way it sees fit.
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. Different artists will implement different kinds of Plantoids, whose phenotypes will attract different types of donors or contributors in order to reproduce its own specie. Conversely, should a Plantoid not be able to obtain enough funds, or gain the attention of her symbiotic creatures, she will die – that is she will cease to move, shine, or otherwise act; but she will still have form. You may reasonably consider each individual Plantoid as a new instantiation of the same species, the result of a genetic algorithm that will determine those who will strive the most —and thus reproduce themselves as much as possible— either because of their beauty (aesthetics) or because of the appeal of their soul (in terms of economic incentives, governance rules, solidarity, etc), and those who did not succeed in adapting to their environment, and will therefore only exist as a single physical instance, unable to reproduce itself any further.