What if a flower could help you understand your feelings?
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Mood Blossom would use artificial intelligence (AI) to generate responsive floral avatars that reflect your sense of wellbeing. The concept of wellbeing can sometimes feel vague or difficult to visualise, with health tracking apps often simply providing us with reams of data. This application would offer a counterbalance, providing an intuitive indication of how you feel by using nature as its foundation. It would lead you through an interactive experience designed to capture a sense of your overall wellbeing, presenting you with a series of prompts to respond to. Then, rather than through language or numerical data, Mood Blossom would use generative adversarial networks (GAN) to produce a personalised flower representing your current state of wellbeing.
'We began with the assumption that everyone can understand and interpret nature's language, and so very quickly came to the flower as the ultimate expressive indicator of health, beauty and vibrance.'
Training of Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) Model on a custom dataset of flowers.
As you answer each question, your personalised flower would respond in real-time, morphing in shape and colour to reflect your changing input. The various states of the flowers' lives (such as growth, blooming and withering cycles) are mapped onto different emotional wellbeing parameters, allowing them to act as a more intuitive yet more universal way of communicating the results. Individual parts of the flower, such as its petals or stem, would also correspond to particular criteria. Such a method could encourage a deeper engagement with your sense of emotional and physical wellness than what might be expressible in language.
'All of us intuitively sense that a wilting flower needs more nourishment and attention and that a vibrant, blooming flower is thriving and fulfilling its potential.'
By training the GAN on a vast custom dataset of flowers, the diversity of the different flowers states could be fully translated into more physically convincing avatars. In this way, it is possible to guide the individual flower's expressive capabilities by tuning visual characteristics within the model to elements of your current mood – so that when you are flourishing, so is your avatar.
'In some languages, the term for flower translates to "those who take care of us", so it was fascinating to dive into that history and see what the future of this symbol could be when we orientate it around contemporary self-care and emerging technology.'
Once the assessment is complete, a (2D) image representing your flower would appear in augmented reality (AR space), allowing you to place it in your home wherever suits you, moving self-care away from a clinical or medical setting and into daily life while bringing beauty with it. By regularly checking in with your flower and updating its status, Mood Blossom would allow you to get an immediate sense of your wellbeing and encourage attention towards nurturing your growth. You could also use your flower as your online avatar or profile picture to help other people understand your current state of mind and how best to interact with you.
'We are only just beginning to see the benefits of how we might be able to collaborate with AI (and other emerging computational processes) to better understand ourselves and express our full potential.'