I am currently engaged in the interesting world of utopian and dystopian representations of technology as part of the University of Edinburgh's 'E-learning and Digital Cultures' MOOC [#edcmooc].
A thought occurred to me in relation to the representation of the dystopian view and its general concentration in post-industrial urban environments. It prompted the question as to whether the soulless and regimented urban world is a reflection or result of technological advancement? The implication is that the threat and malevolence of technology is greater in a space where people lack access to nature and light. Check out this video for an example of the urban dystopia
Given that more than half the world's population now live in cities (UNFPA REPORT) and that rate predicted to continue to rise, are we creating the self-fulfilling prophecy of crowded, dark and threatening environments which presents technology as the only realistic means of escaping the suffocating city?
It makes me consider the place nature and light play in human existence. The place for interacting with nature is a core human need and one which technology, despite its best efforts to create entire idealised worlds online, cannot replicate the need to touch, feel and 'communicate' with nature.
This animation looks at the relationship between nature and technology.
Technology: the cause of, and solution to, all of future humans' problems.