There’s an interesting example of technobiophilia in this New Yorker profile of Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and former student of botanical illustration, by D.T.Max . It’s illuminating to hear that one of the people who envisaged Twitter was influenced by the natural world in this way:
Dorsey loves cities and the way movement within them can be charted and broken down into millions of parts. A city is a system that is at once flexible and stable, searchable and random. He expressed a similar interest in ant communities and aspen trees. “I really like any colony-based structure, where you have a strong dependence on a network,” he said. “Aspen trees grow in groups. If one of them dies, they all suffer. I think humans have the same thing, though it’s not as much on the surface.” He likes to draw ferns. (In his twenties, he studied botanical illustration.) “They’re a single structure that tends to repeat itself,” he said. “They’re fractal.” Exotic as these enthusiasms are, they seem suspiciously apt for the creator of Twitter, a service defined by its “strong dependence on a network.”
Read the rest at Two-hit Wonder.
This piece is also posted at Medium https://medium.com/p/dd8ba060e0f