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Welcome to the Anthropocene

If you’ve vaguely heard of the Anthropocene but don’t have much idea of what it is, this website is the place to start. Timelines, movies, maps and more.

The Anthropocene defines Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans.

The word combines the root “anthropo”, meaning “human” with the root “-cene”, the standard suffix for “epoch” in geologic time.

The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period.

Source: Welcome to the Anthropocene | Welcome

The research behind this website: “Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace”

Around 2004, I began researching a new book. I hoped to find out whether my hunch that much of the language of cyberspace drew from nature metaphors was correct and then, if I was right, to explain why.

It would be nine years before the book was published, and most of that was spent in frustrated confusion. It was easy to show the first – we’re surrounded by nature metaphors online, from surfing to spiders to clouds, and many other examples. But the reason why? I had no idea.

Biophilia

It wasn’t until I came across the biologist E.O.Wilson’s book Biophilia that it all began to click into place. The result, eventually, was a new word – ‘technobiophilia’, meaning “the innate attraction to life and lifelike processes as they appear in technology”.  And now, slowly, it’s giving rise to a new area of study. I get emails from people around the world who have come across my book and recognised what it describes. Many of them are working to put technobiophilia into practice.

In the meantime, more examples cascade into my stream (yes, more metaphors!) every day. This website is designed to catch and share them as they float by.

Technobiophilia

For a full account of the research behind Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace, and to understand how I got to it, you’ll need to read the whole book.

Or  just jump into the blog and enjoy the ride…

David Attenborough and producer dive deep into potential of VR

Source: David Attenborough and producer dive deep into potential of VR | Media | The Guardian

I am sitting in the Natural History Museum and have just been lunged at by a giant swimming scorpion with glittering eyes. It’s so scary I instinctively duck and cower in my seat.

These are the final few seconds of First Life, an experiment in using virtual reality to tell the story of the natural world that is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and being shown at the South Kensington museum’s educational studio named after the world-famous naturalist.

First Life recreates the startling sunlit Cambrian ocean of 540m years ago and the extraordinary early creatures which suddenly developed, based on fossils and knowledge from the museum’s acclaimed palaeontologist Dr Greg Edgecombe. MORE: David Attenborough and producer dive deep into potential of VR | Media | The Guardian