We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s Plot Bunnies featuring Haunted Homes and Other Places. This is the beginning of a new project that Dave Mornix and I have planned. Each day will post something funny, weird or strange … but with some fact behind it. You can then run with it and use it for your own inspirational purposes or just read it and do nothing the choice is yours.
Are we living in a new transition? A transition that is a human evolution including technology? Slowly we’re transforming into a new bred of humans? Dave Mornix researched this topic and studied the theories.
If you are constantly checking your phone, facebook (or other social networking site), or have some other techno gadget in your hand, pocket or in your reach chances are you have already taken the next step in the evolutionary ladder.
Apparently we are not alone in this line of thought. Big Think posted on July 17, 2013 similar thoughts:
If your smartphone is glued to your hand, then, we believe you are already a kind of Cyborg.
What is a cyborg? It’s an organism that has both organic (“natural”) and cybernetic (“machine”) parts. In other words, when people become cyborgs, they’re part human and part machine. That’s most of you!
So, what is the next Cyborg innovation that will enhance our superhuman capabilities? Wearable devices.
From Nike’s Fuelband to Google Glass, wearable devices are the next big thing to enter into your digital world and become necessary accessories which enhance your “cyborg” abilities.
Some locations are pre-emptively banning the use of the emerging wearable device, Google Glass. According to Mashable, bars, strip clubs, and casinos have banned the device due to privacy protection issues, and movie theaters banned it for bootlegging concerns. It’s almost as though cyborg racism is already becoming a problem.
Cyborgs are a new segment that will change the landscape of marketing. Say goodbye to the old school “day in the digital life” persona. We’re about to witness a complete shift in how advertisers can reach these augmented consumers. This is when people will always have a “digital billboard” in front of them or attached to them. This is when consumers will have so much information at their fingertips that brands will have no choice but to be fully transparent about everything they do.
Of course, there’s a certain institutional resistance to “cyborgism” as there is to most revolutionary shifts in society. Technophobics are predicting a world of constant distraction, greater rebellion due to information overload, cyber-hacking, and even WiFi radiation-based diseases because of “electromagnetic sensitivity.”
In their new book, “The New Digital Age,” executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, and director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, predict new political issues due to the growth of cyborgs. They say that government regulations will no longer need to solely focus on foreign and domestic policies in the physical world, but they’ll also need to devise policies for the virtual world, and those policies may not necessarily be consistent with each other. They expect cyberwarfare and drone strikes to overshadow traditional combat.
Despite the resistance, there’s a human desire to have more information at their fingertips, to document their days (via lifelogging devices), and to monitor everything around them, including themselves, in order to optimize their well being.
- the term cyborg was first used in science fiction
- Neil Harbisson a man born with extreme colorblindness and corrected his disability with a specialized electronic eye (eyeborg), he has founded the Cyborg Foundation an international organization to help other humans become cyborgs.
- Neil Harbisson is the first human cyborg who didn’t have to take his implant off for his passport photo
- The Clockwork Man, written by E. V. Odle published in 1923 maybe the first cyborg story ever published.
Food for thought:
Story ideas …
Human evolve to a point where we are more machine than human, what kind of world would that be?
What if we have visitors from the future who are evolutionary descendants are a variation of cyborgs?
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