The prosaic version would have you believe that this is just the drops of condensation on my window catching the light and reflecting in the perfect black mirror of an iPhone.
It occurred to me, however, that what we have here is a perfect embodiment of the Monolith encountered in the movie, '2001: A Space Odyssey'.
For the uninitiated, the Monolith was an alien artifact left by a vastly superior alien intelligence which triggered and guided humankind's evolution from starving primates to become our planet's dominant species. Its origin and purpose: unknown. Astronaut Dave Bowman's last message to Earth as he approached the 2km-long artifact high above Jupiter was - "My God, it's full of stars..."
Without waxing too lyrical about Steve Jobs' trail-blazing Monolith with Rounded Corners, smart phones do seem to be taking the world on a new evolutionary path.
As a species, we are now inter-connected through voice, text and social media like never before; sharing events, photos and news from around the world in the blink of an eye. We can navigate, find, record anything; inform, persuade, attack anyone. Any question our brains care to ask can be searched and answered in moments.
Homo Sapiens' evolution has been shaped by new communications technologies in the past. From the earliest forms of hand mark on a cave wall to the papyrus musings of Greek philosophers, our species has been slowly influenced by the acquisition, storage and communication of knowledge.
When Gutenberg invented the printing press, this knowledge became universally accessible through mass-produced books. It can be argued that this spurred a rapid evolution of thought, leading to The Enlightenment and all modern science and discovery.
As we stand at the dawn of a new communications era, it is possible that we are starting our next evolutionary phase towards a new form of Homo Sapiens where all of our information is shared at the speed of light.
If so, what kind of world are we about to enter? The new Monoliths are opening up another gateway...
As a parting shot, if you're a '2001' fan, you have got to check out this YouTube clip!