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.
Even the rocks are not safe from us.
An eyewitness report from the front lines of a frightening new friendship.
A new synthesis for the post-techlash era.
In the Shadow of Big Blue
The true cost of a microchip.
The story of Biosphere 2 and the prospects for planetary repair.
What happens when computers try to measure gender?
What does Moore’s Law have to do with the climate apocalypse?
The possibilities and pitfalls of apps for crowdsourcing environmental data.
The dark side of clean energy.
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.
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.