In this series of vignettes, I describe some design principles for technologies that follow nature. In short, such technologies would be self-limiting, accessible, cyclical, and purposeful. My hope is that technologies that follow these principles will lead to a greater unity between art and science, between intuition and reason, between nature and machine. Each would nurture the other.

Thanks to Jonathan Harris, Neri Oxman, Mario Schlosser, Simin Kamvar, and Angie Schiavoni for reading drafts.

Sep Kamvar, May 2012