I am a technical designer and worked for NASA for 30 years designing scientific instruments for studying Earth. I favor a design approach that jumps back and forth from the bottom (what technology can now do) and the top (the big picture). Often I have found it very hard to define the highest level of the top of a design. So it is with our climate crisis; so it is with human/AI interaction.
One way to do this is to study the life’s work of a beloved professor, in this case Joseph Campbell, and apply that work to the new problem. Here we are applying “Hero’s Journey” to providing our young people with a foundation for action.
Logline: Set in the 2020s, a young woman, supported by an Artificial Intelligence, driven from her home by storms and rising seas embarks on a life affirming struggle to find and support so many people in action on our climate crisis.
Since we needed some piazza, we followed Arthur C. Clark’s advice and added an Artificial Intelligence as a main character, JanetA.
What it does
The task for this Hack is to have discussions with people of diverse backgrounds to insure that the novel characters from similar backgrounds ring true. These character include;
1. Afro-American young woman high school student 2. A person from Bangladesh 3. Older Afro-American woman and man 4. Native American man
## How I built it
All top level designs are is build out of words. I now have available: (1) example chapter, (2) short segments for describing each character.
Challenges I ran into
Most of the AIs in movies and TV are horrible monsters ("Terminator"). Most of the available Climate Fiction is pure dystopia and worse than useless for our young people.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
This is my third proper book.
What I learned
What you know how to do is not always what is needed. Learn something new.
What's next for Born to Storms Table Discussions
This is a rare learning element in the very top level of design and in communication on technology.