Aaron Harburg


When human civilization was first dawning anthropologists speculate that our ancestors were hunter gatherers. Then with the dawn of agriculture in Turkey humans began to build homes. Now thousands of years later it seems we are back to a different form of the hunter gatherer or at least nomadic behavior. Look at how many people move around the country and even the globe for jobs, effectively scavenging for resources like our ancestors. A dramatic example of this is “technomads”. These are programmers that travel the west coast living out of their cars and stopping at WiFi spots to code freelance jobs. In American society many have no sense of “home” in the same sense that many older civilizations have. The difference in our situation from our prehistoric ancestors (and some modern Saharan tribes) is that we have no direct connection to nature. Whereas our nomadic ancestors moved because of the forces of nature and were intimately tied into the earth.

History is rather cyclical isn’t it? Yet this time it repeats with a new variation. That’s evolution of a sort I supposed.

Technomad [tek-no-mad]: Traveling technology experts who contract and operate over the internet who do not have homes. They typically move from one WiFi hotspot to another. Often found on the West Coast.