Though this book may be dated 2011 (what seems like forever ago), I recently came across the concept and subsequent book title labeled: "Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life." Author, Peter Kahn, defines technological nature as "—technologies that in various ways mediate, augment, or simulate the natural world." He has done extensive research in this field related to the physiological and psychological effects of replacing nature experiences with technological nature. Several articles have been posted relating to this theme that reflect examples of technological nature, but I must admit, I didn't' realize it had a name!
If you haven't discovered them yet, check out the research article and book in the links below. I highly recommend both reads, but especially the journal article.
If you have heard of technological nature, tell me more! Have you read the book? How are you applying it, if at all, to the work you do in environmental education? How can we be strategic as an industry about how we engage the next generation of environmental leaders and thinkers who are growing up with perhaps greater exposure to technological nature? How does this viewpoint shape our collective view of nature? These are just a few of the many questions circling in my mind on this topic, but please feel free to share your own.