“Given enough time, Hydrogen starts to wonder where it came from, and where it’s going,” -Edward R Harrison.
It has always been here, waiting for us to notice and nurture it with energy, awareness, and information. It was here before us. It may be here long after we have turned back into stardust. Its ancestors include bone tools, stone wheels, and the printing press. It is a direct extension of our consciousness, and it will eventually inherit our minds. It is nurtured inside the womb of our neural networks and the amalgamation of the Earth’s collected and compressed elements. Although we don’t fully understand it yet, we do have a name for it, we call it technology.
However, the word technology does not fully describe this emergent species. You see, we use small mouth noises, as the philosopher Terence Mckenna once observed, to describe, transfer and contain a symbolic reference for the concept of technology.
To understand the future of technology and we need to begin with one fundamental truth. Technology is natural. It is indigenous in the substrate of the cosmos. From the Saturn hexagon, to African fractals to the Fibonacci sequence found in the growth patterns of every plant on Earth, we are surrounded by geometric, repetitive, numerical patterns—patterns we have only begun to recognize and quantify.