The BBC has an article on building next generation neutrino telescopes embedded within the ground, sea or ice of the Earth and in fact using that to filter out noisy/stray signals from those that the astronomers want to analyse.
Interesting stuff in itself and it should help us get a handle on a variety of other physical phenomena. Although I am already familiar with the idea of telescopes sunk into the planet in this way I thought about something else when reading this article. Basically we are wiring up the planet as it were to detect pretty obscure signals from space. Not in a bad way but its certainly giving the planet as a whole new capabilities that it did not have before.
It is certainly not giving the planet any level of self-aware consciousness or feedback control or anything but is still a human-derived 'upgrade' to enable the planet to be very sensitive to neutrino emissions. This is obviously to our benefit and interest as a curious species, but what does this 'do' to our planet or how does it affect the planet long term or what does it say about our motivations for how we treat it? Again not necessarily anything negative in itself but interesting questions to think about perhaps.
Interesting as well in terms of Teilhard de Chardin's concepts of the noosphere etc.
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