Wednesday, 16 December 2009

You're already a cyborg

I came across this (relevant excerpt below) a couple of days ago and can't get it out of my head (so to speak).

Yesterday's octopus story brought it back to mind. When does a change in degree become a change in substance? That is, when does enhanced tool use change into, to coin a word, cyborgisation?

For that is surely what we're undergoing if you accept the logic of this argument:
Technically, you're already a cyborg. If you keep your cell phone with you most of the time, especially if the earpiece is in place, I think we can call that arrangement an exobrain. Don't protest that your cellphone isn't part of your body just because you can leave it in your other pants. If a cyborg can remove its digital eye and leave it on a shelf as a surveillance device, and I think we all agree that it can, then your cellphone qualifies as part of your body. In fact, one of the benefits of being a cyborg is that you can remove and upgrade parts easily. So don't give me that "It's not attached to me" argument. You're already a cyborg. Deal with it.

To think we may already have almost imperceptibly started morphing. Such ideas provide the thrill of science fiction - and yet we're living them. Possibly.

3 comments:

worm said...

Gaw - if you're interested in this kind of stuff, then I recommend looking at a blog

http://www.nextnature.net/?p=888

its all about the interface of nature and manmade technology.

Brit said...

Mobile = cyborg? I suppose spectacles and a hat count too.

Wake me up when I can get X-ray vision and rocket heels.

worm said...

haha brit!

although you are right, technically speacking, any man made addition/ enhancement to our body is evidence of 'cyborgism' - even a walking stick. The thing thats happening around us right now that IS a form of futuristic 'cyborgisation' is 'augmented reality' -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality