There is a domain of creatures that diffusively encircles an entire planet. There are so many of them that they occupy every conceivable ecological niche. Yet, despite their countless numbers they are so in tune with their local ecology that they have become an intrinsic part of it. Those that live in rural locations greatly outnumber those that inhabit strange cites, which are gregarious, smart and even have their own personalities. The cities consider themselves as being independent from their inhabitants, yet share their nutrition with them. They have a diurnal waste cycle that removes debris and also makes room for a new influx of city dwellers. Mature cities can even reproduce to make new ones that are immediately available for the city inhabitants to colonize.
Our bodies are an ecology, With all the discussion of neuro and chemical ways to augment ourselves, it was only a matter of time before bacteria hit the stage. It is an interesting concept.
Of course if we are the sum of our bacteria it leads to the question. What is the sum of us?
Posted by André on 03/22 at 11:19 AM
Great article! Informative and filled with realistic possibilities of new technological developments. The day bacteria will work for us, things are really going to change. At all levels. Of course we have to find a way to reward and motivate those little guys.
Compliments to the author! I hope more pieces like this are going to appear.
Posted by hankpellissier on 03/22 at 03:55 PM
@ Andre - Rachel Armstrong is one of our newest writers, and her work is indeed very fascinating, we’re very happy to have her join us.
We anticipate publishing about one article per week from her, for a while. We have a backlog of her essays, and she’s very productive.