the anthropocene
Garfield Benjamin

The scars of humanity can be seen across the Earth, at all scales

But observing such ecological violence often requires the right perspective.

Our technologies have increased the rate of our environmental impact

But it is technology that enables views beyond normal human capabilities.

The causes of ecological disasters are hyperobjects

Fractal viruses that will outlast humans by decades, centuries or millenia

But they are the result of human hypersubjectivity acting on a planetary scale.

The Anthropocene is an ecological apocalypse

But apocalypse means both 'disaster' and 'revealing'.

Technology will be the end of ecology

But it will be the start of post-ecology in which the fully virtualised hyperobject of the Earth can be saved or remade.

Technology will be the end of humanity

But it is already turning us into posthumans.

Google contributes to ecological damage

But it uses its technologies to be more environmentally friendly.

Google Earth lays claim to the virtualised planet

Notice the copyright over the oceans

But it provides tools that can help us perceive and protect the environment.

The hypersubject of humanity spans the entire planet

A fractal expression of our collective potential

But our search for control exemplifies our ontological responsibility for and obligation to our home.

We become ever more locked into our tiny screens

But through them we can gain an external perspective and critical self-reflection.

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