Natural Technology

The long journey of technological civilisation is shaped by a curious and generally unacknowledged enigma that the most sophisticated technologies will almost always approximate to natural, physical and environmental systems that already exist.

We should perhaps be unsurprised that technology converges towards the elegant sophistication, efficiency and eloquent complexity of nature. We might be even more surprised to acknowledge, as we may one day have to, that our obsession with leveraging control and seeking self-interested privilege has all but completely waylaid attempts to understand and influence or constructively and sustainably shape the complex environmental systems of which we are only components parts and participant observers, not masters.

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