Jip van Leeuwenstein

youngblood expo

HKU Utrecht


A Diverse Monoculture


A Diverse Monoculture is questioning the future relationship between man and nature.

Can we use technology to find a new balance in our habitat? By creating new predators for ecosystems taken out of balance by man.


Introducing a predator in ecosystem has been tried before, but usually it resulted in catastrophic failures. For example in Australia the cane toad was introduced for fighting the sugarcane beetle. Which resulted in a toad plague.


Designing a new robotic predator has the advantage of never losing control. This will allow for searching a new balance within the ecosystem in a controlled and careful manner.