Humans & Technology: 1991–1997
One moment, we the people are creatures of the natural world, defined by air and earth, time and space, blood and muscle, intuition and the senses. The next moment, it seems technology perfuses our lives and the old rules are obsolete. Technology makes us smarter at the same time it negates our native intelligence and wisdom. It allows us to go faster and farther, yet forever reminds us how uncomfortable it can be to keep up the pace. It gives us phenomenal power and flexibility but paradoxically makes us weak and dependent. Because of our embrace of technology, Homo sapiens is mutating into a new, synthetic life form that James Balog has dubbed "Techno sapiens." The birth of this species, uniquely framed here, is a major historical development.