compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
This story is adapted from A Natural History of the Future: What the Laws
WHEN WE HUMANS imagine the future, it is common to picture ourselves
nested within an ecosystem populated by robots, devices, and virtual
realities. The future is shining and technological. The future is digital,
ones and zeros, electricity and invisible connections. The dangers of the
future—automation and artificial intelligence—are of our own invention.
Nature is an afterthought in our contemplation of what comes next, a
transgenic potted plant behind a window that does not open. Most
depictions of the future do not even include nonhuman life, except on
distant farms (tended by robots) or in indoor gardens. We put up a levee
between our civilizations and the rest of life, and that’s a mistake—both
because it is not possible to hold life at bay and because in trying to
achieve such a scenario, we do so at our own expense. Not only does this
defy our place in nature, but also what we know about the rules of nature.
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