[ by Charles Cameron — tiger swats mechanical mosquito, also ontology and metaphor ]
I recently reported on eagles in training to take down drones in Next up — the anti-eagle drone — here’s video to go with that report..
and here’s video of tigers similarly employed to pair with that eagle video, making a fine YouTube DoubleQuote:
Thoreau describes the (newfangled) train in Walden, using an animal metaphor:
When I meet the engine with its train of cars moving off with planetary motion … with its steam cloud like a banner streaming behind in gold and silver wreaths … as if this traveling demigod, this cloud-compeller, would ere long take the sunset sky for the livery of his train? when I hear the iron horse make the hills echo with his snort like thunder, shaking the earth with his feet, and breathing fire and smoke from his nostrils, (what kind of winged horse or fiery dragon they will put into the new Mythology I don’t know), it seems as if the earth had got a race now worthy to inhabit it.
We have nature, and we have nurture — but new tech hardly fits in either category. When a new tech arises, initially, it’s readily assimilated to an animal, ie a form of nature — as in my equation of drone and mosquito in the header to this post.
And drone? What kind of name is that? As near as I can judge, the mechanical usage derives from the same term used to describe a male bee.
Okay, we might as well close with a quote from Thoreau’s friend Emerson, offering an intriguing ontology of means of transport, the natural and technological included — with an eagle this time on the receiving end of hunting..
Man moves in all modes, by legs of horses, by wings of winds, by steam, by gas of balloon, by electricity, and stands on tiptoe threatening to hunt the eagle in his own element.