Our Post-Humanist Future

The New Scientist reports on one biochemist and one visual artist teamed up to investigate the ever blurring line between nature and technology—a post-humanist future, they call it.

The New Scientist reports on one biochemist and one visual artist who are teaming up to investigate the ever blurring line between nature and technology—a post-humanist perspective, they say. "The pair have collaborated since they discovered a shared interest in the blurred borderlands between nature and technology. 'It's important to recognise that technology is invading us sooner than we think,'" says Kerrigan, the visual artist. Hanczyc, the biochemist "suggests that, although we may consider ourselves to be the highest branch on the tree of earthly life, we may not have that position forever. Evolution is not all about us, he says, and perhaps we are not the future."

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