然而，一群巨型破壞者的出現——我們稱之為 動態體 ——改變了當時的人們習以為常的社會秩序。不同於創造疊加或保護現存生態，遍佈各地的它們，透過從陸上與陸下毀壞人造物，阻止都市擴張，試圖觸發近未來世界中新的循環模式。
Before man-made objects consume the last wilderness, the construction expanders and environmentalists continue to have conflict and discord; in the cities, various technological products and buildings are constantly being produced, pursuing a faster, better, and more precise future world. At the same time, the natural resources plundered by humans are gradually being exhausted.
But, the emergence of groups of giant saboteurs — called Dynamic Beings — threatened to change the social order that people are accustomed to. Different from superposing or protecting the existing ecology, and by destroying man-made objects from land and underneath, those ubiquitous creatures obstructed the urban expansion, attempting to trigger a new circulation pattern in the near future world.
In the near future, huge saboteurs appear and roam the world, they spread all over the lands and underneath in large numbers, going to areas with insufficient green vegetation, upsetting urban expansion by smashing man-made structures and demolishing the roads — they are called “Dynamic Beings”.
NDVI 為評估一區植物生長狀況的數值指標，透過衛星探測地表反射的紅光與近紅外光，得出其波長和強度，以此來量化綠色植被的生長密度。¹ 當時的人們發現，動態體會依據NDVI的數值行動。當接收到的數值太低，顯示植被生長密度不足時，動態體就會進行破壞。
NDVI is a numerical indicator for assessing the plant growth status of a region. By deriving the wavelengths and amplitudes of the red light and near infrared ray, the growth density of green vegetation can thus be quantified.¹ People at the time found that Dynamic Beings act depending on the value of NDVI. When the plant growth status value of the surrounding area is too low and the surface green vegetation is lacking, Dynamic Being will begin to destroy.
水生動態體 Aquatic Dynamic Beings
Flocking in sewers, “Aquatic Dynamic Beings” regularly receive NDVI data from satellites. When the plant growth status value of the surrounding area is too low and the surface green vegetation is lacking, in order to hamper the urban expansion, the forefront leader will call out high-pitched screams, prompting the group to shrink forcefully and spray liquid at high speed like whale spraying, eroding and weakening the concrete structure with bacteria and strong acid. At the same time, its calls summon “Terrestrial Dynamic Beings” on the surface, and they exert powerful impact to crack the ground.
陸生動態體 Terrestrial Dynamic Beings
This behemoth — towering over eight-meters tall — moves its heavy body to where it is needed, in response to the cries of Aquatic Dynamic Beings from beneath the ground. By lashing its torso, its segmented trunk-like arms brandish vigorously, striking and destroying man-made objects in the cities and demolishing surfaces that have been eroded by bacteria and acid from beneath.
Humans disassemble and analyze the malfunctioning Dynamic Beings that are no longer operating to understand how they work. However, where these huge saboteurs — those tramping the cities in large numbers — came from is still unclear. Is it the self-evolution of machinery? Is it the clean-up mechanism to offset the overdevelopment of human society? Is it the work of extremists? Or is it created by intelligent creatures other than humans? There are still controversies over this matter.
Echoing the Megafauna Millions of Years Ago
Humans have gradually realized that the role of this Dynamic Beings in their contemporary times seems to echo that of the megafauna millions of years ago² : to cause destruction of vegetation by trampling and consumption, to facilitate the ecological material cycle and biodiversity in the habitat; while Dynamic Beings destroy man-made concrete jungle and create ecological niche for the migration of organisms other than the human. Although it causes some inconvenience for humans, it also creates a landscape without concrete buildings and asphalt roads, an environment conducive to the survival of organisms.
The Daily Life in the Near Future
我們設想了動態體的存在，卻又矛盾地希望動態體不要出現，動搖我們的安穩日常。 然而，這樣的世界看似超現實，卻非全無可能。 更新世的物種環境催生巨型動物群的蓬勃、破壞植被，說不定，現代大量消耗有限資源的生活模式，就是導致動態體出現，破壞人造物的推手。
Water spray erupts from underneath,
street lights fall over,
and roads crack,
accompanied by low roar rumbling footsteps and high-pitched calls…
the daily happenings in the near future world.
However, are we willing to live in such a world?
The answer is probably negative.
Although such a world seems surreal, it is not impossible. The Pleistocene ecological environment gave birth to the vigorous megafauna and altered the balance between woody and herbaceous vegetations. Perhaps the modern lifestyle, which is based on constant superposing and producing, would be the driving force behind the emergence of Dynamic Beings and the destruction of man-made objects.
We speculated the existence of Dynamic Beings, but ambivalently hope that Dynamic Beings will not appear and shake our peaceful and stable daily lives. Nevertheless, would the desire of ease and comfort be the main reason people refuse to face the problems, causing the social order to collapse?
In the World of Dynamic Beings
When the tweets of Dynamic Beings reverberating in the cities, masking the music playing in our earphones, when the weird behemoths several stories high show up before our eyes, would we recall the memories buried deep in the collective subconscious of our past, of those giant animals that our ancestors had confronted?
Would we be afraid, or do we want to conquer?
Would humans be more determined to reject everything that does not conform to their urban rules, or would they choose to make changes and rethink the established social operation practices that we have long been accustomed to?
Is our imagination of the future — clean and bright streets and roads, artificial intelligence that takes care of everything, all the humans need to do is staying at home and experience life through virtual reality — predestined, or are there other possibilities?
Perhaps, in a world of Dynamic Beings, speed and efficiency are no longer the only criteria for value judgment. Perhaps, in addition to construction companies, there may will be destruction businesses as well; houses are no longer real property but rather movable property.
When destruction becomes part of the daily life, the environment in which humans live will be very different from that of the current social structure.
Reference & Note
1. Weier J., Herring D. (2000), “Measuring Vegetation (NDVE & EVI),” NASA Earth Observatory website: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/MeasuringVegetation/.
2. Malhi Y. et al. (2016), ‘Megafauna and ecosystem function from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA 113: 838-846.
模型作動結構製作 鄭宇劭 吳昱辰
特別感謝 陳羽薰助理教授, 蔡政修助理教授, 蕭勝文老師, 施皇旭老師, 林時旭老師, 黃子綸, 蔡承志