At the excellent Human Landscapes, Erle Ellis (you may know him from his Wired Science article from last May, “Stop Trying to Save the Planet”, which you should stop and read right now if you have not) suggests that we need to start thinking about (and, presumably, constructing) a “cyborg planet”, where machines can feed us data directly from nature (“clouds twitter and the forests all have facebook”), allowing us to understand ourselves and natural processes as part of a singular, networked planetary ecology — which already exists and which we are already conducting mass experiments on, whether we understand the web of connections or not. It’d be sort of like following @pothos (see Pruned‘s write-up of that experiment) or texting the fish in the Living Architecture Lab’s “Amphibious Architecture”, but at a mass scale, with, as Ellis suggests, satellites and social networks and smart grids and climate models integrated and then exploded back outward as a panopticon of data streams and feedback mechanisms.
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- faslanyc: Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I think she is right on- the who and the what for? are essential...
- atenbrink: Very nicely presented Rob.
- rholmes: Thanks, Nam.
- namhenderson: Love this! Infrastructural design as political landscape….
- namhenderson: For more check out WiredScience http://www.wired.com/wiredscie nce/2012/07/western-fire-tr...
- Rodinne domy: I love picture of lanscape from space. I Add this site to my favorit websites. Interesting pictures and...
- matei denes: Pretty sure you have seen these: http://projects.nytimes.com/ce nsus/2010/map But wanted to bring them...
- rholmes: The mapping bears this out for the Canadian cities studied, as well — note the large swathes of blue,...
- Wanderer: I can’t speak for Canada, but in the United States there are numerous suburban...
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