Stijn Elshuis

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We live in a time of rapid development, a time in which people are seriously thinking about living on Mars, in a computer game, or in a matrix, a time in which we can give a computer a burn-out by means of artificial intelligence. A time in which a lot will change. A switching period.

This makes me wonder what role nature will play and what changes can, and will, take place within nature, and what forms this nature might take on. Nature seems to be on the opposite of technology; the rapidly changing technology versus slowly evolving nature. Nature that plays an important role in our shared history through the great stories and fairy tales, through our dependence and our struggle to control it.

But could we really go to Mars or live in a game, where no trees or bushes grow, and no birds fly, where the evidence of a river of centuries old must be read from lines on a picture, but where no water actually flows? Wouldn’t we long for the image of trees, animals and plants? Just like people in the cities long for a park and trees in the street. This kind of nature is not necessary for survival, but is still necessary for a livable environment. And how would we then shape this ‘artificial’ nature?

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