"There is nowhere on Earth that remains free from the traces of human activity."

The Synthetic age


Tue, May 7th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Aeon argues that rather than entering the Anthropocene era, humans ability to redesign evolution, resurrecting species, and reengineering our world has turned this into the synthetic age, a time where our level of technology allows us to change ourselves and the world we live in.

A second fact about our age is much less widely appreciated. We are changing how the planet works. It is not just that human activities have stained every corner of the entire planet. The simultaneous arrival of a range of powerful new technologies are starting to signal a potential takeover of Earth’s most basic operations by its most audacious species. From this time forward, technologies such as the gene-editing technique CRISPR and climate engineering will transform an already tainted planet into an increasingly synthetic whole.



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