I was reading a little about Ray Kurzweil's singularity and the exponential advancement of technology and computing power. Ray believes we will mostly benefit as a species although he appreciates the potential for the misuse of power.
In another article discussing Kurzweil's predictions the topic of physical augmentation was discussed and it occurred to me, for good or ill, it really signaled the end of humanity.
If it's possible to map a mind and upload it, to remove all reliance on a physical body, to unburden ourselves from disease and aging and death. Then there really isn't much left which makes us human.
Don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily think it's such a bad idea. Upload yourself into a small spacecraft, set your sights on Alpha Centauri, clock down your speed for the long journey and blast off.
But it did kind of leave me feeling a bit funny for a while. As I drove through the suburbs I imagined everyone around me as ghosts. From a future perspective, we're all dead and gone. And although that's true of any time, the potential for imminent change is so dramatic we could well be the very last of our kind. Made all the rushing around and busy busy seem pretty pointless.
So I'm using the floral motif of a funeral wreath, expanded and multiplied, to say a goodbye from the early 21st century slugs to the post human gods.