1st Edition

On the Logics of Planetary Computing Artificial Intelligence and Geography in the Alas Mertajati

By Marc Böhlen Copyright 2025
    240 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A new breed of low Earth orbit satellites is making planetary-scale observation and analysis ubiquitous. This book explores how this condition feeds spatially explicit artificial intelligence, GeoAI, in redefining the study of landscapes, and how it impacts one particular land dispute in the Alas Mertajati in Central Bali, Indonesia.

    This book combines scholarship from the humanities and engineering to forge a novel way of presenting planetary computing in its GeoAI vernacular. From data collection to model evaluation, the book describes how multi-spectral, high-resolution satellite data and machine learning algorithms respond to uncommon land cover conditions, including sustainable land care practices such as agroforestry while contextualizing the operations within science and media studies. Together with the installation logics-of-geoai.org, this book shows how promiscuous making can help us understand the unstable nexus of geography and artificial intelligence.

    This book will be of interest to any experimental artist, social scientist, curious AI engineer or a free-range scholar.  It will likewise appeal to students and scholars of science technology studies, media studies, geography, and ethnography.



    1. From Orbit to Earth


    2. Open Space


    3. The AI of GeoAI


    < Intermezzo >


    4. Planetary Positions 


    5. GeoAI in the Tropics


    6. On Models and Digital Twins


    7. Geohumanities 2.0


    Marc Böhlen / RealTechSupport is an Artist-Engineer, a Professor of Art and Affiliate Faculty in the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at the University at Buffalo.