We live in a time of creative saturation. The pace of invention, revolution and technological advancement has plateaued somewhat over the last few years. Sure, things are getting faster, machines are becoming increasingly efficient and the odd Eureka moment still occasionally presents itself, but rarer are the moments when we can genuinely exclaim: “I’ve never seen anything like that before.” At least not in a good way. This is perhaps typified by the complete absurdness of Samsung’s recent gift to Brazilian Gabe Medina, an internet enabled surfboard. Just because you can, really doesn’t mean you should.
The same goes for geographical exploration. Apart from the few who live buried deep amongst the dense vegetation of the Amazon Rainforest, and those cowering under the shadow of a Korean dictator, there isn’t really anybody on earth inhabiting places that we can genuinely classify as “unknown.” The world is so technologically connected that we can stream images from webcams secreted in its darkest and most far-flung corners. Should we desire, we have the ability to virtually circumnavigate the harshest environments thanks to the wonders of fibre-optics and the phenomenon that is Google Earth.