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We change our nature as we change our technologies, and our technologies change us. This is why every story about technology is also a story about nature. In any tool, the nature of the user entangles itself with the nature she shapes, and which in turn shapes her.
This issue explores these entanglements. Some are toxic, some are enriching, most are a bit of both or somewhere in between. Inevitably, the end of the world looms large. But there are also grounds for hope. At least, Donna Haraway thinks so.
The Last Man
Even the rocks are not safe from us.
Oil is the New Data
An eyewitness report from the front lines of a frightening new friendship.
From Manchester to Barcelona
A new synthesis for the post-techlash era.
In the Shadow of Big Blue
The true cost of a microchip.
A Repair Manual for Spaceship Earth
The story of Biosphere 2 and the prospects for planetary repair.
The Body Instrumental
What happens when computers try to measure gender?
Seeing Carbon Through Silicon
What does Moore’s Law have to do with the climate apocalypse?
The possibilities and pitfalls of apps for crowdsourcing environmental data.
What Green Costs
The dark side of clean energy.
A Giant Bumptious Litter: Donna Haraway on Truth, Technology, and Resisting Extinction
The established disorder of our present era is not necessary. It exists. But it’s not necessary.
Hack the Planet: Tega Brain on Leaks, Glitches, and Preposterous Futures
Art against optimization.
Water Is Life: Nick Estes on Indigenous Technologies
No decarbonization without decolonization.
Lab Cultures: An Interview with an Anonymous Biologist
In the war between bacteria and humans, not everyone is going to side with the humans.
Bioplastics Cookbook for Ritual Healing from Petrochemical Landscapes
Rituals and strategies to reimagine our plastic landscapes.