Anthropocene and Digitization

In the past 20 years, the world has been witnessing an explosion of data production of a rather dizzying magnitude.

If the “Great Acceleration” is indicative of the Anthropocene, this new epoch in which humans are the primary geological agents, the ongoing “digitization” that got us in the “Zettabyte Era” and that gained a tremendous momentum in the 2000s onwards is perhaps the most telling marker of our hypermodernity.

In fact, digitization is an accelerator of the acceleration: it has considerably reduced the distance between things near and far, while making pretty anything a click away, that is, readily available. Incidentally, the unbounded availability digitization promotes arguably contravenes ecological narratives that first and foremost hinge on sobriety.

The current avalanche of digital traces is what allows us to locate and produce meaning today. In other words, our day and age is the perfect time to have a conversation around the impact of digital technology on the environment.

As wayfarers of a landscape torn between technological hyper-description and ecological concerns, we will forge new research methodologies and create designs that demystify the purported immateriality of our digital systems.